October 18th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Dillon Sheiss is not your typical 10-year old. This Northern Heights fifth grader is a CEO of sorts for The Jack Patch, Dillonâs own produce business specializing in a variety of pumpkins and gourds.
This is Dillonâs fifth year growing pumpkins. Kelley Sheiss, Dillonâs mother, said his interest in the orange squash took root in Pennsylvania.
CHURUBUSCO â A public work session began Mondayâs meeting of the Smith-Green Community Schoolsâ Board of School Trustees, where the board discussed two main topics â procedures for the employment of a new superintendent and the process of replacing board members Mike Sturgis and Gary Smith.
Ralph Bailey has been interim superintendent since his predecessor, Steve Darnell, resigned during the summer. The board hopes to fill the position by January, 2013 â June at the latest.
FORT WAYNE â The Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball teamâs season came to an end Wednesday night at the hands of the Fort Wayne Snider Lady Panthers in the opening round of IHSAA Sectional play.
The Eagles fell by a 25-12, 25-21, 25-22 score in a match that turned very competitive after the first game.
Karen Marie Dafforn, 67, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Donald W. Dafforn, passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. She had been in declining health since May.
Mrs. Dafforn was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Smith Township, the daughter of Luther âBusâ and Vera E. (Brown) Duncan. She spent her formative years there, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1963.
Employed as a special needs school bus driver for Smith-Green Community Schools for 29 years, she retired from there in 2008.
PIERCETON â The Board of Trustees for Whitko Community School Corporation is preparing for board positions to be filled.
Come November, three school board seats will be up for re-election and the candidates were on hand Monday night for a public forum to discuss their stance on the issues facing Whitko Community Schools.
District One, which includes both Washington and Monroe Townships in Kosciusko County, has two candidates, Georgia Tenney and Phil Menzie.
Georgia Tenney â District 1
CHURUBUSCO â The Whitley County Board of Commissioners meeting, held Monday in the Churubusco High School auditorium, was a chance for the commissioners to introduce themselves and give the students in the audience political advice.
âI want to leave you with this impression,â said County Commissioner Tom Rethlake. âItâs important for young people to get involved in politics. You need to push all the muddy water aside and say âHey, thatâs something I might be interested in.ââ
COLUMBIA CITY â An original play is set to be performed at Columbia City High School November 10-11. âIt just so happens that this play has a military story line and we are performing it on Veteranâs Day,â said Drama Director Shane Barkley.
The two-act play, âOnce Upon a Town,â takes place during both World War II and the War in Afghanistan. The showâs plot centers around a train depot in North Platte, Neb. During the world war, troop trains traveled across the country and stopped in North Platte for short breaks.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Commissioners appointed Brad Wolfe to fill the vacant spot on the Whitley County Planning Commission at the boardâs meeting in Churubusco Monday.
Executive Director of Planning and Building David Sewell, presented the board with seven applications for the vacant position at the commissionerâs last regular meeting Oct. 1.
At the meeting Monday, County Commissioner Don Amber said the applicants were all qualified, and he was pleased to see so many people interested in the county position.
âIâm just happy to see so many qualified people,â said Amber.
Semis collided on U.S. 30. and 300 E. resulting in one fatality. According to the Whitley County Sheriff's Department, one of the drivers was pronounced dead at the scene. At approximately 9:20 a.m. officials reported the driver was pinned. Union Township, Columbia Township and Columbia City Fire Departments worked to extract the driver. The Samaritan, Parkview Hospital's helicopter transport, had been dispatched to the scene. The drivers' names have not been released as of yet. More coverage on the accident will appear in tomorrow's edition of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â In her early 30s, Angela Grable-Garcia may appear too young to own a real estate company, but the business runs in her blood. Grable & Associates Realty is a three-generation real estate firm serving Whitley County and surrounding areas.
In 1984, Richard Grable, Angelaâs grandfather, and Steve Bohn started Bohn and Grable.
When Bohn passed away in 1986, Richard purchased his share of the business from Bohnâs widow, Ruby Bohn, now Ruby Brower.
Angelaâs father, Rick Grable, was waiting in the wings to jump in on the business.