March 7th, 2013
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 associateâ€™s degree in business and marketing at Baker College.
He was employed at the family business, Hinen Printing.
Joseph â€śBobâ€ť 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 donorâ€™s 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 Bankerâ€™s 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.
â€śWe are in a very cautionary mode,â€ť he said. â€śIf we spend our entire allocation we could end up spending some of our cash balance.â€ť
Editorâ€™s 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 countyâ€™s 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A parcel of land in Columbia City was recommended for rezoning by the Columbia City Plan Commission Monday.
Engineering Management, working on behalf of Wayne Waste Oil Site Potentially Responsible Parties Group (PRP) and the city of Columbia City requested 19.827 acres of land on the east end of Ellsworth Street, in section 11 of Columbia Township, be zoned to I-1, light industrial. Currently the area is zoned A-1, Agricultural district.
Although National Serv-All has postponed trash collection by one day, recycling in Whitley County will remain on schedule.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Almost a foot of snow blanketed Whitley County Tuesday night.
Official reports from the National Weather Service in North Webster recorded 8.5 inches of snow accumulation for Columbia City and 11 inches for Larwill. The snow fall was described as â€śfastâ€ť and â€śheavy,â€ť by NWS reports, with the bulk of accumulation occurring within two to three hours.
Whitley County Emergency Management Agency reported more than 11 inches of accumulation for the area.
Neighboring counties reported snow fall from 6 inches to 11 inches.