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 Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Deputy Marcus Gatton appeared before the Whitley County Commissioners last week to report on needed repairs to the coolerâ€™s floor, which is part of the jailâ€™s original 1986 construction.
â€śBack in January, the jail received a health warning,â€ť said Gatton.
â€śWe have three months to rectify it.â€ť
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.
â€śAll the equipment that I have in my 2005 Expedition would be able to be put right into a 2011 Expedition,â€ť Pittenger said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees were treated to a comprehensive presentation on science as itâ€™s taught to elementary school students corporation-wide.
At the boardâ€™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.
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 weekâ€™s presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees was no exception.
Following opening ceremonies conducted by the groupâ€™s parliamentary procedure team, members of the organization made a presentation called â€śWho Are We?â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County made changes to its sewer regulations to keep up with state law and health department officials briefed the countyâ€™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.
â€śThis state law regarding residential septic systems was changed and became effective on January first of this year,â€ť Wagner said.
â€śBecause the state law changed, I needed to update the county ordinance to reflect this change.â€ť
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.
â€śI still donâ€™t know how this could happen in our community,â€ť 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. (â€śAndyâ€ť) 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 Meganâ€™s house for a swim before her volleyball practice.
Unfortunately, the dayâ€™s scheduled events were never completed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck is calling on his townâ€™s department heads to come up with ways to help reduce â€śpain at the pump.â€ť
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.
â€śWe do have a need to create a plan within your department,â€ť Fleck told the townâ€™s department heads Friday morning.
Fleck said he realizes a â€śone size fits allâ€ť approach will not work.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck addressed the townâ€™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 boardâ€™s regular session that heâ€™d attended a conference with other Indiana mayors and received word regarding an â€śover-distributionâ€ť to local governments across the state of about $660 million.
â€śIn effect, they (the state of Indiana) gave us a loan. Itâ€™s not anybodyâ€™s fault,â€ť Fleck said, â€śit's the fault of the system and the recession.â€ť
Thereâ€™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 Walterâ€™s last day.
â€śIâ€™m off to a good start,â€ť Schrader said. â€śIâ€™m trying not to get too worked up about things.â€ť
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.