Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â In terms of geography and population, Whitley County ranks as the smallest county in the 10-county Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, but as the 2010 Business Dynamics report released Monday shows, the county holds its own within the region.
âOverall Whitley County has fared very well within northeast Indiana,â said Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
Like the rest of the 10-county region, Whitley County showed growth in 2010, seeing three new businesses and 11 expansions within its borders and bringing in more than 350 jobs.
COLUMBIA CITY â The suspect charged with drug crimes has dismissed his public defender and hired independent counsel.
Travis A. Wonderly, 21, was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for a pre-trial conference after being arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department in January and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
In court last month, Wonderly was assigned Public Defender Brad Baber by Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.
COLUMBIA CITY â Several weeks after hearing a presentation by local electronics company J & K Communications, Columbia Cityâs Common Council listened to a sales pitch from the Columbia City-based companyâs main competitor.
Brian Reilly of Motorola addressed the board during its regular meeting Tuesday and touted the abilities of the APX 7000, a radio designed to help the cityâs emergency personnel transition to 800 MHz technology.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester presented plans last week to the county commissioners for county bridges in need of repair or replacement.
âEvery two years I come to you and present a plan,â said Forrester who handed out the countyâs bridge plan for 2011-2015.
â(Bridge) 36 is at the top of our list,â he said.
Bridge 36, located on County Road 550 South near Collamer, had an initial estimated cost of $200,000, according to Forrester.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Two men were arrested Sunday evening after the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department found marijuana in their rental truck.
Jonathon Aranburo, 24, and Archie Joseph Brady, 20, of Fort Wayne were pulled over while driving a U-Haul truck, rented by Aranburo, to move the pair to Warsaw.
After receiving a tip on the vehicle, the truck was pulled over by Sergeant Mike Engle for unsafe lane change at the Marathon parking lot on Armstrong Drive and U.S. 30.
COLUMBIA CITY â Rising gas prices and this seasonâs heavy snowfall are causing more than just a nuisance for drivers this winter.
The Whitley County Highway Department is taking blows to their budget every time gas prices jump, every time snow falls.
Not only do jumps in gas prices provide more cost to run the trucks, the highway departmentâs funds come out of gas tax.
âMost people think our money comes from property tax, but our money comes from gas tax,â Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Teachers got a chance Saturday to let their state representative know exactly what they thought about some education-related legislation making its way through the General Assembly.
Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) represents the 83rd District, which includes parts of Whitley, Noble and Allen counties, and sits on the education committee.
About 90 educators from schools across her district took up Heuer on her invitation to a public forum to share with her what they thought was wrong with education-reform bills.
FORT WAYNE â Area state police troopers are beefing up efforts to help reduce the number of crashes that occur on state highways in Allen and Whitley counties.
According to Ron Galaviz, public information officer for the Fort Wayne post of the Indiana State Police, the department is instituting a new âcrash reduction effort,â spearheaded by ISP Sgt. Mike Yordy.
The program is âintended to not only change the driving behaviors of the motoring public, but to reduce the overall numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities,â said Galaviz in a press release.
COLUMBIA CITY â Reflection on tough economic obstacles tempered with cautious optimism â city and county officials spoke Friday on the state of the county at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Business Briefing Luncheon.
The theme of the luncheon was the state of the city/county and representatives from Whitley County government and two of the four county municipalities were on hand to discuss challenges and achievements over the past year.
The towns of South Whitley and Larwill were not represented at the luncheon.
SOUTH WHITLEY â A full house greeted South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday evening for a public hearing regarding Phase II of the wastewater treatment facility project.
The town has applied for a $600,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which is the maximum amount allowed by Region-III-A.
The townâs grant administrator and Region-III-A representative Angela Hoffman told those gathered that the preliminary engineering report is in the finishing stages and the proposed cost of the project is $3.5 million.