Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
Two tornadoes touched down in Whitley County Tuesday morning leaving millions of dollars in damage, but no loss of human life, in their wake.
Officials with the National Weather Service said a tornado that landed near county road 400 S was an EF1 twister, capable of winds between 86 and 110 mph. A second tornado was an EF0 in southwestern Whitley County. Winds in an EF0 tornado measure 65 to 85 mph.
Both tornadoes were on the ground for approximately two miles.
While the tornadoes by-passed the countyâs communities, damage in the rural areas was extensive.
Two of Whitleyâs Countyâs school systems will have board of trustee races for Election Day next week.
Whitko Community School Corporation filled its vacant spots during the primary election in May.
At Smith-Green schools, Tanya C. Young of rural Columbia City is an at-large candidate for the school board in District One, while Cathy Petrie of rural Albion vies for the at-large slot in District 3. Candidates for school boards are, by rule, listed as non-partisan. Both are unopposed.
Residents who live at the far end of Whitley County and have to call long distance to reach the county government offices may soon get some relief.
The Whitley County Board of Commissioners discussed last week the possibility of installing toll-free telephone numbers in most of the countyâs government offices.
The lines could cost three cents per minute.
This move would benefit Churubusco residents, or citizens with a 693 prefix on their telephone numbers.
Commissioner Don Amber used the assessorâs office as an example of the benefits to the new numbers.
A representative from the company that is investigating the possibility of erecting large windmills in Whitley County says a project built here could benefit the county in several ways.
John Doster, Director of Business Development for Wind Capital Group in Chicago, which has an office in Columbia City, said Friday the benefits of his company building in the county would be numerous.
âWe do have three met (meteorological) towers that are measuring the wind to see if the wind is suitable to make it a potential project area,â Doster said.
(This is the second in a series of stories about church remodeling and growth in Richland Township)
âWhen we got here, there was no hot water,â said Tom Beck, pastor of the Larwill Wesleyan Church.
This wasnât at the turn of the last century, but this one. The year was 2000.
The church membership was seven with an average age of 62, according to Beck, and he said the building had not been maintained properly for about 20 years.
Columbia City Parks Director Mark Green told the Columbia City Board of Works today that there will be no Christmas lights in the park this year.
According to Green, The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce has decided not to have the Wonderland of Lights in 2010.
âI wanted to make it clear this was not a Parks Department decision,â said Green.
Green also announced that the department will be closing its public restrooms next week, with the exception of the bathrooms at the trailhead near the Blue River Trail located near the fire museum.
It was the common thread linking each of the award winners at Wednesdayâs Whitley County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
Mike and Kim Balser, owners of the Brownstone On State, were named Small Business of the Year; USSI was named Large Business of the Year; Leadership Whitley County was named the Jewel of the Community; Jacie Worrick and June Keiser were surprised with the Chairmanâs Choice Award and Kristi Maloney was honored as Ambassador of the Year.
Concerned residents of Whitley County faced the countyâs plan commission Wednesday night with questions and strong comments about the possibility of wind-harnessing machines popping up throughout the county.
The result of the several hour-long meeting was the commission decided to take another month to look at the issue.
The commission, faced with a proposed ordinance designed to regulate that very thing say they are also concerned that without regulation, large windmills could some day pepper the landscape without any county oversight.
The Whitley County Commissionersâ chambers in the Whitley County Government Building was standing room only Wednesday night as the countyâs Republican precinct committeemen deliberated for more than two hours to find a new at-large county councilman.
After seven rounds of voting, Paula G. Reimers of Columbia City narrowly defeated Matthew J. Boyd for the county council seat being vacated by Jim Banks.
Banks resigned his spot effective Nov. 2 to run unopposed for the Indiana State Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Dr. Gary Dillon.
Police have charged a Whitley County man with rape as a result of an incident over the weekend.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, 40-year-old Kent Frenger of Churubusco held a woman at knifepoint before raping her and forcing her to perform a sex act on him.
Police say Frenger and the victim, who had previously dated, left a bar and returned to his house where the incident occurred.
The woman allegedly fell asleep, but asked to be taken home when she awoke.