February 14th, 2011
Richard L. â€śJinglesâ€ť Waikel , 74, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Born in Ft. Wayne, Richard retired as a brick mason after 46 years with Local 4 Indiana and Kentucky. He was an avid fisherman in Columbia City and Tarpon Springs.
Mary Helen Dellinger, 72, of Columbia City, died Saturday, at 9:44 a.m. Feb. 12, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born July 6, 1938 in Monroeville, she was a daughter of Paul L. and Angnes L. (Wagner) Gramelspacher.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In an effort to continually improve the townâ€™s park facilities and recreational programs, the Columbia City Park Board has created a public survey in order to seek the communityâ€™s input.
â€śWe appreciate the publicâ€™s use of the parks facilities â€” we encourage it,â€ť park board president Kelley Sheiss said at the January monthly meeting. â€śAnd in doing so, we are trying to provide the best facilities with the resources we have available at this time with a limited budget.â€ť
LARWILL â€” Chief Inspector Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department was in attendance at the Larwill Town Council meeting last Thursday to provide updates on the property located at 202 North Center Street.
The property was evacuated last spring due to several violations of the townâ€™s unsafe building ordinance.
Owner of the unsafe structure is Ralph Fitch, who has been represented by Katrina Osterman
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners approved the countyâ€™s first Commissioners Tax Certificate sale at its regular meeting last week.
Tim Rushenburg, representing SRI Incorporated spoke to the commissioners about the sale, which will be held online in June.
â€śIt seems like the internet sale is the way to go,â€ť said Commissioner Don Amber.
Rushenburg told the three-man board his company would receive 15 percent of the total proceeds for a â€śliveâ€ť sale and only 10 percent of an internet sale.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several new appointments to county boards were announced to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners last week.
David Sewell, Whitley Countyâ€™s Building and Planning Department Executive Director, contacted the commissioners regarding a recommended new member to the countyâ€™s Board of Zoning Appeals.
â€śI would like to recommend Tim Denihan as a citizen member of the Whitley County Board of Zoning Appeals,â€ť said Sewell in a letter to the three-man board.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Leesburg man arrested last week on drug charges following a car chase with law enforcement was in court Monday morning.
Roger Shreve, 52 is charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, driving while suspended and resisting law enforcement by fleeing following an incident that began with a police-monitored drug buy Feb. 7.
LARWILL â€” Four people were injured in a single-car crash Saturday in Larwill.
According to Indiana State Police, a sport utility vehicle driven by Thu Aung Myo Si, 24, of Rock Island, Ill. rolled from the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 near County Road 550 W. and ended up on all four wheels in the westbound lane.
During the accident, San San Myint, 55, also of Rock Island, was ejected.
Myint and Myo Si were both flown by Samaritan Hospital to Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne where their conditions are unknown.
SOUTH WHITLEY — As the final minutes ticked down Saturday afternoon the chant began at Whitko High School.
“This is Rob’s House.”
As the class 3A No. 4 Whitko Wildcats locked up the outright championship in the Three Rivers Conference against Manchester 61-34, head coach Rob Irwin remained at home recovering from chemotherapy treatments.
However, it didn’t take long for leader of the Wildcats to find out about his team’s newest title.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s freshman state representative said last week that while the proposed state law expanding charter schools in Indiana is a controversial issue, her ultimate loyalty has to be with students in the Hoosier State.
â€śIn education, I know we are so fortunate to have successful schools, teachers and administrators in our district,â€ť said Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City.