March 12th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śPernicious,â€ť â€śfilibuster,â€ť â€śschottischeâ€ť and â€ścorpuscleâ€ť are just a few words that Jaeden Roussey spelled correctly at the Regional Finals of the 58th Annual Scripps Spelling Bee at Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.
Roussey, 10, a fifth-grade student at Coesse Elementary School took second place at the regional finals Saturday morning. Roussey went 35 rounds until he misspelled â€śfatality.â€ť
Roussey will serve as alternate and will be able to go to Washington, D.C., if for any reason winner Kaelyn Bender canâ€™t go.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An ordinance amendment changing fees involved with Sheriff Sales of real property has been adopted by the Whitley County Commissioners and should take effect beginning in April. The fees are typically paid by the attorneyâ€™s office representing the interest of the mortgage company that holds the lien on the foreclosed property.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A project recently being looked at to replace the boiler and cooler system in the Whitley County Courthouse is being put on the back-burner in favor of more pressing maintenance to the exterior of the building. Mark Sturtevant, courthouse maintenance, said they were already aware of issues with the cooling tower outside of the courthouse.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the Whitley County Republican Partyâ€™s monthly breakfast Saturday, March 10, keynote speaker and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett, outlined several issues concerning schools today. The breakfast took place at CC Deli in Columbia City.
Among the topics addressed were financial decisions, paid performance, third grade reading level and technology.
LONDONâ€”In July of 2011, 16-year-old Columbia City High School student Jade Shopell attended a UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) cheer camp and was selected as an All American.
This awarded her the opportunity to fly with All Americans from all over the United States to London, England on an eight-day trip, culminating in their appearance in Londonâ€™s New Yearâ€™s Day Parade.
The All Americans were divided into three groups. Each group was sent a DVD of a dance mix they were to learn and perform along the parade route.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Recorders Office is continuing to update its record keeping system for the digital world, giving the public easier, more efficient access to its records.
Currently, the officeâ€™s more recent records are searchable and viewable on a program called Laredo, a product of Fidlar Technologies, a powerful land records conversion and search system.
The company provides services which scan, convert, enhance and import land records into the system which is accessible to the public both online or in the Recorderâ€™s Office.
LARWILL â€” A 14.3 percent sewer rate increase is looming on the horizon for Larwill residents as town council members voted unanimously to pursue in Thursday evenings meeting. It has been seven years since the town has experienced a sewer increase.
According to Clerk-Treasurer Renee Sills, the 2012 sewer budget is $60,420 compared to $68,411.96 in 2011.
â€śWe spent $58,270.30 in 2011 which is a $10,141.66 overflow of cash,â€ť Sills said. â€śWith the 2012 budget at $60,420, we only have a cash flow left over of $2,537.79 and that is if we spend like we did last year.â€ť
Logan Irwin, Whitko High Schoolâ€™s all-time leading scorer, eyes the basket during an elementary school game in Warsaw in February, 2006. He is being guarded by Washington Elementary Schoolâ€™s Brock Anson. Irwin played his elementary school ball for Warsawâ€™s Lincoln Elementary and was teamed with Warsaw All-Conference standout Lucas Grose. The two won Warsaw Elementary School championships in 2005 and 2006 and also played together in seventh grade at Lakeview Middle School, winning a middle school conference title.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Mabel Fisher, 89, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Etna Green, passed away at 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at her home.
She was born Jan. 3, 1923, in Chicago, a daughter of John and Rose (Herman) Fisher.
Survivors include a sister, Catherine Fisher of Fort Wayne.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin Fisher.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Paul D. White, pastor of Churubusco Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nick S. Leisinger, 24, of Columbia City, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born Feb. 27, 1988, in Waverly, Iowa, a son of Steven R. and Teresa L. (White) Leisinger.
In 1991, his family moved to Angola and later to Marion before moving to Silver Lake.
In December, 2006, Nick moved to his home in Columbia City.
He was employed at B.E. Computers and previously at Alpha Products in Elkhart.