Archive - Mar 28, 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â The floor of the walk-in cooler at the county jail needs a sprucing up, according to the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department.
Deputy Marcus Gatton appeared before the Whitley County Commissioners last week to report on needed repairs to the coolerâs floor, which is part of the jailâs original 1986 construction.
âBack in January, the jail received a health warning,â said Gatton.
âWe have three months to rectify it.â
According to Gatton, the floor of the walk-in cooler is rusty and uncleanable.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Police Department is hoping to get a new K-9 vehicle.
Officer Tim Pittenger and Chief Mike Petersen addressed the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Friday afternoon about the need to replace the current Ford Expedition with a new model.
Pittenger presented the board with a list of pros and cons between replacing the existing vehicle with another sport utility vehicle and changing gears to a Dodge Charger.
âAll the equipment that I have in my 2005 Expedition would be able to be put right into a 2011 Expedition,â Pittenger said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâs Board of School Trustees were treated to a comprehensive presentation on science as itâs taught to elementary school students corporation-wide.
At the boardâs regular school board meeting March 21, a contingent of science teachers representing several elementary schools in the district, gave a slide show and presentation called Science in the WCCS Elementary Schools.
Nancy Bridegam started the presentation off by discussing textbooks and the curriculum.
COLUMBIA CITY â For several years now, the members of FFA have been trying to relay the idea that the organization is not just about being a farmer any more.
Last weekâs presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâs Board of School Trustees was no exception.
Following opening ceremonies conducted by the groupâs parliamentary procedure team, members of the organization made a presentation called âWho Are We?â
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County made changes to its sewer regulations to keep up with state law and health department officials briefed the countyâs commissioners on the changes this week.
Scott Wagner with the Whitley County Health Department presented an update on the changes last week at the regular meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
âThis state law regarding residential septic systems was changed and became effective on January first of this year,â Wagner said.
âBecause the state law changed, I needed to update the county ordinance to reflect this change.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Emotions ran high from everyone involved prior to the expected century-long sentencing of an 18-year-old who admitted to killing a 14-year-old Whitley County girl in March of 2010.
âI still donât know how this could happen in our community,â said Whitley Circuit Court Judge James Heuer after hearing testimony from both the prosecution and the defense in the sentencing hearing of Joshua M. Wright.
Wright pleaded guilty but mentally ill in court last month and agreed to a combined sentence for four crimes of 100 years.