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November 1st, 2010
By RUTH STANLEY
Voters will be headed to the polls Tuesday to make their choices about their representation, and to make their opinion known on a couple of questions.
Voters statewide will decide whether to add tax caps to the stateâs Constitution, and voters in the Whitko Community School Corporation will decide whether to grant the district the ability to raise the tax levy to make up for shortfalls in funding from the state.
Several roads in downtown Columbia City will be blocked off Nov. 13 while runners from all over the country pound the pavement here for the second annual Veteranâs Day Marathon.
City parks director Mark Green submitted a request Friday to the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety for road closings during the event.
âItâs similar to last year, but weâre having more people this year,â said Green, reporting that there were 580 runners signed up for the marathon.
Mayor Jim Fleck suggested the addition of signs that would let motorists know of the marathon while itâs happening.
The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety discussed the transition to 800 megahertz (MHz) communications by public safety personnel at its weekly meeting Friday.
According to Terry Wherry, Columbia City Director of Communications, the county police, dispatchers and emergency personnel are converting to 800 MHz systems Monday.
For Columbia City personnel, the transition will begin with the purchase of a base unit and a cross-band box located in the communications office costing $71,444.
Seventy people waited to hear their names called with the familiar phrase, âCome on down!â Thursday at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City, but only six lucky contestants made it on stage for âThe Price is Right.â
âBobbyâ 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.
Three young teens on the construction crew for the Alexander More familyâs 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.
âIâve missed him a lot this year,â said Columbia City High School English teacher Tom Lough of a colleague who died unexpectedly in April â 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 Brittainâs memory which has been planted near the library at the high school.
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.
âI pledge my personal accessibility to the public and will continue to provide a friendly, professional and efficient office,â said Beers.
Janet Middlebrook could not be reached for comment.
After nine decades in Columbia City, a local car dealership will carry on without its longtime family name.
Effective Wednesday, Thomsonâs 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.
âObviously, Tim wanted to retire and weâre actually going to keep all their employees and hopefully increase sales through improved marketing and a larger presence on the Internet,â said Doug McKibben, president of Glenbrook Automotive.
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 Townshipâs Steve Sickafoose in response to an alleged illegal meeting in July, Sickafooseâs 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.