Archive - Oct 2010
Races for political office in Whitley County range from uncontested shoo-ins to hotly-debated battles for office in both county government and in the townships.
The Post & Mail sent out candidate comment forms to candidates in all county races. Some candidates did not respond.
Circuit Court Clerk
Clerk of the Circuit Court Debbie Beers faces challenger Janet Middlebrook.
â€śI pledge my personal accessibility to the public and will continue to provide a friendly, professional and efficient office,â€ť said Beers.
Janet Middlebrook could not be reached for comment.
After nine decades in Columbia City, a local car dealership will carry on without its longtime family name.
Effective Wednesday, Thomsonâ€™s Whitley County Motor Sales became City Chevrolet.
The dealership changed hands after the retirement of Tim Thomson and the purchase of the company by Glenbrook Automotive of Fort Wayne.
â€śObviously, Tim wanted to retire and weâ€™re actually going to keep all their employees and hopefully increase sales through improved marketing and a larger presence on the Internet,â€ť said Doug McKibben, president of Glenbrook Automotive.
More plaintiffs and defendants have been added to the lawsuit filed Tuesday against entities in the county government.
In a lawsuit filed against the Whitley County Council by Cleveland Townshipâ€™s Steve Sickafoose in response to an alleged illegal meeting in July, Sickafooseâ€™s twin brother Stan, along with Doug Reiff and Dale Haupert have been added to the list of plaintiffs.
Joining the Whitley County Council as defendants are the Whitley County Board of Commissioners and county attorney Daniel J. Sigler.
Could it be another East Noble shoot-out? The potential is there.
Two 9-1 teams will meet Friday night in the semifinal round of class 4A sectional 11 when No. 8 Columbia City travels to Angola.
Each touts a highly productive passing offense led by a senior quarterback.
Coming out ahead in a 56-55 offensive marathon at East Noble earlier in the season, Columbia City quarterback Logan Rehrer and the Eagles relish the chance for a repeat.
A pre-sectional championship comes Friday night with Churubusco (9-1) heading to Southern Wells (8-2) for class A sectional 35.
Two teams state ranked for the entire season square off in what has the feeling of a championship caliber game.
On the other side of the bracket two 5-5 teams await a title shot. The winner of the Raiders-Eagles game will go into the match-up as the odds-on favorite with only three losses between the two programs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Parents, teachers, and interested community members met in the high schoolâ€™s auditorium Tuesday evening to hear five of the nine candidates for the WCCS School Board tout their views, motivation and experience that will make each of them the best candidate on Nov. 2.
Hosted by Rick Kreps of The Post & Mail and September McConnell of the Whitley County Community Foundation, Don Armstrong, Chris Bechtold, Timothy Bloom, Eric Horvath and Brooks Langeloh introduced themselves, briefly answered two of 12 possible questions, and made closing remarks, all in about an hourâ€™s time.
By RUTH STANLEY
Two tornadoes touched down in Whitley County Tuesday morning leaving millions of dollars in damage, but no loss of human life, in their wake.
Officials with the National Weather Service said a tornado that landed near county road 400 S was an EF1 twister, capable of winds between 86 and 110 mph. A second tornado was an EF0 in southwestern Whitley County. Winds in an EF0 tornado measure 65 to 85 mph.
Both tornadoes were on the ground for approximately two miles.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mayor Jim Fleck and the Columbia City Common Council honored census takers at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
A plaque was presented to Dick Buchanan, Chairman of the Complete Count Committee of the 2010 Census by the mayor in recognition of work done by those working to get an accurate head count throughout the county.
â€śIt (the census) is important because so much of the revenue you make at the state levels depends on the number of people you have,â€ť said Fleck.
â€śThe census is extremely important as we determine the cost of services and our taxes.â€ť
A lawsuit was filed in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday against the countyâ€™s common council in response to an alleged illegal meeting in July.
The suit alleges a meeting by a majority of the council members July 28, thrown together just minutes after a scheduled meeting, was in direct violation of the Indiana Open Door Law.
At stake â€” a proposed tax levy on the residents living inside the Whitko School District.
Marcella â€śMarciâ€ť (Morris) Mullins, 65 passed away Sunday, October 24, 2010 at Riverbend Healthcare in Fort Wayne. She was born in Newport, Ky. on Jan. 21, 1945 to the late Dan and Rosie (McIntosh) Morris and lived in Jackson, Ky. and Columbia City before moving to Fort Wayne.