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October 21st, 2010
The Whitley County Commissionersâ chambers in the Whitley County Government Building was standing room only Wednesday night as the countyâs Republican precinct committeemen deliberated for more than two hours to find a new at-large county councilman.
After seven rounds of voting, Paula G. Reimers of Columbia City narrowly defeated Matthew J. Boyd for the county council seat being vacated by Jim Banks.
Banks resigned his spot effective Nov. 2 to run unopposed for the Indiana State Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Dr. Gary Dillon.
Police have charged a Whitley County man with rape as a result of an incident over the weekend.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, 40-year-old Kent Frenger of Churubusco held a woman at knifepoint before raping her and forcing her to perform a sex act on him.
Police say Frenger and the victim, who had previously dated, left a bar and returned to his house where the incident occurred.
The woman allegedly fell asleep, but asked to be taken home when she awoke.
Anyone whoâs ever figured a studentâs reading skills are the responsibility of the English teacher would be pleasantly surprised within the halls of Columbia City High School.
Students here get a healthy dose of that first member of the Three Râs no matter whose class theyâre in.
Teachers and administrators at Whitley County Consolidated Schools have been boosting instruction in reading, even in subjects that involve using test tubes, a slide rule or studying the Civil War.
A rural Columbia City resident came before the Whitley County Commissioners Monday with a concern about truckers on his road â truckers who donât belong on that thoroughfare.
Charlie Acheson, who lives on County Road 700 East, said over-the-road truckers travel down his road trying to make their way to Steel Dynamics Industries, Inc.
The problem is, according to Acheson and County Highway Director Michael Barton, you canât get there from here.
The Whitley County Commissioners have added the exclamation point to the now week-old ban on open burning in the county.
On Monday afternoon, the three-man board signed a Declaration of Limited Local Disaster Emergency, Open Burn Ban.
The declaration states âa state of emergency exists in the county.â
The commissioners declared âa countywide burn ban affecting certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current drought conditions.â
A series of burglaries occurred in Columbia City over the weekend, according to city police.
The Columbia City Police Department said Monday it had reports of four burglaries or attempted burglaries which occurred between 2 and 5 a.m. Friday morning.
In three of the cases, suspects entered the homes and in all four cases, the occupants of the houses were home at the time of the crime.
âIt was a situation where the weather played a factor,â said Capt. Brian Anspach of the city police department.
Last year, Toys for Tots provided nearly 700 Whitley County children with a toy for Christmas.
That number will likely increase this year, said Pat Mossburg, director of the Salvation Army which provides registration service for the program.
âThere is definitely still a need in this community,â Mossburg said.
Collecting toys and making sure they are received by children who would otherwise not get a toy for Christmas is a big task and one that gets its start in early November, long before anyone is really thinking too much about Christmas.
The process starts with applications.
A Florida man drowned Monday when the lawn mower he was driving rolled into a pond.
Leroy Herbert Thomas, 72, Avon Park, Fla. was mowing around a pond at the residence of his son, Brian on Old Trail Road, when according to the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, the lawnmower, he was driving tumbled down a steep bank and into the water.
Thomas was trapped under the mower and drowned, according to Whitley County Deputy Coroner C. Taron Smith.
âHe just got too close to the edge of the pond,â said Smith.
Editorâs note: This is the first of three articles looking at renovation projects at Richland Township churches.
If you check out the number of churches in Richland Township on the Whitley County Historical Museum website, there are only three listed: The Larwill Wesleyan Church, the Larwill Methodist Church and the New Hope Wesleyan Church.
All three churches are located in one of the least populous townships of Whitley County and, according to census records, had more citizens in 1890, than any year since.