September 6th, 2013
CHURUBUSCO â€” Revitalizing the appearance of Churubuscoâ€™s downtown has been the focus of the townâ€™s Main Street Committee.
Lucas Konger, of Vintage Archonics, the architectural firm working with the committee, presented a streetscape study at the Churubusco Town Council meeting Wednesday. Concepts to beautify the downtown area included sidewalk enhancements, decorative lights and a center piece to place at the corner of U.S. 33 and Line Street.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City woman received a six-year jail sentence for aiding in a drug deal.
Savannah Hartman, 20, was arrested in June for aiding or causing the dealing of a Schedule II controlled substance.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer gave her a six-year sentence to the Whitley County Jail Monday, with the entire time to be served.
â€śYou will be transferred to work release as soon as possible,â€ť Heuer said. â€śIf you do well at work release, you may have your sentence modified in the future.â€ť
Autumn Arts Festival
The 12th Annual Whitley County Autumn Arts Festival will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn.
The event will feature a childrenâ€™s tent, face painting, a sidewalk chalk drawing attraction, silent auction and student art show. Admission is free.
Visit www.wcaaf.org for more information.
Whitley County Farmers Market will intermingle with the arts festival Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Local vendors will have fruits, vegetables and plants for sale, along with numerous crafts and homemade items.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Growth seems to be a consistent theme in Whitley County when it comes to industry and the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
Alan Tio, president of the EDC, was at both the Whitley County Commissioners and the Whitley County Council meetings to request tax abatements and incentives for an expanding company.
â€śWeâ€™ve been working with this company to help them expand,â€ť Tio said.
â€śThis is another great example of positive motion for Whitley County.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Returning for its 16th year, the Distinguished Young Woman program, formerly Junior Miss, will highlight 10 Whitley County high school senior girls.
The program will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Columbia City High School.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students kindergarten through 12th grade.
Each of the participants will be scored in several categories. A panel interview, which will take place before the nightâ€™s program, is a 10-minute discussion with judges.
OSSIAN â€” Since its beginning in 2000, Maple Creek Middle School (Carroll High School) has created a cross country dynasty, racing to a conference championship for 12 straight years.
After an intense summer of training, the Indian Springs Middle School varsity girls hoped to hand the Maple Creek Bobcats a season-opening loss at the Norwell Invitational.
Led by a first-place victory from 8th grader Ashley Johnson, the girls almost succeeded, but endured a heartbreaking loss to the Bobcats by just one point.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With outdated computer software, the ability for Whitley County dispatchers to communicate with the public safety officials in the field is soon to fail.
According to Ted Hurley, of J&K Communications, the Windows operating system currently used by the department is no longer supported by Microsoft.
That means, should there be a computer malfunction, repairs wo-uld be virtually impossible.
Mary Lou Pelfrey, born June 27, 1942 in Miami, Fla., died Sept. 1, 2013, at her home in Lake City, Fla. following a lengthy illness.
She had lived in Bridgewater, N.Y., Columbia City, and West Palm Beach, Fla.
James â€śJayâ€ť Stanley Couch Jr., 46, of Columbia City, died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 9, 1966, in Harlan, Ky., a son of James S. and Yolanda J. (Hedrick) Couch Sr. As a young boy, his family moved to Thorncreek Township.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1985.
In 1985, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1993.
He worked at Contects in Larwill, Reelcraft and later Dana PTG for 16 years.
James A. Borcherding, 88, died Saturday Aug. 31, 2013.
James was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Fort Wayne, to the late James F. and Marie Borcherding.
He worked at the Veterans Affair Hospital for 25 years in the maintenance and engineering. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving in the 775th Field Artillery and was a member of the Oak Grove Church.