April 8th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Council President Kim Wheeler issued a warning, or disclaimer Tuesday morning prior to a planned presentation to the council.
â€śI want to make it perfectly clear,â€ť said Wheeler, â€śweâ€™re here for information only. Weâ€™re here to learn. Weâ€™re not going to go there.â€ť
â€śThereâ€ť was a reference to the heated debate that has been heard at board meetings since late last year regarding the possibility of wind energy conversion facilities being constructed in the county.
CHURUBUSCO — A year ago at this time Churubusco baseball was off to an 0-5 start and wondering when its’ first win was going to ever come.
Two games into the 2011 season, the Eagles have reversed their fortunes remaining undefeated heading into Thursday.
One of those five consecutive losses from last season came from Oak Hill.
The Eagles starting pitcher Ryan Farlow remembers it well. Farlow gave up four runs and six hits in a 6-3 loss to the Golden Eagles.
Harriet E. Veazey, 97, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at The Oaks where she had been a resident for the past three years. She had moved from her Churubusco home to Oak Point in 2000.
She was born Oct. 3, 1913 in Washington Township, Whitley County to Levi Jacob and Edith A. Morrolf Keiser. She attended the West Ward Grade School and after graduating from the Columbia City High School in 1931 was employed at the Daniel Brothers Grocery.
Carl S. Crickmore, 75, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2011. He was born May 20, 1935 in Ft. Wayne to the late Frederick and Martha (Worley) Crickmore. He retired from the Zollner Piston Corporation. He laid carpet for Clark and Mitchell. He also served on the Poe fire department and greatly enjoyed camping and fishing.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 54 years, Marilyn Crickmore of Ft. Wayne; children, Stanley Crickmore of Fort Wayne, Mark Crickmore of Columbia City, Ann (Randy) McCallister of Florida; four grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Crickmore.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A top-10 finish by Whitley County can be good or bad.
Ranking in the top 10 in Indiana in pollution or illiteracy â€” bad.
But a recent study that ranked Whitley County near the top in the Hoosier state brought with the findings good news for local residents.
Along with several counties in the area, Whitley County was ninth in the state in overall health, according to the County Health Rankings, a project being conducted by the University of Wisconsin.
â€śThis ranking is great news,â€ť said Gail Altekruse, manager of physical rehabilitation at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Whitley County government takes small steps toward saving a tree or two, the move doesnâ€™t come without some degree of old-school resistance.
Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire reported to the Whitley County Council Tuesday that a campaign to go paperless for county payroll was underway.
â€śItâ€™s not really worth it anymore,â€ť said McGuire of providing paychecks to county employees. She reported that the county will require all employees to have direct deposit before the end of the year.
COLUMBIA CITY — The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne and the Whitley County Family YMCA welcomed Kameron Bailey as the new Sports and Aquatics Director of the Whitley County Family YMCA.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s largest employer will soon be even larger and the companyâ€™s president attributes the constant growth amidst economic uncertainty to diversity.
â€śWeâ€™re five different business units, so this is a natural part of our continued growth, said Dick Conrow, president of C&A Tool Engineering, which announced Wednesday it will expand its northern Whitley County operations and add about 18 news jobs.
â€śItâ€™s a continuing part of our planning,â€ť Conrow said.
â€śOur growth rate is pretty phenomenal.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€“ Locally based C&A Tool Engineering announced today that the company is expanding production capabilities at its Churubusco operations at both its main facility and the former MAHLE Clevite facility, which the company acquired in spring 2010.
See today's edition of The Post & Mail for more details.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local history became even more visible Tuesday as large portraits of the countyâ€™s only two former Indiana governors were officially unveiled at the entrance to the Whitley County Government Center.
The portraits, along with two plaques, grace the entrance and were made possible by a collaborative effort of local political organizations and a law firm steeped in local history.