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August 15th, 2013

SRO: WCCS may add school police officer

August 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The process has begun to place a school resource officer (SRO) at Whitley County Consolidated Schools.

At Tuesday’s Columbia City Board of Works meeting, Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said he’s been working with WCCS’s Superentindent, Dr. Pat O’Connor, to come up with a plan for an SRO.

JUST KEEP SWIMMING: Pool concepts take on three shapes

August 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A pool of ideas for a new aquatics facility for Columbia City has funneled into three concepts, which were presented at a public forum Wednesday night.

Representatives from Counsilman-Hunsaker and MartinRiley have been working with a task force of community members to develop options to replace the aging Burnworth Memorial Pool, set to close in 2014.

August 14th

SHORT CHANGED: Former town employee deducted pay

August 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A South Whitley employee was deducted $773 from his final paycheck unexpectedly, according to Trevor Webb who was represented by his wife, Toni, at the Town Council meeting Tuesday.

Toni told town leaders that the money was deducted for Trevor’s portion of his health insurance.

However, the money should have been deducted from Trevor’s pay in February.

“When he was hired, he wasn’t charged right away,” Toni said. “We were covered, but Trevor was told it was a mistake that his check wasn’t being deducted the payment each time.”

Excited educators

August 14, 2013

Faculty and administrators gathered at Whitko High School for a staff day in preparation of Whitko Community School Corporation’s first day of school.

Students returned to the classroom this morning to begin the 2013-14 school year.

Pictured are Dawn Hinthorn (right) and Susie Trixler, both teachers at Whitko High School, chatting with a financial representative.

WHITLEY ON THE MOVE: S. Whitley preps for trail blazing

August 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A new trail is soon to take shape in South Whitley, thanks to Whitley On The Move, a grassroots initiative to improve the town.

Overseeing the organization is Julia Robinson of South Whitley. However, numerous town citizens have joined forces to form several committees focused on targeting specific areas of improvement.

One of those areas is developing recreational opportunities.

When the trail is completed, it will cover more than two miles and will stretch as far east as Reed Street and Jefferson Street to the west of town.

EMS: County might title ambulances back to Parkview

August 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Discussions have begun on the possibility of Whitley County titling two of its ambulances to Parkview Hospitals.

County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf said this is an accounting practice for Parkview that will not affect the books for Whitley County at all.

A decision has not been formally made, however, as it was tabled at the Aug. 5 commissioner meeting.

Schrumpf said Parkview has bought two ambulances, and the county two, during the current phase of their agreement.

AUGUST BURNS(WORTH) RED: Aquatics Task Force to survey options

August 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With Burnworth Memorial Pool closed for the season, the Aquatics Task Force, Columbia City officials and residents are working to make a plan for the future of swimming pools in the city.

After the city suffered many expenses due to the age and condition of the pool, which was constructed decades ago, officials decided the summer of 2014 will be the last year for Burnworth Pool.

Though official numbers weren’t available at press time, Columbia City Parks Director Mark Green said the pool lost more money this year than 2012.

August 13th

SAFETY COMMISSION: School resource officer on city’s agenda tonight

August 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety, as well as the Common Council, are expected to discuss the possibility of a school resource officer at tonight’s meetings.

Dr. Pat O’Connor, Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, said at the board meeting last week that the district is heading up the county’s School Safety Commission, which includes all three of Whitley County’s districts.

Currently, Smith-Green Community Schools is working out a budget for their own school resource officer.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH: Hill pleads guilty in local dead body case

August 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A woman involved in a suspicious death in Whitley County pleaded guilty in Superior Court last week.

Brooke Hill, 22, of Spenceville, accepted a plea deal last week which will give her a three-year sentence for altering the scene of a suspicious death, a Class D felony. She will be incarcerated for two of those years and will serve the third on suspended sentence.

Hill will serve a one-year sentence, all behind bars, for failure to report a dead body. That sentence will be concurrent with the first charge.

Work begins

August 13, 2013

Whitley County’s Circuit Courtroom is undergoing remodeling this week.

New carpet will be put in the room on the third floor of the Courthouse.

The courtroom is expected to be open next week as remodeling continues throughout the Courthouse this summer.

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