November 19th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Every two years, Whitley County bridges are inspected to ensure the existing structures are safe for use.
Currently, the county is working to hand over the plans for a bridge repair project located at CR 600 N. west of 450 E.
â€śItâ€™s the only one that we have left on the list thatâ€™s fracture-critical,â€ť said Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester.
According to Forrester, the bridge is 23 and a half feet in length and width and nearly 40 years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eggnog, pumpkin pie, cookies and candies â€” itâ€™s enough to make anyoneâ€™s mouth water. The holiday season isnâ€™t complete without the tasty treats that come with parties and get-togethers. However, the weight gained during the months of November and December can make some don more than their gay apparel.
To combat bulging bellies, Whitley County YMCA is offering a holiday edition of its annual challenge, Whitley Weighs In.
David L. Sleighter, 55, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:28 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Dec. 18, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of David C. and Mary M. (Busz) Sleighter.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, two sisters, a half-sister, four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter, Janel Sleighter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After nearly a complete turn-around of last weekâ€™s Columbia City girls basketball game â€” when the Lady Eagles had 38 turnovers and lost by more than 20 points to Snider â€” Columbia City came within two seconds of a win over Marion Saturday.
Despite Macie Hinenâ€™s comeback â€” scoring twice in the final minute to take a three-point lead â€” Marion scored twice in the final four seconds to win, 43-40.
Emily Whiteleather led Columbia City in scoring and rebounds with a double-double, 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Carl E. Sheets, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:55 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born on May 23, 1919, in Jefferson Towsnship, he was the son of William and Myrta M. (Boney) Sheets.
Surviving relatives include his two sons, daughter, three brothers and several grand, great and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Salvation Armyâ€™s red kettles are out and bell ringers are making noise to bring in funds for the nonprofit organization.
The red kettle national campaign is the organizationâ€™s largest fundraiser.
Pat Mossburg is the Salvation Army of Whitley Countyâ€™s ministries coordinator. â€śThese donations help provide the monies for the year-round local programs and services for those in need in our community and continue to be one of our most important and well-known fundraising drives,â€ťMossburg said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After the Indiana Department of Education released a report grading Indiana Schools, Whitko Community Schools was ranked with some of the lower scores.
With Pierceton Elementary School and Whitko Middle School bottoming out with Ds, both the South Whitley Elementary School and Whitko High School held Cs.
Steve Clason, Whitko Com-munity School Corporationâ€™s superintendent, said, â€śI am extremely disappointed with our grades. There are no excuses. They will improve.â€ť
The district is reviewing the stateâ€™s report to see what academic areas need improving.
CHURUBUSCO â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” United Wayâ€™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 yearâ€™s $190,000 campaign.
â€śWe 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,â€ť said Baker.
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 Jerryâ€™s Tire Service in Columbia City.