March 19th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tri-Lakes residents could possibly see an increase in their sewer bills starting in June.
Expensive sewer repairs and rising maintenance costs have led the Tri-Lakes Sewer District to visit the idea of increasing rates .97 cents.
According to the District Administrator Carol Martin the average sewer bill will increase from $37.88 to $38.85 for Phase I customers. Phase II customers, on average, will see a new amount of $51.40.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Chuck Zumbrun has been farming off and on for nearly 40 years. He recently swapped farming notes with a visiting farmer from Australia.
As a fourth-generation farmer, Zumbrun connected through social media with Bryan Granshaw, a third-generation farmer from Queensland, Australia.
The two were able to come together to share ideas about soil sustainability and management through the concept of companion cropping.
Editorâ€™s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and will be highlighted during the next week. One student will be selected by The Post & Mail as the overall Leaders of Tomorrow.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Colton Geiger is a senior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School and The Post & Mailâ€™s pick as runner up in the Leaders of Tomorrow search.
Q: What activities are you involved in at school or within the community?
CHURUBUSCO â€” Last yearâ€™s season may not have turned out the way that Churubuscoâ€™s baseball team was hoping for, but this seasonâ€™s team returns a strong nucleus from that squad and looks to improve on last yearâ€™s 7-24 record.
The Eagles graduated pitcher Austin Geoprich, who was 3-3 on the season and batted .278.
Also gone from the Churubusco lineup are infielder Alan Meeks, a .374 hitter who also had 13 stolen bases, and Adam Boggess, who batted at a .278 clip with 21 RBI from his left field position.
Leon Braden Alter, 105, of North Manchester, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Timbercrest where he had been a resident since 1984.
He was born Feb. 24, 1908, in Forest, a son of Leander Clinton and Anna Grace (Braden) Alter. He graduated from Forest High School in 1927, and Purdue University in 1933, with a degree in agriculture education.
Richard Roscoe Hatton, 54, a lifelong resident of Bear Lake, died at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his home.
He was born Feb. 1, 1959, in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Central Noble High School in 1978.
He was employed for more than 20 years at Dexter Axle.
His lifetime memberships included North America Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Fourteen, 1,057 and 24. What do these numbers mean?
Fourteen is the number of losses Churubuscoâ€™s boys basketball team suffered before winning its first game, an agonizing stretch for the Eagles and their fans.
The number 1,057 is the amount of points the 2011-12 Eagles scored. That team went 14-7.
Crews battled a fully engulfed barn fire west of South Whitley late Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
The calf barn, located at 7900 W. Ind. 14, was on the property of Dewayne Gable. Firefighters from multiple townships battled the blaze, that was fully involved when they arrived on the scene.
No injuries were reported, but approximately 100 calves were lost in the fire. The blaze remains under investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” May 10 is the due date for residents of Whitley County to pay their first installment of property taxes.
The fall bill will be due Nov. 12. Forms will be in the mail by April 15.
According to Auditor Jen McGuire, Whitley Countyâ€™s properties were re-assessed last year with a total value calculated at $1,336,049,342.
Most residents will see property tax increases, although the amount will vary from township to township and will depend on what city or town the property is located in.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Course rigor is one of the goals of Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
Part of that goal is offering classes that are a challenge for students. To meet that aim, Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered at Columbia City High School, as well as dual-course offerings with area colleges. There are also honors courses offered.