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Alberta Malcolm, 90

December 18, 2013

Alberta Ruth Malcolm, 90, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne.
Alberta was born March 12, 1923, in Churubusco, a daughter of LeRoy and Lilah (Brumbaugh) Veazey.
On July 25, 1942, she was married in Columbia City to Maurice E. Malcolm.
She was employed at General Electric, as an inspector and retired in 1983 after 33 years.

Roger Knight, 51

December 18, 2013

Roger D. Knight, 51, of Columbia City, passed at his home in the arms of his wife and surrounded by family at 2:55 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
He was born Sept. 1, 1962, in Hazard, Ky. a son of Russell and Ruby (Lewis) Knight. He completed his education at Columbia City Joint High School.
On Aug. 31, 1985, he was united in marriage to Roxanne E. DeYoung. They made their home in Columbia City until 1988 when they moved to their at Big Lake. In June 2012 they returned to Columbia City.

Col. City beats Warsaw for first time in years

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — More than 10 years in the making, Columbia City’s girls basketball team finally beat its rival to the west — Warsaw, Tuesday night, 38-24.

Records that date back to the 2000-01 season show that the Lady Eagles haven’t defeated the Lady Tigers in at least 13 years.

“I know it has been quite some time since we’ve beaten them,” Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said. “Warsaw has a great program. It was a good win for us.”

Not only did the Lady Eagles beat Warsaw, they did it with several underclassmen playing substantial minutes.

WCCS updates job description, raises salary of tech director

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY —Technology needs are constantly growing within school districts across the country. Whitley County Consolidated Schools are no different, and the district’s Board of Trustees made some updates to its technology director’s job description at Monday night’s meeting.

“This is a significant change from the former job description and is quite comprehensive in its requirements,” WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor told the Board of Trustees.

The position now requires a bachelor’s degree, more knowledge and skills and leadership roles within the district.

‘I feel like I have a gun in my back’ — Commissioners pushed: County jail upgrades put on hold

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Upgrades to the Whitley County Jail continue to be debated by County Commissioners. Although some work has started, the lot of parts needed have not been approved for purchase ­ — a cost that could be in excess of $80,000.

At a previous council meeting, Commissioner Tom Rethlake had shared with county officials that a valve originally bid to cost $1,066 each, might be able to be purchased at a price of $776 from a different company.

However, Rethlake said he would turn the bid over to County Maintenance Supervisor Mark Sturtevant for review and follow up.

Giving back to four-legged friends

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For some, Christmas involves more than receiving — giving too.

That is certainly true for Kelly Maloy of Columbia City. What started as an idea has morphed into a reality beyond her wildest dreams.

Maloy posted on Facebook recently, asking that her friends remember their animal friends and donate $1 to the Whitley County Humane Society.
Individuals could send their dollars to her, and she would make the donation just before Christmas.

Maloy said the success of her endeavor has already surpassed her expectations.

Col. City to hire new police officer

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After a 10-year dry spell, Columbia City’s Police Department is looking to hire its second new officer in 10 years.

Last year, CCPD Officer Jon Stoffel was hired in as the first new officer to the department in a decade, replacing a master patrolman who resigned from his position.

This year, the CCPD is adding another officer to the force, as Master Patrolman Mike Petersen was selected to serve the area’s youth as the Whitley County Consolidated Schools resource officer (SRO).

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