Archive - Mar 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.
CHURUBUSCO â Losing a child has been described as the worst kind of loss anyone could possibly go though, a searing and unspeakable pain.
For two Churubusco-area families, July 16, 2009 will be a day never forgotten. It was that day that Andrew C. (âAndyâ) Spencer, 17, and Megan Christine Young, 16, died from results of a one-vehicle accident in rural Whitley County. The young couple had just eaten lunch and were heading to Meganâs house for a swim before her volleyball practice.
Unfortunately, the dayâs scheduled events were never completed.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck is calling on his townâs department heads to come up with ways to help reduce âpain at the pump.â
The mayor said earlier this week at the regular meeting of the Columbia City Common Council, and reiterated on Friday to the Board of Works and Safety, there is seemingly no end in sight to elevating gas prices.
âWe do have a need to create a plan within your department,â Fleck told the townâs department heads Friday morning.
Fleck said he realizes a âone size fits allâ approach will not work.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck addressed the townâs Common Council on Tuesday and warned the five-person panel that the city could see another financial hit coming in the next year or more.
Fleck reported at the tail end of the boardâs regular session that heâd attended a conference with other Indiana mayors and received word regarding an âover-distributionâ to local governments across the state of about $660 million.
âIn effect, they (the state of Indiana) gave us a loan. Itâs not anybodyâs fault,â Fleck said, âit's the fault of the system and the recession.â
Thereâs a new face behind the desk at the Extension Office.
Lisa Schrader is replacing Kay Walter as 4-H secretary, on her own beginning Monday as last Friday was Walterâs last day.
âIâm off to a good start,â Schrader said. âIâm trying not to get too worked up about things.â
She comes with a good deal of experience having worked in human resources as an administrative assistant at Guardian Automotive in Ligonier, and six years as a receptionist. Since then, she has been a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters Abbigail, age seven, and Molly, five.