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August 9th, 2012
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.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A Whitley County official was arrested Monday afternoon on official misconduct and battery charges.
Roland "Ron" King, 74, of South Whitley, Cleveland Township Trustee, is charged with three felonies and three misdemeanors after a one-month long investigation.
According to Indiana State Police Detective Kevin Smith, a complaint was made to the South Whitley Police Department alleging that King inappropriately touched three women at the Cleveland Township Trusteeâ€™s office.
The misconduct allegedly occurred between June 10, 2011 and June 11, 2012.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Downtown Columbia City was a veritable candy store for classic car enthusiasts Saturday as 146 participants took part in the 11th Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show on the Square, an event held to benefit Junior Achievement of Whitley County.
According to organizers, participants came from as far away as Battle Creek, Mich.
Peoples Choice Award winner was Dan Rex of Columbia City with a 1967 Blue Chevy Nova Sedan.
Other winners were as follows:
1949 and older
Joe Maloni, Huntington
1935 International C1 Pickup
Steve Shoda, Churubusco
1933 Ford Coupe
WARSAW â€” With crop damage related to the 2012 drought, the appearance of crop dusters like this one spraying a field of corn northeast of Warsaw in Kosciusko County, is more prevalent.