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August 9th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Whitley County home was destroyed in a fire late Wednesday night.
Columbia Township firemen were called to the residence at 856 E. CR 200 S. at approximately 11:45 p.m.
Firemen arrived to the scene to find the garage fully engulfed in flames.
Union Township, Washington Township, Jefferson Township and Columbia City firemen were called to assist with the blaze, which took several hours to put out.
Also on the scene was the Whitley County Fire Investigation Team.
According to fire scanner traffic, everyone inside the house got out of the residence with no injury.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Michigan man was severely injured Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident.
Michael Plumley, 62, was airlifted to Fort Wayne by Parkview Samaritan with severe head and internal injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car on Ind. 9 near the south county line.
Police were called to the area of 1000 S. Ind. 9 at approximately 5 p.m. after Plumleyâ€™s motorcycle hit a car driven by Denise Brewster, 62, of Huntington.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the Whitley County Consolidated School board work session Monday, Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor shared a memo with the board concerning a report made on Eagle Tech Academy.
Oâ€™Connor said Todd Hurst, who is the School Development Coordinator for the Center of Excellence in Leadership and Learning (CELL), was given the task to report to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) about the progress of Eagle Tech Academy this year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Local Emergency Planning Committee held its meeting Wednesday, mainly discussing updated information concerning earthquakes and the Haz Mat (Hazardous Materials) team.
Catherine Broxon-Ball, director and chairperson of the committee, said she is currently working on updating the earthquake plan.
â€śSo weâ€™re checking to make sure the buildings we have are sheltered and set up for our earthquake plan,â€ť said Broxon-Ball. â€śMost of them are schools.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco Jr.-Sr. High School Assistant Principal Andrew Deming resigned at Smith-Green Community Schools board meeting Monday.
â€śMr. Deming submitted this letter,â€ť said Ralph Bailey, interim superintendent. â€śHe grew up in the East Noble School District so I guess you could say he went home.â€ť
Demingâ€™s resignation is effective today. He has accepted a position with the EN Middle School.
His letter said â€śI have come to appreciate and care for the staff and community at Churubusco. However, this position is a more secure and stable career move for me and my family.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Council gave Sheriff Mark Hodges the approval to move forward with jail repairs at its meeting Tuesday.
The council approved $100,000 out of the Rainy Day Fund, with the rest of the money needed to complete the project to be determined as the project moves along.
The project, which concerns a door opening system, upgrading a camera system throughout the entire building and a request for cabinet renovations, is estimated to cost around $176,139 and to take six to eight months to complete.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” To continue the Celebrate Success program this year, Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation has started two new programs that are going to be working through the school and the district involving outreach.
â€śEach school is going to be creating a school outreach team to promote that particular school, and theyâ€™re going to create a presentation and present the presentation to three off campus entities,â€ť said Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor at the WCCS work session Monday.
Oâ€™Connor said these entities could include churches, the chamber, the rotary and even the city council.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Austin L. Waller, 18, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to aiding in dealing in methamphetamine.
Due to Wallerâ€™s plea agreement, he will be charged with aiding in the dealing of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, with four other counts against him dismissed.
A sentencing date is scheduled for Oct. 15 where Waller could face six to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
The plea came after Waller was arrested July 1, along with Terrance M. Ward, 30, on reports of a chemical odor coming from Apartment 3, 315 S. Main St., Columbia City.