Archive - Oct 2010
Columbia Cityâs hot spot for cooling down faces challenges as it enters into the second half of its first century.
The Burnworth Memorial Pool turned 50 this year and is beginning to show its age like a person of the same number of years â with visible and not-so-visible signs of wear and tear from decades of activity and exposure to the elements.
Columbia City Park Director Mark Green said this week the once state-of-the-art swimming facility is becoming obsolete in addition to age-worn.
SOUTH WHITLEY â The first phase of South Whitleyâs stormwater project is nearly complete.
Members of the council heard a report from David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink who attended the meeting with engineer Nathan Anderson Tuesday. Anderson has been highly involved in the townâs storm water project.
LARWILL - Town council members are still concerned with the property at 202 N. Center Street which was evacuated last spring due to several violations of the townâs unsafe building ordinance per Chief Inspector Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department.
Whitley County emergency officials and representatives from the Department of Transportation converged on Main Street in the southern end of Columbia City Thursday evening to assist in the transport of large pipes across the railroad tracks. The pipes, which are the base for wind turbines, span 156 feet and weigh 165,000 pounds, are not allowed on interstate highways and are traveling from Tulsa Okla. to Canada. Transporting the pipes is so arduous for truck drivers that it took two hours just to travel 12 miles out of Tulsa.
Traditionally, when the economy slows down, the need for services at public libraries picks up.
Unfortunately, with library funding coming mainly from property taxes, economic slow downs mean library budgets may take a hit, causing decreases in services or staff, just when they need them most.
According to published reports, many of the larger libraries throughout the state are doing just that. The Indianapolis library officials announced at the end of September a cut in hours of operation by 26 percent and a loss of 35 to 40 jobs.
Martha âMrs. Cecilâ Land, 88, a resident of Fort Wayne and a native of Noble County, passed away at 11:22 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Merriam Nov. 5, 1921, a daughter of Nicholas and Etta May (Addis) Herron. She was united in marriage to Cecil M. Land.
The surviving relatives include a daughter, Golda Land; and a sister, Mary Jane Paulus.
Pauline H. âPollyâ Brubaker, 95, of South Whitley, died at 9:50 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at Peabody Home, North Manchester where she had been a resident since January 2007.
She was born Oct. 31, 1914 in Wells County, a daughter of Robert L. and Mary Sara (Milliken) Hatfield. She graduated from Ossian High School in 1932 and received her normal degree from Manchester College in 1936.
Wilma I. Pontzius, 95, of Columbia City, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at The Oaks Living Center where she had been a resident for the past five years.
She was born Jan. 27, 1915 in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of Charles E. and Florence (Helfrich) Pontzius. A lifelong Whitley County resident, she graduated from Columbia City High School in 1932.
From 1944 until 1946, during World War II, she joined the Hospital Corp. of the United States Navy. She rejoined from 1950 until 1952, serving during the Korean War.
She was employed at Columbia Woolen Mill and Linvill Hospital.
Joe Eugene Huffman, 84, formerly of South Whitley and currently of Columbia City, passed away at 3:40 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at the Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester. Born Sept. 28, 1926 in North Manchester, he was a son of Grover Cleveland and Myrtle (Shireman) Huffman.
FORT WAYNE — The end of a high school career comes for every senior.
The end came Thursday night for eight Columbia City girls’ soccer members.
After winning a definitive sectional opener over FW North Side 12-0, the Lady Eagles took on the tough task of playing another Fort Wayne team in the semifinal round, No. 8 Bishop Dwenger.
Led by Division I recruit Sarah Killion’s four goals, the Lady Saints beat Columbia City 5-0, advancing to the sectional championship versus Homestead Saturday.