February 19th, 2015
Passages Profiles â€™15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Passages client Jamie Scher represents another part of Passagesâ€™ programming here in Whitley County. Jamie lives in a waiver home with another client and receives assistance from a full-time direct support professional, Georgina Shuler.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Recently released tax rates for Whitley County show a mixture of increases and reductions for taxes payable in the coming year.
Several townships saw decreases in the rates which are calculated as dollars per $100 of taxable real and personal property.
Feb. 24, 1923 â€” Feb. 17, 2015
Benjamin Burton Beerwert, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Columbia City. Born Feb. 24, 1923 in Thorncreek Township, he was the son of August and Lula (Beeching) Beerwert.
SYRACUSE â€” The Syracuse Police Department, along with the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department and the Indiana State Police, are currently investigating a double shooting that occurred within the Town of Syracuse Thursday morning.
Syracuse officers responded to a call of a potential shooting at 205 East Main Street, Syracuse at approximately 12:31 a.m. Upon arrival, police found a 19-year old male dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the head in an upstairs bedroom. Police also found 23-year old Tara Thornburg with a head wound in the downstairs are of the home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For one Columbia City wrestler, Friday nightâ€™s opening round of the IHSAA State Finals will be a return trip; for the other two grapplers it will be a new experience; but for all three it will be the next step on the road to a possible individual state title.
All three have already stamped themselves as one of the top 16 wrestlers in the state in their weight classes. Friday nightâ€™s elimination round at Bankerâ€™s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will cut that number in half.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Frigid temperatures closed and delayed many area schools Thursday morning, preserving area snowmen for another week.
The National Weather Service issued wind chill warnings for Northeast Indiana. Temperatures today arenâ€™t expected to be much above zero degrees, and 25 degrees below zero with the wind chill factor.
Friday, the low is 10 degrees below zero without the wind chill.
See Thursday's edition of The Post & Mail for an FFA update from all three Whitley County chapters.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nicole Penrod (R) first dipped her toes into politics in 2007 when she was elected as the Southeast Representative to Columbia City Council.
During her tenure, Columbia City was transformed into a golf cart friendly community and residents experienced improved trash pick-up with a new contractor and lower rates.
â€śThereâ€™s a bit of a learning curve when you step into local government. I like to think that Iâ€™ve got that under my belt now,â€ť Penrod said.
KOKOMO â€” Morgan Ellis, the 50th winner of the Whitley County/Columbia City franchise of Junior Miss/Distinguished Young Woman, is completing her second day of rehearsals for the 56th annual state-wide production of Junior Miss/Distinguished Young Woman.
The program, with 21 participants, is at Oakbrook Church at 3409 South 200 West, Kokomo. The venue change is because of the remodeling of the auditorium at Indiana University, Kokomo campus.
Feb. 10, 1941 â€” Feb. 16, 2015
Terry L. Goodrich, 74, of South Whitley, died at 2:08 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at his home.
He was born Feb. 10, 1941 in Granville, Ohio a son of the late Robert and Dorothy (Bonnett) Goodrich. His formative years were spent in Granville. The family later moved to Columbia City where he graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1959. He then earned his associates degree in accounting from International Business College in Fort Wayne.