April 11th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The head of Whitley Countyâ€™s Geographic Information System (GIS) Department is constantly trying to stay one step ahead of advancing technology in order to make his office a vital tool for the entire county.
GIS Coordinator Dan Weigold briefed the Whitley County Board of Commissioners last week about the variety of roles his department plays throughout the county.
â€śThe state is looking at doing another flyover,â€ť said Weigold, who explained that GIS departments use aerial photography on a daily basis.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A special meeting has been scheduled for the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees in order to possibly ratify an agreement with the local teachers union.
â€śWeâ€™ve been working on contract negotiations and we reached settlement, we hope,â€ť said Corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor today.
â€śWe set (the meeting) up in order for the board to ratify the agreement.â€ť
Oâ€™Connor said the teachers are expected to approve the agreement today, leaving only the school board signatures remaining.
FORT WAYNE — Saturday’s baseball game between the Columbia City Eagles and the Concordia Cadets was definitely not the season home-opener that new Columbia City head coach Zac Bireley had hoped for.
First of all, wet conditions on the Columbia City field forced a move to Concordia’s field at Zollner Field. Second, seven Columbia City errors led to a 9-2 loss to the Cadets.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” For South Whitley resident Doris Rhoades her skill with needle, thread and fabric has found a new market.
Rhoades started sewing in 1947 when she purchased her first (treadle) sewing machine at an auction for a mere seven dollars.
â€śIt was dirty, it was old and my mom said to take kerosene to clean up all the parts,â€ť Rhoades said. â€śI had this sewing machine upstairs in this old house we lived in at the time, and I worked and I worked on it trying to get it adjusted.â€ť
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.