Archive - 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When the Peabody Public Libraryâ€™s new building was constructed in 1999, it was with an eye to the future as well as the needs of the moment.
With large unfinished areas on the lower level, we knew that we had the option to respond to the changing world of library service.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” There is one organization that has the potential to help many. But how many are actually helped, depends on how the final push of its fundraising campaign turns out.
â€śThis year, the needs of people have greatly surpassed the resources that are available from the agencies, programs and services that are sponsored by the United Way of Whitley County,â€ť said John Black, executive director of the United Way of Whitley County.
Some 7th grade students at ISMS have taken an engineering role and mentality and run with it.
Recently, students have been participating in the National Future City competition.
This competition incorporates STEM standards and curriculum â€” science, technology, engineering and mathâ€”, project-based learning and cooperation.
According to the Future City website, students first create on the computer, and then in large, three-dimensional models, their visions of the city of tomorrow.
All of these 21st Century skills are regarded as highly valuable by current employers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The suspected killer of a 14-year-old Whitley County girl will likely not be tried Jan. 25 as scheduled.
In a pre-trial conference Monday morning, Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer heard motions from Public Defender Brad Voelz, who said he didnâ€™t believe his client, Joshua M. Wright, could get a fair trial in Whitley County.
Voelz requested a change of venue, although he admitted he didnâ€™t think moving the trial to a neighboring county would help, given the high-profile nature of the case.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The growing epidemic of methamphetamine use can be measured in dollar amounts by law enforcement and drug awareness organizations.
But sometimes, the cost has no price tag.
Two deaths in as many months in Whitley County, both suspected to be related to the illegal drug, have police working feverishly to curtail manufacturing operations.
â€śIt is frustrating because we are more reactive rather than proactive,â€ť said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges.
â€śBut thatâ€™s due to the nature of the crime.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man charged with several drug-related crimes was in court Monday morning and announced he was hiring his own attorney.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, who faces counts of dealing in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and controlled substances as well as failure to comply, is giving up his public defender, Brad Voelz.
Weaver is also accused of possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council will hear a presentation from Mediacom at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Eric Mollber is on the agenda for the boardâ€™s 7 p.m. meeting.
Whitley County approved Mediacom for Internet service in the countyâ€™s Recorderâ€™s Office at the Jan. 4 meeting.
Faster Internet speed was justification for the countyâ€™s decision to give that office the green light to change Internet service providers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office reported this morning that no arrests have been made yet in the case relating to the death of a five-month-old girl Jan. 3 in Columbia City.
On Friday, the prosecutorâ€™s office filed charges relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine against Travis A. Wonderly, 21 and Janel M. Creech, 36. Arrest warrants have been issued for the pair.
Both suspects were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B Felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County planners have been formulating a new document designed to spell out long-range goals for the county.
At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the Whitley County Council, Dave Sewell, Whitley Countyâ€™s Executive Director of Planning and Building presented each member of the board with a copy of Draft B of the Whitley County Comprehensive Plan.
Planners have been developing a new guide for land use and development over the last year, working with Ground Rules, Inc., a consulting firm.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Workers from Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility were working feverishly Friday afternoon to repair a pump in the lift station for Steel Dynamics Corporation.
â€śWeâ€™re putting a Band-Aid on it today,â€ť said Facility Superintendent Mike Cook.
Cook said the lift station has two pumps. The station needs one pump to operate, but has a second pump as a redundancy.
One of the two pumps came loose from its base, according to Cook.