July 6th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ Passages, Inc. was recently notified that it is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Dekko Foundation.
For more than half a century, Passages has been dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities or other challenges thrive in the community at work, at home and at play.
The grant from Dekko will go toward the Passages‚Äô capital campaign.
The funds from the capital campaign will be used to remodel the former Lehmberg Medical Office Building, now known as the Passages‚Äô Creative Learning Center.
Larry Lee Raichart, 69, of rural Roanoke, died at 3 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 1, 1943, in Fort Wayne, a son of Clarence and Altha (Simons) Raichart.
His formative years were spent in Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1961.
He began working for Conner‚Äôs Chevrolet in Roanoke and then Dana Spicer Axle in Fort Wayne where he retired after 30 years of service.
1965, he married Gloria J. Utterback. They have always made their home in Whitley County. She died June 12, 1978.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After some confusion and much discussion, the proposed Wind Energy Ordinance is currently on its way to become law July 19, with the changes to the setbacks (2,640 feet) included.
David Sewell, with the Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department, came to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday to clear up the results of the last plan commission meeting held in June.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ Local resident and Columbia City Joint High School (CCJHS) graduate Mick Long was awarded the Anthony Award June 24 for Outstanding Leading Male Performance in a Musical for his role as Edna Turnblad in ‚ÄúHairspray.‚ÄĚ
‚Äú‚ÄėHairspray‚Äô is now my favorite (show). The character of Edna was both the biggest challenge and most fun I‚Äôve ever had with a role. And the show was so well received by the audiences,‚ÄĚ said Long.
Long received the award for his theater contributions offered during the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre‚Äôs 2011-12 season.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With downed trees and damaged roofs as a reminder of Friday‚Äôs powerful storm, Whitley County officials thanked everyone who responded and addressed certain problematic issues as departments tried to do their jobs effectively.
County Commissioner Don Amber said one of the biggest issues occurred when the Emergency Management Agency, EMA, called him to tell him the Emergency Operations Center was activated and he was told the internet was down.
Sheriff Mark Hodges said the issue is currently being addressed.
Schrader‚Äôs lob ball team won the season-end championship game Tuesday evening at Morsches Park.
Above, front row, from left: Chris Butler, Sebastian Cripe, Adi Timin, Andrew Hedrick, Aiden Martinez and James Victor Lewis.
Second row: Coach Kevin Hedrick, Alex Roberson, Logan Trier, Peyton Pope, Alex Hedrick, Ricco Martinez, Coach Jim Pope and Chris Bartol.
See Thursday's Edition of The Post & Mail for photos from Tuesday night's lob ball championship game at Morsches Park.
Lois Marie Pulley, 87, of Columbia City, died at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at her residence. Born April 15, 1925, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Clarence David and Hulda M. (Anderson) Leininger.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1943. On Dec. 24, 1946, she married Homer LeRoy Pulley in Columbia City.
She lived most of her lifetime in the Columbia City area where she served as the secretary of the Whitley County Welfare Department for 35 years. She was an avid reader and attended all sporting events for all her children.
William R. Mathias, 76, of Columbia City, died at 7:01 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2012, at his home.
He was born Jan. 10, 1936, in Columbia City a son of John R. and Marjory A. (Howenstine) Mathias.
His formative years were spent in Larwill. He graduated from Larwill High School.
On Oct. 31, 2002, he married Deborah K. Monnier. They have always made their home in Columbia City.
He was employed at Precision Plastics, retiring in the late 1980s.
His memberships include Eagles #1906.
Marian Emelyn Bollinger, 99, retired South Whitley librarian, died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Timbercrest Healthcare in North Manchester where she had been a resident since 2007.
She was born Jan. 1, 1913, in South Whitley, a daughter of Clarence O. and Leola B. (Faudree) Enos. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1930.
On June 23, 1934, she was united in marriage to William B. Bollinger. They made their home in South Whitley. Mr. Bollinger died Feb. 4, 1961.