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October 21st, 2013
FORT WAYNE â A Columbia City High School graduate, along with three Fort Wayne men, were arrested on methamphetamine charges Thursday.
Reilly Esterline, 23, now of Pierceton, was arrested as part of a drug sweep on Nuttman Avenue, southwest of downtown Fort Wayne.
The Fort Wayne Police Departmentâs Emergency Services Team, Vice and Narcotics Division and Meth Suppression Unit served a search warrant at 1018 Nuttman Avenue after receiving several complaints of drug use and sales at the residence.
Police entered the home at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, finding Esterline and three men inside.
PIERCETON â Whitko Community School Corporation board members will once again discuss where to locate the districtâs administration offices.
Septemberâs school board meeting left trustees at a standstill when a difference of opinion left no resolution.
School leaders are expected to revisit the options and ideas at Mondayâs board meeting.
Because construction designs are already in the works for Pierceton Elementary School, Superintendent Steve Clason advised board members to make a decision sooner than later.
CHURUBUSCO â Indianaâs Department of Transportation is currently working with municipalities across the state to map out road projects in 2014.
One particular project is on the top of the Churbusco Town Councilâs list â a new road to divert traffic off of U.S. 33.
A plan to construct a new road at the edge of town would create an alternative traffic pattern for those vehicles traveling to C&A Tool Engineering and BRC Rubber and Plastics, two large manufacturing facilities on the outskirts of town.
Indian Springs Middle School presented a junior version of the Broadway musical, âThe Music Man!â Thursday night.
The show tells the story of Harold Hill, played by Noah Wilson, and his shenanigans to swindle an Iowa town out of money by pretending to teach boys how to play band instruments.
In the meantime, he meets and falls in love with the townâs librarian Marian Paroo, played by Hunter Alles.
ISMSâs production was directed by Phil Genth and musical direction was by Karyle Genth.
Pictured are some of the cast members singing, âIowa Stubborn.â
STEUBEN COUNTY â A Columbia City man who was injured while working on Interstate 69 is on the road to recovery.
Reports say Brandon Morris, a 2004 Columbia City High School graduate, suffered a collapsed lung and several scrapes and bruises after he fell 13 feet off construction equipment on I-69 Thursday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â The deadline for submitting nominations for the Whitley County Community Foundationâs Heart of Gold award has been extended to Wednesday.
Continuing an 18-year tradition, the Whitley County Community Foundation will host the annual Heart of Gold Awards in celebration of the people in the community who give of themselves to make life a little better for others.
âWhitley County is a great place to live and work thanks to the many thoughtful people who call it home,â said Chelsey Barrell of the Whitley County Community Foundation.
COLUMBIA CITY â Approximately 15 new voices joined the Whitley Community Childrenâs Choir (WCCC) at Thursday nightâs âtry itâ event.
A special evening was planned for students who might be interested in singing with WCCC.
Becky Walter, one of the choirâs leaders, called the event âa night to check us out.â
âWe just about doubled the amount of voices in our choir tonight,â Walter said. âIt is so much fun to see these kids grab a hold of an opportunity like this.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Board of Works is taking some extra time making a decision about sending an employee for a certification.
Dave Sewell is Whitley Countyâs executive director for the Planning and Building Department, and there is a $1,500 certification available to him through a consulting firm, High Performance Government.
The firm is seeking all planning and building directors in Northeast Indiana to join forces in creating a more standardized process for permit application, as well as sharing other techniques to make Northeast Indiana a prime location for new business.
COLUMBIA CITY â With consistent budget cuts and little room for additional staff, many Indiana schools are struggling with class sizes.
Despite the difficulty, Whitley County Consolidated Schools has balanced out its classes â for now.
WCCS had a slightly higher enrollment this school year â two students â but as population grows and more students are attending school, changes may need to be made.
COLUMBIA CITYâ A Columbia City man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Chais A. Wilkinson, 19, was arrested in September.
He was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor as a Class D felony. The minimum sentence is six months and the maximum is three years.
When reading the charges, Judge James Heuer said Wilkinson performed or submitted to fondling with a 14-year-old female victim.
Wilkinson will be sentenced Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.