March 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Amendments to Columbia Cityâs sign ordinance continue to be a topic of discussion for the Columbia City Plan Commission.
Part of the sign ordinance being examined is related to electronic messaging centers.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ Board of School Trustees heard reports about textbook adoption at Mondayâs work session.
For the elementary level, reading/language arts were the subject of the new book.
The book chosen was Journeys, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Advantages for this textbook include its excellence in a 90-minute reading block and the high portion of non-fiction reading.
The committee was chaired by Laura McDermott, principal at Coesse Elementary School.
The student rental price for this book will be $33.51.
An early morning blaze left a house on Hartman Road charred. Firemen from multiple departments responded to the fire at approximately 2 a.m Friday. Firefighters say the home was not occupied at the time of the fire.
WHITLEY COUNTY â The Fort Wayne District of the Indiana State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Whitley County during the late evening hours Friday and continuing into the early morning hours of Saturday.
In an effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related automobile crashes, the sobriety checkpoint will target the impaired driver and will be utilized in an area identified as having a high number of alcohol related crashes.
Justin Edward Hinen, 21, of Columbia City, died early Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013, as a result of a snowmobiling accident north of Columbia City.
He was born Jan. 29, 1992, in Columbia City, a son of Jeffery L. and Cynthia A. (Schenkel) Hinen. He graduated from Columbia City High School and just recently completed his associateâs degree in business and marketing at Baker College.
He was employed at the family business, Hinen Printing.
Joseph âBobâ Lazoff, 87, of Tri Lakes, died at 2:24 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he had been admitted Sunday.
He was born July 10, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Blagoy Lazoff.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Margie; four children and one brother.
A private funeral service will be held at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Preferred memorials are to donorâs choice. Online condolences may be made at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
COLUMBIA CITY â The 2012-13 wrestling season wrapped up with one Whitley County wrestler advancing to the IHSAA State Individual Tournament finals at Bankerâs Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and for the three Whitley County Schools the past season is one where each saw certain measures of success.
COLUMBIA CITY â Colors can convey the story.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools Business Manager Tony Zickgraf updated the board of trustees on what the budget numbers would like for the 2013-14 school year. His handout was on yellow paper, and he said it reflected the mood of the money.
âWe are in a very cautionary mode,â he said. âIf we spend our entire allocation we could end up spending some of our cash balance.â
Editorâs note: The following is the first of a two-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â Going green seems to be a growing trend.
The need to reduce, reuse and recycle has become a common practice for many areas and Whitley County has fallen in line.
In 2009, the countyâs once dual-stream recycle program morphed into a one-container system for all recyclables that now services almost 14,000 homes.
For six-and-a-half years, Jorell Tucker has overseen the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man wishing to represent himself in court has had his trial continued until March 18.
Terrance Ward, 31, was arrested in July of 2012 on six charges. His counts were: Dealing in methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine; maintaining a common nuisance; possession of synthetic cannabinoids and possession of paraphernalia.
In January, Ward expressed a desire to represent himself in his trial. He was granted this request, and attorney Scott Lennox was appointed as his stand-by counsel.