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November 17th, 2012

DOLLARS AND CENTS: Clerk-Treasurer to continue as dual position

November 17, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Titles and dollars were painted as leverage by Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl when she made a request to drop her dual title and change her pay.

Although her proposed idea left her no vacation time, no overtime and no paid time off, it would allow her to make her own hours and have a salary of $50,900 a year instead of $43,484.

FINANCIAL GROUND: United Way 2012 campaign continues to bring in funds

November 17, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — United Way’s 2012 campaign, Live United, continues to bring in funds for the nonprofit organization.

According to Executive Director Cindy Baker, approximately $23,000 has been pledged to this year’s $190,000 campaign.

“We still have many company employee campaigns that are still out there that are in the process of being wrapped up, which is where a lot of our contributions come from,” said Baker.

November 16th

Jerry Smith, 70

November 16, 2012

Jerry L. Smith 70, of rural Columbia City, died at 6:17 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted on Monday.
He was born April 21, 1942, in Thorncreek Township, he was the son of the late Franklin J. and Una Dell (Bowman) Smith.
His formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township.
He attended Columbia City High School.
On June 20, 1959, he was united in marriage to Marilyn L. Gibson.
They have always made their home in Whitley County.
For the past 35 years, he was the owner and operator of Jerry’s Tire Service in Columbia City.

8-pointer

November 16, 2012

Columbia City High School freshman Brock Bunyan shot an eight-point buck near Wilson Lake in Columbia City. Submit your deer photos to The Post & Mail by e-mail to sports@thepostandmail.com.

HEROIN BUST: Warsaw nets largest in its history

November 16, 2012


WARSAW — What initially started as a controlled drug buy turned into one of Kosciusko County’s largest heroin busts in its history.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and Warsaw Police joined forces Thursday for a controlled heroin buy.

But the buy was interrupted by a report of a possible methamphetamine lab on Stoneburner Road in Warsaw.

Police searched the residence and found an active meth lab, arresting Shawn Morton, 50, and his wife Dawn Morton, 47, on a preliminary charges of dealing and manufacturing meth.

COUNTY HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT: Warns motorists to stay vigilant to road workers

November 16, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — In light of a southwest Whitley County crash that had the potential to be disastrous, Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton advises motorists to use caution.

A pair of Whitley County Highway workers were repairing pot holes on CR 400 S. near 950 W. Thursday afternoon when a car came over a hill.

The driver, Amanda Syndram, 19, of Pierceton, slammed on the brakes, losing control on the loose gravel on the road.

EXPANDING EAGLE TECH

November 16, 2012

SAVINGS TO THE CITY: GIS improves department information accessibility, response time

November 16, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — In order to improve communications between departments, the City of Columbia City will soon have the ability to access digitally organized information in a Geographic Information System (GIS) via computers, tablets or smartphones.

“It’s time, efficiency and cost savings for the city as a whole,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.

Mayor Daniel said the system will allow for quicker access to information which will mainly benefit departments in their daily tasks.

As a result, the system may prove to be beneficial to city residents.

Margaret Clifford, 82

November 16, 2012

Margaret Mary “Maggie” (Love) Clifford, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since March of 2011.
She was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of James and Mary (Traficanti) Perrella.
Raised in Fort Wayne, she attended St. Vincent’s Catholic School.
On Jan. 29, 1994, she was united in marriage to James R. Clifford. They made their home in Tennessee. In 2002, they moved to rural Columbia City.
She was employed for more than 28 years at Seyfert’s Foods in Fort Wayne.

SQUIRREL KILLS PHONES: Burned pole leaves 6,000 without service

November 16, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — A squirrel may have been the culprit in a 6,000-customer phone outage that stretched from Churubusco to Huntertown.

“We think a squirrel chewed the power line, shorted it out and caused our phone line to get burned,” Frontier’s Construction Manager Laura Gay said.

Starting at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, ’Busco residents were unable to make phone calls — but most importantly, weren’t able to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

According to Gay, workers fixed the 911 section as soon as possible, and it was back up and running at approximately 7 p.m.

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