August 1st, 2013
South Line Street has been closed for several projects this summer. Water main work is being done below the surface, and above ground work is being done on sidewalks, curbs and repaving the street. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the street will be closed intermittently between now and the end of August. The mayor hoped the project would be finished before the end of the month, but some of the work is dependent on contractor schedules, so he was unsure of a finish date. â€śWe know this can be frustrating for our residents,â€ť Daniel said.
Barbara J. Bloemker nee Denzel, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Barbara served more than 30 years as a volunteer and past president of the Parkview White Cross Auxiliary,
She enjoyed crafts, making candy and baked goods to share with others.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An event to support The Lighthouse Shelter has been slated for a new date.
Originally the Day On the Lake tour of Loon Lake was planned for Aug. 17 at 3 p.m., but due to a conflict in scheduling, the event has been moved to Aug. 10 at 4 p.m.
In addition to the date change, the pricing has been adjusted as well.
What was originally a $35 per person excursion is now $25 per person.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Various colleges and university honored Whitley County students for their academic success.
Recognition went to:
Ellen L. Hazelet, daughter of Bruce and Kathleen Hazelet, 3651 S. Washington Rd, Columbia City, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deansâ€™ list for the spring semester 2012-13. She is a sixth year majoring in pharmacy.
The deansâ€™ list includes students who attain a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 grading system.
Anna Bulmahn, who played for Churubuscoâ€™s girls tennis team last spring, takes advantage of nice weather Tuesday to hit the ball around at Churubuscoâ€™s town park.
This week is the IHSAAâ€™s official moratorium week, and no organized sports are allowed to practice until Monday.
M. Irene Smith, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday July 30, 2013, at Millers Merry Manor.
Born Aug. 28, 1921, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Avery M. and Florence (Kiser) George.
She attended Grace Elementary School and graduated from Jefferson Center High School with the Class of 1940.
Irene was a lifelong Whitley County resident, worked on the family farm and was also a homemaker. She was a member of the Oak Grove Church of God in Columbia City.
Milford-Joann A. Huber, 89, formerly of Goshen, passed away Monday evening at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare, where she had been since January 2010.
She was born in Goshen March 24, 1924, to Ellis and Joella (Mishler) Detwiler.
She married Melvin G. Huber Nov. 21, 1942, at the First Brethren Church parsonage. He died Sept. 7, 2010.
Martha Virginia Meier, 91, went to be with her Lord at 2:15 am, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at her home at Round Lake. She was born Nov. 16, 1921, in Gastonia, N.C., a daughter of James Andrew and Mary Myrtle Gladden Cobb. Her formative years were spent in North Carolina where she graduated from the Lowell High School in 1939.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Controversy over a white, vinyl fence continued at the South Whitley Town Council meeting July 23.
Bruce Gable, of South Whitley, was on hand with several residents to see what the town had decided after the complaint of a fence was brought up at a previous meeting.
According to Gable, a home located at 704 N. Cherry Ln., South Whitley, has erected a fence within a utility easement. Gableâ€™s understanding was the neighborhood covenants stated no fences were allowed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man arrested for using drugs at Duffâ€™s Bar in Columbia City is scheduled to plead guilty in August.
Chad Sweet, 36, was charged with dealing in a Schedule II controlled substance, a Class B felony.
His attorney, Brad Voelz, said Sweet had some personal matters to attend to for his family, but scheduled a change of plea hearing Aug. 19.
Sweet was arrested in April. At that time, witnesses told law enforcement officers they saw Sweet and another man in the menâ€™s restroom at Duffâ€™s.