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February 18th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Voters in Columbia City will choose between three mayoral candidates in the Republican primary this May.
Banker and current city council member Don Sexton, police officer and restaurant owner Gary Parrett and Ryan Daniel, who previously worked as the Northeast Community Liaison for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), are all seeking the Republican nomination from voters this spring.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the sale is still not final, preliminary plans are under way for use of the Lehmberg Building in Columbia City by Passages, Inc.
The non-profit was named as buyer of the former hospital property at last weekâ€™s meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
Attorney Peter Mallers of Beers, Mallers, Backs and Salin of Fort Wayne appeared before the three-man board Feb. 7 and announced that the building, located at 333 North Oak Street and owned by Whitley Memorial Hospital, Inc., will be sold to Passages, Inc.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A two-car collision in Whitley County Thursday afternoon claimed the life of a Mississippi woman and critically injured a Churubusco woman, according to police.
The crash occurred just before 5 p.m. on U.S. 33 west of Churubusco near County Road 700 North, police said.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, a vehicle driven by Ryan Harter, 33, of Fort Wayne, crossed the center stripe and struck a Jeep driven by Teresa Trainer, 49, of Waterford, Miss.
Trainer was pronounced dead at the scene.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Plan Commission looked at three proposals Wednesday night of companies willing to draft the countyâ€™s ordinance for wind energy.
LCL Planning, Inc., RWR Armstrong & Associates, Inc. and Ground Rules, Inc. each submitted proposals and quotes for the task of drafting a wind energy ordinance for the county.
With three members absent (George Schrumpf, Dave Schilling and John Johnson), the commission voted 6-0 to give Ground Rules, Inc. the nod.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s first comprehensive plan in more than 20 years is one step closer to reality.
A short-handed Whitley County Plan Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to allow the planâ€™s authors to create a fourth version of the document and present it to the panel in next monthâ€™s meeting for possible adoption.
â€śWeâ€™ll prepare Draft D as quickly as possible,â€ť said Brad Johnson of Ground Rules, Inc., the consulting firm that has created and revised the document over the past several months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Fort Wayne man escaped serious injury Wednesday when he was side-swiped by a semi tractor-trailer on U.S. 30 west of Columbia City.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Donald Gotsch, 55, of Fort Wayne, was traveling east on U.S. 30 near County Road 300 East when a semi tractor-trailer driven by Jason Roberts, 37, of Marble Hill, Mo. changed lanes and shoved Gotschâ€™s vehicle into the guardrail.
Bob Hoffman, winner of the Chili Cookoff at the Fire and Ice Winterfest presented checks totaling $500 â€” $250 for winning, plus he matched it with another $250 â€” to the Whitley County Humane Shelter Tuesday. In case of residual effects from the hot chili, â€śChanceâ€ť the fire dog and a fire extinguisher stand by. Pictured from left are Sara Lochner-Goff, president of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, Hoffman and Karen Friend-Bowman, director of operations at the Humane Shelter. Chance and many other dogs and cats are available for adoption at the shelter. â€” Post & Mail photo/Becky Hand
Cassandra Petrie of Churubusco, earning the title of Whitley County 2011 Junior Miss last fall, leaves this weekend for the state program and a chance to become Indianaâ€™s Junior Miss.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man who was found bloodied and incoherent, walking along Main Street in Columbia City Tuesday is in serious condition at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Ralph Anderson, 78, was taken to Parkview Whitley Hospital before being transferred to Fort Wayne where he was listed in serious condition this morning.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, a 911 call came in at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday of a man with â€śaltered levels of consciousness.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Concerned citizens can view the third incarnation of Whitley Countyâ€™s newest comprehensive plan during an open house today, according to the countyâ€™s Building and Planning Department.
Dave Sewell, the departmentâ€™s executive director said last month there have been few changes between the planâ€™s second and third draft, citing mostly semantics, grammatical and spelling changes, adding the most notable changes stemmed from public input meetings and involved windmills.
Sewell said the public comments have pertained to wind energy, turbines and alternative energy devices.