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October 29th

Seniors ‘Come on down’ for The Price is Right

October 29, 2010

Seventy people waited to hear their names called with the familiar phrase, “Come on down!” Thursday at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City, but only six lucky contestants made it on stage for “The Price is Right.”

“Bobby” Barker, aka Kristy Maloney from Sycamore Village, hosted the pared down version of the popular game show, with the lovely Ann Louise Baas, a senior center volunteer, as her assistant. Calling the contestants to the stage was Tim Leonard, another volunteer.

The story of a haunted mansion

October 29, 2010

Three young teens on the construction crew for the Alexander More family’s new barn in the late 1800s, were kept on the property during construction as travel of the time was difficult at best. This was the tradition of the day and the site, on the De la Balme Road in Whitley County was near a property that was touted to be haunted.

Showing off their bravery over their dinner, the young men from nearby South Whitley discussed taking a trip over to the haunted Hazel Cot Castle.

Remembering Brittain

October 29, 2010

“I’ve missed him a lot this year,” said Columbia City High School English teacher Tom Lough of a colleague who died unexpectedly in April — Bob Brittain.

Brittain was an icon in the speech and debate department at CCHS for years. And he was known not only in Indiana, but throughout the U.S. and beyond.

His former competitors, debate coaches from northern Indiana including Plymouth, Chesterton, Fort Wayne schools and South Bend schools, passed the hat and purchased a tree in Brittain’s memory which has been planted near the library at the high school.

October 28th

County ballot has a mix of contested, uncontested races

October 28, 2010

Races for political office in Whitley County range from uncontested shoo-ins to hotly-debated battles for office in both county government and in the townships.
The Post & Mail sent out candidate comment forms to candidates in all county races. Some candidates did not respond.
Circuit Court Clerk
Clerk of the Circuit Court Debbie Beers faces challenger Janet Middlebrook.
“I pledge my personal accessibility to the public and will continue to provide a friendly, professional and efficient office,” said Beers.
Janet Middlebrook could not be reached for comment.
County Auditor

Thomson hands over keys to dealership

October 28, 2010

After nine decades in Columbia City, a local car dealership will carry on without its longtime family name.
Effective Wednesday, Thomson’s Whitley County Motor Sales became City Chevrolet.
The dealership changed hands after the retirement of Tim Thomson and the purchase of the company by Glenbrook Automotive of Fort Wayne.
“Obviously, Tim wanted to retire and we’re actually going to keep all their employees and hopefully increase sales through improved marketing and a larger presence on the Internet,” said Doug McKibben, president of Glenbrook Automotive.

Lawsuit against county meeting grows bigger

October 28, 2010

More plaintiffs and defendants have been added to the lawsuit filed Tuesday against entities in the county government.
In a lawsuit filed against the Whitley County Council by Cleveland Township’s Steve Sickafoose in response to an alleged illegal meeting in July, Sickafoose’s twin brother Stan, along with Doug Reiff and Dale Haupert have been added to the list of plaintiffs.
Joining the Whitley County Council as defendants are the Whitley County Board of Commissioners and county attorney Daniel J. Sigler.

October 27th

School board candidates share thoughts on education

October 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Parents, teachers, and interested community members met in the high school’s auditorium Tuesday evening to hear five of the nine candidates for the WCCS School Board tout their views, motivation and experience that will make each of them the best candidate on Nov. 2.
Hosted by Rick Kreps of The Post & Mail and September McConnell of the Whitley County Community Foundation, Don Armstrong, Chris Bechtold, Timothy Bloom, Eric Horvath and Brooks Langeloh introduced themselves, briefly answered two of 12 possible questions, and made closing remarks, all in about an hour’s time.

Two tornadoes touch down in county

October 27, 2010

Managing editor
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.

Census committee honored

October 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Mayor Jim Fleck and the Columbia City Common Council honored census takers at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
A plaque was presented to Dick Buchanan, Chairman of the Complete Count Committee of the 2010 Census by the mayor in recognition of work done by those working to get an accurate head count throughout the county.
“It (the census) is important because so much of the revenue you make at the state levels depends on the number of people you have,” said Fleck.
“The census is extremely important as we determine the cost of services and our taxes.”

Lawsuit claims county had illegal meeting

October 27, 2010

A lawsuit was filed in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday against the county’s common council in response to an alleged illegal meeting in July.
The suit alleges a meeting by a majority of the council members July 28, thrown together just minutes after a scheduled meeting, was in direct violation of the Indiana Open Door Law.
At stake — a proposed tax levy on the residents living inside the Whitko School District.

Columbia City's Parks Department's Valero Junior Golf Tour played Monday at Eagle Glen Golf Course...
Whitko's 10-and-under baseball travel team advanced to the second round of semi-state play where...
Columbia City's volleyball team competed in the Hoosier Open Thursday and Friday at Bishop Dwenger....


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