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CRASH: SUV T-boned and rolled into ditch on U.S. 30

June 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Multiple people were injured Thursday afternoon in a crash at U.S. 30 and CR 300 E.

An SUV was T-boned before it rolled into the ditch on the north side of U.S. 30.

Multiple patients were transported to the hospital.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Whitley County Sheriff's Department.

BUTTERFLY DAY CARE: Local woman has passion for winged insects

June 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Laurie Butts, 52, didn’t really know she loved butterflies until she moved to a new home in a bean field near Tri-Lakes a few years ago.
In April 2005, Butts was walking on her property, which is surrounded by eight acres of grasslands, a pond and a well-pathed woods and that’s when she fell in love with bugs.
“It was the first spring we lived here,” said Butts, who shares her home with Beth Hauenstein.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

June 7, 2012

Fireworks benefit
Portside Pizza will host a pair of fundraisers designed to raise money for the annual Tri Lake fireworks. On Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., a hog roast will be held which will include a silent auction, a corn hole tournament and live music. Anyone wanting to donate items to the silent auction should call Portside Pizza at 691-3333. On Saturday, June 16, a golf outing at Crooked Lake Golf Course will be held. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Sign ups will be held at Portside Pizza.

Mobile Mammography

NEW PRINCIPAL: WCCS school board appoints candidate

June 7, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board approved the appointment of Jacob Hoag as the principal of Northern Heights Elementary School at their meeting Monday.
The position required attention since Robert Hoke retired after 27 years of service.
After screening several candidates, Dr. Patricia O’Connor said the interview team had a recommendation ready for the board’s approval.

MOVING FORWARD: Commissioners approve project

June 7, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Amy Lybarger, district conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Columbia City, came before the commissioners Monday, requesting the approval of a project concerning the highway.
The area Lybarger is concerned about is CR 600 N., approximately a mile and a half west of Ind. 109. After investigation, Lybarger said they realized there was a tile blow hole.
“We are very nervous over this situation,” said Lybarger. “We want to get it fixed and repaired as fast as possible. It would be a very easy repair, and quick repair.”

Lonnie Van, 63

June 7, 2012

Lonnie L. Van, 63, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Born Sept. 1, 1948, he was the son of Charles and Dorothy (Bowman) Van, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Van; two children; two brothers and one sister.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Van to the donor’s choice of charity.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.

DeLois Scott, 79

June 7, 2012

Shawnee resident, DeLois Jean Scott, 79, passed away June 5, 2012, in a midwest city nursing home.
DeLois was born May 19, 1933, in Wolfe Lake, the daughter of Burtis & Ina Mae (Johnson) Cunningham. She graduated from Larwill High School.
On March 10, 1962, she married Jack W. Scott. For 37 years she worked as a buyer for Dana Weatherhead Tool Plant in Columbia City.

Betty Thiel, 60

June 7, 2012

FORT WAYNE — Betty Jo “B. J.” (Dazey) Thiel, 60, a resident of Fort Wayne and native of Wolf Lake, passed away at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at her home. She had been in declining health since December.
Mrs. Thiel was born in Wolf Lake on Sept. 30, 1951, a daughter of James C. “J. C.” and Mary (Moeller) Dazey, and spent her formative years there.

Columbia City boys track awards

June 7, 2012

Columbia City’s track team recently honored its top athletes.

From left, Tryzel Jenkins (Most Improved Athlete), Garrett Vandersaul (Most Valuable Thrower), David Fulk (Rookie of the Year), Brenden Zoltek (Most Valuable Runner), Lucas Hahn (Most Valuable Jumper), Alex Fritz (Coaches Award) and Matt Rethlake (Most Valuable Participant).

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