September 6th, 2012
CHURUBUSCO â€” The efforts to make Churubuscoâ€™s schools more secure had an unexpected price tag, causing the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees to slightly adjust plans for a major renovation project.
â€śIt was certainly not what we were hoping for,â€ť said Greg Wehling, vice president of Moake Park, the architects coordinating SGCSâ€™s $5 million-plus school rebuild.
According to Wehling, one item in the low bid by Fetters Construction came in nearly $100,000 higher than expected.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Despite a late comeback, Whitkoâ€™s girls soccer team lost to Wawasee Wednesday night in South Whitley.
With a two-goal deficit, Whitkoâ€™s Ellyana Blue scored a goal with 38 seconds left in the game to bring the score within one, 4-3.
Though Blue put in a strong effort, Wawasee managed to score another goal with nine seconds left in the game to take a safe 5-3 lead to win.
Robert J. â€śBobâ€ť Miller, 87, formerly of Huntington now Rotonda West, Fla., died Aug. 31, 2012.
He was born on April 12, 1925 in South Whitley, the son of Ellis J. Miller and Sarah (Walpole) Miller. Mr. Miller married Jean R. (Schlosser) Miller on June 8, 1947, in Garrett. She preceded him in death on Jan. 29, 2005. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother William (Bill) Miller.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A feedstock manufacturer will open a new facility in Rail Connect Business Park east of Columbia City, the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation announced today.
The new facility is expected to bring with it 22 new jobs by 2015, according to an EDC press release.
The company, Indiana Materials Processing, LLC, will establish the first production facility in Rail Connect with construction expected to begin in October.
A complete, in-depth article will appear in the Thursday edition of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to replace David Schilling on the countyâ€™s plan commission.
â€śThe cause of action was conflict of interest,â€ť said Board Chairman Don Amber today.
The commissioners mailed a letter to Schilling informing the former plan commission president of their decision.
During the meeting, Commissioner George Schrumpf said â€śIâ€™d like to request that Dave Shilling be replaced from the plan commission.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With Whitley County Consolidated Schools back in session, Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor presented the Beginning of School Update.
According to Oâ€™Connor, the elementary schools reported a smooth opening that was both busy and productive with registration well-organized and open houses well-attended.
â€śStaff members dedicated the time to thoughtfully plan, organize and prepare the classrooms and establish procedure to welcome students and create a safe and orderly environment,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.
Chester â€śChetâ€ť â€śBillâ€ť Napier, 80, of Columbia City, died at 11:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where he had been a resident since Feb. 24, 2010.
He was born July 25, 1932, in Hazard, Ky., a son of Otis and Florence (Fugate) Napier.
His formative years were spent in Kentucky.
In 1950, he moved to Collins and in 1954 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 30, 1962.
He worked for B & O Railroad in Albion, Franke Plating for more than seven years and retired in 1995 from Dana Weatherhead with 28 years of service.
Cecil Crawford Jr., 86, of Loon Lake, died at 6:56 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born on Aug. 19, 1926, in Whitley County, a son of George Cecil and Gladys Fern (Traster) Crawford. His formative years were spent in Whitley County. He completed his education at Coesse High School.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Young women from Whitley County will come together Saturday to be a part of a long-standing tradition, the 48th annual Distinguished Young Women of Whitley County.
The program is formerly known as Whitley County Junior Miss.
This year the program will begin at 7 p.m. at Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Newell Rice Auditorium.
Twelve ladies will perform an array of talents as well as a group fitness exercise.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students grades kindergarten through 12th.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the final installment of a four-part series on public school funding and how money is dispersed within a school system.
Ask the average Whitley County resident about any of the countyâ€™s three school systems and they might mention the score of Friday nightâ€™s football game, which teachers are the most popular with their children or what school was like in years past when they attended.
Not many residents could speak with authority about the costs to maintain the countyâ€™s public schools.
The Capital Projects Fund is fueled by county property taxes.