July 8th, 2013
CHURUBUSCO â Being an informed citizen is important for some Churubusco residents.
Several people regularly attend the townâs council meeting twice a month.
A special meeting was called by town leaders to discuss an employee handbook, and those who faithfully attend the meetings were absent.
In spite of the townâs diligence to report the session, the town residents were left uninformed about the special meeting.
At Tuesdayâs regularly scheduled council meeting, public comment was allowed and the issue was voiced by those in attendance.
South Whitley Community Public Library offers a summer reading program that engages youth in hands-on learning.
Young adults have read about ancient civilizations, and at the same time crafted several items to replicate artifacts from the era being studied.
Pictured are some of the programâs participants who created Mayan war masks.
Pictured, from left, are Cody Thompson (11), Librarian Shannon Langmaid, Kyle Calhoun (13) and Scott Thompson (16).
To learn more about the reading program as well as other library activities, call 723-5321.
WHITLEY COUNTY â An abandoned house in southeast Whitley County caught fire Saturday night in Union Township.
Firefighters responded to a home at County Road 700 East and Hiler Road at 9 p.m. after dispatchers received a phone call from a passer-by who saw smoke.
According to fire scanner traffic, the house had been abandoned for several years, and was located on Steel Dynamics Inc. property.
COLUMBIA CITY â Residents of Columbia City recently received an update on the quality of their drinking water.
Columbia Cityâs Water Department released its 2013 Consumer Confidence Report. The aim of the document was to inform citizens of what precisely goes into their water.
Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear said his department is required to release this report annually.
âIt has the latest testing results,â he said. âIt doesnât change a whole lot from year to year.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools will be losing a Board of Trustees member within the next month.
Chris Bechtold, one of the three board members representing the city of Columbia City, will resign because he is taking a teaching position within the district in the 2013-14 school year.
Bechtold will teach math, physics and engineering at Eagle Tech Academy this fall. As per board by-laws, he will be required to resign his position from the board of trustees.
CHURUBUSCO â Turtle Town, as Churubusco is affectionately referred to, is not only about growing reptiles, but it is also about a growing economy.
Last month, Churubusco Town Council members revealed that Inwelligent Healthcare, Inc., currently located on the East Coast, was looking to relocate to the town, bringing with it new jobs for the area.
âRight now they are forecasting about 50 employees in the first three years,â Town Council President Frank Kessler said.
âThey could grow to need 90 in the future.â
Norman A. Gray, 96, of Crooked Lake, died at 4:48 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013.
He was born April 18, 1917 in Crawfordsville, a son of the late Albert and Myrtle (Harwood) Gray.
Surviving relatives include four children, 12 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service with be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Thorn Cemetery, Ormas. Arrangements are by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Preferred memorials are to Crooked Lake Association c/o Angie Brant, 5858 E. Spear Rd., Columbia City, IN 46725.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Margaret K. Curry, 75, of Columbia City, died at 3:25 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Cyndy, following a year long battle with cancer.
She was born Oct. 27, 1937, in Sacremento, Calif. a daughter of Willie and Jane (Sasaki) Uyeki.
Her formative years were spent in California. She graduated from University High School in Los Angeles and continued her education at U.C.L.A.
In 1962, she moved to Columbia City. She worked in the insurance industry and after retirement she worked part time for 17 years at Lassus Bros.
Pastor Charles V. Stansell, of Worldwide Apostolic Fellowship International in Garrett, carried a cross through Columbia City Saturday, June 29, in an effort to raise awareness for the religious meaning of the cross and its significance to the church.
INDIANAPOLIS â Americaâs blood supply is an important piece of the countryâs ability to respond to disasters.
By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where itâs needed. Making an appointment to donate blood during Disaster Education and Awareness Month this July is one way to help prepare for the unexpected.
Blood drives are scheduled for:
âąWednesday, July 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Northeastern REMC in the Conference Room, located at 4901 E. Park 30 Drive in Columbia City.