Archive - Jan 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Motorists this morning may have began slipping even before they got behind the wheel of their vehicles.
Paved surfaces everywhere, including driveways and sidewalks were covered with a thin layer of ice when local residents began their commute to work today.
Schools in the county closed and road crews worked feverishly to put down material that would either melt the ice or at least give motorists some traction.
Regardless of these efforts, slide-offs and traffic accidents were recorded throughout Whitley County and the surrounding communities.
AVILLA â€” In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States, the Wright Brothers were granted a patent on their â€śFlying-Machineâ€ť and the first airplane flight occurred in Europe.
Speeding was such an issue that by 1906 20 states had speed limits of 20 miles per hour.
The average worker made $12.98 for a 59-hour work week and the first radio broadcast of the human voice was transmitted from Brant Rock, Mass.
Life expectancy was 46.3 years for males and 47.3 years for females.
COLUMBIA CITY - With classical music played by harpist Dawn Haupt and string ensemble Music Dâ€™Arco, the Peabody Public Library welcomed patrons to the dedication of the recently completed Robert E. Brittain Memorial Auditorium. The nearly two- hour program included introductions of the library board and staff and those who did the construction work. It concluded with a tribute by many of his former students to Robert Brittain, who passed away in April and for whom the auditorium is named.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Plan Commission will be taking public input on the latest draft of its long-range blueprint prior to its monthly meeting Wednesday.
Draft B of the countyâ€™s Comprehensive Plan will be the focus of an open house from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Whitley County Government Center. prior to the 7 p.m. start of the plan commission meeting.
Planners have been developing the new guide for land use and development over the last year, working with Ground Rules, Inc., a consulting firm.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In a continued effort to enhance communication between Indiana teachers and state education officials, the Indiana Department of Education launched The Educator Learning Link (TELL) Ambassadors program last week.
The program, introduced Wednesday, is getting mixed reactions from local superintendents.
â€śI think it appears the Department of Education seems to be reaching out to the local level and thatâ€™s a positive thing,â€ť said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s council will try to decide, again, whether the city wants to get into the television business.
Whitley County resident Erik Mollberg, who serves as the assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne with the Allen County Public Library, told the townâ€™s Common Council last week that the city, courtesy of its franchise agreement with Mediacom, has money available for equipment that could be used for operating a cable television channel.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s program to update street signs will involve more than just posting speed limits.
Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh has been briefing the cityâ€™s Board of Works and Common Council in recent weeks about updating signs throughout the city.
Cearbaugh told the board last month the new signs are part of a project to bring the city up to federal compliance.
He said numerous streets arenâ€™t posted with speed limits, adding that if they arenâ€™t, they default to 30 miles per hour by state statute.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A second sewer line drilling operation has run into a snag in Columbia City.
While city crews run new sewer lines throughout the city, it sometimes becomes necessary to run the lines under roads or railroad tracks without digging.
In those instances, a technique called jack and bore is used.
According to Columbia Cityâ€™s Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker, this technique ran into problems last month on Radio Road with settling soil.
This month, with sewer installing crews heading north near South Line Street, contaminated soil is the culprit.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A former member of the Whitley County Board of Zoning Appeals is questioning the ethics and legality of the panel on which he formerly served.
â€śI challenge the Whitley County Commissioners and the County Council to look into this seemingly rogue BZA and their lawlessness,â€ť wrote Mark Roach, a former BZA member.
Roachâ€™s entire letter is published on page four of todayâ€™s Post & Mail.
The Whiteleather history begins with an ancestor, Andrew Whiteleather coming to America in 1775 with the Hessian troops from Germany to fight the colonists. After the war, he settled in Ohio.
Three generations later, in 1891, Professor David Vorhees Whiteleather moved from Ohio to begin a â€śNormalâ€ť school in Larwill. During school vacations it was reported that he read law in the office of P.H. (Harry) Clugston and E.K. Strong.