August 9th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Community Schools Transportation Director Keith Kohut is preparing to replace four buses in the district after approval from the Board of Trustees Monday.
Kohut was present at Mondayâ€™s meeting to inform the board that he was ready to obtain quotes for the buses, which are part of the districtâ€™s approved bus replacement plan.
All four buses are 13 years or older, including a handicap lift bus that has more than 160,000 miles on it.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Due to changes in enrollment, the budget for Smith-Green Community Schools is projected to be lower in 2014.
With the first day of school less than a week away, SGCS began work on its budget for the coming year.
Projected figures for 2014 are expected to be closer to expenditures, according to Todd Fleetwood, business manager for SGCS.
Fleetwood said the average daily membership (ADM), a headcount of students taken during the school year for the district, will be lower this year. SGCS will also receive fewer dollars per students it has.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who allegedly sold drugs in South Whitley had his first appearance in court Monday and pleaded not guilty.
Frank O. Hibbs, 60, of Liberty Mills, was arrested July 31 for two counts of dealing a Schedule II controlled substance.
Case reports state Hibbs allegedly made two drug deals in July, on the 2nd and the 31st. Both times, he sold to a confidential informant working for the Whitley County Drug Task Force.
The informant allegedly bought 40 pills of hydrocodone July 2 for $200 in South Whitley. A similar purchase was made July 31.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An email blast went out to Whitley Countyâ€™s Humane Society supporters last week stating Lindsay Pease, the shelterâ€™s director at the time, was resigning.
Although the fact of Peaseâ€™s departure may have caught some followers off-guard, Mark Espich, Humane Society of Whitley County board president, said her decision to leave was given with plenty of notice.
Brian Busz (pictured) and Blane Culp placed third and fifth, respectively, in the wing class race at Miami County Speedway Saturday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Heavy winds in a quick storm left extensive damage at a local golf course.
Crooked Lake Golf Course had several branches down, along with one tree, after a storm blew through Wednesday evening.
Even more miraculous, according to course owner Bill Schumaker, is that no one was injured.
â€śThe worst part was that we had guys on the course in a cart have a top of a tree fall on them while they were in the cart,â€ť he said. â€śThe cart was totaled, but they were fine.â€ť
Schumaker said he could not believe the men survived.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several Career Technical Courses are available through Whitley County Consolidated Schools this school year.
Courses include: Agriculture, Business Technology, Various Computer Applications, Computer Tech Support, Cooperative Education (Co-op), Culinary Arts Careers, Education and Early Childhood Careers, Family and Consumers Science (FACS), Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Radio and TV. Pre-requisites for each course vary and are available by contacting Columbia City High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the 18th year, the annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow will converge on Morsches Park, Columbia City, this weekend.
Gates will open Friday at 5 p.m. with 32 vendors offering crafts, products and Native American wares.
Three food vendors will serve fry bread, buffalo burgers and buffalo tacos. Admission is $4 and children under the age of 12 are free.
Young Native Night will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a concert featuring Adam Strack and Mike Mowery.
CHURUBUSCO Ââ€” Residents filled Churubuscoâ€™s Town Hall to speak against the proposed garage sale ordinance, which was slated for a public hearing at the Town Council meeting Wednesday night.
In the proposed ordinance, a â€śgarage saleâ€ť is defined and includes yard sales, sidewalk sales, patio sales and so forth. However, it also includes verbiage that could limit a resident from selling any personal items from their private property:
â€śYard sales shall includeâ€¦and shall mean the sale of personal/private property from a residentially-occupied site,â€ť as it reads in the proposed ordinance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Swarming bees, broken windows and a vermin infestation are reasons for a vacant home becoming the concern of Whitley Countyâ€™s 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.