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March 8th, 2013

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.

March 6th

RECYCLING STILL ON SCHEDULE

March 6, 2013

Although National Serv-All has postponed trash collection by one day, recycling in Whitley County will remain on schedule.

UNDER THE WEATHER: Fast and heavy, snow piles up around the county

March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Almost a foot of snow blanketed Whitley County Tuesday night.

Official reports from the National Weather Service in North Webster recorded 8.5 inches of snow accumulation for Columbia City and 11 inches for Larwill. The snow fall was described as “fast” and “heavy,” by NWS reports, with the bulk of accumulation occurring within two to three hours.

Whitley County Emergency Management Agency reported more than 11 inches of accumulation for the area.

Neighboring counties reported snow fall from 6 inches to 11 inches.

TRASH COLLECTION DELAYED: Weather creates unsafe conditions

March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Due to Tuesday’s snowstorm and unsafe road conditions, Republic Services/National Serv-All has suspended all trash and recycling collections for today.

Collections for the rest of the week will be performed one day later than usual.

Wednesday’s work will be performed Thursday, Thursday’s pick up will be Friday and Friday’s collection will be Saturday.

For more information call 260-747-4117.

GUILTY PLEA: Raber admits meth dealing

March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to charges of dealing methamphetamine and will be sentenced at a later date.

Michael Raber, 27, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to two counts of dealing methamphetamine. Both are Class B felonies.

Raber was arrested in January for dealing meth at the Budget Inn. Raber and his girlfriend sold hypodermic needles and a white powdery substance to an undercover officer.

Four other counts against Raber were dismissed. He will be sentenced on April 15.

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