March 10th, 2012
LONDONâ€”In July of 2011, 16-year-old Columbia City High School student Jade Shopell attended a UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) cheer camp and was selected as an All American.
This awarded her the opportunity to fly with All Americans from all over the United States to London, England on an eight-day trip, culminating in their appearance in Londonâ€™s New Yearâ€™s Day Parade.
The All Americans were divided into three groups. Each group was sent a DVD of a dance mix they were to learn and perform along the parade route.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Recorders Office is continuing to update its record keeping system for the digital world, giving the public easier, more efficient access to its records.
Currently, the officeâ€™s more recent records are searchable and viewable on a program called Laredo, a product of Fidlar Technologies, a powerful land records conversion and search system.
The company provides services which scan, convert, enhance and import land records into the system which is accessible to the public both online or in the Recorderâ€™s Office.
LARWILL â€” A 14.3 percent sewer rate increase is looming on the horizon for Larwill residents as town council members voted unanimously to pursue in Thursday evenings meeting. It has been seven years since the town has experienced a sewer increase.
According to Clerk-Treasurer Renee Sills, the 2012 sewer budget is $60,420 compared to $68,411.96 in 2011.
â€śWe spent $58,270.30 in 2011 which is a $10,141.66 overflow of cash,â€ť Sills said. â€śWith the 2012 budget at $60,420, we only have a cash flow left over of $2,537.79 and that is if we spend like we did last year.â€ť
Logan Irwin, Whitko High Schoolâ€™s all-time leading scorer, eyes the basket during an elementary school game in Warsaw in February, 2006. He is being guarded by Washington Elementary Schoolâ€™s Brock Anson. Irwin played his elementary school ball for Warsawâ€™s Lincoln Elementary and was teamed with Warsaw All-Conference standout Lucas Grose. The two won Warsaw Elementary School championships in 2005 and 2006 and also played together in seventh grade at Lakeview Middle School, winning a middle school conference title.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Mabel Fisher, 89, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Etna Green, passed away at 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at her home.
She was born Jan. 3, 1923, in Chicago, a daughter of John and Rose (Herman) Fisher.
Survivors include a sister, Catherine Fisher of Fort Wayne.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin Fisher.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Paul D. White, pastor of Churubusco Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nick S. Leisinger, 24, of Columbia City, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born Feb. 27, 1988, in Waverly, Iowa, a son of Steven R. and Teresa L. (White) Leisinger.
In 1991, his family moved to Angola and later to Marion before moving to Silver Lake.
In December, 2006, Nick moved to his home in Columbia City.
He was employed at B.E. Computers and previously at Alpha Products in Elkhart.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City City Hall played host to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for a public field hearing Thursday regarding the proposed water rate increase for the city.
A public field hearing is a formal, legal proceeding. Administrative Law Judge Angela Weber presided over the meeting and Commissioner Larry Landis was on hand for IURC.
Wednesday was Nurse Sandy Kohutâ€™s birthday but that didnâ€™t stop her from working. Kohut, center (and with a crown) is a registered nurse at Columbia City High School and still takes Eric Shepherdâ€™s, right, temperature as Brice Aldrich, left, assists. She was queen for a day, but didnâ€™t reveal how old she turned.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents of Whitley County who are registered to vote in their district of residence may begin absentee voting April 9. According to Jessica Hockemeyer of the Whitley County Clerkâ€™s Office, the Election Office is now accepting applications. Ballots will be mailed out beginning on March 23.
Absentee voting will take place at the Whitley County Clerkâ€™s Office in the courthouse at 101 W. Van Buren Street in Columbia City. The clerkâ€™s office is located on the second floor, room 18.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While many voters will be heading to familiar polling locations in May for the primary elections, some will be venturing toward unfamiliar scenery to do their voting.
The Whitley County Election Office is making some changes this year to reduce the number of locations and workers available to the public. Several polling locations will be combined, including in South Whitley, Cleveland Township and Smith Township.
â€śWeâ€™re very excited about this,â€ť said Clerk of Courts Debbie Beers. â€śWeâ€™re going to save the county some money while making things better for the voters.â€ť