October 21st, 2010
It was the common thread linking each of the award winners at Wednesdayâs Whitley County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
Mike and Kim Balser, owners of the Brownstone On State, were named Small Business of the Year; USSI was named Large Business of the Year; Leadership Whitley County was named the Jewel of the Community; Jacie Worrick and June Keiser were surprised with the Chairmanâs Choice Award and Kristi Maloney was honored as Ambassador of the Year.
Concerned residents of Whitley County faced the countyâs plan commission Wednesday night with questions and strong comments about the possibility of wind-harnessing machines popping up throughout the county.
The result of the several hour-long meeting was the commission decided to take another month to look at the issue.
The commission, faced with a proposed ordinance designed to regulate that very thing say they are also concerned that without regulation, large windmills could some day pepper the landscape without any county oversight.
The Whitley County Commissionersâ chambers in the Whitley County Government Building was standing room only Wednesday night as the countyâs Republican precinct committeemen deliberated for more than two hours to find a new at-large county councilman.
After seven rounds of voting, Paula G. Reimers of Columbia City narrowly defeated Matthew J. Boyd for the county council seat being vacated by Jim Banks.
Banks resigned his spot effective Nov. 2 to run unopposed for the Indiana State Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Dr. Gary Dillon.
Police have charged a Whitley County man with rape as a result of an incident over the weekend.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, 40-year-old Kent Frenger of Churubusco held a woman at knifepoint before raping her and forcing her to perform a sex act on him.
Police say Frenger and the victim, who had previously dated, left a bar and returned to his house where the incident occurred.
The woman allegedly fell asleep, but asked to be taken home when she awoke.
Mildred Pauline Harreld, 95, a former resident of Ege and more recently of Snellville, Ga., passed away at 8:24 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 at Golden Living-Medical Arts in Lawrenceville, Ga.
She was born June 3, 1915 in Marion, a daughter of Paul and Mildred (Smith) Dooley. She is a widow of Albert M. Harreld.
The surviving relatives include her daughters, Alberta Sams and Arlene Owens; and two brothers, Merrill Dean Dooley and Melvin âMickâ Dooley.
Whitley County's three teams all head into the postseason with a conference title and an 8-1 record. Columbia City hosts a winless DeKalb team. ’Busco gets a rematch of their first round loss to Adams Central at home. Whitko hits the road to Bremen.
DeKalb at No. 8 Columbia City
Anyone whoâs ever figured a studentâs reading skills are the responsibility of the English teacher would be pleasantly surprised within the halls of Columbia City High School.
Students here get a healthy dose of that first member of the Three Râs no matter whose class theyâre in.
Teachers and administrators at Whitley County Consolidated Schools have been boosting instruction in reading, even in subjects that involve using test tubes, a slide rule or studying the Civil War.
A rural Columbia City resident came before the Whitley County Commissioners Monday with a concern about truckers on his road â truckers who donât belong on that thoroughfare.
Charlie Acheson, who lives on County Road 700 East, said over-the-road truckers travel down his road trying to make their way to Steel Dynamics Industries, Inc.
The problem is, according to Acheson and County Highway Director Michael Barton, you canât get there from here.
Martha Jean Wallace, 88, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Herbert Wallace, passed away at 11:10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Sept. 5, 1922 in Bluffton, a daughter of John and Joeanna (Burdg) Mendenhall.
The surviving relatives include her children, Bonnie Arnold and Peggy Heredia, David C. Wallace, Sr. and Coleen Driscoll.
Robert D. Studebaker, 58, of Columbia City, died at 4:41 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was admitted Oct. 6.
He was born Feb. 3, 1952 in Whitley County, a son of Homer Junior and Maxine (Kite) Studebaker. His formative years were spent in Union Township. He graduated form Columbia City Joint High School.
In addition to farming, he owned and operated S & H Contracting for 17 years, worked for Geiger Development in Huntington and also Wayne Asphalt in Fort Wayne for over 19 years.