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August 9th, 2013

VACANT CROSSING: Railroad stretch to close

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Indiana’s Department of Transportation (INDOT) will be vacating a stretch of road and a railroad crossing in Whitley County.

In order to accomplish that, the county must close the southern approach to the railroad crossing, which is located on CR 700 East.

According to Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester, INDOT wishes to take the railroad equipment at that crossing and use it on a busier intersection.

CONGESTION CONTAINED: New road may ease U.S. 33 traffic

August 9, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Traffic could possibly be rerouted from U.S. 33, north of Churubusco, for those vehicles traveling to C&A Tool Engineering and BRC Rubber and Plastics, two large manufacturing facilities on the outskirts of town.

At Wednesday’s Churubusco Town Council meeting, a plan to construct a new road at the edge of town would create an alternative traffic pattern, lessening the back up of vehicles that occurs in town at certain times of day.

Prepping for pow wow

August 9, 2013

Bill Crouch, right, works to set up a fence with his grandson, Benjamin Hunter, left. The two are setting up, along with Bill’s wife and Benjamin’s grandmother, Jane, for the Mihsihkinaahkwa PowWow, which will be held at Morsches Park this weekend.

West Nile confirmed in county

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — According to the Indiana State Board of Health, seven pools of water have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Whitley County.

Environmental Health Specialist Scott Wagner said the pools were located at Columbia City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Tests were conducted July 26 and the State Board of Health made the confirmation official Friday.

“It’s a good reminder for people to take care of standing water on their property,” Wagner said. “Any faulty septic systems should be dealt with as well.”

Main Bowl revitalizing for the future

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A desire to give local bowlers excellent facilities has led a long-time alley to remodel.

Main Bowl plans to open for the bowling season Labor Day Weekend. Right now, though, the building is in the middle of extensive renovations.

According to owner Kent Miller, the remodel is part of changing with the times.

“I guess I am a believer that if you don’t continue to update your business, you won’t have a business to worry about,” he said.

NEAR MISS: Golfers survive wind storm

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Golf is not considered as violent or dangerous of a sport as football, rugby or hockey.

But golf courses can have their moments of danger, as area linkers found out Wednesday.

A strong storm cell hit Crooked Lake Golf Course Wednesday evening. Course owner Bill Schumaker said he had warned golfers on the course of the coming storm, but that nobody expected it to be very serious.

Robert Lysaght, 80

August 9, 2013

Robert D. Lysaght, 80, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.
He was born July 8, 1933, in St. Joseph, Mo.
He worked as a plant manager at Essex and United Technologies. He served in the U.S. Airforce and was a member of the local American Legion, VFW, and Am Vets.

Penny Linn, 50

August 9, 2013

Penny R. Linn, 50 of Pierceton, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
On Aug. 4, 1963, she was born to Paul and Pat (Lightfoot) Johnston in Warsaw. She was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County.
Penny was employed at DePuy until 2010 and then she was currently employed with Zimmer Inc. as an Assistant of Regulatory Affairs.

Richard Taylor, 69

August 9, 2013

Richard “ Rich” F. Taylor, 69, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at the Atwood Campground in Wolcottville.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Richard worked in the OEM aftermarket business department with Dana Corp for 43 years.
He was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. A Graduate of Parma Ohio High School and Kent State University. He enjoyed square dancing, the Saturday morning PBS TV shows, and loved spending time at the lake.

Furniture re-purposed

August 9, 2013

Dressers and nightstands were donated to Helpline of Whitley County by Super 8 Motel, Columbia City.

Helpline of Whitley County provides furniture and beds to those in need in the county.

Lennie Crosbie and Neil Cooper donated their trucks, trailers and time to assist in transporting the furniture to the Helpline barn at the Columbia City United Methodist Church. The furniture was made available as renovations were completed at the motel and the furniture was replaced with the building upgrades.

 

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