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March 28th

County jail cooler floor slated for face-lift

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The floor of the walk-in cooler at the county jail needs a sprucing up, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Marcus Gatton appeared before the Whitley County Commissioners last week to report on needed repairs to the cooler’s floor, which is part of the jail’s original 1986 construction.
“Back in January, the jail received a health warning,” said Gatton.
“We have three months to rectify it.”
According to Gatton, the floor of the walk-in cooler is rusty and uncleanable.

Police: It's time for a new K-9 vehicle

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“All the equipment that I have in my 2005 Expedition would be able to be put right into a 2011 Expedition,” Pittenger said.

Teachers provide science lesson to board

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees were treated to a comprehensive presentation on science as it’s taught to elementary school students corporation-wide.
At the board’s 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.

FFA more than just being a future farmer

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 week’s presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees was no exception.
Following opening ceremonies conducted by the group’s parliamentary procedure team, members of the organization made a presentation called “Who Are We?”

County amends sewer regulations to match state

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County made changes to its sewer regulations to keep up with state law and health department officials briefed the county’s 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.
“This state law regarding residential septic systems was changed and became effective on January first of this year,” Wagner said.
“Because the state law changed, I needed to update the county ordinance to reflect this change.”

Teen sentenced for rape, murder

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“I still don’t know how this could happen in our community,” 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.

March 25th

Families united in surviving loss of children

March 25, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — 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. (“Andy”) 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 Megan’s house for a swim before her volleyball practice.
Unfortunately, the day’s scheduled events were never completed.

City looking for ways to reduce gasoline use

March 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck is calling on his town’s department heads to come up with ways to help reduce “pain at the pump.”
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.
“We do have a need to create a plan within your department,” Fleck told the town’s department heads Friday morning.
Fleck said he realizes a “one size fits all” approach will not work.

Mayor warns of looming budget shortfall

March 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck addressed the town’s 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 board’s regular session that he’d attended a conference with other Indiana mayors and received word regarding an “over-distribution” to local governments across the state of about $660 million.
“In effect, they (the state of Indiana) gave us a loan. It’s not anybody’s fault,” Fleck said, “it's the fault of the system and the recession.”

Schrader ready for challenges of new job

March 25, 2011

There’s 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 Walter’s last day.
“I’m off to a good start,” Schrader said. “I’m trying not to get too worked up about things.”
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.


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