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January 6th, 2011
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śTheyâ€™re closely tied to the medical device industry,â€ť said Alan Tio of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Recorderâ€™s office will be changing Internet service providers.
Former Recorder Rosemary Brown approached the Whitley County Commissioners in December about needing more bandwidth.
She told the Commissioners that everything her department records goes to an off-site server where the data can be accessed and certain purchases of documents can be made.
â€śWe have documents coming and going and by sharing with all the other departments, it slows everything down,â€ť said Brown Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees changed the time of its regular bi-monthly meeting Monday night.
The board voted unanimously, 8-0 (Steve Hively was absent) to change the time of the regular meeting from 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The board meets on the first and third Mondays of each month.
The board discussed possible ramifications of the earlier time.
â€śThe only thing I can see is that (5:30 p.m.) takes us traditionally through the dinner hour, when people sit down to supper,â€ť said board member Tim Bloom.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s police officers stay protected due to upgrades made possible by state law and federal funding.
Columbia City Chief of Police Mike Petersen told the Columbia City Common Council last month that a new shipment of ballistic vests had arrived in his department.
â€śWe got 10 vests from the federal governmentâ€™s 50/50 matchâ€ť said Petersen. â€śState law requires you to supply vests and replace them every five years.â€ť
Petersen said the State of Indiana intervened in recent years to reinforce a â€śvest life expectancyâ€ť provided by the makers of the equipment.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Police in Columbia City are investigating the death of a five-month-old baby girl Monday morning at 730 Camden Drive.
Neighbors heard a woman screaming and called 911. According to the Columbia City Police Department dispatchers, the call came in around 9:15 a.m.
According to Columbia City Chief of Police Mike Petersen, a decision on whether or not to file charges in the case is â€śpending the report on cause of death.â€ť
An autopsy was being conducted Monday afternoon. Results were not available at press time.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Fort Wayne man received eight years in jail for drug offenses while a Syracuse man received a suspended 18-month prison sentence for a drug-related incident surrounding the death of a woman last year.
Jeremy R. Church, 25, of Fort Wayne received a pair of eight-year sentences for dealing in cocaine and dealing in a controlled substance.
Both charges are B felonies.
Church was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday and could be released in six years since two years of his eight-year sentences were suspended.