July 30th, 2012
Jack H. Kessie, 88, of Columbia City, died at 1:20 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted on Tuesday, July 24.
He was born Dec. 17, 1923, in Whitley County, a son of William H. and Wilda Mae (Grable) Kessie. A lifelong resident of Whitley County, he completed his education at Columbia City High School.
On June 23, 1946, he was united in marriage to Beulah Mae Holycross. Mrs. Kessie died Aug. 27, 2008.
A truck driver, he retired from STAFCO in March 1993, with 39 years of service.
COLUMBIA CITY â Motorcyclist Robert Ramey, age 50, from Columbia City, was critically injured Saturday at 5:20 p.m. in a single-vehicle accident south of Columbia City.
According to Whitley County Deputy Sheriff Tony Helfrich, Ramey was southbound on Ind. 205, just north of Washington Road, when he entered a curve, lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle. Ramey was flown by Samaritan helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital. He was in critical condition with a head injury.
COLUMBIA CITY - A 15-year-old boy drowned in Troy-Cedar Lake, north of Larwill, early Saturday evening.
According to witnesses, the boy, who was from Fort Wayne, went under when he was playing catch in the water with his friends. The friends said he was not a good swimmer.
The boy reportedly went under water and didn't surface.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, Whitley County Sheriff's deputies and Richland Township Firemen assisted the Thorncreek Township Fire Department's Dive Team in a search that lasted over an hour.
Michael Walter Smith, 66, died on July 23, 2012, at home. He was born in Van Wert, Ohio, later moving to Columbia City. He served two years in U.S. Army.
He worked for Indiana Michigan Power as a draftsman for over 30 years. Later he worked for the City of Columbia City until his retirement.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 44 years, Wanda Smith of Columbia City; two children, Kurt Smith of Fort Wayne and Kami (Nicholas) Hamilton of Fort Wayne; one sister, Connie (Richard) Steinbacher of Fort Wayne and three grandchildren, Jaylen, Andrew and Brooklin.
COLUMBIA CITY â With little less than a month to prepare, what was known as Stepping Stones Day Care has closed, moved and will re-open Monday at 6 a.m. as a child care program under the Whitley County YMCA.
Stepping Stones Director Debbie Gates will continue with the YMCAâs program. According to Gates, parents who had utilized the day care that was once housed with First Church of God in Columbia City, were concerned over the idea of not having a childcare program in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â Although continuous rain has provided favorable weather conditions for late July, the end to the drought is far from over.
âThe only way we are going to see an end to the drought would be if we have a continuation of the rain on a regular basis,â said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. âThe rain we have seen has brought the grass back, but itâs still low.â
Whitley County is currently in an extreme drought, and Southern Indiana is in an exceptional drought, with an average of 15 inches of rain below normal.
SAN DIEGO Ââ At 70 years old, Columbia City native, Jody McKinney, graduated from Alliant International University on May 25, receiving a doctorate in educational leadership and management.
She had already earned a masters in administration from San Diego State in 2008 as well as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1964.
A member of the class of 1960 from Columbia City Joint High School, she has become a life long learner.
Even with all her degrees and accomplishments, McKinneyâs education goals are not over.
COLUMBIA CITY â While the violent storm that swept through the city, leaving several downed trees, occurred last month, officials from Columbia City and the rest of Whitley County are still reminded of its power as they continue working to finish clearing the damage away.
âWeâre trying to keep the sweeper out, picking up debris and stuff thatâs been out on the streets since the storm came through,â said Kelly Cearbaugh, Columbia City street superintendent, at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â An amendment to the Nuisance Ordinance, concerning tall grass and weeds, was passed by the Columbia City Common Council on second reading Tuesday.
âAs youâll remember Marcia (McNagny, city attorney) had talked about last time that the state had made it easier on communities to be able to enforce our high weed and grass ordinances to basically save us some expense,â said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Annette Fabray Yoh-Farris, 44, of Cromwell, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Born March 20, 1968, she was the daughter of Harold B. and Jilda Mae (Searfoss) Yoh.
Survivors include her husband, Elden Farris; four children; father, Harold B. (Daphne) Yoh; mother, Jilda Yoh ; and one brother.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City. Memorial gifts may be given to the Yoh-Farris Family in care of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com.