October 29th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After seven years serving Whitley County as the ministries director for Whitley Countyâ€™s Salvation Army, Pat Mossburg is resigning her post effective Thursday.
â€śMy last few weeks have gone by so fast,â€ť Mossburg said. â€śThere have been people stopping by telling me goodbye and giving me hugs. Itâ€™s been sort of emotional.â€ť
A special open house was planned in Mossburgâ€™s honor Monday at the Salvation Armyâ€™s office, inside the First Church of God in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man who robbed the Columbia City Walgreens in 2012 pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Troy J. Fritz, 31, pleaded guilty to robbery, a Class C felony, as part of a plea arrangement, which stipulated that the state would dismiss a charge of theft against him.
Fritz will be sentenced Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m.
A Class C felony has a maximum sentence of eight years and a minimum of two, with four years being the advisory sentence.
Case reports state Fritz stole Opana and Fentanyl by threatening the use of force in February of 2012.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With ideas mapped out on paper and architectural drawings in hand, engineers were able to give the town of South Whitley answers to its wastewater treatment plant problems.
After months of debating system failures and control issues, South Whitley Town Council members were able to see how engineers will approach fixing the problems at the newly-completed plant.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s radio station will be taking to a new tune on Tuesday nights.
WJHS, 91.5 The Eagle, will now be airing Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council meetings.
The meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, starting at 7 p.m.
At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, the council approved the radio stationâ€™s broadcast of the meetings, and the first aired broadcast is expected to be at the next meeting â€” Nov. 12.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A fall festival of a different kind was held Saturday as volunteers gathered at the Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc. to prep its community garden for winter.
The Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc., located at 1065 W. CR 150 N. in Columbia City, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a impact in the community by â€śencouraging others and restoring lives.â€ť
According to Aimee Clark, the centerâ€™s president, the group planted 1,000 garlic cloves, planted and covered numerous strawberry plants, and saved sunflower seeds from plants that grew this summer.
William G. Marks, 87, of Winona Lake, formerly of Columbia City, passed away at 4:57 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake.
Born Oct. 25, 1925, in Columbia City, he was the son of Garl E. and Arlouine (Ramp) Marks.
He and his parents moved for a short time to Montpelier, Ohio from Columbia City, but with that exception, he has spent the rest of his life in the Columbia City area, residing at Loon Lake since 1984.
While there he enjoyed fishing for bluegill, playing cards, and creating oil paintings. He attended Columbia City Public Schools.
James A. Dimmick 76, of South Whitley, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Wednesday. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 25, 1937, in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Russell E. and Alma J. (Luttman) Dimmick. His formative years were spent in South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1955.
On Aug. 4, 1957, he was united in marriage to Karol E. Uhrick. They made their home in South Whitley for a short period before moving to Fort Wayne. After 10 years, they returned to South Whitley.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City stand-out harrier Samantha Roush is making her fourth and final trip to the state finals next week.
Roush is headed to Terre Haute as the lone Whitley County runner amongst the top harriers in the state.
She is no stranger to the course, though, as Roush has competed in the state finals every year of her high school career.
â€śCongratulations to Samantha,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County and Columbia City officials agreed to do away with a group that hasnâ€™t been used for more than 20 years.
Recently, the Columbia City-Whitley County Building Authority was deemed inactive and Columbia City Common Council members moved to dissolve the group at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
â€śThe building authority was great at the time it was created â€” it was needed and very good for financing purposes â€” but now weâ€™ve reached the point that itâ€™s better off dissolved,â€ť Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council adopted the 2014 budget at Tuesdayâ€™s regular meeting.
While changes can be made until the end of the year, the council appeared to have no opposition to the budget, which was proposed by Mayor Ryan Daniel at a meeting Sept. 24.
Daniel and Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle worked together to make the budget, which wonâ€™t raise taxes for city citizens.
â€śRosie and I worked very hard to make this a balanced budget,â€ť Daniel said.