February 28th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In terms of geography and population, Whitley County ranks as the smallest county in the 10-county Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, but as the 2010 Business Dynamics report released Monday shows, the county holds its own within the region.
â€śOverall Whitley County has fared very well within northeast Indiana,â€ť said Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
Like the rest of the 10-county region, Whitley County showed growth in 2010, seeing three new businesses and 11 expansions within its borders and bringing in more than 350 jobs.
Robert Joseph â€śBobâ€ť LeClair, 68, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.
He is survived by his daughter, Renee (Michael) Stairhime, and grandchildren, Adriane, Haley, and Blake Stairhime, all of Hicksville, Ohio; special friends, Louise Caskey, and her mother, Estelle Caskey; sister, Charlotte Wyman; nieces, Mary (Dick) King, of Columbia City and Jean Miller.
A memorial service will be held at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, Tenn., at 3 p.m. Wednesday with visitation from 1 p.m. until service time.
Suzanne â€śSusieâ€ť Heingartner, 77, passed away Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in South Whitley, she was a bookkeeper with Columbia Liquor and Sears retiring in 1996. She was a member of St. Paulâ€™s Lutheran Church and was an avid IU fan.
Family requests all public attending to wear IU or red and white apparel to the funeral service.
Edwina L. Feighner, 80, a former resident of Thorncreek Township and more recently of Fort Wayne, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Renaissance Village. She had been a patient there for the past two years.
Mrs. Feighner was born near New Haven Sept. 8, 1930, a daughter of Howard E. and Emma Lucille (Ladig) Dawkins. She spent her formative years near New Haven and later in Spencerville and Fort Wayne.
Lucy L. â€śSisâ€ť Ickes, 93, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Churubusco businessman Eugene V. Ickes, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at her home. Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.
Mrs. Ickes was born Aug. 26, 1917 in LaOtto, a daughter of Peter Charles and Bessie Ann (Rosenogle) Bryie. She graduated from LaOtto High School, and was honored as the Onion Queen as a young lady.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The suspect charged with drug crimes has dismissed his public defender and hired independent counsel.
Travis A. Wonderly, 21, was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for a pre-trial conference after being arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department in January and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
In court last month, Wonderly was assigned Public Defender Brad Baber by Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several weeks after hearing a presentation by local electronics company J & K Communications, Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council listened to a sales pitch from the Columbia City-based companyâ€™s main competitor.
Brian Reilly of Motorola addressed the board during its regular meeting Tuesday and touted the abilities of the APX 7000, a radio designed to help the cityâ€™s emergency personnel transition to 800 MHz technology.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester presented plans last week to the county commissioners for county bridges in need of repair or replacement.
â€śEvery two years I come to you and present a plan,â€ť said Forrester who handed out the countyâ€™s bridge plan for 2011-2015.
â€ś(Bridge) 36 is at the top of our list,â€ť he said.
Bridge 36, located on County Road 550 South near Collamer, had an initial estimated cost of $200,000, according to Forrester.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Two men were arrested Sunday evening after the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department found marijuana in their rental truck.
Jonathon Aranburo, 24, and Archie Joseph Brady, 20, of Fort Wayne were pulled over while driving a U-Haul truck, rented by Aranburo, to move the pair to Warsaw.
After receiving a tip on the vehicle, the truck was pulled over by Sergeant Mike Engle for unsafe lane change at the Marathon parking lot on Armstrong Drive and U.S. 30.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rising gas prices and this seasonâ€™s heavy snowfall are causing more than just a nuisance for drivers this winter.
The Whitley County Highway Department is taking blows to their budget every time gas prices jump, every time snow falls.
Not only do jumps in gas prices provide more cost to run the trucks, the highway departmentâ€™s funds come out of gas tax.
â€śMost people think our money comes from property tax, but our money comes from gas tax,â€ť Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton said.