September 12th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Activities and entertainment are scheduled for the Whitley County Fall Festival at Morsches Park Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m.
â€śThis is event is full of family fun,â€ť Mark Green, Columbia City Parks Department director. â€śNo matter what your age, there is something for everyone this year.â€ť
Launching the festival will be a 5K Pumpkin Run at 1 p.m., hosted by Parkview Whitley Hospital and a cornhole tournament at the Whitley County YMCA.
Green said last yearâ€™s event, in its inaugural year, was a starting point for what is now an annual event.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Six months after Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council approved changes to the downtown areaâ€™s parking, the council reviewed the outcome of the adjustments at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
â€śIâ€™ve only heard good responses,â€ť Councilman Dan Weigold said. â€śI havenâ€™t heard anyone complain about parking.â€ť
The city opened up its lot on North Chauncey Street to the public, allowing for more parking downtown. The lot, which added 30 more parking spaces, is located south of the U.S. Post Office, between Van Buren and Jackson Streets.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Columbia City has a vacant seat on the Whitley County Building Authority, the Common Council decided to wait to fill the position, which was formerly held by Ray Whiting who passed away.
â€śThis authority has been inactive. It hasnâ€™t been used for a long time,â€ť Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” By now Whitley County children have broken in their school shoes, eaten approximately 20 school lunches and turned in numerous homework assignments.
As the excitement of the new school year begins to wane, staff at Northern Heights Elementary School have come up with innovative ideas to keep children engaged in learning.
Marla Rubin is the elementary schoolâ€™s counselor. She has worked with Jacob Hoag, NHES principal, and other faculty to implement motivational tools for students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to burglary in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Gabriel D. Auer, 35, was arrested in July and charged with burglary and theft.
As part of a plea agreement, Auer will have the theft charge dismissed by the court. Prosecutor Matt Rentschler also agreed to not pursue the habitual felon sentence enhancement option â€” which would have increased the sentence for Auer.
Burglary is a Class C felony and carries a sentencing range of two to eight years.
There was no stipulation in the plea agreement as to length of sentence.
Lois A. Sheets, 71, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at Peabody Home, North Manchester, where she had been a resident since October 2012.
She was born April 11, 1942, in Sullivan County, a daughter of Cisco R. and Jeanette I. (White) May.
Her formative years were spent in Sullivan County. She graduated from Sullivan High School in 1960.
On June 10, 1961, she was united in marriage to Paul V. Sheets. They made their home in Larwill for a short time before moving to Columbia City. Mr. Sheets died Sept. 26, 2011.
Minnie Alice Farris, 92, of Fort Wayne, died at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home where she was admitted last Friday.
She was born Oct. 17, 1920, in Harveysburg, Ohio, a daughter of Adam B. and Maude (Haines) Campbell. Her formative years were spent in Harveysburg.
On April 9, 1942, she was united in marriage to Raymon D. Farris. During Raymonâ€™s enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps they lived in Kentucky, California, New Mexico, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Utah.
Donald E. Crawford, 80, of Larwill, passed away at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born Feb. 27, 1933, in Boone County, he was the son of Charles R. Crawford and Ruby F. (Kinkade) Crawford.
On June 16, 1970, he married Carolyn J. Darr in Lebanon. He was a custodian at Whitko Community Schools, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Columbia City residents north of U.S. 30 were yet again afflicted by low pressure and no water last week, officials are working toward a permanent solution to the problem.
The main issue is not a man-made problem, but instead a problem with the soil, according to Columbia City Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear.
â€śThe soil conditions are very acidic right there. Itâ€™s eating into the pipe,â€ť Dear said.
Whitko tennis falls in close match to Rochester, 3-2
ROCHESTER â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys tennis team lost to TRC-rival Rochester Tuesday.
The Zebras won 3-2.
Whitko picked up wins in No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
Tyler Baugher got a victory for the Wildcats at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-2. Blake Castle earned a straight-set win at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 7-5.
Cole Bechtold fell in three sets at No. 3 singles. The No. 1 doubles pair of Alex Robbins and Bailey Platt lost in straight sets, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Alex Bechtold and Reed Brace.