Archive - Sep 26, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Life for Kent Hoffman changed drastically on July 23 at 6 p.m. After working hard at the farm all day in temperatures that exceeded 90 degrees, Hoffman came home to take a break. He was going to clean the pool and then lay out on the sun deck and take a nap. For some as yet unknown reason, he fell through the railing hitting his head and landing on his back. Hoffman knew immediately that he had broken his neck. He lay there unable to move for six hours.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Despite strong rain showers and even instances of hail in the afternoon that sent many local citizens taking cover in their cars, city officials said the fireworks which took place later Saturday night at the Fall Festival went smoothly.
â€śAfter about 3:30 p.m., when the sun and blue sky came out, it was really nice weather for fireworks out there,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Daniel complimented the volunteer fire department, who parked cars for the event, and the park staff.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two Columbia City Tree Board members were reappointed to the board at Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council meeting Tuesday.
â€śThere are two tree board members who are up for reappointment,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel to the council. â€śOne of them is Gloria Banker, the other is Ken Lundquist (tree board president).â€ť
The board approved the motion to reappoint both members.
In other business, the Salary Range Ordinance was passed.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ South Whitley has operated a food bank for more than 20 years. In that time, the need for the food bank has grown. According to Co-Director Tonya Warner, the numbers grow each week.
â€śWe feed about 80 to 100 people a month, but weâ€™ve been adding two to four new families each week,â€ť said Warner. â€śThe need is growing as the price of gas, electricity and other things continue to rise.â€ť
Warner, along with Mark and Michelle Pratt run the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank.
Opal Ilene Sitts, 73, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born on December 17, 1938, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Wayne and Irene Elizabeth (Salesman) Sitts. She was a lifetime resident of Columbia City.
Survivors include sister-in-law, Wanda Sitts of Columbia City and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Faye Wood and brothers, Franklin and George Sitts.