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January 10th, 2011

Police seeking two wanted on drug charges

January 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney’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 prosecutor’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.

January 7th

County's comprehensive plan ready for review

January 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County planners have been formulating a new document designed to spell out long-range goals for the county.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Whitley County Council, Dave Sewell, Whitley County’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.

City lift station gets bandage

January 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Workers from Columbia City’s Water Pollution Control Facility were working feverishly Friday afternoon to repair a pump in the lift station for Steel Dynamics Corporation.
“We’re putting a Band-Aid on it today,” 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.

Drug charges filed in relation to infant death

January 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney’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.

Backup plan for county's data weighed

January 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’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 “backing up” all the data produced by the county’s various departments.
Becher also presented the less feasible option of the county going to “off-site backup.”
Becher told the board that sending the county’s computer data to an off-site storage facility in California could cost as much as $13,000 each year.

January 6th

Ancient pipes in courthouse on the way out

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Beneath tons of brick and Indiana limestone, snaking through the catacombs and tunnels of the Whitley County Courthouse’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 it’s time to replace the century-plus-old pipes.

WCCS's 2011-2012 calendar discussed

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 corporation’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.

WCCS could streamline kindergarten

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation is eyeing increased demand for all-day kindergarten.
The result of the school system’s study, according to Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor, is some of the corporation’s elementary school’s won’t have half-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.
“We’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,” said O’Connor at the regular meeting of the corporation’s Board of School Trustees Monday night.

Baby's death still under investigation

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 Attorney’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.

Larwill to become home of manufacturer

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A custom molding company that hopes to increase its share of the medical device marketplace is relocating to Whitley County.
Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. made the announcement official Tuesday after appearing before the Whitley County Council requesting a tax abatement for its new property in Larwill.
“They’re closely tied to the medical device industry,” said Alan Tio of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.

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