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January 13th, 2011

Family sought help weeks before infant's death

January 13, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Family members mourning the loss of a five-month-old baby girl who died Jan. 3 say their grief is compounded by the knowledge that the child’s death might have been prevented.
“This whole tragedy with my niece could have been avoided had the county officials listened to our family and taken our warnings seriously,” said Miranda Minear, whose sister Janel Creech is currently incarcerated on drug charges that were a result of a 911 call Jan. 3.
As a result of that call, Creech’s baby daughter Taylor was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

No third term in Mayor Fleck’s future

January 13, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Mayor Jim Fleck said there are several reasons behind his decision to not seek re-election for the post he currently holds.
Primary among those reasons are family, health and the state of the economy.
At the end of 2011, Fleck will have finished his second term in office, and he says it’s time for someone else to take over.
“There’s lots about this job I like, but I’ve done it for eight years, it’s time for someone else to look at it,” he said, adding that he believes the city is a better place than when he started.

January 12th

Probation check finds meth lab

January 12, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A routine probation search has netted yet another methamphetamine lab in Columbia City.
Just a little more than a week after a 911 call for a an unconscious infant led police to a suspected clandestine meth lab, county police entered the home of Kyle Lloyd Barker at 108 E. Hanna Street Tuesday night and discovered a meth manufacturing operation in his downstairs bedroom.
Barker, 24, was arrested at 3:50 p.m. and booked in Whitley County Jail on seven drug-related charges.

Local lawmakers largely supportive of governor's plans

January 12, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — State lawmakers representing Whitley County responded to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ State of the State Address, referring to his vision for Indiana’s immediate future as optimistic and ambitious.
According to Columbia City resident and State Sen. Jim Banks, Indiana Senate Republicans say their caucus stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance the state’s two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in the governor’s Tuesday speech.

Police arrest one of two meth suspects

January 12, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the suspects in a case involving an alleged methamphetamine lab on Camden Drive in Columbia City is in custody.
Janel M. Creech, 36 was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and booked in the Whitley County Jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and violating probation.
On Friday, the prosecutor’s office filed charges against Creech and Travis A. Wonderly, 21.

January 10th

A timely purchase?

January 10, 2011

Peabody Public Library ready to dedicate new construction

January 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — When the Peabody Public Library’s new building was constructed in 1999, it was with an eye to the future as well as the needs of the moment.
With large unfinished areas on the lower level, we knew that we had the option to respond to the changing world of library service.

United Way provides opportunity to help

January 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — There is one organization that has the potential to help many. But how many are actually helped, depends on how the final push of its fundraising campaign turns out.
“This year, the needs of people have greatly surpassed the resources that are available from the agencies, programs and services that are sponsored by the United Way of Whitley County,” said John Black, executive director of the United Way of Whitley County.

ISMS teams taking their visions of future cities to competition

January 10, 2011

Staff report
Some 7th grade students at ISMS have taken an engineering role and mentality and run with it.
Recently, students have been participating in the National Future City competition.
This competition incorporates STEM standards and curriculum — science, technology, engineering and math—, project-based learning and cooperation.
According to the Future City website, students first create on the computer, and then in large, three-dimensional models, their visions of the city of tomorrow.
All of these 21st Century skills are regarded as highly valuable by current employers.

Change of venue denied for Wright

January 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The suspected killer of a 14-year-old Whitley County girl will likely not be tried Jan. 25 as scheduled.
In a pre-trial conference Monday morning, Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer heard motions from Public Defender Brad Voelz, who said he didn’t believe his client, Joshua M. Wright, could get a fair trial in Whitley County.
Voelz requested a change of venue, although he admitted he didn’t think moving the trial to a neighboring county would help, given the high-profile nature of the case.

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