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February 13th, 2014

IN COURT: Man admits to dealing prescription drugs

February 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to dealing a prescription drug.

Frank O. Hibbs, 60, of Liberty Mills, pleaded guilty to one of the two charges against him for dealing in a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.

According to the terms of a plea agreement Hibbs signed, his executed term of incarceration is not to exceed eight years.

SNOW IS GOOD: Frigid weather put crime rates on ice

February 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Since early January, many people have barely managed to make it to work, go to the grocery store and perform daily tasks due to the cumbersome weather.

The area has received more than 50 inches of snow this winter, making it hard for everyone to maneuver the roads and walkways — criminals included.
While crime still exists, illegal activity in Whitley County has been down since early January, and some officials believe the weather could be to thank for that.

Mayor interacts with teens

February 13, 2014

With a large group of students gathered to take a stand against teen dating violence, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel took time to greet some of his “fans” after the reading of his proclamation. Pictured is Daniel (left) and Ross Elkins, a junior at Columbia City High School.

NEW CHARGE:Salvation Army names community specialist

February 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Salvation Army of Whitley County recently declared Major Flora O’Dell as the new community ministries specialist.
Major O’Dell previously served with The Salvation Army Central Territory in Chicago as the secretary for Women’s Auxiliary.

A few years ago she also served as the director of The Salvation Army Women and Children’s Shelter and Women’s Domestic violence shelter in Indianapolis.

February 12th

S. Whitley signs joint resolution on BPPT

February 12, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Town leaders signed a joint resolution adding the Town of South Whitley to a list of other Whitley County municipalities opposing the elimination of the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT).
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence indicated Tuesday he is “open” to the state replacing revenue to local governments if the General Assembly adopts a plan to exempt small businesses from a tax.

“I’m not sure what all will be done at the state level, but we have to consider the impact this has on our town,” said Council President Bill Boggs.

S. Whitley works toward wellness initiative

February 12, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s Town Council members agreed to revisit the acquisition of a vacant manufacturing facility.

The building that once housed Dwyer Instruments, Inc., located on First Street in South Whitley, has been vacant for almost 10 years.

In July of 2013, the council made plans to purchase the building to house a new company that would bring jobs and opportunity to the town. When the company backed out of the move, the town stopped its efforts to buy the facility.

One down, two to go

February 12, 2014

Columbia City’s and Whitko’s girls basketball teams picked up wins in their sectional openers Tuesday night. Columbia City took a 49-43 victory over Eastbrook at Bellmont, and the Lady Wildcats topped West Noble 49-46 in overtime at NorthWood. Pictured above, Columbia City’s substitutes and crowd goes wild after Macie Hinen sunk a shot at the third-quarter buzzer. Both teams advance to the semi-final rounds Friday night, hoping to advance to the title game Saturday.

RELAY BEGINS: Event to ‘scare away cancer’ in June

February 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After several weather delays, Whitley County’s Relay for Life participants stepped into action Feb. 1 with a kick-off party.
Each year, team captains, past participants and volunteers gather to announce the theme and event particulars for the 24-hour walk to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and patient services.
For the relay, slated June 7 at Indian Springs Middle School, the theme is “Scare Away Cancer.”

Scott to run for County Prosecutor

February 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Accomplished” local trial attorney and life-long Republican, Bruce Scott, filed the necessary paperwork and will seek the Republican Party’s nomination in the May primary to serve as the Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney.

“If I am given the opportunity to serve Whitley County as its prosecutor, I pledge to bring justice to those who do not follow the law, and to do so in a swift and impartial manner,” said Scott.

Scott, who has been an attorney for 26 years, has successfully handled both civil and criminal cases in Whitley, Allen, Wells, Noble and Adams Counties.

COURT RULING: Bradley given 10-years for meth charges

February 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A Garrett man arrested in a traffic stop on Ind. 205 last year with an active meth lab in the vehicle learned the length of his incarceration Monday.

Mitchell M. Bradley, 38, was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for 10 years, with eight years to serve and the balance suspended, for manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

 

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