Thursday, October 7, 2010

Town Council Hears About New Business

It’s possible that the building that housed the former Hicks and Deaton Hardware may find new life as a coffee shop/fabric and sewing machine repair shop.  Cherie Hartman informed the town council that she and her husband Jim are looking into these retail options as they consider purchasing the building. 
Hartman had several questions for the council concerning the possibility of running a drive-thru for a coffee shop in the alley that runs between the building and the neighboring Green Parrot building.  She pointed out that the alley is potentially wider than before with this summer’s removal of a small leaning building attached to the Green Parrot.  A drive-thru would be one-way and exit onto to State Road 5, she said.
Hartman also brought up the possibility of blocking part of the alley that goes behind State Street to the car wash to allow construction of a deck for outdoor seating. 
“People could sit outside, see the park and listen to music when there are concerts,” she said.
Council president Joanne Eberhart was cautious.
“I believe people go through the alley to use the car wash,” she said.
Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer laid out the steps involved in vacating a right-of-way.  With this information, Hartman said she would be able to make further inquiries and develop ideas.
Councilwoman Tonya Warner relayed an update on the status of the Green Parrot from owner Randy Striggle.  Striggle recently regained ownership after a contract sale of the business fell through.  Adam Flores, current manager of the Green Parrot, will become the new owner and assume responsibility for repairs ordered to be done by November 29, 2010.  In August, Striggle asked for and received a time extension until November for ordered building repairs.
Hockemeyer expressed some reservations about this plan.
“Are repairs being shoved off on a new owner?” he asked.  “We gave an extension because we waited to clear the ownership situation.  Frankly, I think it (the repairs) could be done before the next ownership change.”
Council members agreed to ask both Striggle and Whitley County Building Inspector Craig Wagner to come to the next council meeting to discuss the situation.
Hockemeyer said representatives from Duke Energy, supplier of electric power to the town utility, will attend the next meeting to discuss rate increases.  The council will also ask a representative from Umbaugh,  a financial advisory and accounting firm, to be present.  Warner added that business owners and employers such as Whitko Community Schools may want to attend as well.
Clerk-Treasurer Mitch Winger said that the police department will  purchase two new radios at a cost of $4,714 each in order to stay compatible with the radio system used by the county sheriff department.
In other police business, it was noted that Chuck Lewallen is due to graduate from the police academy and return to his town duties.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Remember When? Week of October 3

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Shelby Kreger, daughter of Jerry and Cindy Kreger, and Katie Strandlund, daughter of Steve Strandlund and Bob and Patricia Garcia, competed for Whitley County’s Junior Miss competition.  Miss Strandlund was awarded First Runner-Up.  Both girls are Whitko High School seniors.
The Whitko High School Marching Pride won the Silver Rating in the Indiana State School Music Association district contest and will advance to the Regionals in Class D.
Talented artist Carol Harter, from South Whitley, won the prestigious “Best of Theme” award at the Kendalville Apple Festival Art Show.
Whitko’s tennis team tied for first place in the Three River Conference.  This is the first title win in the school’s 33 year history for the boy’s tennis team.  Larry Shuh is the coach for the Whitko Wildcat Tennis Team.
The Whitko FFA members competed in the State Animal Science Skill-A-Thon and came away as the state champions.  The winning team included Linzey Terrill, Alicia Collier, Laura Kessie and Trent Gable.
ShindigZ launched a new website for customized banners.  The banners are made of high-quality vinyl and have designs for eny theme or event.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, October 11,  2000
Beebe’s Antiques in Pierceton is in the process of liquidating all of their antique collections.  Beebe’s Antiques was established some sixty years ago by Fred and Nedra Wertenberger Beebe and has been in continuous operation under the supervision of the couple.  After Mr Beebe’s death three years ago, Mrs Beebe has decided to retire and liquidate the treasurers.
The Pierceton United Methodist Church is holding their Fall Bazaar October 21.  They will have all sorts of fresh baked goods available for purchase.  Hand-crafted rag rugs made by the ladies of the church are also being offered.
Ramone’s Restaurant owners Scott and Mellissa Hull have sold the restaurant and the new owners will take possession October 16. 
Whitko High School Marching Pride band placed 6th in Class C competition in the Homestead High School/Comcast Fall Festival of Bands in Fort Wayne last Saturday.  On October 14, the Marching Pride travels to Reginal competition at Carmel High School near Indianapolis.
Lisa Brookes, daughter of Jeffrey and Penny Brookes of Columbia City, was named Whitley County’s 2001 Junior Miss.  The first runner-up was Sarah Adams, daughter of Larry and Rebecca Walter and Dennis Adams, all of Columbia City.  Hilari Ayres was second runner-up.  She is the daughter of David and Sherri Ayres of South Whitley.
Whitko Middle School student Ross Adang competed in the Kiwanis club’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition and won that event and traveled to the state event and also won that one.  He is the son of Steve and Jackie Adang of rural Pierceton.
25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, October 9, 1985
The newly-formed Whitley County Crime Stoppers held a meeting October 2 to kick off the Crime Stoppers “Crime of the Week” program.  This new organization is affiliated with the Allen County Crime Stoppers.
Last Saturday, the Whitko Marching Pride, under the direction of band director Michael Klinker, received a first place in the District Band Competition.  This is the first step in the Marching Pride’s quest to participate in the State Band Finals.
The South Whitley Elementary school celebrated Grandparents week, October 21-25, by allowing the students to have lunch with their grandparents in the school cafeteria.
U.S. 30 Auto Painting is celebrating it’s gand opening beginning October 5 in Pierceton.  The new business is owned and operated by Anthony Tuell of Warsaw and his brother Bill Tuell of Larwill.
Mrs Alice Wilson of Pierceton, was honored last week during the Fall Convention of the Indiana Nursing Home Association.  Mrs Wilson was president of this association in 1952.  She was the third president of the organization and was one of the pioneers of the Indiana Nursing Home Association.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, October 8, 1970
Dr Lee L Eve, chairman of the Divisin of Professional Studies at Huntington College and a former principal of the South Whitley schools, will be the dedication speakerfor the South Whitley-Cleveland Township Public Library held on October 11.
Miss Anita Metzger, daughter of Mr and Mrs Loren Metzger of South Whitley, attended the 4-H Dairy Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin this month.  Anita was selected to attend on the basis of individual accomplishments in her 4-H dairy projects and leadership.
Miss Theresa Ann Stallings, daughter of Mr and Mrs George Stallings of South Whitley, and a junior at Ball State University, is one of 33 coeds vying for the title of Home-coming Queen at the university the weekend of October 17.
Jim Woods of South Whitley and Terry Day of Sidney were both divisional record holders in the second annual Manchester Invitational cross country meet.  Woods held the Reserve Division record with a 10:21 time and Day held the Junior High Division record with a 5:25 time.
Prof Michael Leckrone, director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band has been named one of America’s Outstanding Educators for 1970.  Prof Leckrone is the son of Mr and Mrs Harold Leckrone of North Manchester.  Prof Leckrone’s father, Harold, is the principal of the Sidney school and was South Whitley band instructor for four years.
This is National Apple Week and the price of apples in 1970 were 39 cents for Jonathan or McIntosh apples and 49 cnts for red or golden delicious for 3 lb bags.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, October 13, 1960
A county-wide 11pm curfew has been ordered by Judge Lowell Pefley of the Whitley County circuit court for boys and girls below the ages of 18 years.
Dave Bruch, son of Mr and Mrs Foster Bruch of South Whitley, will represent Indiana at the National Future Farmers of America Convention held this week in Kansas City, MO.  He will carry the State flag in the Star State Farmer Ceremonies.  Dave is a 1960 gradyate of South Whitley High School.
Larry N Krudop of Louisville, KY and son of Mr and Mrs Fred Krudop of South Whitley, has been appointed state representative of The National Foundation in northern Indiana.  Mr Krudop will work with the volunteers of 33 northern Indiana chapters as they help carry out The National Foundation’s programs to prevent crippling diseases.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, October 4, 1945
Pfc Dorman Keller, son of Mr and Mrs Glen Keller and 1943 graduate of South Whitley High School, was on the Army Hospital ship “Marigold” and that ship was the first to arrive off the coast of Japan and arrived four days fefore the formal surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay.  His job has been to care for 1,000 liberated American prisoners of war aboard the ship.
Pvt Martin Kreider and Psvt James Lilly both arrived back in Whitley County for their first furlough since joining the Army.  Both boys are in training for airplane mechanics.
M-Sgt Firmer J Lee, son of Mr and Mrs Roy Lee, arrived home after receiving an honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps.  M-Sgt Lee served with the 314th Troop Carrier Group and served in Africa, Sicily, England and in France before returning to the states onboard the Queen Mary and arrived here September 28.
Mr and Mrs H M North received word from their son, Wilbert North SM 3-c, arrived in Yokohama Harbor, Tokyo Bay on September 12 from the Philippine Islands.  He enlisted in the Navy on May 7, 1943 and received sea duty in April 1944.
Mrs August Kehmeyer received word that her son, Wilford George Croxton, who has been a prisoner of war since early 1941, has been liberated, is well and is expected to be home soon.
Jesse G Hertsel, son of Mrs G.O. Hertsel of South Whitley, has been promoted from Private First Class to Technician Fifth Grade.  He has been a member of the 139th Field Artillery Battalion, 38th Division.  He has been stationed in Hawaii, New Guinea and Leyte.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hospital Offers Flu, Pneumonia Vaccinations

Parkview Home Health & Hospice will host a series of flu and pneumonia vaccination clinics during October and November at Parkview Whitley Hospital. The flu vaccination is available for people nine years of age and older; the pneumonia vaccination is available for people 18 years of age and older.

Dates, times and hospital locations are listed below:

Tuesday, October 12, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level auditorium C
Tuesday, October 19, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level boardroom and seminar room
Tuesday, October 26, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level auditorium C
Tuesday, November 2, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level boardroom and seminar room
Tuesday, November 9, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level auditorium C
Tuesday, November 16, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level boardroom and seminar room

If individuals have proof of traditional Medicare Part B or a Medicare HMO, there will be no out-of-pocket expense. If individuals have any other insurance or no insurance, the out-of-pocket expense will be $25 for flu shots and $35 for pneumonia shots. Payment will be expected at the time of administration. Cash and personal checks will be accepted.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals wanting to reduce the risk of contracting the flu should get a flu vaccine.

For more information, call the Parkview Flu & Pneumonia Information Line at 800-727-8439, ext. 37985.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Wildcats Defeat North Miami Warriors

Friday's football game was a classical match-up of two different styles of play.  The North Miami Warriors use a deadly wide open air assault; whereas; typically, the Wildcat's play a conservative ball control running game with a few passes here and there.
Whitko's opening drive was set up by Scott Skiles (No. 3) return to the 40 yard line.  Dakota Harmon (No. 32) and Rex Stoddard (No. 15) each had good gains moving the ball all the way to the 10 yard line.  The drive stalled when Stoddard was sacked in the backfield which prompted a 23 yard field goal attempt by Benjamin Bryan (No. 26) which was good.  Whitko 3  - NM - 0
North Miami's Austin See (No. 19) returned the kickoff to the 19 yard line.  Quarterback Aaron Barker (No. 7) then completed a 37 yard pass to Erik Aspinwall (No. 8).  Austin See then rushed around the right end for a 23 yard touchdown.  Whitko - 3   NM - 7.  Whitko went 3 and out and the Warriors again moved the ball to midfield when a Barker pass was intercepted by Derek Snep (No 22) on the 30 yard line followed by a 10 yard return.
D. J. Fouce (No. 31) rushed for 8 yards followed by a Stoddard pass to Travis Wiegold (No. 42) for a first and ten on the 30 yard line.  Stoddard was again sacked and Bryan's 37 yard field goal attempt missed wide left.  North Miami followed suit and after moving the ball down field attempted a 47 yard field goal which missed.  The first half ended  Whitko-  3  NM - 7
The second half opened with an 80 yard drive in 10 plays for the Warriors second touchdown.  The extra point missed.  Whitko - 3 NM - 13.  Whitko fired back with a 33 yard drive and 16 yard touchdown pass to Scott Skiles with 6:53 left in the third quarter. Whitko - 10 NM -13 
Whitko's defense held and on their ensuing possession and they orchestrated a 61-yard drive in 13 plays.  On this drive, Snep and Fouce caught Stoddard's passes and Fouce and Harmon pushed the ball to the 22 yard line. 
Bryan kicked his longest field goal of the year of 39 yards to knot the score at 13 apiece with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter. 
North Miami again moved the ball to midfield but were forced to punt backing the Wildcats near their end zone.  The Wildcat's went three and out and were forced to punt from their end zone when a game changing roughing the kicker penalty was called giving the Wildcats new life with about 5 minutes to go.
At this point in the football game, there was enought tension in the air to cut with a knife.  Virtually everyone of the fans on both sides of the field were standing, screaming and cheering as they game continued.   With the ball on the 20 yard line the Wildcats initiated an 80 yard drive in 11 plays with Derek Snep leaping high over all competition to catch the game winning 39 yard touchdown with 1:09 left in the game. 
Whitko then called a gutsy play going for a two point conversion which succeeded on another Stoddard pass.  Whitko 21 - NM 13.  The roar of the crowd was surely heard miles away as the Whitko fans went wild!
North Miami moved the ball quickly to midfield quieting the crowd which erupted again when Connor Stouder (No. 23) intercepted a Barker pass with 56 seconds left and Whitko thereby ran out the clock.
Coach Swender was very moved by his teams performance giving credit to the offensive line, his defense and overall good execution by his team.  He stated North Miami would attack his secondary which surely they did. 
Ironically, it was Whitko which had the only two touchdown passed on this night.  Rex Stoddard passed for 7 of 11 attempts for 95 yards to four receivers.  Harmon, Fouce, Stoddard, Bumbaugh and Skiles combined for 145 rushing yards as compared to 21 rushing yards for North Miami.  Barker passed 12 of 25 attempts for a total of 241 yards.
Defensively, Whitko had several sacks for a total of 30 negative yards.  Both teams brought their A-game defensively to Friday's football game.
Offensively, when the line gave Stoddard time; the Wildcat's freely moved the ball through the air; especially in the second half.  This pattern may come in handy down the road a bit as teams will find it more difficult to defend a two dimensional team. 
Whitko's running game seems to improve when Stoddard is on track with his receivers.