February 11th, 2011
The winner of South Whitleyâ€™s Got Talent hands down was Ivory West.
The competition concluded Thursday evening at the South Whitley Public Library after a week off for a winter storm.
The competition was tough, with the audience getting to be a part of selecting the winner. The three official judges, whose votes had a bit more pull, were Nate Myers, Teresa Smith and Renee Wozniak Anderson.
West performed â€śCome Togetherâ€ť by The Beatles to earn the title.
Kimberlina (Ickes) Heintzelman of Columbia City passed away Feb. 3, 2011 at Fort Wayne Hospice, to be with her Lord. Her family hopes she is at peace and no longer in pain.
She was born in Bakersfield, Calif. in 1965. She grew up in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. and graduated from high school there. She was married twice and had no children.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Earlier this week, county government officials OKâ€™d a monetary allocation for the countyâ€™s public transportation system â€” the amount just wasnâ€™t as much as was requested.
Jackie Hake, executive director of Whitley County Transit asked the countyâ€™s board of commissioners and county council for $20,000.
What she got was half that amount.
Hake was before both panels asking for her organizationâ€™s annual allotment of money from the County Economic Development Income Tax â€” an infusion of $20,000 as part of a local match with the Indiana Department of Transportation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With questions, confusion and downright dissension surrounding who will collect money from the Amish for their buggy plates, Whitley Countyâ€™s auditor, Jen McGuire stepped up, volunteered and put the dicey issue to bed once and for all.
In January, the Whitley County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to give the responsibility to County Assessor Angela Adams.
The change came about as a result of differences in assessing duties as mandated by state law.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation has tough decisions ahead of it, according to Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor.
â€śIt was obvious that our expenditures were outpacing our revenues,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said at Mondayâ€™s regular meeting of the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees.
She said the 2010 General Fund Budget took a hit of $1,085,488 due to the economy.
â€śThis reduction will not be restored,â€ť she said.
â€śIn order for WCCS to operate within its means and maintain an adequate fund balance, additional budget cuts are required.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The best spellers of the county elementary and middle schools converged on South Whitley Elementary School Thursday evening to compete for the title Whitley County Spelling Bee Champion.
Janice M. Waikel, 83, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Surviving are her daughters, Jannelle (Butch) Kelly, Alica (Richard) Sherman and Patricia (Jay) Greer; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, JoAnn Waikel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Waikel; parents, John and Madeline Galloway; and son, David Waikel.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council got a crash course in 800 MHz radios Tuesday night at its regular board meeting.
Ted Hurley of J&K Communica-tions gave the board and the cityâ€™s various department heads a slide presentation on 800 MHz technology thatâ€™s sweeping the nationâ€™s emergency response airwaves.
According to Hurley, although Columbia City is still slightly behind the rest of the county in changing over to the 800 MHz system from the old VHF technology, it wonâ€™t matter for awhile anyway.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Lehmberg Building in Columbia City is changing hands.
Attorney Peter Mallers of Beers, Mallers, Backs and Salin of Fort Wayne appeared before the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Tuesday to announce the building, located at 333 North Oak Street and owned by Whitley Memorial Hospital, Inc., will be sold to Passages, Inc.
According to Mallers, the bylaws of Whitley Memorial Hospital Inc. require the consent of the county commissioners before the sale of any of its real estate.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The teenager accused of killing a 14-year-old Whitley County girl in March of 2010 has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Joshua M. Wright, 18, appeared in court Thursday to change his plea on four counts related to the rape and murder of Kaylin Doggendorf.
If Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer accepts the change of plea, Wright could possibly receive a 100-year prison term.
Sentencing is set for March 28 at 9 a.m. in Whitley County Circuit Court.