November 5th, 2010
The nearly month-long ban on open burning has been lifted, according to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners and the Whitley County Fire Chiefsâ€™ Association.
The two county entities, working in tandem, attributed the decision Thursday to the gradually improving conditions, cooler weather and precipitation in the forecast.
The fire chiefs want to caution everyone that conditions are still not ideal for open burning, but have improved enough to lift the ban.
They added that taking advantage of frost and dew is a good way to minimize chances of a controlled burn getting out of control.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ultra Electronics-USSI, local manufacturer of electronic, electro-mechanical, and hydro-mechanical sensor and sensor systems with applications for the military, homeland security and commercial use, requested a tax abatement of the county council Wednesday morning.
The company, located in the Park 30 Business Center, has grown so much recently, they are expanding operations to the old Autoliv building, recently purchased.
Whitley County Council approved transferring current property tax abatements and providing additional property tax abatement.
Newly-elected Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf said that a desire to win, diligent campaigning and a changing political climate made for the ideal conditions for his Tuesday win over Commission Chairman Mike Schrader.
â€śI think it was just a perfect storm,â€ť said Schrumpf, 58, who ousted Schrader 5,438-4,934 for the lone seat up for grabs on the commission.
â€śIt was a combination of things, but the whole Republican thing...â€ť
Schrumpf refers to a nationwide ouster of Democrats in the wake of growing dissent over the economy and the current administration in the White House.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Council attorney, Dan Sigler, suggested the recent lawsuit brought by several Whitko residents is â€śnot well-motivatedâ€ť and will ask that it be dismissed.
The suit stems from what the plaintiffs in the suit say is violation of the Indiana Open Door Law. A scheduled county council meeting on July 28 was conducted with members of the council voting on the issue to put a tax referendum for Whitko school district on the general election ballot. The council denied the request and the meeting adjourned. An hour later the council reconvened and changed its vote.
Eleven-year-old Payton Jagger will get her wish of a trip to a Florida theme park in December, but the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana is allowing her community to be a part of passing it on.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Rotarians and Sherri Grim from Sherriâ€™s Place Restaurant in Columbia City are talking turkey.
Thanksgiving turkey, that is.
The Rotary Club is joining forces with Sherriâ€™s Place to offer a community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, for anyone in the community, including those who canâ€™t travel to Sherriâ€™s Place for the meal.
â€śSome have money, but donâ€™t have family,â€ť said Grim, and gave the invitation to â€ścome and eat!â€ť
The meals are free, but those who can may give a donation which will be given to a local food bank.
Roy G. â€śSamâ€ť McCoy, 96, of Jefferson Township, Whitley County, died at 4:10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at Renaissance Village where he had been a resident since September.
He was born Oct. 7, 1914 in Washington Township, Whitley County, a son of Orin Hubert and Edna Mae (Schinbeckler) McCoy. In 1926 his family moved to Jefferson Township. He graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1933.
Suzanne Jeanne Shock, 65, of North Webster, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Oct. 2, 1945 in Muncie, she was a daughter of Dallas Floyd and Marguerite J. â€śPeggyâ€ť (Sweeney) Buis.
Martha J. Miller, 72, of Garrett, died at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 at Cameron Hospital, Angola. She was born July 13, 1938 in Whitley County to Harold and Helen (Traster) Cooperrider and they preceded her in death. She married Edward E. Miller Sept. 6, 1958 in Columbia City and he died Oct. 12, 2002. Martha was a collator at Renaissance Publishing in Auburn, retiring in 2001.
She was a member of St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church of Auburn and the Ashley Eastern Star Lodge 229.
Deborah J. â€śDebbieâ€ť Verberkmoes, 48, of Columbia City, died at 3:18 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 at Select Specialty Hospital Rehab, Fort Wayne where she was transferred Oct. 21 from Parkview Hospital, where she was admitted Sept. 17.
She was born Feb. 17, 1962 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Ralph B. and Marian J. (Chandler) Weller. Her formative years were spent in the New Haven area. She graduated from Heritage High School and International Business College.
On June 14, 1985 she was united in marriage to Randall C. Verberkmoes. They have always made their home in the Columbia City area.