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February 4th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Fort Wayne man and former state excise officer accused of staging the break-in of an Indiana State Excise Police evidence room in Columbia City is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Feb. 15, according to the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office.
Aaron M. Bishop, 34, was arrested Nov. 24 and charged with theft and official misconduct in connection with the Aug. 4 break-in.
Bishop has been free on $8,000 bond since shortly after his arrest.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The head of Whitley Countyâ€™s public transportation system will seek money from the Whitley County Council next week.
Jackie Hake, executive director of Whitley County Transit is asking for her organizationâ€™s annual allotment of money from the County Economic Development Income Tax â€” an infusion of $20,000 as part of a local match with the Indiana Department of Transportation.
â€śThese funds have gone a long way to support this growing program as we are starting our fifth year of public transportation,â€ť said Hake in a letter to council president Kim Wheeler.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety approved on Friday a work shutdown by Bowen Engineering Corporation on the cityâ€™s Equal-ization Basin and Interceptor Sewer Project which was originally slated to be completed May 1.
The shutdown is primarily due to frigid temperatures.
But the recent discovery of contaminated soil at one of the locations and the subsequent delays caused by Indiana Department of Environmental Management intervention also plays a factor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2011 budget for Whitley Countyâ€™s chapter of Drug-Free Indiana will find its way in front of the Whitley County Council Tuesday.
The programâ€™s coordinator, Nancy Prickett, presented the proposed budget to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Jan. 18.
â€śThe funds available for distribution in 2011 are $45,000 said Prickett in a letter submitted to the commissioners and made available for the councilâ€™s Tuesday meeting.
Prickett announced the money would be distributed for prevention/education, treatment, justice and administrative costs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees will roll up its sleeves and get to work Monday on several issues including the various school handbooks and the corporationâ€™s budget.
In its regular meeting Monday, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Marshall Community Building, board members will hear a presentation on the district handbooks for the primary, middle and high schools.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A company that began construction of a new manufacturing facility here in Whitley County last year is going to get a boost from the state.
Triad Metals International, which broke ground on a 165,000 square-foot distribution facility in the Rail Connect Business Park east of Columbia City last fall, will receive a $250,000 Community Economic Development Program Grant.
The announcement was made earlier this week in a statement from Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and came less than a week after Whitley County learned it would lose an industry that received such a grant last year.
According to Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball, the Level 2 snow emergency that the county has been operating under since Thursday morning has been dropped.
WHITLEY COUNTY - The Post and Mail will post updates of closings and delays for Thursday, Feb. 3 here. Check back for up-to-the minute reports.
- According to its website, Whitley County Consolidated Schools are closed for Thursday, Feb. 3. - According to its website, Smith-Green Community Schools are closed for Thursday, Feb. 3. - According to its website, Whitko Community Schools are closed for Thursday, Feb. 3. - According to a press release from Catherine Broxon-Ball, Whitley County EMA/DHS Director,the Whitley County Government offices will be open on today.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The snow emergency in Whitley County was upgraded to a level two at 8 a.m. this morning as residents continue to dig out from this weekâ€™s piling on of snow.
â€śWhitley County has upgraded to a level 2 snow emergency this morning,â€ť said the Whitley County Board of Commissioners in a statement today.
â€śThe public needs to be aware that roadways are slick, snow covered and that some have not been cleared as of this morning.
â€śCounty highway crews have been working since 5 a.m. to get at least one pass on all roadways and will be out all day working on the roads.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The snow storm this week put everyone in Whitley County and across much of the country on high-alert.
There were some who couldnâ€™t take shelter at home and wait out the blizzard in pajamas with a cup of hot cocoa.
â€śThere were so many stranded motorists,â€ť said Cathy Broxon-Ball of the Whitley County Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security.
â€śI guess everybody figures that police and emergency vehicles can just get to them in a matter of minutes, but we had so many responders that were getting stuck that, well, thatâ€™s why we have these levels.â€ť