Archive - 2013
Russell W. Pratt Sr., 76, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:45 am Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at his home. Born June 7, 1937, in Reed City, Mich., he was the son of John A. and Leola (Campbell) Pratt.
Russ served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959, and married Heddy Dietrich on Jan. 30, 1960, in Ft. Wayne.
They had lived in Churubusco before moving to St. James City, Fla. in 1999. In July they moved back to Columbia City.
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Dane Edward Knote, 25, of rural South Whitley, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 30, 2013.
He was born Feb. 6, 1988, in Columbia City, a son of Ernest J. and Linda L. (Graham) Knote. His formative years were spent in Cleveland Township, Whitley County. He attended Whitko High School.
Madaline Hill Ternet Fusselman, 87, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at her home at Hamilton House in Fort Wayne. She had resided there for the past two years. Madaline was born May 17, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Cloid and Margaret (Ellingwood) Carpenter. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne and spent most of her adult life there.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Sugar Creek Fellowship has just recently added Jacob Johnson onto its staff as part-time youth pastor.
He will be leading the teenagers as they learn to develop and grow in a relationship with Christ.
He is a sophomore at Huntington University with a double major in youth ministry and sports ministry.
Johnson attended Columbia City High School where he participated in football, basketball and baseball.
Johnson will be planning some youth events, as well as leading the youth in their meetings Sunday nights.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Remaining steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities, Lilly Endowment will again provide a deserving student from our community with the opportunity to attend four years of college tuition free.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is hosting an open house next week to celebrate the opening of the EDC Outpost, a co-working space located at 114 N. Chauncey St. in Columbia City.
â€śWe are pleased to formally open the doors for a co-working space that has been in development for most of the year,â€ť said EDC president Alan Tio.
â€śThis project represents a collaboration among local partners to provide shared office space to meet the needs of EDC clients.â€ť
The EDC Outpost is a co-working space for EDC clients and service partners.
FORT WAYNE â€” A large mall in Fort Wayne was partially reopened after a water main break caused major flooding in the building.
Approximately 10 to 15 stores will remain closed at Glenbrook Square Mall for clean up, but the rest of the mall will be open for business, according to mall administration.
Initially, mall employees informed area media that the approximately 40- to 50-store mall would be completely closed.
It was first believed the mall would remain open on normal hours, but officials later decided to partially close the building.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second part to a two-part series on the life of Jon Pontzius.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śAnyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,â€ť said American icon Henry Ford.
That quote could easily sum up the mantra exhibited in the life of Jon Pontzius, a resident of Whitley County.
Pontzius grew up on a farm on Riley Road, which has been in his family for more than 150 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While some Indiana cities and towns chose to postpone trick-or-treating to Friday, Columbia Cityâ€™s and Churubuscoâ€™s Halloween festivities went on as scheduled Thursday.
Despite a threatening weather forecast, and some vocal citizens, the weather held off during trick-or-treating hours, and many said they were pleased with how the night turned out.
â€śIt was a tough decision. I know there was a lot of discussion about us not postponing it, but we still felt this was the right decision,â€ť Columbia City Councilman and Board of Works member Dan Weigold said.