February 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” They have to go somewhere.
This is a problem currently facing the Whitley County Jail. As the facility nears the maximum of its inmate population, there is the problem of where offenders would go if the numbers exceeded capacity.
Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said it is a problem that he and his corrections department soon may encounter.
As of Thursday, the jail had 140 inmates with 150 beds, but, as the sheriff explained, the calculations arenâ€™t that simple.
â€śOn paper, you have 150 beds and 140 inmates, but the math does not work that way,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tucked away in the northeast corner of the state, Whitley County residents may wonder if state lawmakers remember that rural areas need representation.
Indiana Representatives Kathy Heuer and David Ober joined Indiana Senator Jim Banks at a breakfast Saturday held at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Structured to give residents a chance to discuss concerns with their elected officials, the event allowed attendees to ask questions pertaining to agriculture legislation.
One common concern was the power of Whitley Countyâ€™s voice at the state and national level.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitley on the Move (WOTM) is a grassroots movement to revitalize South Whitley.
Several committees have formed to tackle different aspects of the town from recreation opportunities to beautification of Main Street.
One particular committee is focused on the economic development of the town.
â€śThis is the hardest area to work on, I think,â€ť said Julia Robinson, WOTMâ€™s leader. â€śAt the same time, I think this is an area with great potential.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new date, but the same tradition.
The Whitley County Expo is set for Saturday, March 16. It will be held at Indian Springs Middle School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
â€śMarch 16 is about a month earlier than it was last year,â€ť said Doug Brown, executive director for the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce.
The expo is the chamberâ€™s annual gathering to highlight area businesses and nonprofits. With the event previously held later in the spring, Brown said those dates were difficult for landscaping businesses.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ A wintry mix of freezing rain started coating vehicles, sidewalks and roadways shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service in North Webster issued this special weather statement about 8 a.m.:
WINTER MIX RAPIDLY MOVING NORTH THIS MORNING...
AN AREA OF SLEET WITH FREEZING RAIN WILL MOVE RAPIDLY NORTH TO
NEAR THE ROUTE 30 CORRIDOR BY AROUND 9 AM. WITH TEMPERATURES
HOVERING NEAR TO JUST BELOW FREEZING...RAPID ICE ACCUMULATION
ON UNTREATED ROADS WITH AN ICY MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
DRIVING CONDITIONS ON ANY UNTREATED SURFACES MAY RAPIDLY
COLUMBIA CTIY â€” Many members of the community are revolted at a recent animal neglect discovery in Whitley County.
Two dogs, Albos and Ruby, were taken into custody last week from the residence of Douglas Shearer at 2690 N. CR 450 E.
The animals were in poor condition, and according to veterinarians, one dog, Albos, was at least 25 pounds underweight.
Line Street Veterinaryâ€™s Carol Hainje plans to foster Albos and the Whitley County Humane Shelter is caring for Ruby.
KOSCIUSKO CO. â€” A Larwill man is in critical condition after being ejected from his vehicle in a early-morning crash today.
Jeffrey Reiff, 25, was found outside his vehicle at approximately 12:36 a.m. Monday morning on Ind. 14 near the intersection of Packerton Road in Kosciusko County.
Reiff was airlifted by medical helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, in critical condition.
Reiffâ€™s passenger, Brian Lardino, 25, of Silver Lake, was also hospitalized.
Lardino was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital in fair condition.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One tournament made all the difference in Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketballâ€™s season.
The Lady Eagles had been struggling with a nine-game losing streak, a difficult 2-12 record and several competitive losses in the first part of their season.
Columbia City competed in the two-day, Northridge Holiday tournament in late December â€” and thatâ€™s when the tables turned.
Though the Lady Eagles fell in the first three games, the fourth game was a totally different performance.
Former Columbia City head coaches and Whitley County residents, along with two players from the county are headed to the Indiana Girls Basketball State Finals Saturday. Canterbury topped Lafayette Central Catholic, 74-50, at Crown Pointe in the semi-state game.
From left, former Columbia City head football coach Matt Furthmiller â€” assistant at Canterbury, former Whitko Middle School stand-out Darby Maggard, former long-time Columbia City girls basketball head coach Wayne Krieger and former Indian Springs Middle School hoopster Carly Johnson.
WARSAW â€” South Side knocked Warsawâ€™s girls basketball team out of the state tournament Saturday night.
The Lady Archers beat the Lady Tigers on their own court, 47-44, at the semi-state game.
Warsaw finished the season 24-2, with only one regular-season loss to NorthWood.
Columbia City and Whitko both faced Warsaw earlier in the season, with the Lady Wildcats nearly handing the Lady Tigers their first loss of the season.
Whitko played a competitive 53-45 game against Warsaw in South Whitley.
In Columbia Cityâ€™s match-up, the Lady Eagles fell 60-29 at Warsaw.