Archive - News Article
February 10th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â During World War II many of the men of Whitley County joined the armed forces and served their country traveling all over the world.
But those who stayed behind did their own service for the country, just in a different way.
Jeanette Brown, Whitley County Historian will give a presentation on the World War II homefront at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City.
Did you know one Whitley County family sent six sons to the war?
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Michael Barton told the Whitley County Council Tuesday his staff went to school in the recent severe snow storm.
âRight off the bat we had two trucks stuck,â said Barton of last weekâs storm that gripped much of the Midwest.
âIt got a little tense there for a moment with 30 to 40 cars stuck that first night.â
As the snow began to blanket the area, the âessentialâ personnel from the county and from Columbia City and other outlying towns rolled up sleeves and got to work.
COLUMBIA CITY â Three people were injured Wednesday, one seriously, in a two-vehicle collision north of Columbia City.
Elizabeth Peterson, 18, of Riley Road, Columbia City was airlifted by Parkview Hospitalâs Samaritan helicopter following the crash that occurred on state Route 9 and County Road 500 North at about 4 p.m.
Peterson was listed by police as incoherent at the scene with apparent internal injuries. Her condition was unavailable at Parkview today.
COLUMBIA CITY â Two of Columbia Cityâs department heads are asking for help from residents to keep the townâs streets safe and clear for the remainder of the winter season.
Tom LaRue, Columbia Cityâs fire chief said at Tuesday nightâs meeting of the townâs Common Council that recent heavy snowfall could have covered fire hydrants.
âIf thereâs a hydrant that you know of that is buried, we ask that you either uncover it or call the city so someone can come out and uncover it,â LaRue said.
COLUMBIA CITY â A maritime materials company that has strong ties to Whitley County is returning home.
Sailrite Enterprises, Inc. announced Tuesday it would be moving its operations to the former Kilgore, Mfg. building in Gateway Industrial Park.
The company, formerly located in Columbia City, relocated near Merriam, but outgrew that facility, according to Matt Grant, company vice president.
âKilgore is a big building for us, but weâre going to fill it,â Grant said.
Company president Hallie Grant is spearheading the move, motivated by a personal tie to the area.
COLUMBIA CITY â A continuously thriving business in South Whitley got a monetary pat on the back from both the Whitley County Board of Commissioners and the Whitley County Council this week.
At Tuesdayâs meeting of the council, Alan TiĂł, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation appeared before the panel to introduce Zach Kessie of Fire Barriers, a fire-stopping company based in South Whitley.
The companyâs appearance before the board was on behalf of a second low-interest loan utilizing CEDIT (County Economic Development Income Tax) funds.
CHURUBUSCO â A two-car collision on U.S. 33 near CR 650 East Saturday left six injured and a baby unharmed.
Authorities arrived at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday to the scene with five people trapped in their cars and one unconscious.
Four people were transported from the scene with incapacitating injuries, according to police reports.
According to Sergeant Mike Engle of the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, a Chevrolet Trailblazer was eastbound on U.S. 33 and lost control due to poor road conditions.
FORT WAYNE â Steel Dynamics, Inc. will host U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Ro Khanna today at the companyâs corporate office in Fort Wayne.
The companyâs Structural and Rail Division is located in Whitley County east of Columbia City.
Khanna will be on hand at the corporate headquarters to present the Department of Commerce Export Achievement Certificate to SDI Chairman and CEO Keith Busse.
The award is to be presented in recognition of the companyâs growth of its export sales.
INDIANAPOLIS â Current Indiana law requires county councils to approve the wording of local ballot referendums before residents can vote for or against raising property taxes to increase school operating budgets.
State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) said this state law often forces local elected officials â who may personally oppose the referendum â to appear on-record in support of property tax increases.
Banks, a former Whitley County Council member, said he plans to change that.
COLUMBIA CITY â Additional charges have been filed against a couple arrested for alleged drug offenses earlier this year.
Janel M. Creech, 36, and Travis A. Wonderly, 21 were charged Jan. 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related offenses in connection with a Jan. 3 incident that resulted in the death of Creechâs 5-month-old baby girl.
On Friday, Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler filed an additional charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death against both suspects. The charge is a Class A felony.