October 3rd, 2013
Donald â€śJackâ€ť Coffelt, 72, of Columbia City, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Christine; daughters, Helena (Fred) Palmer, Julia (Chris) Sheckler and Carol (Eugene) Christman; stepchildren, Jennifer, Julie, Douglas and Brian; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
To honor Mr. Coffeltâ€™s wishes, there will be no visitation or service.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.
Arrangements were entrusted by DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Drive Funeral Home.
Michael Andrew Kilander, 66, a resident of South Whitley, died at 10:57 a.m. Tuesday at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he had been taken earlier by the E.M.S. He had been in failing health.
He was born March 10, 1947, in Wabash, a son of Kenneth L. and Effie Mae (Lee) Kilander.
His formative years were spent in Wabash. He attended Wabash High School.
On July 14, 1965 he entered into the U. S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge Aug. 1, 1966.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” No need to worry, Hoosier outdoor lovers.
Although national parks and national wildlife refuges are closed because of the federal government shutdown, Indianaâ€™s 24 state parks and eight reservoir properties remain open for business as usual â€” if you call the burst of fall colors usual.
There is an Indiana state park or reservoir property within a one-hour drive of every Hoosier.
The properties offer an array of recreational activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, boating, canoe and kayaking, mountain biking, picnicking and wildlife watching.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The food pantry at Victory Christian Fellowship Church, located at 1330 W. Business 30 in Columbia City, is temporarily closed due to a shortage in food.
According to organizers, the pantry, which is typically open Mondays 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays noon to 2 p.m., has run out of food items to give away to those in need.
During the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly was presented with House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1427 which paused the implementation of Common Core State Standards for further study.
I had the opportunity to talk with all of the superintendents in my district, and a few outside my district, to hear their thoughts on this issue.
The superintendents I spoke with suggested that we not pause the implementation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Giving back to the community where sheâ€™s grown up is what propelled Cari Wells, of Columbia City, to be the 2013-14 campaign chair for the United Way of Whitley County.
â€śI care about this community and want to see it continue to be great,â€ť Wells said. â€śThe United Way does so much to improve the lives of those in our county. It seemed like a logical way for me to serve the community.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” When municipalities propose a change in policy, a public hearing is held before the ordinance update is instituted.
It is at this time public comment is heard on the issue and council members can choose to address the concerns. Churubusco residents have not been silent when it comes to changes in town policy.
When a change to a garage sale ordinance was proposed, residents created such a noise that Town Council members decided to table the issue.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A popular hobby around the country has taken track locally in Columbia City.
Slot car racing has been happening at AllPro Raceway, which is adjacent to AllPro Towing on Fridays for almost six years. Jeff Hull works at AllPro Towing during the day and helps run the racing league in the evenings.
Hull said competition is open to the public, and the season, which runs from November to April, is set to begin soon.
WARSAW â€” Though the season wrapped up for many tennis players in Indiana Wednesday night, Whitkoâ€™s Tyler Baugher and Columbia Cityâ€™s Niko Rongos are keeping their postseason hopes alive, after picking up No. 1 singles wins in the opening round of sectional action.
Though Rongos and Baugher are still in action, their teams arenâ€™t. Rongos and Baugher picked up their teamâ€™s lone points.
Columbia City fell 4-1 to Tippecanoe Valley Wednesday and the Wildcats dropped a 4-1 match to the defending sectional champs, Warsaw.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thieves used Sunday nightâ€™s fog to their advantage, stealing from and rummaging through at least nine properties, according to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Most of the homes affected were on Colony and Crescent Avenues in the Tri-Lakes area.
Many items were stolen, including a motorcycle.
The thieves didnâ€™t get far with the bike, though, as it didnâ€™t have any oil in it, causing the engine to seize by the time it got to the Lions Club, located less than a half-mile from where the thefts occurred on Colony Avenue.