Thursday, March 31, 2011

Public Input Sought on Short, Long Term Transportation Plans

FORT WAYNE – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District is seeking public input on Indiana’s draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan and draft Long Range Transportation Plan. An open house will be held from 1-5 p.m. Monday, April 11, at INDOT’s Fort Wayne Subdistrict conference room, 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne. A 15-20 minute presentation will be given at 2 p.m. on the long-range plan.

The public and stakeholders are invited to learn more about, and participate in, the short- and long-term transportation planning process at two weeks of regional open houses being held across the state.  Citizens are invited to show up at any time to visit informational booths, speak with INDOT planners one-on-one, or have public comments be included in the official record.

Citizens can also review the draft documents and submit written comments through INDOT’s website.  The draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program will be posted at, while the draft Long Range Transportation Plan will be posted at  A 30-day public comment period is one of several public involvement steps in developing and finalizing short- and long-range transportation plans.

INDOT is adopting a more flexible and opportunistic planning approach by identifying transportation needs in the timeframe that capital improvement projects can be developed.  Short- and long-range transportation planning is designed to support the state’s economy and environment by selecting the most context appropriate transportation solutions for moving people and freight.  Public involvement in the planning process is essential both to determine citizens’ transportation priorities and to develop an accountable, efficient transportation system.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Remember When

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Whitko High School senior Josh Licata was named the recipient of the 2006 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  Josh is the son of Steve and Jenni Licata.  The scholarship is awarded annually in each county in Indiana and it includes a paid four-year tuition to any school in Indiana plus $800 per year in expenses.  Josh plans on attending Rose Hulman in Terre Haute.
The Hicks and Deaton Hardware store in South Whitley, was featured in the Spring issue of the Bostwick-Braun Company’s “Anvil” magazine.  the article, complete with photos of the interior of the store, explains how owners' Gary and Susan Hicks completed a merchandising makeover when they purchased the business from Susan’s parents.
Paul M Rennaker, a 16 year veteran of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and lifelong resident, announced he has filed as a candidate for the sheriff’s office of Whitley County in the 2006 election.  Paul and his wife, Becky, and their six children live in Churubusco.
The ICE Students of the Week were Erica Snyder and Rachel Gumbiner.  Erica is the daughter of Kevin and Leann Snyder and is employed at Biomet in Warsaw.  She works in the Regulatory Affairs department.  Rachel is the daughter of Kenneth and Carrie Gumbiner and is employed at Dairy Queen.  Rachel plans on attending Indiana University in Bloomington and will study either pre law or secondary education.
Whitley Manufacturing of South Whitley was honored with eight awards, including one first place finish, at the Modular Building Institute convention in Orlando.  They were nominated in 11 categories and were winners in eight of them.
Fourteen fifth-graders from Pierceton Elementary School traveled to Belleville, Illinois to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind competition.  The students worked to solve a challenging long-term problem, as well as to sharpen their thinking skills through practice in quick thinking problems.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, April 4, 2001
The Boards of Directors and shareholders of both Farmers Elevator and Allen County Co-op voted to merge the two organizations.  Farmers Elevator, headquartered in South Whitley, and Allen County Co-op, headquartered in New Haven, became one organization on July 1, 2001.  The new CEO of the new company will be current Farmers’ manager, Jeff Mize.
Whitko High School senior Becky Menzie was named the recipient of the Lilly Foundation scholarship through the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.  Becky is the daughter of Phil and Deborah Minzie of Pierceton and she plans to attend Anderson University and major in music.
The Best of Show was one of three awards won by Whitley Manufacturing at the annual Modular Building Institute Annual Meeting.  The Best of Show award, voted by attendees of the meeting, was presented for the 70,000 square foot Williams-Scotsman international headquarters.  Simon Dragan is the president of Whitley Manufacturing.
Private First Class Kelly Osborn graduated from Army basic training on March 29, 2001 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  During her nine weeks of training, Kelly qualified and received a medal in marksmanship with the M-16 rifle.  She also received an expert medal in the hand grenade training throw.  Kelly is the daughter of Brad and Luann Dunlap of Columbia City, and Bob Osborn of Rochester.  She is the granddaughter of Marion and Bonita Collier of Pierceton and is a 1999 graduate of Whitko High School.
The Cleveland Southern Showmen and Cleveland Yankees 4-H Clubs have combined to form one township 4-H club.  The new club will be known as the Cleveland Showmen.
South Whitley’s Marilyn Copeland, owner of Future Heirlooms, held an open house to welcome returning artist, Kathy Adams, to the community.  Kathy Adams’s local ancestry goes back several generations.  Her grandfather, Cassius Graham, was Postmaster in South Whitley at the turn of the century.  Kathy, her husband Mike, and their two sons have returned to the family farm north of South Whitley and this move has provided Kathy with the opportunity to pursue a lifelong interest in photography.
25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, April 2, 1986
Construction began for the new rental storage units in the South Whitley Industrial Park.  The structure will house the Handy-Storage and Commercial Electric Company.  Both businesses are owned by Homer Crowder of South Whitley.
Construction also began on the Calhoun Courtyard Apartments in South Whitley.  The complex will have 16 apartments and is being built by Kathy and Earl Bowers.
Lyall Electric, Inc announced it will build a new 22,500 sq ft plant near the intersection of CR650 and US30 on the outskirts of Larwill.  Another plant is to be built near South Whitley. 
The South Whitley Electric Department was recognized as a leader in the consumer-owned electric utility industry for its safety record.  The American Public Power Association presented the Electric Utility Safety Award to South Whitley Electric.
Lisa Smith of South Whitley was one of 10 students in the University of Alabama’s clinical psychology doctoral program to be selected for an internship beginning in the fall.  Lisa will do her internship at the William S Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia, SC.
Rick Oliver catured 1st place in the WQHK 7th annual arm wrestling tournament held at The Cowboy in Fort Wayne.  Rick was undefeated in the 150 lb and under class where there were a total of 32 entries from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. 
Jennifer Schneider, a senior at Whitko High School received a second place award in the state VFW “Voice of Democracy” speech competition.  Jennifer’s speech was entitled, “New Horizons for America’s Youth”.  She is the daughter of Robert Schneider of Pierceton.

40 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune
Thursday, April 1, 1971
Norman Jarboe, elementary and junior high school principal, released the “A” and “B” honor roll listing for the third grading period.  Named to the “
A” honor roll in the 7th grade, Lisa Smith.  On the “B” honor roll were Mark Gruwell, Rebecca Mink and Sherri Weaver.  For the 8th grade, on the
“B” list were, David Chappel, Gail Germann, Gloria Miller, John McCammon, Marlene Mishler, Keith Peoples, Linda Rupley and Patti Wolfe.
Mrs Marian Bollinger, librarian of the South Whitley-Cleveland Township Public Library, was named South Whitley’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the award banquet held last week.  Mrs Bollinger became associated with the South Whitley library in 1931, right after graduating from high school and became the librarian in 1957.  Mrs Bollinger is the mother of David, Mrs David Grossman and Mrs Jerry Glass, all of South Whitley.
The honor roll for the third grading period at Sidney Junior High School was released by Principal Harold Leckrone.  Receiving all A’s were Woodrow Bradley, Joe Chalk and Kathy Pence, all of the 7th grade.  Named to the A and B honor roll were 7th graders Debbie Dierks and Kathy King, and eighth graders Bob Church and Eric Speicher
Cpl Mark Kite, son of Mr and Mrs Paul Kite of South Whitley, arrived home on leave after a one year tour of duty in Vietnam.  He flew 250 missions and logged 1100 flight hours while overseas.  Mark joined the Marines in February 1968.
Pvt Stanley L Studebaker, son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Paul Studebaker of South Whitley, completed eight weeks of basic training at the US Army Training Center, Fort Knox, KY.  Stanley is a 1968 graduate of Larwill High School.

50 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune
Thursday, April 6, 1961
Joe C Metzger, manager of the local Farmers Elevator Company and vice-presidnt of the United Duroc Swing Registry, will be amoung the 12 livestock producers, farm organization leaders, college personnel and others from throughout the US on a General Livestock Trip, sponsored by the Agriculture Livestock ad Mineral Division of the Swift and Company.  The guests will receive first-hand information on the marketing of livestock and meats.
Richard A Austin, son of Mr and Mrs Cecil Austin of South Whitley, left March 21 for Indianapolis where he will enlist in the US Army for three years.  He was then sent to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.  Richard is a graduate of South Whitley High School and was employed at Northcrest Montgomery Ward in Fort Wayne.
Thomas Bowers, son of Mr and Mrs Merritt Bowers of South Whitley, is among candidats nominated for the office of Secretary of the Sophomore class and will run in the spring election at Indiana University.

65 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune
Thursday, March 28, 1946
Keith Herr, son of Mr and Mrs Claude Herr, received the 32nd Infantry Division citation and Bronze Star Medal for his heroic action while serving on Luzon.  He received his discharge from the Army January 18, after three years and four months in the service.  He had sixteen months overseas duty on Leyte, New Guinea, Luzon and in Japan.
Mrs Ruth Hensel, widow of the late Harry Hensel, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her husband on the county council.  She is the first woman member of the county council in this county.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wildcats top Panthers, 61-45

     The Whitko Wildcats came to play this Tuesday as they totally dominated the Northwood Panthers from the opening tip off.  The Cats jumped out to an early 18 - 8 first quarter lead and never looked back.  The Wildcats shot 50% from the field the first half and were a perfect 9 for 9 from the charity stripe.  Logan Irwin, Zac VanDeWater and Max Elder scored 12, 10 and 7 first half points to rally the Cats to a 31 - 16 halftime lead.
     The second half was more of the same as the Wildcats expanded their lead to 20 points well into the fourth quarter.  The Wildcat's defense was very impressive as they held the Panthers to 36% shooting from the field.  The Cats also scored 15 points off of created turnovers, out rebounded the Panthers 28 - 25, and forced 19 turnovers as compared to their nine.  Logan, Zac and Max continued their offensive display scoring 23, 19, and 13 points respectively.  Max also led the team with 6 rebounds.  Derek Snep added 4 points and played a stellar game defensively.  He and Zac had a combined 4 blocked shots.  The Wildcats cruised to a 61 - 45 victory.
     The Northwood Panthers came into tonight's game with a 14 and 6 record.  They have beat some very good team this year and given some other very good teams such as Warsaw and Concord a run for their money.  The Wildcat's win guaranteed  a rematch with Columbia City Friday night.  In Whitko's first game of the season; the Eagles came from 8 points down late in the fourth quarter to beat the Wildcats by one point as time ran out.  Those same Eagles whom have a 15 and 5 record; were in attendance and watched the Whitko game very intently.  Friday night ought to be a doozey.
    Whitko, Columbia City and Wawasee are all ranked in the top 20 in the most recent AP Poll.  Tippecanoe Valley faces Wawasee Wednesday night after nearly beating them last week.  You can never rule out a Coach Bill Patrick's team in post season play as they would just love to spoil the show for the Wawasee Warriors. 
  Around the state, several top twenty 3A teams were defeated in the first round of play.  Rushville, Lebanon, and Indianapolis Northwest were among the loosers.  Warsaw (4A) lost to Concord Tuesday night as well.  Over in the Manchester Sectional, the Squires won in an overtime game against Northfield and an improving North Miami squeaked by a good Southwood team.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Choir concert set for March 15

Whitko Middle School's choir joins the Whitko High School Concert Choir March 15. The event features WMS’s seventh and eighth grade choirs as well as the high school concert choir and chamber ensemble.
The event is at Whitko High School in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.  Give your spring a jump start with a great variety of vocal music.