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January 10th

ISMS teams taking their visions of future cities to competition

January 10, 2011

Staff report
Some 7th grade students at ISMS have taken an engineering role and mentality and run with it.
Recently, students have been participating in the National Future City competition.
This competition incorporates STEM standards and curriculum — science, technology, engineering and math—, project-based learning and cooperation.
According to the Future City website, students first create on the computer, and then in large, three-dimensional models, their visions of the city of tomorrow.
All of these 21st Century skills are regarded as highly valuable by current employers.

Change of venue denied for Wright

January 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The suspected killer of a 14-year-old Whitley County girl will likely not be tried Jan. 25 as scheduled.
In a pre-trial conference Monday morning, Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer heard motions from Public Defender Brad Voelz, who said he didn’t believe his client, Joshua M. Wright, could get a fair trial in Whitley County.
Voelz requested a change of venue, although he admitted he didn’t think moving the trial to a neighboring county would help, given the high-profile nature of the case.

County experiences high cost of meth use

January 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The growing epidemic of methamphetamine use can be measured in dollar amounts by law enforcement and drug awareness organizations.
But sometimes, the cost has no price tag.
Two deaths in as many months in Whitley County, both suspected to be related to the illegal drug, have police working feverishly to curtail manufacturing operations.
“It is frustrating because we are more reactive rather than proactive,” said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges.
“But that’s due to the nature of the crime.”

Man facing drug charges wants own attorney

January 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man charged with several drug-related crimes was in court Monday morning and announced he was hiring his own attorney.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, who faces counts of dealing in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and controlled substances as well as failure to comply, is giving up his public defender, Brad Voelz.
Weaver is also accused of possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Council to hear presentation on Mediacom

January 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council will hear a presentation from Mediacom at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Eric Mollber is on the agenda for the board’s 7 p.m. meeting.
Whitley County approved Mediacom for Internet service in the county’s Recorder’s Office at the Jan. 4 meeting.
Faster Internet speed was justification for the county’s decision to give that office the green light to change Internet service providers.

Police seeking two wanted on drug charges

January 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reported this morning that no arrests have been made yet in the case relating to the death of a five-month-old girl Jan. 3 in Columbia City.
On Friday, the prosecutor’s office filed charges relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine against Travis A. Wonderly, 21 and Janel M. Creech, 36. Arrest warrants have been issued for the pair.
Both suspects were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B Felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor.

January 7th

County's comprehensive plan ready for review

January 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County planners have been formulating a new document designed to spell out long-range goals for the county.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Whitley County Council, Dave Sewell, Whitley County’s Executive Director of Planning and Building presented each member of the board with a copy of Draft B of the Whitley County Comprehensive Plan.
Planners have been developing a new guide for land use and development over the last year, working with Ground Rules, Inc., a consulting firm.

City lift station gets bandage

January 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Workers from Columbia City’s Water Pollution Control Facility were working feverishly Friday afternoon to repair a pump in the lift station for Steel Dynamics Corporation.
“We’re putting a Band-Aid on it today,” said Facility Superintendent Mike Cook.
Cook said the lift station has two pumps. The station needs one pump to operate, but has a second pump as a redundancy.
One of the two pumps came loose from its base, according to Cook.

Drug charges filed in relation to infant death

January 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed charges today in a case related to the death of a five-month-old girl Monday morning in Columbia City.
Charges relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine were filed this morning against Travis A. Wonderly, 21 and Janel M. Creech, 36.
Both suspects were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
According to court documents, police say the lab was in operation from Dec. 26 until Monday.

Backup plan for county's data weighed

January 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s information technology consultant talked about data protection this week to the county council.
Jim Becher spoke to the board about the possibility of putting in hard drives for the sole purpose of “backing up” all the data produced by the county’s various departments.
Becher also presented the less feasible option of the county going to “off-site backup.”
Becher told the board that sending the county’s computer data to an off-site storage facility in California could cost as much as $13,000 each year.

 

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