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January 21st

Fair board sets duties, lists goals for 2011

January 21, 2011

Whitley County 4-H Inc. board met Tuesday evening, a week late due to last week’s snows, and were just able to get a quorum as the eighth board member arrived at 7:05 p.m.
Board president Bill Leeuw, handing out the new 2011 director assignments, stressed the need to get more people involved.
“I want to see committees,” Leeuw said. “This is a year round event ...we’re (the board members) killing ourselves.”
A call for volunteers was made again, asking for help not only in the concessions but in other ways. Anyone interested may contact a board member or the Extension Office at 244-7615.

Coming to the rescue

January 21, 2011

January 20th

Police act on tip in effort to find meth fugitive

January 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Police from both Columbia City and the Whitley County Sheriff’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.

Hot or cold, you’ll like Fire and Ice Winterfest

January 20, 2011

WHITLEY COUNTY — 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.

School board votes to consolidate kindergarten classes

January 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 corporation’s Board of School Trustees took public input regarding a proposal made at the last meeting by Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor.
In that proposal, O’Connor suggested to the board Jan. 3 that some of the corporation’s elementary schools stop offering half-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.

Semi, squad car collide in town

January 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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. “Chip” 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 car’s front end.

Plan Commission vows transparency

January 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

Wall dispute comes down to inches

January 20, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — 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.

January 19th

Armstrong: Talk to state legislators

January 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — School board president Don Armstrong called on constituents as well as fellow members of the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees to be vocal to the state legislature regarding the future of education in Indiana.
“I’ve heard education is on the rocks,” said Armstrong at Monday night’s regular board meeting.
“Visit our schools and then tell me education is on the rocks.”
Armstrong said the state legislators currently making vital decisions regarding education might need educated themselves.

Four get hearings in Circuit Court

January 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Several suspects in drug-related cases and one man charged with sex offenses were in court Tuesday.
Whitley County Circuit Court’s docket was full Tuesday to make up for being closed Martin Luther King Day.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, Kyle Lloyd Barker, 24, and Janel M. Creech, 36, all arrested on methamphetamine charges, came before Judge James Heuer in various stages of their cases while suspected child molester Terry R. Campbell, 64, appeared for a pre-trial conference.

 

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