Archive - Nov 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Salvation Armyâ€™s red kettles are out and bell ringers are making noise to bring in funds for the nonprofit organization.
The red kettle national campaign is the organizationâ€™s largest fundraiser.
Pat Mossburg is the Salvation Army of Whitley Countyâ€™s ministries coordinator. â€śThese donations help provide the monies for the year-round local programs and services for those in need in our community and continue to be one of our most important and well-known fundraising drives,â€ťMossburg said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After the Indiana Department of Education released a report grading Indiana Schools, Whitko Community Schools was ranked with some of the lower scores.
With Pierceton Elementary School and Whitko Middle School bottoming out with Ds, both the South Whitley Elementary School and Whitko High School held Cs.
Steve Clason, Whitko Com-munity School Corporationâ€™s superintendent, said, â€śI am extremely disappointed with our grades. There are no excuses. They will improve.â€ť
The district is reviewing the stateâ€™s report to see what academic areas need improving.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Titles and dollars were painted as leverage by Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl when she made a request to drop her dual title and change her pay.
Although her proposed idea left her no vacation time, no overtime and no paid time off, it would allow her to make her own hours and have a salary of $50,900 a year instead of $43,484.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” United Wayâ€™s 2012 campaign, Live United, continues to bring in funds for the nonprofit organization.
According to Executive Director Cindy Baker, approximately $23,000 has been pledged to this yearâ€™s $190,000 campaign.
â€śWe still have many company employee campaigns that are still out there that are in the process of being wrapped up, which is where a lot of our contributions come from,â€ť said Baker.
WARSAW â€” What initially started as a controlled drug buy turned into one of Kosciusko Countyâ€™s largest heroin busts in its history.
The Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department and Warsaw Police joined forces Thursday for a controlled heroin buy.
But the buy was interrupted by a report of a possible methamphetamine lab on Stoneburner Road in Warsaw.
Police searched the residence and found an active meth lab, arresting Shawn Morton, 50, and his wife Dawn Morton, 47, on a preliminary charges of dealing and manufacturing meth.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” In light of a southwest Whitley County crash that had the potential to be disastrous, Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton advises motorists to use caution.
A pair of Whitley County Highway workers were repairing pot holes on CR 400 S. near 950 W. Thursday afternoon when a car came over a hill.
The driver, Amanda Syndram, 19, of Pierceton, slammed on the brakes, losing control on the loose gravel on the road.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In order to improve communications between departments, the City of Columbia City will soon have the ability to access digitally organized information in a Geographic Information System (GIS) via computers, tablets or smartphones.
â€śItâ€™s time, efficiency and cost savings for the city as a whole,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Mayor Daniel said the system will allow for quicker access to information which will mainly benefit departments in their daily tasks.
As a result, the system may prove to be beneficial to city residents.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A squirrel may have been the culprit in a 6,000-customer phone outage that stretched from Churubusco to Huntertown.
â€śWe think a squirrel chewed the power line, shorted it out and caused our phone line to get burned,â€ť Frontierâ€™s Construction Manager Laura Gay said.
Starting at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, â€™Busco residents were unable to make phone calls â€” but most importantly, werenâ€™t able to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
According to Gay, workers fixed the 911 section as soon as possible, and it was back up and running at approximately 7 p.m.
Phone service in Churubusco is down until further notice, according to Nixle. The 911 emergency number is inoperative in the immediate Churubusco area. Call 260-248-3181 for emergencies. Frontier has been notified.