Archive - Jan 20, 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Police from both Columbia City and the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department converged on a Columbia City home late Wednesday afternoon in hopes of nabbing a fugitive wanted on several drug charges.
According to Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges, a call was received at 5:22 p.m. from residents at Camden Drive in Columbia City that someone matching the description of Travis Wonderly, 21, driving a brown car, was pulling into the garage at 730 Camden Dr.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Last year, warm temps and rain made ice carving for the Fire and Ice Winterfest messy and short-lived. No such problem this year.
The National Weather Service forecasts very cold this weekend with highs in the upper teens and lows in the single digits.
Festival-goers need not fear the cold, though, as warming events will be ongoing throughout the weekend with hot pepper eating contests and the popular Chili Cook-off.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A proposal to consolidate kindergartners who attend school for a half day at Whitley County Consolidated Schools won a narrow victory Monday night.
At its regular board meeting, the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees took public input regarding a proposal made at the last meeting by Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor.
In that proposal, Oâ€™Connor suggested to the board Jan. 3 that some of the corporationâ€™s elementary schools stop offering half-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City police officer was involved in a collision this morning with a semi-tractor trailer, according to Indiana State Police.
ISP Trooper Brian Bills said the collision occurred at the intersection of state Route 9 and Chicago Street and apparently was the result of confusion over traffic signals.
The police car, driven by Master Patrolman Robert V. â€śChipâ€ť Stephenson received about $5,000 damage, according to Bills, when it was hit by a semi driven by Jim Pettigrew of Columbia City.
Bills said the semi took off parts of the patrol carâ€™s front end.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Plan Commission, sporting several new faces in 2011, is hoping to put its best foot forward with a mindful community.
Newly-elected commission president Brandon Forrester assured the large audience Wednesday night that the board would go above and beyond to avoid even an appearance of impropriety in the months ahead as the panel deals with a new comprehensive plan and a recurring issue of wind energy that has blown across the county in recent months.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” In an attempt to resolve a property line dispute, that is holding up completion of ordered repair on an exposed wall of a downtown business, the South Whitley Town Council held a special meeting Tuesday evening.
Randy Striggle, owner of the Green Parrot and Gary Hicks, owner of the demolished Hicks and Deaton building met with the council to discuss the issue. The Green Parrot and the former Hicks and Deaton hardware storage building shared a common wall. Since demolition, the southern wall of the Green Parrot has been exposed.