Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Leesburg man arrested last week on drug charges following a car chase with law enforcement was in court Monday morning.
Roger Shreve, 52 is charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, driving while suspended and resisting law enforcement by fleeing following an incident that began with a police-monitored drug buy Feb. 7.
LARWILL â€” Four people were injured in a single-car crash Saturday in Larwill.
According to Indiana State Police, a sport utility vehicle driven by Thu Aung Myo Si, 24, of Rock Island, Ill. rolled from the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 near County Road 550 W. and ended up on all four wheels in the westbound lane.
During the accident, San San Myint, 55, also of Rock Island, was ejected.
Myint and Myo Si were both flown by Samaritan Hospital to Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne where their conditions are unknown.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s freshman state representative said last week that while the proposed state law expanding charter schools in Indiana is a controversial issue, her ultimate loyalty has to be with students in the Hoosier State.
â€śIn education, I know we are so fortunate to have successful schools, teachers and administrators in our district,â€ť said Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City.
The winner of South Whitleyâ€™s Got Talent hands down was Ivory West.
The competition concluded Thursday evening at the South Whitley Public Library after a week off for a winter storm.
The competition was tough, with the audience getting to be a part of selecting the winner. The three official judges, whose votes had a bit more pull, were Nate Myers, Teresa Smith and Renee Wozniak Anderson.
West performed â€śCome Togetherâ€ť by The Beatles to earn the title.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Earlier this week, county government officials OKâ€™d a monetary allocation for the countyâ€™s public transportation system â€” the amount just wasnâ€™t as much as was requested.
Jackie Hake, executive director of Whitley County Transit asked the countyâ€™s board of commissioners and county council for $20,000.
What she got was half that amount.
Hake was before both panels asking for her organizationâ€™s annual allotment of money from the County Economic Development Income Tax â€” an infusion of $20,000 as part of a local match with the Indiana Department of Transportation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With questions, confusion and downright dissension surrounding who will collect money from the Amish for their buggy plates, Whitley Countyâ€™s auditor, Jen McGuire stepped up, volunteered and put the dicey issue to bed once and for all.
In January, the Whitley County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to give the responsibility to County Assessor Angela Adams.
The change came about as a result of differences in assessing duties as mandated by state law.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation has tough decisions ahead of it, according to Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor.
â€śIt was obvious that our expenditures were outpacing our revenues,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said at Mondayâ€™s regular meeting of the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees.
She said the 2010 General Fund Budget took a hit of $1,085,488 due to the economy.
â€śThis reduction will not be restored,â€ť she said.
â€śIn order for WCCS to operate within its means and maintain an adequate fund balance, additional budget cuts are required.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The best spellers of the county elementary and middle schools converged on South Whitley Elementary School Thursday evening to compete for the title Whitley County Spelling Bee Champion.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council got a crash course in 800 MHz radios Tuesday night at its regular board meeting.
Ted Hurley of J&K Communica-tions gave the board and the cityâ€™s various department heads a slide presentation on 800 MHz technology thatâ€™s sweeping the nationâ€™s emergency response airwaves.
According to Hurley, although Columbia City is still slightly behind the rest of the county in changing over to the 800 MHz system from the old VHF technology, it wonâ€™t matter for awhile anyway.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Lehmberg Building in Columbia City is changing hands.
Attorney Peter Mallers of Beers, Mallers, Backs and Salin of Fort Wayne appeared before the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Tuesday to announce the building, located at 333 North Oak Street and owned by Whitley Memorial Hospital, Inc., will be sold to Passages, Inc.
According to Mallers, the bylaws of Whitley Memorial Hospital Inc. require the consent of the county commissioners before the sale of any of its real estate.