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February 18th, 2011

Crash claims one life, injures four

February 18, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — 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 Sheriff’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.

February 17th

Independent firm recommended to create wind rules

February 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Plan Commission looked at three proposals Wednesday night of companies willing to draft the county’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.

Comprehensive plan ready for final draft

February 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’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 plan’s authors to create a fourth version of the document and present it to the panel in next month’s meeting for possible adoption.
“We’ll prepare Draft D as quickly as possible,” said Brad Johnson of Ground Rules, Inc., the consulting firm that has created and revised the document over the past several months.

Semi sideswipes car, driver injured

February 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 Sheriff’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 Gotsch’s vehicle into the guardrail.

February 16th

Chili winner gives to shelter

February 16, 2011

Bob Hoffman, winner of the Chili Cookoff at the Fire and Ice Winterfest presented checks totaling $500 — $250 for winning, plus he matched it with another $250 — to the Whitley County Humane Shelter Tuesday. In case of residual effects from the hot chili, “Chance” 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. — Post & Mail photo/Becky Hand

Petrie ready to head to Frankfort

February 16, 2011

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 Indiana’s Junior Miss.

Samaritan steps in to help man

February 16, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 Sheriff’s Department, a 911 call came in at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday of a man with “altered levels of consciousness.”

Comprehensive plan can be viewed at final open house

February 16, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Concerned citizens can view the third incarnation of Whitley County’s newest comprehensive plan during an open house today, according to the county’s Building and Planning Department.
Dave Sewell, the department’s executive director said last month there have been few changes between the plan’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.

February 14th

Survey asks: What do you want to see from your parks?

February 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — In an effort to continually improve the town’s park facilities and recreational programs, the Columbia City Park Board has created a public survey in order to seek the community’s input.
“We appreciate the public’s use of the parks facilities — we encourage it,” park board president Kelley Sheiss said at the January monthly meeting. “And in doing so, we are trying to provide the best facilities with the resources we have available at this time with a limited budget.”

Larwill property returned to habitable status

February 14, 2011

LARWILL — Chief Inspector Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department was in attendance at the Larwill Town Council meeting last Thursday to provide updates on the property located at 202 North Center Street.
The property was evacuated last spring due to several violations of the town’s unsafe building ordinance.
Owner of the unsafe structure is Ralph Fitch, who has been represented by Katrina Osterman

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