November 8th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Council reviewed an interlocal agreement between the county and the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District. It was later tabled for further clarification on the agreementâ€™s requirements.
The agreement is a formality describing how the county and the Solid Waste Management District work together. It came before the Whitley County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Monday.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco Elementary School Chimers and Churubusco Junior-Senior High School show choir gave their first concert this week at Sweetwater music studio, Fort Wayne, as part of its annual Sounds of the Season.
This special performance was professionally taped to air on several television channels. Beginning Thanksgiving Day, the performances can be viewed on Indianaâ€™s News Centerâ€™s channels 21 and 33.
It will also run periodically until Christmas, along with other area schoolsâ€™ performances.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees discussed financial concerns at its regular meeting Monday.
The board discussed concerns over the governmentâ€™s Budget Control Act of 2011 which will take effect next year. The act will cut SGCSâ€™s funding by almost $35,000. This cut follows a previous federal funding cut of more than $385 million nationwide in 2011.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Coesse Elementary School is bringing World War II to life for students and the community.
A 1944 World War II Reconna Jeep, which landed on Normandy Beach one day after the invasion, is on display at the school today and Friday. This jeep was used as a scout vehicle throughout France and Normandy, and is being used as a visual aid for the schoolâ€™s Veterans Day program Friday.
Both students and community members are invited to visit the display, which will be available today from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and Friday from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. and 2:40 to 4 p.m.
Mary L. Downen, 69, passed away Oct. 30, 2012, at her home in Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 9, 1942, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late David and Ruth Hostetter.
She married Bobby Downen in 1969. Surviving relatives include her husband, a daughter and two granddaughters.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
Memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Communities Respite Scholarship Fund or Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid-LWML.
Franklin Marker, 93, of Warsaw, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Born July 15, 1919 in Noble County, he was the son of Franklin and Renie (Hile) Marker.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School in the late 1930s. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II building Liberty Ships and teaching artillery.
He spent most of his adult lifetime in the Tri-Lakes area, moving to Warsaw approximately 22 years ago.
Shanna Lorraine Ballard, 23 and her unborn daughter, Paisley Rebbecca Jo Ballard of Albion, both passed away at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Shanna was born Jan. 26, 1989 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Donald Millard and Rebbecca L. (Carpenter) Hodgkins.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three Whitley County Council incumbent Republicans, Paula Reimers, William (Bill) Overdeer and Thomas Western swept the election Tuesday for seats on the county council.
The incumbents were running against Democrats Greg Racioppi, Wes Pease and Steven Heaston.
William (Bill) Overdeer
Goals: â€śIâ€™m looking forward to remaining on the council. Iâ€™ve enjoyed the challenges that come with the job. Iâ€™ve been very active with the Redevelopment Commission. What they do is try to attract industries that bring jobs, and Iâ€™d like to continue to do that.â€ť
Indiana votersâ€™ independent streak was on display Tuesday, as the mostly conservative state chose Republicans Mitt Romney for president and Mike Pence as Governor, but rejected a conservative Senate candidate and education official.
Though Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock upset longtime Senator Richard Lugar in the primary, a series of missteps led to a Democratic choice in Joe Donnelly, who won by a four-percent margin.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Some are disappointed. Some are excited. Some are indifferent.
Regardless if a person is Republican, Democrat or Independent, Tuesdayâ€™s election will affect the lives of citizens across the U.S.
Though President Barack Obama won by nearly 100 electoral votes, Whitley Countyâ€™s turnout didnâ€™t match up with the rest of the country.
58.24 percent of Whitley County voted for Governor Mitt Romney, while 29.41 percent chose Obama.
Whitley County residents weighed in on The Post & Mailâ€™s Facebook page after the election: