February 13th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Joseph D. Shaffer, 80, of rural Columbia City, passed away peacefully at 11:23 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at his home with his family at his side.¬†
Joe was a veteran from the German occupation to the Korean War.¬†
He retired as a tool and die maker from Tokhiem Corporation after 44 years and continued farming.¬†¬†
Joe is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 61 years, Stella; four daughters, Penny Shaffer, Pam (Carl) Emley, Paula (Ellis) Sturgill and Polly (David) Cox; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.¬†
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The wind discussion will soon be making its way from the lower level conference room of the Whitley County Government Center ‚ÄĒ where the Whitley County Plan Commission meets ‚ÄĒ to the main conference chambers of the Whitley County Commissioners one floor up.
The commissioners spoke briefly last week with Plan Commission President Brandon Forrester about a potential timetable in regard to when the commissioners may have the wind turbine ordinance in front of them.
MARION ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team held on for a win Saturday afternoon at Marion after the Giants made it a one-possesion game with two minutes left to play. The Eagles walked away with their 12th win of the season, 71-66.
Four of the five Columbia City starters had double-digit scoring with senior Matt Rethlake leading the team offensively for the first time this season with 18 points. Daniel Woll posted a double-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal. Drew Benedict (17) and Derek Hinen (11) also scored in double digits.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Three Whitley County wrestlers traveled to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Saturday for the IHSAA Semi-State competition, hoping to qualify for a trip to Banker‚Äôs Life Fieldhouse and the IHSAA Individual State Finals Wrestling Tournament.
Local firefighters battled a garage fire Friday afternoon at 3321 W. Keck Rd. near Loon Lake. According to the Whitley County GIS site, the home is deeded to James and Linda Hale. Firefighters received the call at approximately 12:30 p.m. and the fire was marked ‚Äúunder control‚ÄĚ by 1:05 p.m. Richland Township, Thorncreek Township and Noble County firemen all responded to the scene. Above, Thorncreek Firemen Chad Jahn, left, and Ken Smith, center, along with a Noble County fireman, right, get ready to advance into the burning building.
MONROE ‚ÄĒ Coming off an opening round sectional win over South Adams Tuesday, Churubusco‚Äôs girls basketball team traveled to Adams Central High School to play the hosting Lady Flying Jets in its second round
The Lady Eagles knocked off their opponent, 31-24, and will head back today to face Fort Wayne Bishop Luers for the sectional championship.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm proud of our girls for sticking together and giving us a change to win a sectional,‚ÄĚ said ‚ÄėBusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich.
CARROLL ‚ÄĒ Lady Eagle basketball season has come to a close. In round two of sectional play Friday, Columbia City traveled to Carroll, host of the Class 4A Sectional 5, and lost to Fort Wayne Snider in a tough fought contest. The Lady Panthers were victorious by a score of 56-47, a much smaller margin than the 35-point Snider victory in November.
GAS CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls basketball team battled back from a 34-14 third-quarter deficit to come within four points of a win Friday night in the semi-final sectional game at Mississinewa against Bellmont.
After a 26-13 advantage at halftime, the Squaws scored six points to the Lady ‚ÄôCats‚Äô one, giving Whitko a 20-point deficit with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Parkview Whitley Hospital‚Äôs nursing staff has received a national accolade, according to a hospital press release.
The hospital announced Friday it had been chosen as the recipient of the American Nurses Association‚Äôs (ANA) National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality for a Community Hospital in the year 2011. The award recognizes hospitals that improve patient outcomes and maintain high nurse job satisfaction, the hospital said, adding that the NDNQI is the nation‚Äôs most comprehensive database of nursing performance measures.
Here is a listing of the 2012 Primary Election Candidates as provided by the Whitley County Election Office. The last day to file was Friday.
Cindy (Greer) Doolittle (Republican)
Laurell E. Hodges (Republican)
Tami R. Plew (Republican)
Randy Dellinger (Republican)
Jim Macino (Republican)
Ron McNeal (Republican)
County Commissioner - District #1
Tom Rethlake (Republican)
County Commissioner - District #3
Don Amber (Republican)
County Council - At Large (3)