October 19th, 2012
Donna J. (DeBolt) Mansdorfer, 74, of Liberty Township, went up to Heaven to be with Dad Oct. 16, 2012, at 12:55 a.m. at Hospice of Hamilton.
She was born June 5, 1938, in Whitley County, the daughter of Alice Grace and Francis DeBolt.
On Sept. 16, 1956, she married Gerald Mansdorfer.
Donna retired from the Internal Revenue Service as a budget analyst. In her free time, Donna was an avid Bridge player and loving grandmother ‚ÄúBommin.‚ÄĚ
The Route 33 Cruisers gathered together to show off classic cars at Advantage Auto Parts in Columbia City. Car owners met twice a month during the summer to display their nostalgic vehicles. The group‚Äôs organizer, John Van Houten, said the car show is open to any owner and there is no fee to participate. However, owners are asked to bring canned food items. The group donates the items to local food pantries. Van Houten said, ‚ÄúI just delivered about $400 worth of cans to Grace Lutheran Church.‚ÄĚ For more information on Route 33 Cruisers, contact Van Houten at 248-8632.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After recently attending the fall Indiana School Board Association state conference in Indianapolis, Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation board members Deborah Hiss, Jill Western, Stan Meyer and Don Armstrong said they were grateful to be delegates of the district and were enlightened to hear what other districts are working on in their schools.
During the conference, each member attended different sessions.
Board member Deborah Hiss said one of those sessions was in regards to how the district is currently measured as far as its grade value.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ According to Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester, the county is working hard on the bridge repair project, located on CR 700 E. between CR 900 S. and 1000 S. The road has been closed since Oct. 1 and is expected to remain closed until January of next year.
Forrester said trees have been cleared to make way for the work, and minor grading and excavation, has taken place.
Ten steel encased concrete piles, that are 14-inches in diameter, have all been driven and poured.
There are five on each end of the bridge.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Give hope, change lives ‚ÄĒ that is the mission for the United Way of Whitley County Inc.‚Äôs Live United Campaign for 2012. Executive Director Cindy Baker is working to compel Whitley County residents and businesses to invest in the annual campaign that will fund the nonprofit‚Äôs work over the next year.
Baker said the goal is $190,000 by the end of November. ‚ÄúThe community piece will go until the end of November, but some of the bigger companies collect donations through December and January.‚ÄĚ
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs Town Council met for its regular meeting Wednesday night, announcing several new upgrades for the police department.
Some of the additions to the department include new bulletproof vests, upgraded computer air cards for squad cars and a few electronic scanner/printers. Churubusco police hopes by adding items such as these their jobs will be conducted in a more safe and streamlined fashion. New weapons are also being purchased from Tomlinson‚Äôs Shooting Supplies, Inc.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Authorities are investigating the cause of a fatal accident on U.S. 30 Wednesday morning.
James Priest, 37, of Bay City, Mich., was killed in a crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and CR 300 E. after the truck he was driving hit the back of a stopped semi at approximately 9 a.m.
According to police, Priest, who was headed westbound, made little or no attempt to stop before hitting the semi in front of him, driven by Thomas Dye of West Virginia.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no evidence that he hit the brakes at all,‚ÄĚ Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the realm of technology playing a vital role in education, Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation teachers and administrators have developed a curriculum based on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS).
‚ÄúThese standards were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education and they teach students to become proficient in problem solving, critical thinking and creativity through the use of technology,‚ÄĚ said Indian Middle Springs School Principal Jan Boylen.
Brad Wolfe was sworn in as a Whitley County Plan Commission member at the board‚Äôs regular meeting Wednesday night. Wolfe was appointed to the post on Monday by the Whitley County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners appointed Wolfe to replace former president of the plan commission, Dave Schilling who was removed from the board by the county commissioners in September. The nine-member county plan commission also includes Chairman Brandon Forrester, Vice-Chairman Dave Addison, Secretary Doug Wright, Bill Auer, John Johnson, Kenny Kerch, Paula Reimers and George Schrumpf.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ Dillon Sheiss is not your typical 10-year old. This Northern Heights fifth grader is a CEO of sorts for The Jack Patch, Dillon‚Äôs own produce business specializing in a variety of pumpkins and gourds.
This is Dillon‚Äôs fifth year growing pumpkins. Kelley Sheiss, Dillon‚Äôs mother, said his interest in the orange squash took root in Pennsylvania.