November 3rd, 2010
The voters from precincts in both Whitley and Kosciusko counties who live in the Whitko school district spoke loud and clear Tuesday about a property tax proposed by the school corporation.
In the Whitley County precincts, the referendum was defeated 1,154-486 a percentage spread of 70-30.
The referendum didnâ€™t fare much better in Kosciusko County where 1,038 voters squelched the proposed tax and 384 residents gave the referendum a thumbs up.
The total no-yes count for Whitkoâ€™s proposed tax was 2,192-870.
The school corporation decided to add the referendum to the ballot back in July.
So far, the Columbia City football team has passed nearly every test that has stood in front of them.
New Haven, check. East Noble, got ’em. NHC championship, crowned. Return to the class 4A sectional championship, there.
Back where they stood a season ago, the Eagles get a rematch at home Friday night against the team that ended their 2009 season in Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (10-0).
A Columbia City woman grabbed the Indiana House of Representatives spot vacated by former District 83 Representative Matt Bell.
Former Columbia City Common Council member Kathy Heuer routed her Democrat opponent and fellow county resident Wray McCalester with 77 percent of the vote (2,147-626) and will represent the county and the rest of the district beginning in January.
â€śI am honored to have the support of the voters of District 83 and will be privileged to serve everyone in the district, regardless of their political affiliation,â€ť said Heuer.
How important is education?
Consider these facts:
â€˘ According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 90 percent of high-growth, high-wage jobs will require at least some postsecondary education.
â€˘ Indiana ranks 43rd in the state in percentage of adults with a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher. In Whitley County, 18 percent of adults have a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher. Slightly more than 19 percent of adults statewide have postsecondary degrees.
By early afternoon Tuesday, voter turnout was steady at the polls in Whitley County, according to Debbie Beers at the countyâ€™s Voter Registration Office.
â€śI wouldnâ€™t call it heavy and I wouldnâ€™t call it light,â€ť Beers said. â€śBut, there has been a wait at the polls so I would definitely call the turnout good at this point.â€ť
Voters in the county are voting not only for local, county and school board candidates but also for state representative and those living in the Whitko School District have a proposed property tax referendum to decide.
New CCHS speech coach takes over
The loss of Bob Brittain last April left some very big shoes to fill.
As far as the speech and debate coaching job, Aaron Dicker of Fort Wayne has been hired to pick up the mantle.
A graduate of DePauw University, Dicker was a former competitor of the CCHS team when he attended South Side High School and remembered Brittain as a very â€śpersonable person.â€ť
Dicker continued with speech and debate in his post-secondary career and saw Brittain at the national forensics meets, as well.
Lois N. Mote, age 89, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 8:53 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born April 16, 1921 in Laud, Jefferson Township, she was a daughter of Otto and Dessie (Roberts) Ward.
Robert Allen Reed, 69, of Laketon formerly of South Whitley, died at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 at the Peabody Home, North Manchester where he had been a resident for the past seven weeks.
He was born July 30, 1941 in South Whitley a son of Donel Frederick and Annabella (Hartsough) Reed. His formative years were spent in South Whitley where he attended elementary school and then graduated from South Whitley High School.
On Oct. 21, 1964 he entered the U.S. Marine Corp. He served in Vietnam.
On Oct. 21, 1967, he received his honorable discharge.
Shirley Kerr-Kruger, 78 of Santa Rosa, Calif., died Oct. 24, 2010 at her home.
Born Nov. 7, 1932 in Columbia City, she was a daughter of the late Arley and Gladys Kerr.
Survivors include eight children and one brother, Tom Kerr of Hobart.
Services were held at Santa Rosa Memorial Park in California.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 52 Ascot Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or her brother at 919 8th Street, Hobart, IN 46542.
Hulda L. Duncan, 88, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Earnest A. Duncan, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She had been in declining health for the past seven years.
Mrs. Duncan was born Jan. 29, 1922 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of William and Freida (Linnemeier) Kruse, and spent her formative years on the family farm in Washington Township.