Archive - Dec 6, 2013 - News Article
Whitley Countyâ€™s Community Christmas Celebration began last night at 6 p.m. and will continue tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event is free and features a live Nativity on the Courthouse lawn and music performed by various residents inside the Courthouse.
Pictured, the Community Choir serenades those visiting the Courthouse during the celebration. The choir is directed by Anita Harris.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco teenager pleaded guilty Monday and received a four-year sentence for several drug-related crimes.
Timothy L.K. Thalman, Jr.., 19, pleaded guilty to possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Judge James Heuer gave him a two-year sentence for the first charge, and a one-year sentence for each of the last two, all consecutive.
Two of those four years will be served at the Whitley County Jail, and the other two will be suspended.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Columbia Cityâ€™s Wastewater Department may be considering a rate increase due to poor financial standing, Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle said the cityâ€™s electric department has a good cash-flow.
â€śThe electric department is in good shape. Thatâ€™s one we donâ€™t have to worry about,â€ť Coyle said.
While the department is doing well financially, the city is still conserving funds for upcoming projects, such as the fiber network the city may install on the current electrical poles.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. â€” Heavy snow continues to fall this morning across most of southern Indiana, and a second wave of snowfall is anticipated for later today. Road conditions around the state currently are passable, but motorists should use extreme caution while driving.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded not guilty to multiple drug-dealing charges in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. Charlie S. Ryan, 21, has two charges of dealing in a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance, and two charges of possession.
He pleaded not guilty at his initial hearing and will be represented by Brad Voelz at his next court appearance, Dec. 30. The two drug-dealing charges are Class B felonies, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years of incarceration. The possession charges are Class D felonies, which have a three-year maximum sentence.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The departure of a small town physician from his practice had South Whitley residents offering well wishes to Dr. James Hanus.
Hanus had been the physician for numerous community families in the South Whitley area with the Parkview Physicians Group.
Several comments posted on social media websites expressed their gratitude to the long-time doctor of more than 30 years. Statements such as, â€śyouâ€™ll be missed,â€ť and â€śyou were the best doctor I ever had,â€ť resonate with many community members.
Parkview Hospital officials released a statement regarding Hanusâ€™ departure.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Park Board reversed its decision to close the sledding hill at DeVol Field after an outcry from the public.
More than 30 people were present at a public hearing Thursday, with nine taking the podium to voice their opinions â€” all in favor of reopening the hill.
Before the public spoke, the city explained its reasoning for closing the park, a decision made on a 3-2 vote at last weekâ€™s Park Board meeting based on liability and safety.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” It took a few ideas, some brainstorming and a community pulling together to plan South Whitleyâ€™s Home for the Holidays event.
The downtown Christmas celebration will take place Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., and will feature ornament making, cookie decorating, food, a live Nativity, music and a ceremonially tree lighting.
One particular event will have a winning announcement made at 6 p.m. â€” the townâ€™s wreath contest.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County officials met Tuesday to discuss CEDIT spending for the next two years.
However, discussion was held once again on the need for financial disclosure from Whitley County Humane Shelter leaders.
â€śWe havenâ€™t had any sort of a report in months,â€ť said Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake.
Representing the Commissioners at the Whitley County Council meeting, Rethlake recapped the concerns the Commissioners had with financially supporting the shelter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Director of Communications, Terry Wherry, had some impressive statistics to present to the Common Council last week.
Ten years ago, the city invested in an e-mail filter company, Preferred IT Group, to protect the city.
The overall cost for the program is $1,800 per year, and officials said the service is well worth the money. â€śThe cost is benefiting us,â€ť Wherry said. â€śItâ€™s taken care of a lot of spam.â€ť