August 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Swarming bees, broken windows and a vermin infestation are reasons for a vacant home becoming the concern of Whitley County‚Äôs Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner.
At the County Commissioners meeting Monday, Wagner requested county leaders to approve his moving forward in declaring the building unsafe.
The property is located at 8075 S. 200 E. and sits on the corner of Smith Street and 200 E. According to Wagner, the property is owned by William L. Hinen.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ For the first time in ‚Äúmany years,‚ÄĚ Whitley County‚Äôs Sheriff‚Äôs Department is adding two deputies at the same time, said Sergeant Todd Cook.
Kory Bailey, 23, and Terrance McKinney, 27, are the latest additions to the department of 15 deputies.
Bailey and McKinney are replacing two deputies who resigned this year, Scott Geist and Chuck Vogely.
Another law enforcement officer will join the squad in December, when long-time deputy Dennis Ruch is expected to retire.
Bailey grew up in Whitley County and is a 2009 Columbia City High School graduate.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ High schools in Columbia City will no longer offer weighted grades to students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees removed the program by a unanimous vote at Monday night‚Äôs board meeting, affecting students at both Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy.
The change will be phased in over the next two years.
In June, the Whitley/Noble County powerlifting team ‚ÄúTeam Iron Addiction‚ÄĚ traveled to Springfield, Ohio for an Individual National Competition.
Keith Herron (left), of Noble County, was bench press national champ in the 220-pound weight class. James Crump (middle), of Whitley County, was power sports national champion in bench press, curls and dead-lift in the 162-pound weight class. Gunnar Barnhard (right), of Whitley County, was bench press national champ in the 275-pound weight class.
Jessica Wietfeldt and Amelia Roman (right) returned from the Indiana State Fair with several awards.
Wietfeldt's cat, Molly, earned a Blue Merit and earned Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Level Cage Decorating.
Roman‚Äôs cat, Cinnamon, earned a Blue Merit. Roman also brought home the Senior Champion Showmanship award and Grand Champion Showmanship overall. This is the second year that she has won the two showmanship awards.
Both she and Wietfeldt are members of the Whitley Whiskers 4-H Cat Club.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Developer Whitley RC Investments, LLC announced the construction of a 75,000-square foot, expandable shell building at ‚Äúshovel ready‚ÄĚ certified Rail Connect Business Park in Whitley County.
‚ÄúBased on our analysis, this is both the right time and the right location to develop a shell building,‚ÄĚ said Whitley RC Investments partner Simon Dragan. ‚ÄúOur team greatly appreciates the welcome we have received in Whitley County and looks forward to seeing this project become successful.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A banner year for cancer research was cause for celebration for Whitley County‚Äôs Relay for Life participants and chair persons.
After its annual event, held in June, the fundraiser exceeded its goal by $7,000 ‚ÄĒ raising a total $31,132.
Team leaders, volunteers and participants gathered last night to applaud the county‚Äôs efforts and to brainstorm on the 2014 relay.
‚ÄúI can‚Äôt imagine doing this without you,‚ÄĚ said Cathy Cronin, the event‚Äôs chairman. ‚ÄúWords fail me. I can‚Äôt thank you all enough. This was a fantastic year, and I am looking forward to next year.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A man who attempted to escape from the Whitley County Jail last year pleaded guilty Monday.
Charles E. Norris, 29, of Cromwell, was booked at the jail last November on a probation violation and other charges.
On Dec. 7, 2012, he attempted to escape from the jail. He used a shank ‚ÄĒ a make-shift knife made from the sharpened end of a toothbrush ‚ÄĒ and held it to the throat of another inmate.
Norris demanded the keys and said he would harm the other inmate. Jail officials refused to relent, and Norris was eventually subdued.
SYRACUSE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls golf team opened the fall sports season in Whitley County on the road against Wawasee Tuesday night at Maxwelton Golf Course.
With official practices beginning Friday, the Lady Eagles only had two practices to prepare for their first match, falling to the Lady Warriors in a 20-stroke match, 197-217.
Macenzie Lane led the Lady Eagles, shooting a 49, followed by Cheyenne Johnson who scored a 56.
Allison Yoder shot a 58 and Sydney Ford finished off varsity scoring with 62 strokes.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Consolidated Schools board members had the opportunity to meet the candidates aspiring to fill a vacant seat at their meeting Monday.
The board position opened up after former member, Chris Bechtold, resigned due to his new position as a teacher within the district. The newly-appointed board member will be voted in at the next WCCS board meeting, and will finish out Bechtold‚Äôs term ‚ÄĒ through Dec. 31, 2014.