October 19th, 2012
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” According to Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester, the county is working hard on the bridge repair project, located on CR 700 E. between CR 900 S. and 1000 S. The road has been closed since Oct. 1 and is expected to remain closed until January of next year.
Forrester said trees have been cleared to make way for the work, and minor grading and excavation, has taken place.
Ten steel encased concrete piles, that are 14-inches in diameter, have all been driven and poured.
There are five on each end of the bridge.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Give hope, change lives â€” that is the mission for the United Way of Whitley County Inc.â€™s Live United Campaign for 2012. Executive Director Cindy Baker is working to compel Whitley County residents and businesses to invest in the annual campaign that will fund the nonprofitâ€™s work over the next year.
Baker said the goal is $190,000 by the end of November. â€śThe community piece will go until the end of November, but some of the bigger companies collect donations through December and January.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s Town Council met for its regular meeting Wednesday night, announcing several new upgrades for the police department.
Some of the additions to the department include new bulletproof vests, upgraded computer air cards for squad cars and a few electronic scanner/printers. Churubusco police hopes by adding items such as these their jobs will be conducted in a more safe and streamlined fashion. New weapons are also being purchased from Tomlinsonâ€™s Shooting Supplies, Inc.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Authorities are investigating the cause of a fatal accident on U.S. 30 Wednesday morning.
James Priest, 37, of Bay City, Mich., was killed in a crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and CR 300 E. after the truck he was driving hit the back of a stopped semi at approximately 9 a.m.
According to police, Priest, who was headed westbound, made little or no attempt to stop before hitting the semi in front of him, driven by Thomas Dye of West Virginia.
â€śThereâ€™s no evidence that he hit the brakes at all,â€ť Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the realm of technology playing a vital role in education, Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation teachers and administrators have developed a curriculum based on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS).
â€śThese standards were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education and they teach students to become proficient in problem solving, critical thinking and creativity through the use of technology,â€ť said Indian Middle Springs School Principal Jan Boylen.
Brad Wolfe was sworn in as a Whitley County Plan Commission member at the boardâ€™s regular meeting Wednesday night. Wolfe was appointed to the post on Monday by the Whitley County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners appointed Wolfe to replace former president of the plan commission, Dave Schilling who was removed from the board by the county commissioners in September. The nine-member county plan commission also includes Chairman Brandon Forrester, Vice-Chairman Dave Addison, Secretary Doug Wright, Bill Auer, John Johnson, Kenny Kerch, Paula Reimers and George Schrumpf.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Dillon Sheiss is not your typical 10-year old. This Northern Heights fifth grader is a CEO of sorts for The Jack Patch, Dillonâ€™s own produce business specializing in a variety of pumpkins and gourds.
This is Dillonâ€™s fifth year growing pumpkins. Kelley Sheiss, Dillonâ€™s mother, said his interest in the orange squash took root in Pennsylvania.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A public work session began Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Smith-Green Community Schoolsâ€™ Board of School Trustees, where the board discussed two main topics â€” procedures for the employment of a new superintendent and the process of replacing board members Mike Sturgis and Gary Smith.
Ralph Bailey has been interim superintendent since his predecessor, Steve Darnell, resigned during the summer. The board hopes to fill the position by January, 2013 â€” June at the latest.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball teamâ€™s season came to an end Wednesday night at the hands of the Fort Wayne Snider Lady Panthers in the opening round of IHSAA Sectional play.
The Eagles fell by a 25-12, 25-21, 25-22 score in a match that turned very competitive after the first game.
Karen Marie Dafforn, 67, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Donald W. Dafforn, passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. She had been in declining health since May.
Mrs. Dafforn was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Smith Township, the daughter of Luther â€śBusâ€ť and Vera E. (Brown) Duncan. She spent her formative years there, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1963.
Employed as a special needs school bus driver for Smith-Green Community Schools for 29 years, she retired from there in 2008.