November 6th, 2012
According to Clerk of Circuit Court Debbie Beers, final absentee numbers will be released and available tonight at 6 p.m. on the countyâ€™s website at whitleygov.com.
As of last week, absentee voter numbers for this yearâ€™s 2012 general election have already surpassed that of the 2008 general election by an increase of 25 percent.
According to Clerk of Circuit Court, Debbie Beers, some of the poll workers in Whitley County have called her office to let her know they've had long lines.
"Thatâ€™s a good thing, that means people are coming out to cast their votes," said Beers.
Beers said there have been no major problems, as everything has been running smoothly today.
"Weâ€™re doing good so far," said Beers. "We've had a lot of voters calling to see where they need to go vote."
WHITLEY COUNTY â€“ Polling stations have opened across Whitley County and most of Indiana as Election Day begins following months of candidate debates and barrages of campaign advertisements.
Polling sites opened to voters at 6 a.m. EST Tuesday in 80 of Indiana's 92 counties. Voting sites open an hour later in 12 counties in northwestern and southwestern Indiana that are on Central Standard Time. All of Indiana's polling sites will close at 6 p.m. local time.
Doris J. Doty, 88, formerly of Woodburn, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born in rural Allen County she was the daughter of the late Carl and Minerva (Louden) Baumert.
She retired in 1968 after 15 years with General Electric Company and was a loving homemaker for her husband of 70 years, Wayne, he survives.
She was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, Ohio and the GE Elex Club. Doris loved her many years spent in Florida fishing with Wayne.
Dorotha E. Sheets, 95, of Columbia City, died at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
She was born Nov. 30, 1916, in Whitley County, a daughter of Ansel M. and Elma B. (Wagner) Mullett.
Her formative years were spent in Washington Township. She graduated from Washington Center High School, received her teaching certificate from Indiana University in Bloomington and her bachelors degree in education from Manchester College.
Samantha Sue (Spencer) Wagner, 26, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Richmond, passed away unexpectedly at 10:09 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at Reid Hospital in Richmond.
Samantha was born on Dec. 10, 1985 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Michael A. and Cathy (Lonsbury) Wagner. She spent her formative years near Churubusco, graduated from Churubusco High School in 2004, and also attended Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne.
On October 20, 2007 she was married in Churubusco to Austin Wagner. Since that time she had been a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The payment deadline for the fall installment of property taxes is Nov. 13.
In addition to tax bills being paid, Whitley County Auditor Jennifer McGuire also encourages county residents to turn in Homestead Verification sheets to receive homestead deductions on property taxes.
McGuire said this is the third year the auditorâ€™s office has asked property owners to verify their homestead, and approximately 1,724 homesteads have yet to be verified in Whitley County.
Benefits of homestead verification
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śItâ€™s personal.â€ť That is the recurring thought between numerous cast members of Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s fall production of â€śOnce Upon a Town.â€ť
The playâ€™s plot centers around a small town initiative to feed, encourage and applaud World War II soldiers passing through North Platte, Neb.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Street Departmentâ€™s goal is for leaf pick up trucks to service the city each week.
According to Columbia City Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh, even with the rain earlier this week, the street department is getting the job done.
â€śIn the past, there have been weeks where itâ€™s all we can do to get through the city in a week. We then go back through it the next week,â€ť said Cearbaugh. â€śWe have two machines, one for each side of the city, and if one side gets done before the end of the week, they try to help the other side.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The streets of Columbia City will once again play host to the Veterans Marathon, set to take place Saturday, Nov. 10.
This year the race will focus particularly on the U.S. Air Force. Four to five vintage military aircraft will start off the marathon events. The aircraft will meet at the Huntington airport Friday in preparation for the annual event.
The vintage aircraft club has members flying from Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Huntington.