SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ A conflict of interest made choosing a trash contractor â€śreally tough.â€ť
â€śThis is a tough decision,â€ť said Council President Tony Starkey. â€śThese guys are both friends of mine.â€ť Starkey was referring to town council member Steve Smith and his associate with Whitley Environmental.
Smith removed himself from all discussion as well as the final vote on trash collection bids due to his personal tie with one of the companies vying for the right to collect South Whitleyâ€™s trash.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Today is a big day for Koby Watkins, a sixth grader at Indian Springs Middle School. Itâ€™s his birthday â€” on the 12th day of the 12th month, in the year 2012.
And yes, he is turning 12. The only way to round of this occasion would be if Koby was born at 12:12. However, he was a couple of minutes behind on that mark, being born at 12:17 a.m.
Koby is the son of Jamie Carlson and Brooks Watkins and the stepson of Billy Carlson and Shannon Watkins. He has a younger brother, Preston, who is 8.
CHURUBUSCO â€” While much of the area has forgotten about the summerâ€™s drought, a local tree farm is still feeling the heat.
Devilâ€™s 40 Tree Farm, owned by Art and Jacqueline Tilbury of Churubusco, lost approximately 2,000 Douglas-Fir trees to the record-breaking temperatures in summer 2012.
With the 7-year-old trees priced between $45 and $75, the farm has lost upwards of $150,000. The Tilburys arenâ€™t new to the business, as Jacqueline said the farm has been around for more than 35 years.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitley will soon have a grocery store within its city limits. Midtown Market, which has another operation in Orland, plans to open its doors Jan. 9. Owners Rick and Lisa Rogers, of Fort Wayne, have owned Midtown Market for two and a half years. The grocery store will reside in what was the former Heyerlyâ€™s location, 101 W. First St., South Whitley.
The Rogerses tried to make a move approximately a year ago, but at the time an agreement could not be reached. â€śNow some hurdles have cleared and we are ready to move forward,â€ť said Rogers.
LARWILL â€” Whitko Middle School students represented their school in a state robotics competition Saturday at IPFW. Lego Robotics is an extra-curricular club at WMS and gives students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade a chance to try their hand at designing, building and programming Lego robots.
Teresa Knepple is the groupâ€™s coach and is a teacher at WMS. This is the first time Knepple and the WMS team has advanced to the state competiton. The group has been competing for seven years, but been in existence for 13.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Marines are depicted as tough, battle-ready men, but when working with Toys for Tots, the rough- and-tough Marines take time to reach out to children in need. Toys for Tots is a nation-wide organization with a mission to see that children receive toys at Christmas time.
During the Community Christmas Celebration, held Friday and Saturday night, Marines were on hand to encourage donations to â€śstuff the cruiserâ€ť parked in front of the Whitley County Courthouse.
MILFORD â€” A 15-year-old Milford youth is in custody at a Pierceton juvenile facility after striking two squad cars Saturday evening with a skid-loader.
Officers from the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department and Indiana State Police responded Saturday night at 8:40 p.m. to the area of County Road 250 West and County Road 900 North in regards to a juvenile that was out of control.
Officers arrived and met with parents of the 15-year-old juvenile who explained that their son had fled the residence in a farm implement skid-loader, crossing into an adjacent field.
Max R. Foor, 91, of Arcola, passed away at 3:43 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Ashton Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on July 11, 1921, in Gladwin, Mich. he was the son of Ericus E. and Edna Grace (Robinson) Foor.
Max was raised in Etna Township, Whitley County where he attended school and then graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1940.
On June 28, 1942, he married Imogene â€śJeanâ€ť E. Heintzelman at Ormas Baptist Church.
Donald W. â€śDukeâ€ť Martin, 78, of Big Lake, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on May 10, 1934 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Donald Martin and Mildred (Hartman) Martin-Baker.
On June 4, 1955, he married Alice (Harrison) Martin at North Highlands Church of Christ, Fort Wayne.
He worked as a machinist for 40 years with Kunkle Valve in Fort Wayne, retiring in 1994.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and sports, especially his Chicago Cubs, Colts and Indiana basketball.
CONGRATULATIONS to BABE of Whitley County and the upcoming move to the building which previously housed Carriage House Flowers, Line Street.
The move is anticipated to take place in January. More information will come as details are released.