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January 10th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council will hear a presentation from Mediacom at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Eric Mollber is on the agenda for the boardâ€™s 7 p.m. meeting.
Whitley County approved Mediacom for Internet service in the countyâ€™s Recorderâ€™s Office at the Jan. 4 meeting.
Faster Internet speed was justification for the countyâ€™s decision to give that office the green light to change Internet service providers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office reported this morning that no arrests have been made yet in the case relating to the death of a five-month-old girl Jan. 3 in Columbia City.
On Friday, the prosecutorâ€™s office filed charges relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine against Travis A. Wonderly, 21 and Janel M. Creech, 36. Arrest warrants have been issued for the pair.
Both suspects were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B Felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County planners have been formulating a new document designed to spell out long-range goals for the county.
At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the Whitley County Council, Dave Sewell, Whitley Countyâ€™s Executive Director of Planning and Building presented each member of the board with a copy of Draft B of the Whitley County Comprehensive Plan.
Planners have been developing a new guide for land use and development over the last year, working with Ground Rules, Inc., a consulting firm.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Workers from Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility were working feverishly Friday afternoon to repair a pump in the lift station for Steel Dynamics Corporation.
â€śWeâ€™re putting a Band-Aid on it today,â€ť said Facility Superintendent Mike Cook.
Cook said the lift station has two pumps. The station needs one pump to operate, but has a second pump as a redundancy.
One of the two pumps came loose from its base, according to Cook.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office filed charges today in a case related to the death of a five-month-old girl Monday morning in Columbia City.
Charges relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine were filed this morning against Travis A. Wonderly, 21 and Janel M. Creech, 36.
Both suspects were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
According to court documents, police say the lab was in operation from Dec. 26 until Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s information technology consultant talked about data protection this week to the county council.
Jim Becher spoke to the board about the possibility of putting in hard drives for the sole purpose of â€śbacking upâ€ť all the data produced by the countyâ€™s various departments.
Becher also presented the less feasible option of the county going to â€śoff-site backup.â€ť
Becher told the board that sending the countyâ€™s computer data to an off-site storage facility in California could cost as much as $13,000 each year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Beneath tons of brick and Indiana limestone, snaking through the catacombs and tunnels of the Whitley County Courthouseâ€™s crawl space are the cast iron sewer and gas pipes that were installed as original equipment in the building back in the late 19th century.
The courthouse was built over two years from 1888 to 1890.
Much of the original plumbing is still being used and county officials say itâ€™s time to replace the century-plus-old pipes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Christmas falling on a Sunday this year created a challenge for those making the calendar for next school year at Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
Jennifer Reiff, assistant principal at Indian Springs Middle School, presented a proposed calendar to the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees at its regular meeting Monday night.
The proposed calendar is scheduled for a vote by the board at its Jan. 17 regular meeting.
Because of where Christmas falls this year, students will be attending school before and after the holiday break for partial weeks.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation is eyeing increased demand for all-day kindergarten.
The result of the school systemâ€™s study, according to Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor, is some of the corporationâ€™s elementary schoolâ€™s wonâ€™t have half-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.
â€śWeâ€™re having a shift at our schools from parents wanting the children in a half-day program to parents wanting their children in a full-day program,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor at the regular meeting of the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees Monday night.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While police and investigators are still putting together the case relating to the death of a five-month-old girl Monday morning in Columbia City, health officials and the Indiana State Police are saying the child was likely exposed to methamphetamine.
The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s office still is not releasing any information on the death of Taylor Lynn Creech who was rushed to Parkview Whitley Hospital Monday from her home at 730 Camden Drive where she was pronounced dead.