March 28th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The floor of the walk-in cooler at the county jail needs a sprucing up, according to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Deputy Marcus Gatton appeared before the Whitley County Commissioners last week to report on needed repairs to the coolerâ€™s floor, which is part of the jailâ€™s original 1986 construction.
â€śBack in January, the jail received a health warning,â€ť said Gatton.
â€śWe have three months to rectify it.â€ť
According to Gatton, the floor of the walk-in cooler is rusty and uncleanable.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Police Department is hoping to get a new K-9 vehicle.
Officer Tim Pittenger and Chief Mike Petersen addressed the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Friday afternoon about the need to replace the current Ford Expedition with a new model.
Pittenger presented the board with a list of pros and cons between replacing the existing vehicle with another sport utility vehicle and changing gears to a Dodge Charger.
â€śAll the equipment that I have in my 2005 Expedition would be able to be put right into a 2011 Expedition,â€ť Pittenger said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees were treated to a comprehensive presentation on science as itâ€™s taught to elementary school students corporation-wide.
At the boardâ€™s regular school board meeting March 21, a contingent of science teachers representing several elementary schools in the district, gave a slide show and presentation called Science in the WCCS Elementary Schools.
Nancy Bridegam started the presentation off by discussing textbooks and the curriculum.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For several years now, the members of FFA have been trying to relay the idea that the organization is not just about being a farmer any more.
Last weekâ€™s presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees was no exception.
Following opening ceremonies conducted by the groupâ€™s parliamentary procedure team, members of the organization made a presentation called â€śWho Are We?â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County made changes to its sewer regulations to keep up with state law and health department officials briefed the countyâ€™s commissioners on the changes this week.
Scott Wagner with the Whitley County Health Department presented an update on the changes last week at the regular meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
â€śThis state law regarding residential septic systems was changed and became effective on January first of this year,â€ť Wagner said.
â€śBecause the state law changed, I needed to update the county ordinance to reflect this change.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Emotions ran high from everyone involved prior to the expected century-long sentencing of an 18-year-old who admitted to killing a 14-year-old Whitley County girl in March of 2010.
â€śI still donâ€™t know how this could happen in our community,â€ť said Whitley Circuit Court Judge James Heuer after hearing testimony from both the prosecution and the defense in the sentencing hearing of Joshua M. Wright.
Wright pleaded guilty but mentally ill in court last month and agreed to a combined sentence for four crimes of 100 years.
Mary Jane McLaughlin, 94, formerly of Union Township, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Kalamazoo, Mich.
She was born Sept. 7, 1916 in Fayette Township, Hillsdale County, Mich., a daughter of James Harvey and Mayme (Bird) Price. Her formative years were spent in the Jonesville area. She graduated from Jonesville High School.
Bradley Joseph Haugen, 36, of Fort Wayne, died at 4:03 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Parkview North Hospital.
He was born Feb. 4, 1975 in Greenfield, a son of James Allen and Darleen K. (Nahrwold) Haugen. From 1975 until 1981 he resided in New Haven and from 1981 until 1991 he resided in Portland, Ore.
In 1991 he moved to Columbia City until moving to the Bethesda Lutheran Ministry Home in Fort Wayne a year ago. He graduated from Huntington North High School.
He had been employed at Passages and later Anthony Wayne Services in Fort Wayne.
Rex E. Grable, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at his home.
He was born Jan. 23, 1929 in Churubusco, a son of Clarence T. and Bertha O. (Meyers) Grable. At the age of four, his family moved to Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947.
On Aug. 3, 1947 he was united in marriage to Eleanor J. Tanner. They made their home in Columbia City until 1988 when they moved to Troy Cedar Lake. Since October 2010 they have made their home east of Columbia City.
Katharine A. â€śKayâ€ť Lembright, R.N., 92, of Columbia City, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at The Oaks Nursing facility, where she had been a resident for two weeks. She was born Aug. 10, 1918 to Arthur and Eva Marie (Koons) Lembright, Sr., in Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio.