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February 14th

Leesburg man faces charges

February 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

Four injured in Saturday crash

February 14, 2011

LARWILL — 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.

Heuer: Expanding charter schools supports all Hoosier students

February 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’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.
“In education, I know we are so fortunate to have successful schools, teachers and administrators in our district,” said Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City.

February 11th

West wins Whitley’s talent competition

February 11, 2011

The winner of South Whitley’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 “Come Together” by The Beatles to earn the title.

County awards public transit $10K

February 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Earlier this week, county government officials OK’d a monetary allocation for the county’s public transportation system — the amount just wasn’t as much as was requested.
Jackie Hake, executive director of Whitley County Transit asked the county’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 organization’s annual allotment of money from the County Economic Development Income Tax — an infusion of $20,000 as part of a local match with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Buggy plate sales now auditor's duty

February 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — With questions, confusion and downright dissension surrounding who will collect money from the Amish for their buggy plates, Whitley County’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.

Superintendent offers budget options to board

February 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation has tough decisions ahead of it, according to Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor.
“It was obvious that our expenditures were outpacing our revenues,” O’Connor said at Monday’s regular meeting of the corporation’s Board of School Trustees.
She said the 2010 General Fund Budget took a hit of $1,085,488 due to the economy.
“This reduction will not be restored,” she said.
“In order for WCCS to operate within its means and maintain an adequate fund balance, additional budget cuts are required.”

Bishop outlasts Beck in final round of spelldown

February 11, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — 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.

Council gathers information on radio system

February 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’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 city’s various department heads a slide presentation on 800 MHz technology that’s sweeping the nation’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 won’t matter for awhile anyway.

Passages buys Lehmberg building

February 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.


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