November 1st, 2012
See Thursday's edition of the post and mail for a list of local, state and national candidates.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Tuesday morning brought the first sign of snowflakes. Blowing snow and sleet rode in on the northeast winds of Hurricane Sandy.
Columbia City‚Äôs Street Department already has snow in its sights. Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh said the city‚Äôs mechanic is currently checking the plows to ensure all is in working order before the blades are hooked onto city trucks.
‚ÄúRight now we are still in leaf season,‚ÄĚsaid Cearbaugh. ‚ÄúBut once we are out of that, our box trucks will start making the transition from leaves to salt.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď Grade A. That was the mark for three Whitley County Schools. Churubusco Elementary School, Coesse Elementary School and Columbia City High School all received an A ranking based on the Indiana Department of Education‚Äôs (IDOE) annual evaluation.
According to the IDOE, more than 40 percent of Indiana‚Äôs schools received an A for the 2011-12 school year. The state‚Äôs education department released the grading report Tuesday.
Columbia City High School saw an improvement from last year‚Äôs mediocre rating of C and the year before when the school received a D grade.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs football team is seeking revenge after a frustrating 34-7 loss last season in the sectional title game.
The Knights come into this year‚Äôs sectional final game with an uncharacteristic 7-4 record, after only posting two losses from 2010-11.
Luers has had a difficult season, with the hype around the firing of coach Matt Lindsay mid-season due to a scandal involving inappropriate video clips on his computer.
Since Lindsay left the field Sept. 13, the Knights have lost two games, including a forfeit to Wayne High School.
Jim Lee Binkley, 78, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Columbia City, he worked for Perfection Biscuit Company for 40 years, retiring in 1996.
He was very active as a labor union leader.
He was a member of Harvester Avenue Missionary Church.
He was an avid reader, fisherman and a fan of the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Notre Dame Football and Indiana University basketball.
Eileen Rennecker , 82, of Whitley County, passed away at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Rennecker was born on April 14, 1930, in Hampshire, England, a daughter of Fredrick Charles and Bessie (Dunning) Holmes.
She spent her formative years in Hampshire, and graduated from Fairfield Senior in 1944. In her teens she witnessed the battle of Britain from her backyard.
On Feb. 8, 1947, she was married in Basingstoke, England at the age of 16 to Alfred S. Hutton.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and its winter storm has left several states in need of assistance. While many Indiana districts have deployed teams to these states, Whitley County responders are waiting to help.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been on standby as of last week,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball Tuesday morning. ‚ÄúThe storm is bringing a lot of water and snow with it. It‚Äôs not moving the way they thought it would so a lot of things could change.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Hurricane Sandy left a soggy campaign trail in the aftermath of her wake. Presidential hopefuls wanting to utilize one more week of pressing flesh had their plans doused by the storm. Gaining votes is no longer the concern, but rather getting voters to the polls.
Campaign analysts are weighing the impact of the storm on potential votes. Their concerns are for the many voters who won‚Äôt make it to the polls because of power outages, damaged homes or cleanup duties ‚ÄĒ not to mention the physical damage seen to polling locations and equipment.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Farmers in Whitley County are nearing the end of fall harvest season despite the recent rain.
‚ÄúWe are slightly ahead of normal on corn and a few days ahead on soybeans, but not on record pace with either one,‚ÄĚ said Dave Addison, with the Whitley County 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources.
‚ÄúMost of the farmers have been diligently working on harvesting corn and planting wheat for next year.‚ÄĚ
Addison estimated Whitley County farmers have completed approximately 70 percent of soybeans and 40 percent of the corn harvest.