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June 29th

Setting the bar: Whitko senior holds National weight lifting record

June 29, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s Ian Pherigo is setting the bar high in the weight room for his fellow football teammates. Pherigo holds the National record in squats for his age and size at 352 pounds.

The senior is a full back on the football team, and wrestled in his freshman and sophomore years.

“I gave up wrestling last season for lifting,” Pherigo said.

OSD: Longtime citizens lauded

June 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — One took a train to Old Settlers Day and the other one remembers a dazzling light show.
Talbert “Pit” Pittenger and Elmer Heinley were honored Friday for being this year’s Old Settlers Day Citizens. Normally the ceremony takes place on Thursday, the traditional Old Settlers Day, but due to the heat the men met up with the OSD officers at the air-conditioned Thomas R. Marshall Museum Friday afternoon.
Pittenger was named the Longest Continuous Resident who registered for Old Settles Day on Thursday. He is 93 years old and hails from Union Township.

COUNTY CAUCUS: N.E. Indiana mayors, commissioners endorse The Big Goal

June 29, 2012

FORT WAYNE — A press conference was held Thursday in Fort Wayne to officially announce the formation of a joint caucus of the mayors and commissioners of Northeast Indiana.
In a press release issued by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the caucus provides a forum to work collaboratively on policy issues of common interest. This collaboration is essential to advance public policy critical to the goal of transforming the economy of the region through their leadership.

Ruth Zollinger, 89

June 29, 2012

Ruth M. Zollinger, 89, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Hamilton House.
Born June 25, 1923, in Ft. Wayne, Ruth worked at L. S. Ayres’ Tea Room. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ft. Wayne and loved baking Christmas cookies.

Marquis Reid, 87

June 29, 2012

Marquis Jr. Reid, of Columbia City, died at 2:56 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since April.
He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Richland Township, a son of Mark H. and Lena M. (Hoffert) Reid.
He attended Larwill High School.
He entered into the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 1944, serving in the European Theater.
He was honorably discharge on Sept. 30, 1945. He returned to the area.
On Dec. 29, 1944, he married Ruth C. Fosnaugh. They made their home in Richland Township.

Betty Boggs, 83

June 29, 2012

Betty J. Boggs, 83, a resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the family residence in Green Township following an extended illness.
Mrs. Boggs was born in Smith Township on May 14, 1929, the daughter of Orlando and Lela N. (Shlater) Geiger. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco area and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947.

Barbara Wilt, 76

June 29, 2012

Barbara S. Wilt, 76, of Fort Wayne, died at 11:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Life Care Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.
Born April 27, 1936, in Noble County, she was the daughter of Chester J. and Jennie (Smith) Boggs.
She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the class of 1954. On July 3, 1963, she married Lanny K. Wilt in Fort Wayne, and they have always lived in Noble County.
For 31 years she worked for Dana Corporation, Churubusco, where she retired in 1994. She was a member of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.

POWERFUL STORM: Intense system with 90 mph winds buffet area

June 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Storms with hail and winds of up 91 mph moved through northern Indiana on Friday afternoon, leaving thousands of businesses and homes without power.

In Columbia City, the powerful winds toppled trees on the Courthouse Square and made a shambles of tents and carnival attractions along the downtown midway for its annual Old Settlers Days celebration.

Trees, branches and power lines were torn down by the gusty system that struck about 2:30 p.m. Crews were busy throughout Whitley County assessing and repairing the damage.

PHOTO: Two-year-old Whisler eats an elephant ear

June 29, 2012

Haylee Whisler, 2, takes a bite out of her brother’s elephant ear at the Old Settler’s Days Festival in downtown Columbia City Thursday afternoon.

PROSECUTOR: Fireworks ban is legal

June 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney is dispelling any speculation on whether recent suspension of fireworks by county and city government officials is legal.
“This office has been made aware that the Whitley County Commissioners have imposed a ban on burning and on fireworks pursuant to their authority,” said Prosecutor Matt Rentschler in a letter Thursday.
The county’s Board of Commissioners issued a ban on open burning, to include fireworks, on Monday.

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Community Foundation is hosting a 5K run to benefit a local...
Pictured is the Columbia City Park Department’s league and tournament champions — Downtown on the...
The Columbia City Main Street Association brought back the Big G’s 3-on-3 Tournament to downtown...

 

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