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March 8th

COUNTY RECYCLING: Collection contract delivers jobs, revenue for county

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Recycling is good for the planet, but it is also good for the economy.

When the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District was in search of a new contract for recycling collection, Dwayne Knott, of Columbia City, saw it as an opportunity to build a business.

“At the time, research showed cardboard was bringing in $110,000,” Knott said. “I saw that as a business opportunity.”

Knott formed Whitley Environmental and brought on his long-time friend, Steve Smith, of South Whitley, as a partner.

MENTAL HEALTH: Jail staff adapts to rising psychiatric cases

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — More now than ever, mental health is a focus in society.

When crimes are committed, some people wonder if the person who perpetrated the crime is actually mentally ill. If so, is a jail or prison the best place for them?

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said he is seeing more inmates with mental health problems than ever before.

“We are finding, at least from our standpoint, what appears to be more and more mental health issues,” he said, referring to the inmate population at the Whitley County Jail.

CITY PLAN: City considers amendment to sign ordinance

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Amendments to Columbia City’s sign ordinance continue to be a topic of discussion for the Columbia City Plan Commission.

Part of the sign ordinance being examined is related to electronic messaging centers.

USED BOOKS: WCCS adopts new textbooks

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ Board of School Trustees heard reports about textbook adoption at Monday’s work session.

For the elementary level, reading/language arts were the subject of the new book.

The book chosen was Journeys, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Advantages for this textbook include its excellence in a 90-minute reading block and the high portion of non-fiction reading.

The committee was chaired by Laura McDermott, principal at Coesse Elementary School.

The student rental price for this book will be $33.51.

SCORCHED: House fire on Hartman Road

March 8, 2013

An early morning blaze left a house on Hartman Road charred. Firemen from multiple departments responded to the fire at approximately 2 a.m Friday. Firefighters say the home was not occupied at the time of the fire.

March 7th

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT: Police urge Whitley County drivers to be ready

March 7, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Fort Wayne District of the Indiana State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Whitley County during the late evening hours Friday and continuing into the early morning hours of Saturday.

In an effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related automobile crashes, the sobriety checkpoint will target the impaired driver and will be utilized in an area identified as having a high number of alcohol related crashes.

WCCS BUDGET: Figures up, but caution urged

March 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Colors can convey the story.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools Business Manager Tony Zickgraf updated the board of trustees on what the budget numbers would like for the 2013-14 school year. His handout was on yellow paper, and he said it reflected the mood of the money.

“We are in a very cautionary mode,” he said. “If we spend our entire allocation we could end up spending some of our cash balance.”

COUNTY RECYCLING: Solid waste district expands service

March 7, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a two-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — Going green seems to be a growing trend.

The need to reduce, reuse and recycle has become a common practice for many areas and Whitley County has fallen in line.

In 2009, the county’s once dual-stream recycle program morphed into a one-container system for all recyclables that now services almost 14,000 homes.

For six-and-a-half years, Jorell Tucker has overseen the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District.

IN COURT: Meth trial postponed

March 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man wishing to represent himself in court has had his trial continued until March 18.

Terrance Ward, 31, was arrested in July of 2012 on six charges. His counts were: Dealing in methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine; maintaining a common nuisance; possession of synthetic cannabinoids and possession of paraphernalia.

In January, Ward expressed a desire to represent himself in his trial. He was granted this request, and attorney Scott Lennox was appointed as his stand-by counsel.

CITY ZONES: Plan commission approves rezoning

March 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A parcel of land in Columbia City was recommended for rezoning by the Columbia City Plan Commission Monday.

Engineering Management, working on behalf of Wayne Waste Oil Site Potentially Responsible Parties Group (PRP) and the city of Columbia City requested 19.827 acres of land on the east end of Ellsworth Street, in section 11 of Columbia Township, be zoned to I-1, light industrial. Currently the area is zoned A-1, Agricultural district.

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