November 9th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Whitley County will be undergoing some minor district changes in time for the 2012 primary elections. Deb Beers of the Whitley County Clerkâ€™s office has been working on getting the new districts mapped and filed with the state. Dan Weigold and Jessica Hockemeyer have been assisting on the project. There will be slight shift in district borders, most notably moving Columbia Northwest to district two.
ALBION â€” The Lady Wildcats girls basketball team opened its season with a decisive 63-33 win over Central Noble in Albion.
Though, as Head Coach Brandon Bradley said, the first game doesnâ€™t necessarily portray how the season will go, Whitkoâ€™s girls had a lot to offer their fans Tuesday night.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) â€” Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant.
"This is a tragedy," Paterno said. "It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Community speculation about who would replace Democrat Mayor Jim Fleck is finally over.
Ryan Daniel, one of several candidates younger than 30 to earn their cityâ€™s top elected spot in Indiana, soundly defeated Democrat challenger Cathy Heritier and Libertarian Scott Wise.
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There will be a new clerk-treasurer in Churubusco, as Democrat Madalyn Sade-Bartl outpolled incumbent Republican Gerri Johnson, 157 votes to 131.
Town Council will be made up of incumbent Frank A. Kessler (D), 203 votes; Alan D. Malcom (D), 175 votes; and Mark Pepple (R), 165 votes. Republicans John Hart and Pat Stanford received 137 and 128 votes, respectively. Hart was an incumbent.
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With all precincts reporting, unofficial results for the Columbia City Municipal Election (2,072 voters of 6,514 registered, 31.81% turnout):
Columbia City Mayor:
Ryan L. Daniel (R) 1,162
Cathy Heritier (D) 497
Scott Wise (L) 115
Common Council at-Large
Daniel Weigold (R) 1,326
Michael R. Malcom (D) 417
Common Council Northeast
Jacie Worrick (R) 317
Charles N. Harker (D) 179
Common Council Northwest
William Simpson (R) 208 CORRECTED
Scott Allison (D) 206
Common Council Southeast
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Palmer E. Welty, 84, of South Whitley, died at 10:26 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
He was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Huntington, a son of Clarence and Josephine (Stookey) Welty.
His formative years were spent in Huntington where he attended Huntington High School.
On Nov. 14, 1948, he was united in marriage to Darlene Lofland. They made their home in Huntington.
They then moved to Big Barbee Lake where they resided for 25 years.
In 1996, they moved to South Whitley.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Evelyn R. Winebrenner, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:42 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted Oct. 27.
She was born Nov. 6, 1928 in Elkhart County, a daughter of Cecil and Faith (Miller) Phend.
As a young girl, her family moved to Merriam. She graduated from Wolf Lake High School.
On May 29, 1949 she was united in marriage to Tyrus A. Winebrenner. They made their first home at Bear Lake, later moving to a farm in York Township, Noble County for 13 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Larry T. Knafel, 69, of rural Columbia City, died unexpectedly at 1:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne from complications following surgery.
He was born Aug. 22, 1942 in Fort Wayne, a son of Omer Cleland and Bernadine M. (Witte) Knafel.
His formative years were spent in Churubusco and later Jefferson Township, Whitley County.
He graduated from Columbia City High School.
From 1960 until 1962 he served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Hancock as a machinist mate.
Carolyn A. Courtney, 74, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.
Carolyn was born May 21, 1937 and grew up in Larwill, working at Jecto Plastics for 14 years.
She was a member of American Legion Post 47 Auxiliary and enjoyed shopping.