January 28th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County and the local economic development company began a process months ago to take grant money from Greatbatch Medical and funnel it elsewhere in anticipation of Thursdayâs announcement the Columbia City plant will shut down and move jobs to Allen County.
âWe asked that the money be transferred to another company,â said Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake. I know Alan Tio (Executive Director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation) was down in Indianapolis twice trying to get that done in the last couple of months.
Churubusco guard Kasey Gibson, left, and the Lady Eagles basketball team won their fourth game of the season Thursday night with a long trip to South Adams 41-18. Gibson scored six points in the âBusco win. The Lady Eagles pulled away with a 15-0 scoring advantage in the third quarter. Heather Monk led the team with 10 points while Haleigh Gross and Nicole Wormcastle both added six.
COLUMBIA CITY â A new slate of officers was installed for the new year at Mondayâs Columbia City Parks Board meeting. Officers include: Kelley Sheiss, president; Mark Ellis, vice-president; Mauri Bordner, recorder; and Dennis Warnick, member. Tammy Nickolson will serve as an intern from Leadership Whitley County.
With the resignation of member Michael Malcolm, effective Dec. 31, the board continues to seek a replacement.
COLUMBIA CITY â Itâs a little later than usual, but local health officials say they are starting to see an upswing in local flu cases.
Heather Reid, public health nurse at the Whitley County Health Department, said local doctors are just starting to see cases of the flu and expect it to rise in the coming days and weeks.
âItâs a later onset than usual,â Reid said, noting that influenza cases usually start rising after Christmas.
Superintendents at Smith-Green and Whitko school corporations said schools in their districts have not yet noticed increased absenteeism due to sickness.
COLUMBIA CITY â Gov. Mitch Daniels will be the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Day dinner, according to a news release from the Whitley County Republican party.
The dinner is planned for March 16 at the Eagleâs Nest Event Center. Tickets are $40 per person for the dinner and $100 for a private reception and dinner.
To reserve a seat or table, call vice chairman Laurel Hodges at 723-4495.
Two file for vacant council seat
COLUMBIA CITY — No longer the little league facility of the Northeast Hoosier Conference, Columbia City baseball has the new look of a respectable diamond.
After new dugouts were installed last season, the final steps in a renovation project have parents of the baseball program asking for the community’s help to finish it.
COLUMBIA CITY â Local law enforcement has mixed emotions regarding proposed legislation at the statehouse about texting and driving.
The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban texting while driving for all Hoosiers, sending the bill to the state senate.
âGenerally speaking, I think law enforcement would be in favor of some kind of legislation, but weâre going to be held to the usual standard of actually seeing it happening,â said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges today.
Marie A. Diffendarfer, 84, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Homer A. Diffendarfer, passed away at 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She had suffered an apparent brain hemorrhage on Thursday, and had been hospitalized since that time.
Mrs. Diffendarfer was born in Smith Township Aug. 16, 1926, a daughter of Roy and Florence Alice (Raypole) Gordon. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco-area, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1944.