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February 22nd, 2012
By JAMES THOMLISON
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) Board of Directors and the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced Tuesday they are coordinating together in efforts to more closely align their work with local business and industry.
Following a recent discussion involving members of both boards of directors, a committee was formed to explore options to form a partnership between the Chamber and EDC.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒA party of family, friends and fellow classmates hugged and congratulated 18-year-old Columbia City High School student Michaela Thomas as she prepared to leave for Kokomo Friday.
Michaela is Whitley County‚Äôs 47th representative to compete at the Indiana state level for the 52nd Annual Distinguished Young Women (DYW) program, formally known as Junior Miss.
Michaela believes the program has already taught her some valuable life lessons.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď It was supposed to be rain, but precipitation in Whitley County shortly before 7 a.m. today came in the form of moderately heavy wet snow.
The surprise snow was coating roadways and causing traffic to go no more than 35 mph in places on U.S. 30, extending commute times considerably.
The good news is that warming temperatures should change the snow to rain . . . soon.
FORT WAYNE ‚Äď The Whitley County Dazzlers performed at their first cheerleading competition Feb. 11 at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne.
The Whitley County troupe received the Outstanding Performance Award for cheerleaders in the Special Needs category at the Speedway Slam for Great Lakes Cheerleading Competition.
The cheerleading squad includes Mary Hyndman, Payton Jagger, Alisha Kimmel, Sydney Pequignot, Samara Pfeiffer, Brooke Silk.
Coaches include Vanessa Bills, Kaycee Bills, sophomore at University of St. Francis, and Sarah Horn, junior at Churubusco High School.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ What remains of South Whitley‚Äôs longtime movie theater continued to smolder Sunday while shocked residents stared in disbelief and some harkened back to a day when the historic building hosted celluloid images of Gable, Grant and The Duke.
‚ÄúIn 1947, I sold tickets to the Kent Theatre movies and admission was 35 cents then, along with a big bag of popcorn for 10 cents,‚ÄĚ said Donna (Wendel) Thomson.
‚ÄúOn Friday and Saturday evenings there were two movies, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. and the theater was completely full with both show times.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ When Mayor Ryan Daniel was elected, he said he wanted the inner-workings of city government to be more accessible to the public.
Minutes of public meetings have always been available to read on the city‚Äôs website. As of the beginning of Daniel‚Äôs term, audio recordings of Columbia City Common Council and Board of Works and Safety has been made available. Now, talks have begun about adding video into the mix. "We're looking to potentially provide council and board of works live for our residents to watch,‚ÄĚ said Daniel.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ He has a zest for life. Lester Sheets also has great reverence for the dead.
Lester and Doris Sheets are retired and living in Columbia City. The young couple bought a funeral home in 1950 located on Main Street in Churubusco from Frances and Dasie Sonday.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man was arrested on sexual misconduct with a minor charges this week after an anonymous report was filed with the Department of Child Services.
Rodney Scott, 19, of 413 Park Terrace, was detained after an investigation by Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively. The report stated a possible inappropriate sexual relationship between a child, age 14, and an adult male was ongoing. Scott admitted to the accusations in an interview with Hively, stating that both sexual intercourse and oral sex occurred.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Health Department and Whitley County schools are on the alert for measles after the Indiana State Department of Health recently confirmed 13 cases in Central Indiana. No cases have been reported in Whitley County since the outbreak affected residents of Boone and Hamilton counties.
Lisa Hatcher, health officer for the Whitley County Health Department, said the best advice she can give people who believe they have measles is to stay home and call their physician.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Firefighters from at least three departments were called late Saturday morning to respond to a fire at South Whitley‚Äôs Kent Theatre, located at 220 S. State St.
Fighting the blaze through the afternoon and into the evening, firefighters were still on scene as of 7 p.m. tonight.
The Post & Mail will continue to update the story as it develops.
Post and Mail photo / Linda Hoskins