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July 10th, 2013

BLUE RIVER TRAIL: Expansion approved from Main St. to Line St.

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Work will soon begin on the expansion project for the Blue River Trail in Columbia City.

The city’s Board of Works and Public Safety approved a $34,500 bid from Niblock to begin another phase of the trail’s expansion, which will extend it from Main Street to Line Street.

The trail’s route will cover approximately two city blocks via Vine Street.

The city received three bids for the project, with Niblock’s being the lowest. It was requested of the contract company that work be completed by the end of September, 2013.

Clive Dupen

July 10, 2013

The memorial service for Clive F.G. Dupen, 78, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with the family receiving friends after 9 a.m. at the funeral home.

Kathy Roberts, 57

July 10, 2013

Kathy J. Roberts, 57, of rural South Whitley, went to be with the Lord at 10:21 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where she was admitted June 11.
She was born Oct. 11, 1955, in Columbia City a daughter of Richard J. and Marilyn J. (Blain) Bolinger. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley. She graduated from Whitko High School in 1974. On Sept. 22, 2009, she married Wayne A. Roberts. They made their home in rural South Whitley.

July 9th

Coaches Pitch Runners Up

July 9, 2013

Trok & Krider was the Coaches Pitch runners up last week in the championship game at Morsches Park.

Pictured, from left: Zavier Derbeck, Ian Stane, Ryker Hims and Tanner Hosler. Second row: Adrian Ayala, Kam Hoag, Tobey Krider, Camdyn Judd, Lucas Schmitt and Lucas Buechler.

GROW Network highlights festival

July 9, 2013

The GROW Network recently held a networking meeting at Brew’ha Coffee House, Columbia City, led by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Whitley County.

The group listened to a presentation by Glenn Snapp, president of the Old Settler’s Association.

Pictured, from left, are Brad Staats from Peak Enterprise Solutions, Snapp, and Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown.

The GROW Network will meet at Brewha Coffee House Friday, July 19th at 8 a.m.

For more information on the group, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 248-8131.

A conversation with . . . Susan Ness

July 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — If you want something done, then do it yourself.

That’s how Whitley County resident Susan Ness ended up starting her own business, Windy Hill Vanilla.

Ness makes sure to incorporate her family, her faith and her “green” choices into her work.

She is a 1993 alumna of Whitko High School and long-time resident of Whitley County. She and her husband, Cory, have four children.

On top of it all, Ness finds time to volunteer with The Center for Whitley County Youth.

Below is a conversation Ness recently had with The Post & Mail.

WHITLEY COUNTY EDC: Rethlake joins county’s economic team

July 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Economic Development Corporation welcomed a new marketing project manager last week.

Katie Rethlake, a 2012 graduate of IUPUI and granddaughter of county commissioner Tom Rethlake, began working in the area with Schrader Real Estate & Auction Co., Inc. last year.

At the EDC, she will focus on updating the website for the development corporation and other communication projects.

CHEAP TRASH: Ordinance passed to lower solid waste prices

July 9, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Trash prices for Churubusco residents will drop by almost $4 as of August 1.

When Churubusco’s Town Council decided to renew its trash contract with National Serv-All, a five-year pricing plan allowed for the town to charge its citizens less.

In the July 3 meeting, a hearing was held for public comment on a proposed ordinance that would take effect at the beginning of August.

Several questions were asked of the town leaders for clarification on the pricing and length of contract, but as the hearing was closed, council members voted to pass the ordinance.

Dunham’s building gets a face lift

July 9, 2013

Remodeling work continues as the former Scott’s building morphs into Dunham’s Sports.

The sporting goods retailer is slated to open in August.

Pictured are Gary Marshall, left, and Ryan Lenwell encasing an exterior column in stone.

MAN ADMITS GUILT IN MOLESTATION: Drug charges dismissed as part of plea agreement

July 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Larwill man pleaded guilty to child molestation and two other crimes in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Dean Pressler, 40, was arrested in January and charged with child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction, possession of child pornography and confinement.

That arrest came on the heels of charges of running a meth lab, which were brought against Pressler in December of 2012.

As part of a plea agreement, Pressler admitted to molesting a child, 13 years of age, and continuing the sexual contact until the girl was 17.

 

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