October 24th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners discussed a two-year plan for spending CEDIT funds.
Commissioners agreed to not â€śskimpâ€ť on maintenance for the Community Corrections Work Release building.
When air conditioning units leaked into the walls and insulation, costly repairs started accumulating.
â€śThis is a jewel of the community,â€ť Commissioner Don Amber said. â€śI donâ€™t want to short the building.â€ť
Courthouse maintenance was on the list and included plans to make roof repairs and install carpeting.
Jack D. McConnell, 87, a resident of Green Township in Noble County, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at the home of his son in Green Township following an extended illness.
Mr. McConnell was born April 5, 1926, in Green Township, a son of Isaac W. and Oma (Diffendarfer) McConnell. He spent his formative years there and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1944.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A decline in enrollment turned out to not be as grim as initially forecasted.
Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) adopted its 2014 budget officially Monday. A total general fund of $7,498,714 was passed 4-0.
The situation is assisted by transfer numbers, which boosted enrollment. For the district, Fleetwood projected a decline of 12 students. It ended up being just a decline of five from last year.
Superintendent Galen Mast said that approximately 100 students in the school system have transferred in from outside the district.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A woman accused of violating the terms of her probation will have the matter resolved next month.
Rita Elswick,19, was sentenced to eight years, with four to serve and four on suspended sentence, for dealing in methamphetamine.
She received this sentence in September. However, Judge James Heuer placed her on suspended sentence until March 17, 2014.
There were several reasons for this decision. Elswick is expecting a child in February.
Heuer also wished for Elswick to complete her high school education at the T.R.O.Y. Center.
LIGONIER â€” Whitkoâ€™s volleyball team saw its season end against West Noble in a sectional quarterfinal Tuesday.
The Lady Chargers beat the Lady Wildcats 25-15, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-19.
â€ś(We) could not put together consistent strings of points to beat an enthusiastic West Noble team tonight,â€ť said Whitko Volleyball Head Coach Brandy Smith.
Smith said the season did not end the way the team wanted it to, but she is happy with the progress of the team and excited for the future of the volleyball program.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” â€śI was just here to serve dinner.â€ť
Jill Daniel, owner of Daniel Menu & Party Consulting, expressed her surprise at receiving the Whitley County Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Small Business of the Year Award Tuesday night.
So many local merchants were nominated, that Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown said there was not time to name them all.
He cited Daniel for the hard work of her local business, and read notes of congratulations to her from her sons â€” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Jeff Daniel.
WHITLEY COUNTYâ€” Conventional sports wisdom says that, to be the best, one must beat the best.
That sage advice will be put to the test for Columbia City and Churubuscoâ€™s high school volleyball teams this week.
Both schools, competing in Class 3A and 2A, respectively, have highly-ranked foes standing in their way on the path to a sectional title.
For Columbia City, the foe is a conference rival. Bellmont beat the Lady Eagles in three sets earlier this season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the first frost of the season hitting the county less than a week ago, many find it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.
Tuesday evening brought the seasonâ€™s first snow showers, and Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department is already prepared for the upcoming winter weather.
While Tuesday nightâ€™s flurries didnâ€™t amount to any accumulation, this yearâ€™s Farmerâ€™s Almanac is predicting a â€śbitterly coldâ€ť winter â€” â€ścold, wet and white.â€ť
Whitley Countyâ€™s Shriners made a donation to The Woodlans Senior Center, Columbia City, Monday morning.
The $500 donation will be used to purchase a power washer for the center.
Pictured, from left, Hal Trump, Ken Lundquist, Jackie Hake, the centerâ€™s executive director, Dick Kessie and Jim Kyler.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One of the countyâ€™s online tools may become a source of frustration for the GIS Department.
The geographic information system (GIS), is an online, searchable database that provides a host of information from the names of property owners to the taxes paid on such properties.
Itâ€™s the names published on the public site that had Dan Weigold, GIS coordinator, asking Whitley County Commissioners for guidance.
â€śIâ€™m not really sure what to do,â€ť Weigold said.