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February 7th

Lawmakers support Banks’ first bill

February 7, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Current Indiana law requires county councils to approve the wording of local ballot referendums before residents can vote for or against raising property taxes to increase school operating budgets.
State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) said this state law often forces local elected officials — who may personally oppose the referendum — to appear on-record in support of property tax increases.
Banks, a former Whitley County Council member, said he plans to change that.

Prosecutor seeks more charges against pair

February 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Additional charges have been filed against a couple arrested for alleged drug offenses earlier this year.
Janel M. Creech, 36, and Travis A. Wonderly, 21 were charged Jan. 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related offenses in connection with a Jan. 3 incident that resulted in the death of Creech’s 5-month-old baby girl.
On Friday, Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler filed an additional charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death against both suspects. The charge is a Class A felony.

February 4th

Informal poll: Shoveling, cooking were top snow day activities

February 4, 2011

During a Level 1 snow emergency, most of the population is asked to stay home. The few who keep us informed and safe during the situation, or who work to open the roads again, often work very long hours.
Cathy Broxon-Ball, director of the Emergency Management Administration/Department of Homeland Security was at her post from 7 a.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Thursday, sleeping on a portable military cot in her office, all to help keep residents of Whitley County safe and aware of conditions.

Ex-officer to appear for hearing

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Fort Wayne man and former state excise officer accused of staging the break-in of an Indiana State Excise Police evidence room in Columbia City is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Feb. 15, according to the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office.
Aaron M. Bishop, 34, was arrested Nov. 24 and charged with theft and official misconduct in connection with the Aug. 4 break-in.
Bishop has been free on $8,000 bond since shortly after his arrest.

Council to hear request for funds

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The head of Whitley County’s public transportation system will seek money from the Whitley County Council next week.
Jackie Hake, executive director of Whitley County Transit is 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.
“These funds have gone a long way to support this growing program as we are starting our fifth year of public transportation,” said Hake in a letter to council president Kim Wheeler.

Weather, soil contamination stops work

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety approved on Friday a work shutdown by Bowen Engineering Corporation on the city’s Equal-ization Basin and Interceptor Sewer Project which was originally slated to be completed May 1.
The shutdown is primarily due to frigid temperatures.
But the recent discovery of contaminated soil at one of the locations and the subsequent delays caused by Indiana Department of Environmental Management intervention also plays a factor.

County to review DFI budget

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2011 budget for Whitley County’s chapter of Drug-Free Indiana will find its way in front of the Whitley County Council Tuesday.
The program’s coordinator, Nancy Prickett, presented the proposed budget to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Jan. 18.
“The funds available for distribution in 2011 are $45,000 said Prickett in a letter submitted to the commissioners and made available for the council’s Tuesday meeting.
Prickett announced the money would be distributed for prevention/education, treatment, justice and administrative costs.

Handbooks, budgets on agenda for school meeting

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees will roll up its sleeves and get to work Monday on several issues including the various school handbooks and the corporation’s budget.
In its regular meeting Monday, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Marshall Community Building, board members will hear a presentation on the district handbooks for the primary, middle and high schools.

State grant gives boost to Triad Metals

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A company that began construction of a new manufacturing facility here in Whitley County last year is going to get a boost from the state.
Triad Metals International, which broke ground on a 165,000 square-foot distribution facility in the Rail Connect Business Park east of Columbia City last fall, will receive a $250,000 Community Economic Development Program Grant.
The announcement was made earlier this week in a statement from Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and came less than a week after Whitley County learned it would lose an industry that received such a grant last year.

Snow emergency expired

February 4, 2011

According to Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball, the Level 2 snow emergency that the county has been operating under since Thursday morning has been dropped.

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