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November 15th, 2013

WHAT’S IN A NAME?: Small town history provides a comic relief

November 15, 2013

LORANE — Whitley County is peppered with towns that once existed on their own, but have since been incorporated into larger municipalities.

Although time may have diminished small towns’ independence, the legacy and history behind places such as Peabody and Tunker still live on.

Never has that sentiment been more true than for the little town that once was — Lorane.

Located off of West Lincolnway, near the County Road 350 West intersection, the town was founded in 1850.

In 1851, a post office was established in a small country general store which burned in 1855.

JAIL PLUMBING: Upgrades, replacement parts a challenge for officials

November 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Plumbing upgrades to older fixtures at the Whitley County Jail have have come at a cost to the county.

County Commissioner George Schrumpf said valves have been failing, and the expense to change them out is high.

“We have been replacing them little-by-little,” he said.

The $1,400 upgrade will provide more efficient control of the faucets, as well as lavatories in the jail.

The valves are specifically designed so they cannot be torn apart and used to make a weapon by an inmate.

November 14th

AMISH SCHOOL: Second Amish school opens in Whitley County

November 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY— Familiar Amish symbols, such as a horse and buggy, may not be a common occurrence in Columbia City, but they thrive in other parts of Whitley County.

The southwest part of the county, which is located within the Whitko Community School Corporation’s district boundaries, contains many Amish residents, prompting the need for a second Amish school in the area.

Approximately 38 students attend the newly constructed Country Meadow Amish School from first to eighth grade.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Wilkinson to serve time on home detention

November 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man was given a sentence to be served on home detention for sexual misconduct with a minor.

Chais Wilkinson, 19, pleaded guilty to the charge, a Class D felony, in October. When reading the charge at that time, Wilkinson admitted to performing or submitting to fondling a 14-year-old female victim.

Monday, Judge James Heuer sentenced him to the Whitley County Jail for 1.5 years. Wilkinson was given credit for time served at the jail.

He will spend 180 days on home detention, with the rest of his sentence spent on probation.

MAIN PROBLEM: Eagle Glen water project to begin soon

November 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Water Department took the next step in improving water quality to the Eagle Glen area.

At Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting, the board made a bid selection for the Eagle Glen water main loop project, a proposal that is expected to improve water pressure and consistency to the area north of U.S. 30 on Ind. 205.

During the past few years, the area has had issues with its water service, as an old main that services the area has broken several times.

November 13th

County juggles jobs, looks to hire support

November 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Maintaining the Whitley County Courthouse is a full-time job.

In fact, when factoring in the County Government building in addition to the needs at the Courthouse, the maintenance responsibilities require two full-time jobs and two part-time jobs.

Recently County Commissioners and County Council members considered adding another person to the list to focus on maintenance at the Whitley County Jail and corrections facilities. However, after reviewing the amount of work needed on a regular basis, county leaders decided to an additional employee was not necessary.

IN COURT: Man sentenced for family meth crimes

November 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man who partnered with his son in methamphetamine manufacturing received a 10-year sentenced to the Whitley County Jail Tuesday.

Jay Greer, 56, will serve six of those 10 years at the jail for assisting in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony. The other four years of the sentence will be served on probation. Judge James Heuer hoped Greer would be able to apply for work release as soon as he was eligible.

‘YOU MADE IT HAPPEN’: Town park dedicated

November 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — It’s been five years in the making, but the end result is two new playgrounds in South Whitley’s town park.

A dedication ceremony was held Tuesday night in the town hall, which overlooks the newly erected Adventure Mania, a playground designed for older children.

The project began with Doodlebug Village, an interactive playground for younger children, which saw fundraising efforts by some of the students at South Whitley Elementary School.

Chairing the project was Park Board member Katey Till, a stay-at-home mother and South Whitley resident.

BUDGET: S. Whitley finances receive good feedback

November 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — After numerous meetings where budget numbers and appropriation reports were the topic of tense discussion, South Whitley leaders had positive comments at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

“There are no foreseeable problems,” said Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould. “We are looking really good. All of our accounts show positive in the appropriations report.”

Town Council President Tony Starkey asked Gould in previous meetings to give extensive explanations on budget line items and spending categories.

November 11th

Toys For Tots starts season

November 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With all the beautiful weather lately, it is hard to believe Christmas is only a few months away.

The local Leatherneck Coffee Club Marines and Whitley County Toys For Tots coordinators have been hard at work already planning the 2013 season.

Those experiencing difficult times or know someone who is, and will need assistance this Christmas, sign up will be from now through Wednesday, Nov. 27, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army office located at the First Church of God, 1200 W. Depoy Dr. in Columbia City.

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