Archive - Dec 2010
The following are news highlights from 2010 as reported in the Post & Mail.
4 â€” Whitley County New Year baby, Haleigh Giselle Graves, daughter of Ryan and Aimee Graves of Columbia City, was born shortly after 4 a.m.
7 â€” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor takes over as interim superintendent at Whitley County Consolidated Schools after the December resignation of Dr. Laura Huffman.
8 â€” Four inches of snow prompt officials to place Whitley County under a Level 3 Watch Snow Emergency.
Richard C. â€śDickâ€ť Kiewatt, 83, of South Whitley, died at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at Peabody Home, North Manchester where he had been a resident since July 1, 2009.
He was born Nov. 26, 1927 in West Allis, Wis., a son of Walter Eugene and Hertha (Kranz) Kiewatt. His formative years were spent in West Allis and he graduated from West Allis High School.
On July 4, 1945 he entered the United States Navy, serving in the Asiatic Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged Aug. 17, 1946.
Fay E. Brown, aka George Duncan, 77, of Big Lake in rural Noble County, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City following a brief illness.
Born April 16, 1933 in Whitley County, he was a son of Donald E. and Lavonne (Conrad) Brown. He married Marcella Hunt Oct. 1, 1960 and together they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. He lived in the area his whole life.
Earl A. â€śAndyâ€ť Crider, 63, of Kimmell passed away Monday evening, Dec. 27, 2010 at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1947 in Auburn to O.N. â€śBudâ€ť and Patricia R. (Edwards) Crider.
He retired from the United States Air Force after serving 20+ years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Crider; daughter, Tamara Walters; two sons, Jon Crider and Jeff Crider; a sister, Debbie Sabino; and a brother, Michael Crider.
Charles I. Bender, 83 a resident of Columbia City, died at noon Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 in Parkview Whitley Hospital.
He was born June 28, 1927 in Blue Island, Illinois, a son of Lewis Henry and Edna Bell Hayes Bender. His formative years were spent in Blue Island and after completing his education in the local high school, he enlisted in 1945 in the U.S. Merchant Marines, serving during World War II.
Dr. Donald E. Welsh, 81, a prominent Churubusco veterinarian and community leader, passed away Dec. 28, 2010 at his residence with his family by his side. He had been diagnosed with cancer Sept. 2, 2010.
Dr. Welsh was born in Zanesville, Ohio Aug. 7, 1929, a son of Stanley and Doris (Vandenbark) Welsh and graduated from high school there. He had earned an associates degree from Michigan State University, and was engaged in farming until he entered Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in agriculture and a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
GREENTOWN (AP) â€” A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has rattled portions of central Indiana, prompting a wave of calls to local authorities from rattled residents.
The U.S. Geological Survey says on its website that the quake occurred at 7:55 a.m. EST Thursday and was centered about five miles south of Greentown in Howard County. Thatâ€™s about 50 miles north-northeast of Indianapolis.
No damage was immediately reported.
SOUTH WHITLEY - Tom Bernhard, representing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, explained loan and grant options to South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday for the upcoming wastewater treatment facility project.
â€śWe have a loan and grant program for water and sewer projects,â€ť Bernhard said.
â€śWe can do a project sewer extension â€” up to a 40-year loan with a 2.5 percent interest rate but that changes every quarter, so this rate is good until March.â€ť
Bernhard said the annual agricultural budget is $30 million a year for Indiana, once approved by Congress.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Fire Department didnâ€™t have far to travel Wednesday afternoon to respond to a fire at 113 East Market Street in Columbia City, just a block and a half east of the fire station.
There was minimal damage and it was contained rather quickly with just damage to an exterior wall and no one was hurt,â€ť said Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue this morning.
LaRue said the fireâ€™s origin was electrical and was extinguished by removing some siding and cellulose insulation on a porch of the house.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s wallet could be a bit thinner next year.
Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle brought before the cityâ€™s Common Council on Tuesday, an emergency resolution to reduce the cityâ€™s 2010 appropriations.
â€śI was notified by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) that I would need to reduce our appropriations by $292,000,â€ť said Coyle.
The clerk told the board she was able to skim $199,700 from the 2010 budget, but that the remainder would have to come from the 2011 appropriation.