Archive - Jan 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation Districtâ€™s Gene Haskins told the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday night that answers to a recurring erosion problem at Morsches Park are not cut and dried.
â€śBlue River seems to want to reclaim part of its banks, particularly during the rainy season,â€ť said Haskins in a report to the council during its regular bi-monthly meeting.
â€śThere are two spots that are the worst spots,â€ť said Haskins, referring to a portion of the river at Morsches Park.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees was introduced last week to a comprehensive math program being conducted at Indian Springs Middle School.
Hollie Parker and Beth Beckner, seventh-grade math teachers at ISMS, told the board Jan. 17 that students at the middle school were advancing past their grade levels and added that those who were falling behind were being given a boost.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Police have arrested the man wanted on drug charges that were brought earlier this month as a result of a 911 call for an unresponsive infant.
Travis A. Wonderly, 21, was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department Saturday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture and maintaining a common nuisance.
Wonderly was in Whitley County Circuit Court this morning for an initial hearing and requested a public defender.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The condition of a Leesburg man injured in a Friday afternoon crash at Lincolnway and U.S. 30 remains a mystery.
Police say Matthew L. Vermillion, 44, disregarded a traffic signal which caused a two-car collision at about 2:15 p.m. Friday.
As a result of the crash, Vermillion was ejected onto the pavement of U.S. 30 in sub-freezing temperatures and was later transported to Fort Wayne by Samaritan, a Parkview Hospital-based rescue helicopter.
Parkview Hospital did not have Vermillion listed in its patient information data base.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council will hear a report on erosion at Morsches Park at its regular meeting tonight.
Gene Haskins of the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District is scheduled to deliver his annual storm water report to the council.
In his presentation, Haskins will report that the Blue River in the park has been the subject of several studies to determine if there are solutions to the continued disintegration of the eastern bank and to seek ways to prevent further erosion parallel to the parkâ€™s drive.
Summer league registration
Registration for summer league play is open now. Parents can register their child for teams from T-ball through Babe Ruth from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at the parks office located in Morsches Park. There are two Saturday registration days, Feb. 19, 9 to 11 a.m.; and Feb. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. at the park.
Cost for the instructional league is $20. Cost is $40 for T-ball and lob ball and $80 for minor, major and Babe Ruth leagues. Costs have increased to cover the expense of upgraded uniforms for both programs, and the addition of more games.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” There are some big changes coming this season for the Columbia City park departmentâ€™s summer baseball/softball program.
The summer program has developed a partnership with high school baseball and softball coaches, much as they have done with its JFL program.
With that partnership comes some changes.
The biggest change is the development of baseball and softball boards to oversee the operation of both programs. Each league will also have a representative.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Countyâ€™s Geographic Information System office in Columbia City is adding a feature designed to eliminate any doubt about where certain convicted felons can live.
Dan Weigold of the Whitley County GIS office made a report this week to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners about the latest feature in online information.
â€śWhitley County GIS Department has developed a new layer for its website,â€ť said Weigold. â€śItâ€™s called the offender layer.â€ť
County Attorney Dan Sigler joined the discussion to add additional explanation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents who want to pick up firewood from the city will be expected to sign a statement releasing Columbia City from liability if that wood happens to be ash.
The cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety discussed the townâ€™s ongoing ash removal project at its regular meeting Friday morning.
The city has begun a plan to cut down more than 200 ash trees around the city at a pace of about 50 trees per year.
The resulting work will produce firewood and city officials have agreed to make it available to city residents free of charge â€” with at least one condition.