June 4th, 2012
Motorcycles made their way from Fort Wayne to downtown Columbia City for the 2012 Mayor‚Äôs Ride on Sunday. The town square hosted vendors and motorcycle enthusiasts all to welcome the collective riders. Event organizers timed the ride to coincide with motorcycle safety month.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Participants in Whitley County‚Äôs Relay For Life took to the Indian Springs Middle School track, Saturday, for 24 hours in an effort to raise funds for cancer research.
Each lap took them one dollar closer to finding a cure. Partnering with the American Cancer Society, those participating in the event walked as survivors, caregivers or for those who lost their battle to cancer. To make special the memory of those lost to cancer, caregivers released balloons into the sky.
Mary A. Wilson, 84, a resident of Huntertown and widow of Melvin Earl Wilson, passed away at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at her home following a lengthy illness.
She was born on Dec. 2, 1927, in Hartford, Ala., a daughter of Hose and Florence (Cotton) Simmons, and spent her formative years in that area, where she graduated from high school.
On Oct. 23, 1943, she was married in Florida to Melvin Earl Wilson, and moved to Huntertown following her marriage.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Pierceton woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated Friday night after she caused an accident in northern Whitley County.
Vickie Krom, 60, pulled into the intersection of Ind. 109 and CR 500 N. when her vehicle was struck by oncoming traffic.
Dora Arispe, a passenger of the victimized car, was the only one injured. The North Carolina resident was transported to Parkview Whitley with head injuries.
KENDALVILLE ‚ÄĒ Churubusco linkster Ryan Mayer is the lone Whitley County golfer to keep his season alive, after placing third in Friday‚Äôs golf sectional, advancing him to regionals.
Mayer fired an 80 on 18 holes at Noble Hawk in Kendallville. His score tied for third. In the play-off, Mayer birdied the first hole to win.
Mayer had an eagle, a birdie and four pars.
He will play in the regionals at Orchard Ridge Thursday at 8 a.m.
The second-best Churubusco golfer was Brad Martin, who shot a 91.
Beau Barkley finished with a 92, Brandon Norris had a 97 and Parker Conrad carded a 100.
BLOOMINGTON ‚ÄĒ Three Whitley County athletes traveled to Bloomington for the Indiana State Track finals at Indiana University Friday afternoon.
Churubusco‚Äôs Heather Monk is returning to the county with a medal. Monk placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 129 feet, 5 inches.
The winning throw was over 143 feet. Monk also competed against the top in the state in the shot put and came in 15th with a heave of 38 feet, 2.75 inches.
Carlee Hearld and Samantha Roush represented Columbia City with 10th-place finishes in their respective events.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After 11 weeks of reconstruction, one of the most highly traveled bridges in the county was re-opened May 25.
Bridge 18, is located on Business 30, crossing the Eel River.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôve got all the traffic going to businesses and the industrial park,‚ÄĚ said County Engineer Brandon Forrester.
‚ÄúIt was the highest impact bridge we have, as far as county bridges.‚ÄĚ
Several factors played into the decision to reconstruct the bridge ‚ÄĒ salt and rust damage from 50-plus years of heavy traffic were two of the most compelling reasons, Forrester said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Community Foundation awarded Columbia City High School $7,500 after receiving a request in April asking for financial assistance. The money will be used to upgrade the electrical system in CCHS‚Äôs Newell Rice Auditorium.
Shane Barkley, who has directed both plays and musicals at CCHS over the past seven years, submitted the grant proposal so that a new theatrical lighting system could be installed.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A time capsule on wheels is scheduled to be in town next week.
Columbia City‚Äôs STAFCO (Steel Tank and Fabricating Corporation) will play host to the 1948 Kennedy Tank Special, a vintage race car that ran in the Indianapolis 500 in 1948 and 1949.
The car is scheduled to be hauled by trailer to the local steel tank manufacturer on Tuesday, weather permitting, according to Carl Norris, STAFCO vice president and general manager.
Norris estimated the car should arrive around 10 a.m., but added that the time could vary.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Pat Mossburg, with the Salvation Army of Whitley County, picks up the phone in her office several times a day, taking calls from people dealing with life-changing situations. Whether assisting families with rent or simply offering a comforting ear to listen, Mossburg has a caring heart for the community.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs unbelievable how many people are hurting, and how many I have to turn down because you get ‚ÄėX‚Äô amount of dollars that come in and there is only so much you can do with it,‚ÄĚ said Mossburg. ‚ÄúMoney is tight.‚ÄĚ