July 10th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In July of 2012, Cindy Baker presented her plans for the United Way of Whitley County at the nonprofitâ€™s Annual Celebration of Giving.
At that time, she was new to her role as executive director. Fast forward a year to the 2013 annual breakfast â€” Baker celebrated a long list of accomplishments for her first year with the United Way Tuesday.
â€śIt really isnâ€™t about me. I am just one person,â€ť Baker said. â€śIt really is about all of you who have helped the United Way be successful.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s department will have some personnel changes in the next week.
The department will be promoting a second-shift sergeant today and plans to choose two new deputies for hire on Monday.
The sergeant position opened up last month after former second-shift sergeant, Jason Spencer, was promoted to detective.
Three deputies put in for the position â€” Tony Helfrich, Cory Patrick and Scott Schmitt.
The candidates will go through a test on policies and procedures today, followed by an interview.
Recent Whitko High School graduate Alex Stoddard has been named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A Honorable Mention All-State Baseball Team as an outfielder.
With the honor, Stoddard becomes the first player in program history to be named to an all-state team.
This past season, Stoddard hit .408 with 3 home runs, 2 triples, 12 doubles, 28 runs batted in, and 15 stolen bases.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThere she is, Miss Whitley County.â€ť
Jennifer Hinen, a 10-year 4-H member from Columbia City High School, was crowned 2013 Miss Whitley County July 1 at the Mr. and Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program.
Hinen is the daughter of Jeff and Cindy Hinen. Her two older brothers, Jeremy and Justin, have already been through 10 years of 4-H.
Besides being the official host of the 2013 4-H Fair, and in addition to all of her duties as Miss Whitley County, Hinen is also busy with her fair projects â€” beef and swine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Work will soon begin on the expansion project for the Blue River Trail in Columbia City.
The cityâ€™s Board of Works and Public Safety approved a $34,500 bid from Niblock to begin another phase of the trailâ€™s expansion, which will extend it from Main Street to Line Street.
The trailâ€™s route will cover approximately two city blocks via Vine Street.
The city received three bids for the project, with Niblockâ€™s being the lowest. It was requested of the contract company that work be completed by the end of September, 2013.
The memorial service for Clive F.G. Dupen, 78, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with the family receiving friends after 9 a.m. at the funeral home.
Kathy J. Roberts, 57, of rural South Whitley, went to be with the Lord at 10:21 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where she was admitted June 11.
She was born Oct. 11, 1955, in Columbia City a daughter of Richard J. and Marilyn J. (Blain) Bolinger. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley. She graduated from Whitko High School in 1974. On Sept. 22, 2009, she married Wayne A. Roberts. They made their home in rural South Whitley.
Trok & Krider was the Coaches Pitch runners up last week in the championship game at Morsches Park.
Pictured, from left: Zavier Derbeck, Ian Stane, Ryker Hims and Tanner Hosler. Second row: Adrian Ayala, Kam Hoag, Tobey Krider, Camdyn Judd, Lucas Schmitt and Lucas Buechler.
The GROW Network recently held a networking meeting at Brewâ€™ha Coffee House, Columbia City, led by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Whitley County.
The group listened to a presentation by Glenn Snapp, president of the Old Settlerâ€™s Association.
Pictured, from left, are Brad Staats from Peak Enterprise Solutions, Snapp, and Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown.
The GROW Network will meet at Brewha Coffee House Friday, July 19th at 8 a.m.
For more information on the group, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 248-8131.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” If you want something done, then do it yourself.
Thatâ€™s how Whitley County resident Susan Ness ended up starting her own business, Windy Hill Vanilla.
Ness makes sure to incorporate her family, her faith and her â€śgreenâ€ť choices into her work.
She is a 1993 alumna of Whitko High School and long-time resident of Whitley County. She and her husband, Cory, have four children.
On top of it all, Ness finds time to volunteer with The Center for Whitley County Youth.
Below is a conversation Ness recently had with The Post & Mail.