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August 8th, 2012
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Courthouse, a symbol of Columbia City since it was opened in 1888, recently had some restoration done, with more work on the way.
â€śIt is the center point of Whitley County, and what people see when they come to Columbia City,â€ť said Mark Sturtevant, with the courthouse maintenance department. â€śA lot of local businesses use the image of the courthouse.â€ť
The courthouse sits in the middle of four acres of land towering over surrounding buildings, and displays its Renaissance architecture.