August 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â For the first time in âmany years,â Whitley Countyâs Sheriffâs 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 â 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 nightâs 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 âTeam Iron Addictionâ 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.
Romanâs 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 â Developer Whitley RC Investments, LLC announced the construction of a 75,000-square foot, expandable shell building at âshovel readyâ certified Rail Connect Business Park in Whitley County.
âBased on our analysis, this is both the right time and the right location to develop a shell building,â said Whitley RC Investments partner Simon Dragan. âOur team greatly appreciates the welcome we have received in Whitley County and looks forward to seeing this project become successful.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A banner year for cancer research was cause for celebration for Whitley Countyâs Relay for Life participants and chair persons.
After its annual event, held in June, the fundraiser exceeded its goal by $7,000 â raising a total $31,132.
Team leaders, volunteers and participants gathered last night to applaud the countyâs efforts and to brainstorm on the 2014 relay.
âI canât imagine doing this without you,â said Cathy Cronin, the eventâs chairman. âWords fail me. I canât thank you all enough. This was a fantastic year, and I am looking forward to next year.â
COLUMBIA CITY â 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 â a make-shift knife made from the sharpened end of a toothbrush â 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 â Columbia Cityâs 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 â 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 Bechtoldâs term â through Dec. 31, 2014.
COLUMBIA CITY â A cause of death has been determined for an Albion man who died at Steel Dynamics Inc. Monday night.
First responders were called to the factory, located south of U.S. 30 between County Roads 700 and 800 East, for an injured man, Jeffery A. Flory, 44, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday.
Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger determined after an autopsy Tuesday that he died from blunt force trauma, with multiple internal injuries.
Though details of Floryâs death arenât availble, Dellinger said the death was determined to be accidental.