August 15th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Seven years ago today, Tammy Gross, a Whitley County native, heard the words, â€śyou have breast cancer.â€ť
With cancer fought and beaten, Gross now celebrates her recovery as an advocate for the American Cancer Society and finding a cure for breast cancer.
â€śI never thought this would be the path I would find myself on,â€ť Gross said. â€śI am not a public speaker â€” I am rather shy in front of crowds. However, I find myself in front of more people now more than ever. If it gives me a chance to encourage someone else fighting cancer, then so be it.â€ť
Harold Kenneth May, Sr., 94, of Bennington, Oklahoma, and formally of rural Churubusco, passed away at 2:33 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.
Mr. May was born Dec. 3, 1918, in Greenville, S.C., a son of Elzie R.and Nettie (Hames) May. He spent his formative years in Greenville, S.C., and graduated from Clemson Universityâ€™s high school program.
After graduation he served during World War II in the U.S. Army.
He was married to Maxine Winningham and moved to Whitley County from Greenville, S.C. in 1953.
Kristopher Corridan Shepherd, 25, of South Whitley, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at his home.
He was born October 23, 1987 in Warsaw a son of Christopher W. and Kelly L. (Earl) Shepherd. He has always lived in South Whitley. He graduated from Whitko High School in 2006.
He then earned an associate degree in general studies from Ivy Tech.
Since January of 2012, he was employed by Instrumental Machine and Development (IMD) of Warsaw.
An avid Philadelphia Eagles football fan, he also enjoyed picking and playing his fantasy team with his fellow football sports fans.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The process has begun to place a school resource officer (SRO) at Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
At Tuesdayâ€™s Columbia City Board of Works meeting, Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said heâ€™s been working with WCCSâ€™s Superentindent, Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor, to come up with a plan for an SRO.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A pool of ideas for a new aquatics facility for Columbia City has funneled into three concepts, which were presented at a public forum Wednesday night.
Representatives from Counsilman-Hunsaker and MartinRiley have been working with a task force of community members to develop options to replace the aging Burnworth Memorial Pool, set to close in 2014.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A South Whitley employee was deducted $773 from his final paycheck unexpectedly, according to Trevor Webb who was represented by his wife, Toni, at the Town Council meeting Tuesday.
Toni told town leaders that the money was deducted for Trevorâ€™s portion of his health insurance.
However, the money should have been deducted from Trevorâ€™s pay in February.
â€śWhen he was hired, he wasnâ€™t charged right away,â€ť Toni said. â€śWe were covered, but Trevor was told it was a mistake that his check wasnâ€™t being deducted the payment each time.â€ť
Faculty and administrators gathered at Whitko High School for a staff day in preparation of Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s first day of school.
Students returned to the classroom this morning to begin the 2013-14 school year.
Pictured are Dawn Hinthorn (right) and Susie Trixler, both teachers at Whitko High School, chatting with a financial representative.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A new trail is soon to take shape in South Whitley, thanks to Whitley On The Move, a grassroots initiative to improve the town.
Overseeing the organization is Julia Robinson of South Whitley. However, numerous town citizens have joined forces to form several committees focused on targeting specific areas of improvement.
One of those areas is developing recreational opportunities.
When the trail is completed, it will cover more than two miles and will stretch as far east as Reed Street and Jefferson Street to the west of town.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Discussions have begun on the possibility of Whitley County titling two of its ambulances to Parkview Hospitals.
County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf said this is an accounting practice for Parkview that will not affect the books for Whitley County at all.
A decision has not been formally made, however, as it was tabled at the Aug. 5 commissioner meeting.
Schrumpf said Parkview has bought two ambulances, and the county two, during the current phase of their agreement.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With Burnworth Memorial Pool closed for the season, the Aquatics Task Force, Columbia City officials and residents are working to make a plan for the future of swimming pools in the city.
After the city suffered many expenses due to the age and condition of the pool, which was constructed decades ago, officials decided the summer of 2014 will be the last year for Burnworth Pool.
Though official numbers werenâ€™t available at press time, Columbia City Parks Director Mark Green said the pool lost more money this year than 2012.