June 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriff Merit Board received an update on personnel and investments at a meeting last week.
Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton, who ran the meeting in absence of Sheriff Mark Hodges, informed the board of the latest news regarding Deputy Chuck Vogely, former detective.
Gatton said Vogely accepted his discipline for a drunk-driving incident in April and was suspended.
He will return to duty July 22. Board members heard updates on interviews as well.
Members of the merit board will interview four candidates for two openings within the department.
Cassie Freewalt (left) and Chasey Weimer take a ride on The Scrambler at Tuesdayâ€™s opening night of Old Settlers Days in downtown Columbia City.
See a complete list of events on Page A3 of the June 26 issue of The Post and Mail.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Two weeks ago, South Whitley Town Manager Dave Wilkinson informed town council members that numerous utility customers were delinquent 90 days or more.
An estimated $12,000 was owed in past due electrical bills. Town Council President Tony Starkey was â€śshockedâ€ť at the escalating amount.
â€śThis is a big number,â€ť Starkey said at the June 11 meeting. â€śWeâ€™ve got to get something in place that addresses this in a uniform fashion.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Work has begun for Columbia City to reestablish its Utility Rate Advisory Board.
The advisory board has been dormant for some time, but this spring Mayor Ryan Daniel said he wanted to revive it, because the city decided to opt out of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission earlier this year.
At Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council meeting Tuesday, amendments were proposed to the cityâ€™s Utility Rate Advisory Board ordinance.
One change from the previous ordinance included eliminating connection to political parties.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City took the first step in expanding its property Tuesday.
The cityâ€™s Board of Works and Public Safety unanimously approved making an offer on a house adjacent to City Hall at 210 W. Market St.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said he and Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle have been researching property purchase for the city for some time.
â€śWe are running out of space,â€ť he said, referring to storage at City Hall and parking throughout downtown.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” High-speed train service through Warsaw is being discussed which could conveniently transport Whitley County residents to Chicago.
According to area media, the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association says a case can be made for high-speed passenger train service that would travel between Columbus, Ohio and Chicago.
Should the service be put in place, stops are being discussed in the following cities: Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Plymouth, Valparaiso and Gary.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Each year, the Tuesday of Old Settlers Days brings past festival presidents to a banquet held for the purpose of naming of a new Red Coat member.
Last yearâ€™s newest Red Coat, Dr. John Meier, announced to those in attendance at last nightâ€™s dinner that Don Armstrong would be this yearâ€™s member to don the prestigious coat.
Armstrong made his way to Columbia City after being named head football coach in 1965.
KENDALLVILLE â€” Even with a youth movement on the team, Columbia Cityâ€™s football squad has shown a great deal of achievement in a tournament this summer.
Playing seven-on-seven football, the Eagles advanced to the finals of a 16-team tournament at East Noble last week.
Columbia City lost in the finals of the tournament to New Haven.
Garrett was the first foe for the Eagles. Columbia City fell to the Railroaders, but won its next five games. The Eagles beat Churubusco, DeKalb, Concordian, Carroll and Woodlan.
Travis Dalson hauls 16,000 pounds at the tractor pull at Churubuscoâ€™s Turtle Days Saturday.
Whitley County Homemakers attended the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association Conference, June 13, at Purdue University.
Front row, from left: Sheila Schilling, Linda Hollenbaugh, Joan Squires, Dee Blackburn and Ruby Sherman.
Middle row, left: Barb Overdeer, Adabelle Lang, Barbara Jones, Jane Studebaker, Shirley Palmer, Pat Loe, Pat Subkowski and Ardith Cormany.
Back row, from left: Cindy Barnett, Betty McKown, Sharon Hesting, Nancy Lopshire, Carolyn Grawcock, Darlene Bockelman, Cheryl Wilkinson, Janet Vesa, Marge Mowrey, Ema Lou Rose, Marna Morris and Anne Walker.