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January 6th

Ancient pipes in courthouse on the way out

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Beneath tons of brick and Indiana limestone, snaking through the catacombs and tunnels of the Whitley County Courthouse’s crawl space are the cast iron sewer and gas pipes that were installed as original equipment in the building back in the late 19th century.
The courthouse was built over two years from 1888 to 1890.
Much of the original plumbing is still being used and county officials say it’s time to replace the century-plus-old pipes.

WCCS's 2011-2012 calendar discussed

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Christmas falling on a Sunday this year created a challenge for those making the calendar for next school year at Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
Jennifer Reiff, assistant principal at Indian Springs Middle School, presented a proposed calendar to the corporation’s Board of School Trustees at its regular meeting Monday night.
The proposed calendar is scheduled for a vote by the board at its Jan. 17 regular meeting.
Because of where Christmas falls this year, students will be attending school before and after the holiday break for partial weeks.

WCCS could streamline kindergarten

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation is eyeing increased demand for all-day kindergarten.
The result of the school system’s study, according to Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor, is some of the corporation’s elementary school’s won’t have half-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.
“We’re having a shift at our schools from parents wanting the children in a half-day program to parents wanting their children in a full-day program,” said O’Connor at the regular meeting of the corporation’s Board of School Trustees Monday night.

Baby's death still under investigation

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — While police and investigators are still putting together the case relating to the death of a five-month-old girl Monday morning in Columbia City, health officials and the Indiana State Police are saying the child was likely exposed to methamphetamine.
The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney’s office still is not releasing any information on the death of Taylor Lynn Creech who was rushed to Parkview Whitley Hospital Monday from her home at 730 Camden Drive where she was pronounced dead.

Larwill to become home of manufacturer

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A custom molding company that hopes to increase its share of the medical device marketplace is relocating to Whitley County.
Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. made the announcement official Tuesday after appearing before the Whitley County Council requesting a tax abatement for its new property in Larwill.
“They’re closely tied to the medical device industry,” said Alan Tio of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.

County agrees to dedicated Internet provider for office

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Recorder’s office will be changing Internet service providers.
Former Recorder Rosemary Brown approached the Whitley County Commissioners in December about needing more bandwidth.
She told the Commissioners that everything her department records goes to an off-site server where the data can be accessed and certain purchases of documents can be made.
“We have documents coming and going and by sharing with all the other departments, it slows everything down,” said Brown Tuesday.

WCCS makes move to meet earlier in the day

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees changed the time of its regular bi-monthly meeting Monday night.
The board voted unanimously, 8-0 (Steve Hively was absent) to change the time of the regular meeting from 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The board meets on the first and third Mondays of each month.
The board discussed possible ramifications of the earlier time.
“The only thing I can see is that (5:30 p.m.) takes us traditionally through the dinner hour, when people sit down to supper,” said board member Tim Bloom.

January 3rd

Officers wearing new vests

January 3, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s police officers stay protected due to upgrades made possible by state law and federal funding.
Columbia City Chief of Police Mike Petersen told the Columbia City Common Council last month that a new shipment of ballistic vests had arrived in his department.
“We got 10 vests from the federal government’s 50/50 match” said Petersen. “State law requires you to supply vests and replace them every five years.”
Petersen said the State of Indiana intervened in recent years to reinforce a “vest life expectancy” provided by the makers of the equipment.

City police investigating infant's death

January 3, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Police in Columbia City are investigating the death of a five-month-old baby girl Monday morning at 730 Camden Drive.
Neighbors heard a woman screaming and called 911. According to the Columbia City Police Department dispatchers, the call came in around 9:15 a.m.
According to Columbia City Chief of Police Mike Petersen, a decision on whether or not to file charges in the case is “pending the report on cause of death.”
An autopsy was being conducted Monday afternoon. Results were not available at press time.

Two sentenced on drug charges

January 3, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A Fort Wayne man received eight years in jail for drug offenses while a Syracuse man received a suspended 18-month prison sentence for a drug-related incident surrounding the death of a woman last year.
Jeremy R. Church, 25, of Fort Wayne received a pair of eight-year sentences for dealing in cocaine and dealing in a controlled substance.
Both charges are B felonies.
Church was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday and could be released in six years since two years of his eight-year sentences were suspended.

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