January 20th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City police officer was involved in a collision this morning with a semi-tractor trailer, according to Indiana State Police.
ISP Trooper Brian Bills said the collision occurred at the intersection of state Route 9 and Chicago Street and apparently was the result of confusion over traffic signals.
The police car, driven by Master Patrolman Robert V. â€śChipâ€ť Stephenson received about $5,000 damage, according to Bills, when it was hit by a semi driven by Jim Pettigrew of Columbia City.
Bills said the semi took off parts of the patrol carâ€™s front end.
Linda Marie Bartoo, 50, of Wabash, died at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at her home. She was born June 3, 1960 in Festus, Mo. to Richard and Elizabeth (Linker) Kasmarzik.
Bartoo owned Bartoo Insurance Agency in Columbia City for eight years.
She is survived by her husband, Mark Bartoo; three children, Jason Coad, Allison Bartoo and Madison Bartoo; sister, Theresa Henning; and four brothers, John Kasmarzik, Joseph Kasmarzik, Thomas Kasmarzik and Jerry Ladany.
William Walter â€śBillâ€ť Moog, 84, of Columbia City, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at The Oaks Living Center.
He was born Feb. 16, 1926 in Churubusco, a son of Walter W. and Opal (Klinger) Moog. His formative years were spent in Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City High School.
On June 19, 1944 he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the Asiatic Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged Feb. 22, 1946.
On June 28, 1947 he was united in marriage to Doris E. Barnes, the love of his life. They have always made their home in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Plan Commission, sporting several new faces in 2011, is hoping to put its best foot forward with a mindful community.
Newly-elected commission president Brandon Forrester assured the large audience Wednesday night that the board would go above and beyond to avoid even an appearance of impropriety in the months ahead as the panel deals with a new comprehensive plan and a recurring issue of wind energy that has blown across the county in recent months.
Juanita V. Imler Yoder, 86, a former resident of Washington Township and more recently of Valparaiso, went to be with her Lord, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in the emergency room at the Porter County Hospital in Portage. Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.
For most teams, Saturday marks the end of the Indiana high school wrestling season. The regular season that is.
Conference meets serve as the last big competition before the Jan. 29 sectional round.
All three Whitley County wrestling squads head out looking for both team and individual conference glory.
A young Columbia City squad continues its rebuilding year under first-year head coach Blain Culp. The Eagles travel to Carroll High School for the Northeast Hoosier Conference meet.
The Whitko Middle School eighth grade girlsâ€™ basketball team captured a weekend championship at the Crestview Tourney Saturday. Front row, from left: Michelle Kelsey, Reghan Craig, Darby Maggard, Abby Smith. Back row: coach Jen Howard, Heather Bryan, Maddie Gawthrop, Aly Nicodemus, Aly Long (manager), April Bishop, Tressa Keim, coach Jennaca Juillerat. Post & Mail photo contributed
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” In an attempt to resolve a property line dispute, that is holding up completion of ordered repair on an exposed wall of a downtown business, the South Whitley Town Council held a special meeting Tuesday evening.
Randy Striggle, owner of the Green Parrot and Gary Hicks, owner of the demolished Hicks and Deaton building met with the council to discuss the issue. The Green Parrot and the former Hicks and Deaton hardware storage building shared a common wall. Since demolition, the southern wall of the Green Parrot has been exposed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” School board president Don Armstrong called on constituents as well as fellow members of the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees to be vocal to the state legislature regarding the future of education in Indiana.
â€śIâ€™ve heard education is on the rocks,â€ť said Armstrong at Monday nightâ€™s regular board meeting.
â€śVisit our schools and then tell me education is on the rocks.â€ť
Armstrong said the state legislators currently making vital decisions regarding education might need educated themselves.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several suspects in drug-related cases and one man charged with sex offenses were in court Tuesday.
Whitley County Circuit Courtâ€™s docket was full Tuesday to make up for being closed Martin Luther King Day.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, Kyle Lloyd Barker, 24, and Janel M. Creech, 36, all arrested on methamphetamine charges, came before Judge James Heuer in various stages of their cases while suspected child molester Terry R. Campbell, 64, appeared for a pre-trial conference.