March 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Recycling is good for the planet, but it is also good for the economy.
When the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District was in search of a new contract for recycling collection, Dwayne Knott, of Columbia City, saw it as an opportunity to build a business.
âAt the time, research showed cardboard was bringing in $110,000,â Knott said. âI saw that as a business opportunity.â
Knott formed Whitley Environmental and brought on his long-time friend, Steve Smith, of South Whitley, as a partner.
COLUMBIA CITY â More now than ever, mental health is a focus in society.
When crimes are committed, some people wonder if the person who perpetrated the crime is actually mentally ill. If so, is a jail or prison the best place for them?
Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said he is seeing more inmates with mental health problems than ever before.
âWe are finding, at least from our standpoint, what appears to be more and more mental health issues,â he said, referring to the inmate population at the Whitley County Jail.
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