June 27th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â After graduation, some students start packing for college, but come August, Columbia City High School graduate, Madisson Hodges, will be packing for Mazatlan, Mexico.
Hodges was selected as the Columbia City Rotary Clubâs outbound foreign exchange student. When Hodges graduated from CCHS, she actually completed her honors diploma in three years.
âIâll go to high school there in Mexico, but my classes wonât count for anything since I already graduated. Thatâs OK, it will be like my senior year, just in Mexico,â said Hodges.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Some wives hope their husbands will lavish them with chocolate, flowers or jewelry, but Amy Shearer receives bullets, swords and, most recently, store tokens.
Chad Shearer, Amyâs husband, collected six Civil War tokens to give to Amy as a surprise. With Amy being a U.S. History teacher at Indian Springs Middle School, any Civil War artifact is special to her, but given how rare these tokens are, added to the fact that they originate from Columbia City, makes it a gift she wonât soon forget.
COLUMBIA CITY â A time honored tradition during Old Settlers Day is the gathering of the âred coatsâ to welcome a new member into the fold.
At last nightâs banquet, the Old Settlers Association named Dr. John Meier, DDS as the newest red coat recipient.
Meier isnât a Columbia City native, but moved here in 1976 after finishing school. To his surprise, he was selected to join the exclusive, invitation only group.
âI thought you had to be a native of Columbia City, but Kay (Fleck) said âno, you just need to be old.ââ
David Lee Sible 58, a resident of Wolf Lake, was fatally injured at 6:15 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2012, when the motorcycle he was operating ran into the back of sport utility vehicle north of Churubusco on U.S. 33.
He was born in Fort Wayne on Dec. 30, 1953, a son of Robert and Elsie (Bacon) Sible.
His formative years were spent on a farm in the Huntertown area. He was educated in Huntertown and Carroll High School and completed his education in a diesel mechanics trade school.
The Columbia City club swim team took second place out of 12 teams at the Pete Johnson Invitational two weeks ago.
Pictured, six swimmers from the team. From left, Charlie Varga, Telly Varga, Ryan Devito, Aaron Fix, Zachary Young and Sammy Varga. Center, Brian Fix.
COLUMBIA CITY â Mayor Ryan Daniel announced Tuesday that the 4th of July fireworks, which were scheduled for July 3 at Morsches Park, are being postponed. âWe were hoping for a different outcome, but for the safety of our homes and residents, we are going to postpone the annual fireworks display,â Daniel said in a press release.
City Officials are working to reschedule the event which included fireworks, games and a performance by Spike and the Bulldogs.
âWeeks without rain and plenty of dry vegetation have dramatically increased the fire hazard,â said Fire Chief Tom LaRue.
COLUMBIA CITY â After recently being named the 2012 National American Miss Indiana Cover Girl, 15-year-old Macayla Cramer of South Whitley, hopes to attend nationals at Disneyland in California to be held in November. There, she aims to spread awareness for Fibromyalgia, a nerve disorder.
âCover girl is for the girl who sold the most ads for an ad book,â said Cramer. âI found I was it (cover girl) because they put it in this book that they hand out to all the parents. I was flipping through my momâs and I found it.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Geoff Penrod, Columbia City High School athletic director, came before the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâs Board of School Trustees last week to talk about a new Indiana Code to the Concussion Law which will go into effect July 1 for grades nine through 12.
Penrod said the 40-page document was broken down into six different areas.
âIt basically says we are going to require all our student athletes next year to be tested on the computer using FWO (Fort Wayne Orthosport) as the basis for this,â said Penrod.
Ashley Morgan Storm, 19, of Columbia City, died at 1:05 p.m. as the result of a motorcycle accident Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born March 16, 1993, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Todd Alan and Kimberly Ann (Kruse) Storm.
She attended Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School through sixth grade, Carroll Middle School and recently graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 2012.
Zovelda M. Andris, 93, of Bloomington formerly of Saybrook and Gibson City, died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Martin Health Center in Bloomington, Ill.
Mrs. Andris was born Feb. 9, 1919, in Ormas, Ind. A daughter of Harry Leroy Price and Ruth (Ramsey) Goodrich, she married Russell Andris on Feb. 9, 1946, in Chicago. He died Feb. 5, 2002.