March 27th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” First steps were taken to withdraw Columbia Cityâ€™s electric and water utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) at Tuesdayâ€™s Common Council meeting.
The respective ordinances passed unanimously on the first readings. The second reading of each ordinance will be at the Tuesday, April 9 meeting of the council, along with a public hearing.
On hand to speak to the council was Buzz Krohn of O.W. Krohn, a firm that advises for electric and water utilities. He said the cityâ€™s desire to withdraw from the IURC was not negative on the regulatory commission.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2nd Annual Tyler Andreas Memorial Strength Meet was held March 16 at Little Turtle Elementary School in Columbia City.
The event involved football players from Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko, who competed in several football-related drills, including the back squat, bench press and agility test.
Thirty-nine athletes overall took part in the event â€” which celebrates the dedication and warrior spirit of Tyler Andreas â€” while raising money for the scholarship named in his honor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Stand-out Columbia City running back Adam Neely officially signed with the University of Saint Francis this week.
Neely was the Eaglesâ€™ running back and punter in the 2012 season, and despite breaking his leg in the second game of the season, Neely finished the year with a strong performance.
â€śHis warrior spirit in coming back from a seemingly season-ending injury lifted up the entire team as he carried us to a victory in the sectional,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three-year letterman Kyle Weigold has committed to attend Manchester University to play football this fall.
Weigold was an offensive tackle for the Eagles last season, and is continuing his football career under the direction of Manchester Head Coach Shannon Griffith.
â€śKyle had been a mainstay on our offensive line since his sophomore year,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins said. â€śHe displays incredible love of the game and caring for his teammates.â€ť
Jerry Lee Shaffer, 75, of Washington Township, died at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Oakbrook Village, Huntington, where he had been a resident since April 22, 2009.
He was born Sept. 2, 1937, in Whitley County a son of Landy and Cora (Hennemeyer) Shaffer. His formative years were spent in Washington Township. He attended Lincoln School in Huntington and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1957.
On Oct. 5, 1960, he was inducted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged Oct. 4, 1966.
Fae Elizabeth Carter, 92, of Columbia City, widow of Ralph B. Carter, Sr., passed away at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City. She had been a patient there for the past two years.
Mrs. Carter was born in Fort Wayne April 27, 1920, a daughter of Ruben Clyde and Veronica Elizabeth (Ness) Butler, Sr., and spent her formative years in the Arcola area. On March 11, 1937, she was married in Warsaw to Ralph B. Carter, Sr. She had lived at Blue Lake for a period and had also resided in Gainsville, Fa.
SOUTH WHITLEY (March 26) -- It's official. After two rounds of voting, James Yeager, of South Whitley, has been named Cleveland Township's trustee.
The vote came at a caucus held tonight at the South Whitley Town Hall. After seven candidates gave a three minute speech, three committeemen voted by secret ballot.
See Wednesday's Post & Mail for complete coverage of the caucus and a more indepth introduction of Yeager.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A former township trustee pleaded guilty in Whitley County Superior Court to three felonies and was given probation Monday.
Roland (Ron) King, 74, of South Whitley, admitted his guilt to three counts of official misconduct. He received 4.5 years of suspended sentence to the Whitley County Jail. He was also fined and given 80 hours of community service and was required to resign his position as trustee of Cleveland Township.
While Cleveland Township trustee, King abused his position and sexually assaulted three women who came to him seeking financial assistance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śI just want to thank you all for a job well done.â€ť
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh offered his appreciation to a group of officers Monday afternoon at a small awards ceremony.
The department honored seven master patrolman for their valiant efforts in the last year.
Shad Hunter was given a life-saving award for â€śhis excellent performance in the saving of a human life.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County is back in the top 10 for the rankings of healthiest counties in Indiana.
Whitley is ninth among all counties for the year 2013. That is up from 15th in the year 2012.
The study was put out by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This is the fourth year of the study. 2012 was the only year Whitley County was out of the top 10.
While the news is exciting for the county, Whitley County Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher said there are still areas for improvement.