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July 1st, 2013

‘SOUNDS OF PROGRESS': Passages to move into renovated building

July 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Work is advancing for Passages, Inc. as it prepares to move into the former Lehmberg Building in Columbia City.

“It’s the sound of progress,” said Tim Hearld, president of Synergid Commercial, the general contractor of the project.

He was referring to work in the building, which has been going on for some time and is picking up as Passages, Inc. nears its targeted move-in date — the first week of September.

Passages Creative Learning Center will be the name of the building once the nonprofit occupies the space.

Don’t rain on my parade. . .

July 1, 2013

Despite wet, rainy conditions Saturday evening, the American Legion Parade still made its way through the streets of downtown Columbia City.

Pictured, from left, Alyssa, Tyler and Cameron Eubank huddle under a blanket to stay dry.

See more photos from the parade and festival in the July 1 issue of The Post and Mail.

HEINOUS CRIME ALLEGATIONS: Felonies pile up in attempted rape case

July 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man is facing six felony charges after he allegedly attempted to rape a 13-year-old girl in Columbia City early Friday morning.

Dustin A. Nimtz, 18, of Columbia City, allegedly broke into an apartment at Park Terrace — armed with a deadly weapon.

According to court records, Nemitz then forced the victim to perform sexual acts on him.

Nemitz pleaded not guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday morning to all six felony charges, including attempted rape and molesting, burglary and strangulation.

Maroon, gold . . . and black

July 1, 2013

Some Whitley County residents are questioning Columbia City High School’s black uniforms in many sports, such as football, basketball and cheerleading.

Columbia City’s football team is expected to return to the traditional maroon color this season.

Voice your opinion on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page, and see an article including public and coaches' comments on Page A1 of Saturday's issue of The Post and Mail.

Chuck Pugh, 55

July 1, 2013

Charles “Chuck” F. Pugh, 55, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at his home. He was born July 29, 1957, in Marion and then moved to Whitley County. In 2001, he moved to Ft. Wayne.
He had worked at Passages in Columbia City from 1991 until May of 2000. He loved listening to classical music and enjoyed joking around and teasing others.

Chuck leaves behind many friends and loving caregivers. He will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched.

City hydrants being flushed

July 1, 2013

The Columbia City Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants today through Friday.

June 28th

COME TO THE FAIR: 4-H event promotes education, entertainment

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County 4-Hers are preparing for the county’s fair that will run from July 12-18. Although the event caters to those students who have worked on projects, crafted various items, and raised a variety of animals, the fair is geared toward families.

Keith Schuman, of South Whitley, is a parent active in the county’s 4-H program. He has a 10 –year 4-H member and now his daughter, Tiffany, is completing her 10th year.

THE CENTER: South, 16, serves as teen mentor

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Anna South, a 16-year-old homeschool student, has invested her time and ability to the service of The Center for Whitley County Youth.

The Center is a nonprofit, community-based, youth-development organization benefitting Whitley County teens. Since 2005, the organization has leaned on community members to volunteer in numerous after-school programs and social activities.

South has been involved as a teen for two years. She works with middle school students in an after-school service program that allows her to mentor younger teens.

HAVE GAMES, WILL TRAVEL: Midway amusement worker shares perspective on festival life

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A trip to downtown Columbia City this week meant becoming immersed in Old Settlers Day festivities.

The annual celebration brings with it a midway — complete with rides, attractions and games. Manning the rides and games are midway workers that travel with Poor Jack Amusements.

For Whitley County residents, Old Settlers Day is a five-day event that will come to a close today. But after the rides and games pull out of town, the festival life continues for those who work for the amusement company.

MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE: 13-year-old girl allegedly stabbed, strangled, molested

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl at Park Terrace Apartments.

Dustin Nemitz, 18, was booked at the Whitley County Jail on several felony charges, including rape, strangulation, child molesting and burglary.

According to Columbia City Police Detective Chip Stephenson, police were called to the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital early for an alleged rape and stabbing investigation.

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