Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
Anyone whoâ€™s ever figured a studentâ€™s reading skills are the responsibility of the English teacher would be pleasantly surprised within the halls of Columbia City High School.
Students here get a healthy dose of that first member of the Three Râ€™s no matter whose class theyâ€™re in.
Teachers and administrators at Whitley County Consolidated Schools have been boosting instruction in reading, even in subjects that involve using test tubes, a slide rule or studying the Civil War.
A rural Columbia City resident came before the Whitley County Commissioners Monday with a concern about truckers on his road â€” truckers who donâ€™t belong on that thoroughfare.
Charlie Acheson, who lives on County Road 700 East, said over-the-road truckers travel down his road trying to make their way to Steel Dynamics Industries, Inc.
The problem is, according to Acheson and County Highway Director Michael Barton, you canâ€™t get there from here.
The Whitley County Commissioners have added the exclamation point to the now week-old ban on open burning in the county.
On Monday afternoon, the three-man board signed a Declaration of Limited Local Disaster Emergency, Open Burn Ban.
The declaration states â€śa state of emergency exists in the county.â€ť
The commissioners declared â€śa countywide burn ban affecting certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current drought conditions.â€ť
A series of burglaries occurred in Columbia City over the weekend, according to city police.
The Columbia City Police Department said Monday it had reports of four burglaries or attempted burglaries which occurred between 2 and 5 a.m. Friday morning.
In three of the cases, suspects entered the homes and in all four cases, the occupants of the houses were home at the time of the crime.
â€śIt was a situation where the weather played a factor,â€ť said Capt. Brian Anspach of the city police department.
Last year, Toys for Tots provided nearly 700 Whitley County children with a toy for Christmas.
That number will likely increase this year, said Pat Mossburg, director of the Salvation Army which provides registration service for the program.
â€śThere is definitely still a need in this community,â€ť Mossburg said.
Collecting toys and making sure they are received by children who would otherwise not get a toy for Christmas is a big task and one that gets its start in early November, long before anyone is really thinking too much about Christmas.
The process starts with applications.
A Florida man drowned Monday when the lawn mower he was driving rolled into a pond.
Leroy Herbert Thomas, 72, Avon Park, Fla. was mowing around a pond at the residence of his son, Brian on Old Trail Road, when according to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the lawnmower, he was driving tumbled down a steep bank and into the water.
Thomas was trapped under the mower and drowned, according to Whitley County Deputy Coroner C. Taron Smith.
â€śHe just got too close to the edge of the pond,â€ť said Smith.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first of three articles looking at renovation projects at Richland Township churches.
If you check out the number of churches in Richland Township on the Whitley County Historical Museum website, there are only three listed: The Larwill Wesleyan Church, the Larwill Methodist Church and the New Hope Wesleyan Church.
All three churches are located in one of the least populous townships of Whitley County and, according to census records, had more citizens in 1890, than any year since.
If Whitley County residents needed any more assurance of the need for a county-wide ban on open burning, this past weekendâ€™s activity of the countyâ€™s fire departments provided all the evidence necessary.
At least nine non-structural fires involving grass, crops, trees and brush were reported to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department from Friday through Sunday.
Smith Township firefighters responded to a fire in a harvested cornfield at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when a resident burning debris had embers catch the dry cornstalks ablaze.