Archive - Oct 8, 2010
The City of Columbia City is considering the purchase of equipment that could help city workers see underground.
Televising equipment, or video cameras design to snake through sewer lines and capture images from inside the pipes, could benefit the city in terms of man-hours and dollars, according to city officials.
The possibility was discussed at Fridayâ€™s meeting of Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety.
According to Kelly Cearbaugh, Superintendent of Columbia Cityâ€™s street department, the benefits of purchasing such equipment could be far-reaching.
A local truck outfitter recently received good news, which translated into glad tidings for several local workers.
W.A. Jones Truck Bodies & Equipment was awarded the contract by Indianaâ€™s Department of Transportation to outfit 62 heavy trucks with all the equipment necessary to remove and/or melt snow and ice during Indianaâ€™s rugged winter months.
As a result, the company was able to add nine jobs at its Gateway Industrial Park location in Columbia City.
According to Sales Manager Denny McIntyre, this contract was the first one awarded to a new company in nearly a quarter century.
After 20 years of doing just about every job there is at a newspaper, veteran journalist Phil Smith has rejoined the staff of The Post & Mail.
Smith spent a couple of years at The Post & Mail in the early â€™90s.
Smithâ€™s main responsibilities will include coverage of city and county government, Whitley County Consolidated Schools and some police and fire coverage.
After leaving The Post & Mail in 1991, Smith worked in various capacities at four different newspapers and most recently worked in the pre-production press shop at Zimmer.
Thorncreek Township resident Paula Reimers filed her candidacy for the Whitley County Council at-large seat being vacated by unopposed State Senate candidate Jim Banks.
Reimers is one of eight current hopefuls for Banksâ€™ term, which has two years remaining. Banks announced his resignation from the county council, effective Nov. 2 in order to run for the senate seat of retiring Sen. Dr. Gary Dillon.
Reimers said having extensive experience in county government is a major feather in her cap in her quest for the soon-to-be-vacant council seat.
Those who are old hands at attending the annual Chamber of Commerce annual meeting will find this yearâ€™s event a different experience.
Starting with a different name, the annual event will also be held at a different venue, with a different menu and a very short business meeting.
Reflecting the countywide nature of the chamber, the annual meeting, which has been renamed as the Chamber Celebration, will meet at the Brownstone on State in South Whitley at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Instead of a sit-down dinner, there will be numerous hors dâ€™oeuvres and dessert selections as well as a cash bar.
(The following is part of a series about early Whitley County gleaned from information provided in journals written by ancestors of Sharon Cearbaugh of Columbia City, who has generously allowed us a glimpse back through time. The Whiltey County Historical Museum was also instrumental in aiding the research.)
The dedication of the Whitley County courthouse cornerstone in September of 1888 may have been the highlight of the year and it was not quite two years later that the dedication of the completed structure was held.
Union Township resident Richard J. Kyler filed his candidacy for the Whitley County Council at-large seat being vacated by unopposed State Senate candidate Jim Banks.
Kyler filed his application Oct. 1 and is one of eight current hopefuls for Banksâ€™ term, which has two years remaining.
Banks announced his resignation from the county council, effective Nov. 2 in order to run for the senate seat of retiring Sen. Dr. Gary Dillon.
Catherine Marie â€śKatieâ€ť Norris, 89, of South Whitley, died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 at the Peabody Home, North Manchester where she had been a resident since July.
She was born Dec. 14, 1920 in Collamer, a daughter of John and Maude (Poland) Tschantz. Her formative years were spent in the Collamer area where she attended Collamer grade school until 6th grade, then South Whitley schools. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1940. She was the president of the student council.
Thomas Edward Schinbeckler, DDS, 51, of Carmel, passed away at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at his home. Born Dec. 17, 1958 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Keith E. â€śPickleâ€ť and JoAnne (Witte) Schinbeckler.