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March 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” More now than ever, mental health is a focus in society.
When crimes are committed, some people wonder if the person who perpetrated the crime is actually mentally ill. If so, is a jail or prison the best place for them?
Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said he is seeing more inmates with mental health problems than ever before.
â€śWe are finding, at least from our standpoint, what appears to be more and more mental health issues,â€ť he said, referring to the inmate population at the Whitley County Jail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Amendments to Columbia Cityâ€™s sign ordinance continue to be a topic of discussion for the Columbia City Plan Commission.
Part of the sign ordinance being examined is related to electronic messaging centers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of School Trustees heard reports about textbook adoption at Mondayâ€™s work session.
For the elementary level, reading/language arts were the subject of the new book.
The book chosen was Journeys, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Advantages for this textbook include its excellence in a 90-minute reading block and the high portion of non-fiction reading.
The committee was chaired by Laura McDermott, principal at Coesse Elementary School.
The student rental price for this book will be $33.51.
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.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śWe are in a very cautionary mode,â€ť he said. â€śIf we spend our entire allocation we could end up spending some of our cash balance.â€ť
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a two-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 countyâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
Although National Serv-All has postponed trash collection by one day, recycling in Whitley County will remain on schedule.