November 6th, 2012
While absentee voting ended Monday, with a large increase in numbers compared to the 2008 general election, the polls continued to remain busy this afternoon as voters exercised their right to vote.
Several voters at the Church of the Nazarene, located at 506 N. Main Street in Columbia City, said they came out and voted today as opposed to voting early mainly because they are used to waiting for Election Day.
Some voters shared their responses:
â€śI wanted to listen more before I voted because I wanted to make a final decision,â€ť said Ruby Perez.
According to the Whitley County Democrats Facebook page, the political party will not convene in Columbia City, but rather in Fort Wayne.
To join the Democratic party, supporters should visit the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Hall at 2930 Ludwig, Fort Wayne.
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.