January 21st, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â While the new year brought some personnel changes for many school districts in Indiana, that wasnât the case for Whitley Count Consolidated Schools.
At last weekâs meeting, school board members nominated and voted Don Armstrong back in as the WCCS school board president, and also kept all other officials the same.
Tim Bloom served as vice president last year and was reelected by unanimous vote last week.
Deb Hiss wasnât present at the meeting, but was re-elected as the WCCS secretary.
COLUMBIA CITY â Give and take â that was the concept Whitley County Sheriffâs Chief Deputy Marc Gatton pitched to County leaders last week.
Gatton asked County Council to give the department an additional $26,960 for the purchase of four new vehicles.
The actual cost to outfit the three cars and one SUV would be more than $100,000, but Gatton told both the County Commissioners and County Council members that the department would shoulder the financial burden to retrofit the vehicles.
Area media are reporting that shots have been fired at the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette.
A text alert was sent to students at noon Tuesday warning them of shooting at the Electrical Engineering Building. Students were advised to remain sheltered.
A second alert was sent out at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday saying police have a person in custody. Students were still urged to remain sheltered.
WHITLEY COUNTYâ A trend of more baby births in Whitley County that began in 2012 continued last year.
Whitley County had 225 births as of late December in 2012, which compared to a figure of 188 in 2011.
In 2013, the increase continued, as the county health department reported a figure of 295 as of Dec. 13, 2013.
Last year, Joann Miller of the Whitley County Health Department attributed that growth to healthcare professionals at Parkview Whitley Hospital attracting patients.
COLUMBIA CITY -- Whitley County's Relay for Life kick off party that was scheduled for this evening is postponed due to the hazardous weather conditions.
The event will be scheduled, although Relay Committee members have not determined a date. The Post & Mail will have further updates as they become available.
Ind. 14, east of Ind. 9 in Whitley County was drifted drifted across the road Sunday afternoon, despite state highway trucks plowing the roads in tandem. All three Whitley County school districts were closed Monday due to many county roads being drifted shut. Cold temperatures are on the way, with sub-zero temperatures in the forecast for the second week in January.
An open invitation has been issued to Whitley County residents to photographically document their winter life â two-days only â on Super Bowl Weekend (and Groundhog Day) â February 1-2.
Photo submissions to this special Post & Mail project will be placed in a unique newspaper publication to be published in late February.
âA Winter Weekend in the Life of Whitley Countyâ will herald slice-of-life happenings in our county community, such as community events, family outings, work-related activities â just about anything imaginable.
Randall W. âRandyâ Scott passed away Jan. 10, 2014, at Millerâs Merry Manor in Columbia City, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 12, 1953, in Paoli, a son to Cody W. and Lillian M. Kesterson Scott.
He moved to Larwill in 1973, and later moved to Ohio where he worked for Carpenters Amusement.
He was a member of the U.S. National Guard. He enjoyed Nascar, football, action movies, country music, camping and spending time with his family.
Marjorie J. Saffer, 89, formerly of Columbia City, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Hamilton House in Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since January 2010.
She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Leon B. and Blanche V. (Layman) Williams. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from South Side High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â After local elected officials voiced concerns surrounding Ind. Gov. Mike Penceâs proposal to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT), economic development leader Alan Tio, offered his perspective on the future of Whitley County without the tax.
âItâs wonât completely tie our hands, as far as economic development,â Tio said. âIt will mean we have to look at things a little differently.â