November 2nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As technology continues to advance, many people are keeping up with current news and events through notifications that come directly to their cellular phones in the form of a text message. Whitley County has announced that as of Nov. 1, a partnership with the Nixle Community Information Service (Nixle) will allow residents to do that and more.
Reverend John Daniel Groff, 100, of Huntington, died Oct. 31, 2012.
He was born in Jefferson Township, Huntington County to Russell and Hazel (Hawkins) Groff on May 24, 1911.
He married Helen Eberhart in 1941.
In 1993, following the death of Helen Groff, he married Mary Myerly Reece.
He is survived by two children, four grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandson. Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 West Park Dr., Huntington.
See Thursday's edition of the post and mail for a list of local, state and national candidates.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Tuesday morning brought the first sign of snowflakes. Blowing snow and sleet rode in on the northeast winds of Hurricane Sandy.
Columbia City‚Äôs Street Department already has snow in its sights. Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh said the city‚Äôs mechanic is currently checking the plows to ensure all is in working order before the blades are hooked onto city trucks.
‚ÄúRight now we are still in leaf season,‚ÄĚsaid Cearbaugh. ‚ÄúBut once we are out of that, our box trucks will start making the transition from leaves to salt.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď Grade A. That was the mark for three Whitley County Schools. Churubusco Elementary School, Coesse Elementary School and Columbia City High School all received an A ranking based on the Indiana Department of Education‚Äôs (IDOE) annual evaluation.
According to the IDOE, more than 40 percent of Indiana‚Äôs schools received an A for the 2011-12 school year. The state‚Äôs education department released the grading report Tuesday.
Columbia City High School saw an improvement from last year‚Äôs mediocre rating of C and the year before when the school received a D grade.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs football team is seeking revenge after a frustrating 34-7 loss last season in the sectional title game.
The Knights come into this year‚Äôs sectional final game with an uncharacteristic 7-4 record, after only posting two losses from 2010-11.
Luers has had a difficult season, with the hype around the firing of coach Matt Lindsay mid-season due to a scandal involving inappropriate video clips on his computer.
Since Lindsay left the field Sept. 13, the Knights have lost two games, including a forfeit to Wayne High School.
Jim Lee Binkley, 78, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Columbia City, he worked for Perfection Biscuit Company for 40 years, retiring in 1996.
He was very active as a labor union leader.
He was a member of Harvester Avenue Missionary Church.
He was an avid reader, fisherman and a fan of the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Notre Dame Football and Indiana University basketball.
Eileen Rennecker , 82, of Whitley County, passed away at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Rennecker was born on April 14, 1930, in Hampshire, England, a daughter of Fredrick Charles and Bessie (Dunning) Holmes.
She spent her formative years in Hampshire, and graduated from Fairfield Senior in 1944. In her teens she witnessed the battle of Britain from her backyard.
On Feb. 8, 1947, she was married in Basingstoke, England at the age of 16 to Alfred S. Hutton.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and its winter storm has left several states in need of assistance. While many Indiana districts have deployed teams to these states, Whitley County responders are waiting to help.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been on standby as of last week,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball Tuesday morning. ‚ÄúThe storm is bringing a lot of water and snow with it. It‚Äôs not moving the way they thought it would so a lot of things could change.‚ÄĚ