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April 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â A Florida woman who once lived in Whitley County pleaded guilty to identity deception in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Rachelle Powell, who formerly resided in Larwill, pleaded guilty as part of a plea arrangement.
The deal included a suspended sentence of 1.5 years for the Class D felony charge.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said the Class D felony could be changed to a Class A misdemeanor if Powell served her probation well.
A count of forgery, a Class C felony, was dismissed.
COLUMBIA CITY â A requested extension for a home in violation of a city ordinance was granted at the meeting of the Columbia City Board of Works and Public Safety Tuesday.
Larry Jacobs, who lives at 980 S. CR 50 E., appeared before the board because his home was in violation of the junk ordinance. Jacobs was eventually granted an extension until July 31 to clean up the area around his residence. He hoped for a different outcome.
âI donât see that itâs that big of a deal,â he said. âMost people around me donât care. Itâs my life and my livelihood.â
Columbia City High School students will present âCurtains, the Musical,â Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $8.
The whodunit musical comedy features entertaining dance numbers as well as two developing love stories. Pictured is Kirstie Crisp (left), Dan Yingst and Brooke Alexander.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS) approved an agreement with a marketing company Monday.
Big Idea Company will partner with the district to provide professional services for community outreach and communication. The agreement passed by a 7-0 vote.
WCCS hopes the company can be a positive influence for the district in this period of educational choice.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â More details could emerge soon on whether the Republicans who control the Indiana Legislature can agree with GOP Gov. Mike Pence on the size of a possible cut in the state's individual income tax rate.
Pence has been pushing for a 10 percent cut, while legislative leaders have hesitated to go along as they look to increase state spending on schools and road projects.
House and Senate negotiators said Wednesday they were close to a budget deal ahead of Friday's expected adjournment of this year's legislative session.
Light snow is falling in parts of Whitley County.
Citizens should act accordingly in the unusual weather pattern.
Whitko High School will present, âThe Wizard of Oz,â Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. More than 50 students have worked for months to bring the show to South Whitley. The production features students from elementary and middle schools as well.
Tickets are available at the door and prices are $6 for adults and $5 for students. Doors will open one hour prior to the show. Pictured is Jasmine Gregory (Center) as Dorothy Gale and Michael Thompson (right) as Tin Man, along with the rest of the cast at a rehearsal recently.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Common Council held its third and final reading to withdraw the cityâs water and electric utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) Tuesday.
This was the final step for the city to take. A formal letter will still be sent to the IURC and there will be a waiting period before the move becomes official.
Before voting on the measures, which both passed unanimously, the council heard public comment.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Sewer discussions left a sour taste in some residentsâ mouths at Tuesday nightâs town council meeting.
Two residents came to members of the council with costly concerns, centering around sewer back ups in their homes.
David and Judy Richards confronted the council after returning home from a four-month stay in Florida to find the sewer line servicing their home had backed up into their basement.
âMy son came and talked to you already,â David said. âI know you made a decision to not help cover the bill, but I wanted to know if you could explain it to me.â
PIERCETON â Acknowledging strengths and weaknesses have been a common theme at Whitko Community School Corporationâs Board of School Trustee meetings.
Each month, principals from the districtâs schools give a report as to the progress being made on campus.
Some of those reports are positive and some point out areas needing improvement, but regardless, administrators are not skirting away from the reality at their respective school.