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October 10th, 2012

ELECTION DAY: Nov. 6 nears, early voting begins

October 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With absentee voting officially open as of Tuesday, citizens are encouraged to vote early at the courthouse during the available scheduled hours.
Citizens may also vote early by mail with forms from the clerk’s office or by traveling board. Election Day is Nov. 6.
According to Debbie Beers, Clerk of Circuit Court, the 2012 General Election Candidates include the following:
County Treasurer
Republican Laurell Hodges
County Coroner
Republican Frederick Dellinger
County Surveyor
Republican Ron McNeal
County Commissioner District #1
Republican Tom Rethlake

ZOMBIE RUN: Zombie run makes fundraising a scream

October 10, 2012

FORT WAYNE — A 5K obstacle course is taking shape on the campus of IPFW Nov. 10.
But this fundraising event is not the normal 5K run. Zombies will be invading the obstacle course to motivate runners into a frenzy.
Just Cause International, a Columbia City missions group, is hosting the run to benefit its efforts in Haiti.

WALK FOR AUTISM: Group dedicated to awareness grows in numbers, dollars

October 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — In the past three months, an Autism support group has taken shape, established regular meetings, seen growth in meeting participants and after Sunday, can add a benefit walk to its list of accomplishments.
Kelly Pence is an ally for the Autism Society of Indiana. She said that the society saw the need to have local support throughout the state and instituted area allies. Pence works with counties in Northeast Indiana.

Megan Lee, 33

October 10, 2012

Megan Renee Lee, 33, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at her home. Born June 5, 1979, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Michael Kent and Linda Lou (McClure) Coulter.
A lifetime resident of Columbia City and Fort Wayne, she graduated with the class of 1997 from Columbia City High School.
She completed her education graduating from Indiana University and Indiana Purdue University earning a Master’s degree in social work.

Megan Lee, 33

October 10, 2012

Megan Renee Lee, 33, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at her home. Born June 5, 1979, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Michael Kent and Linda Lou (McClure) Coulter.
A lifetime resident of Columbia City and Fort Wayne, she graduated with the class of 1997 from Columbia City High School.
She completed her education graduating from Indiana University and Indiana Purdue University earning a Master’s degree in social work.

October 9th

MENTONE: Man arrested in 2 counties for bad checks

October 9, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Police are saying that a Mentone man’s propensity for writing bogus checks over more than 10 years has finally caught up to him.
Matthew S. Shepherd, 31, was arrested at 3:30 a.m. by Warsaw police. According to a press release by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Shepherd was wanted in that county on 15 active warrants for check deception dating back to 2001.
KCSD spokeman Sgt. Chad Hill said Shepherd is also wanted on active warrants in at least three other counties, including Whitley.

SHROUDED IN FOG

October 9, 2012

October 8th

Billy Ottinger, 80

October 8, 2012

Billy L. Ottinger, 80, of Columbia City, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. He was a farmer and worked at GE for 25 years.
Billy was born May 27, 1932 in Whitley County, the son of Haven and Fay (Fairchild) Ottinger.
On Oct. 24, 1953, he married Shirley Ann Hyser at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Columbia City. She passed away June 4, 2009.

Patricia Sievers, 74

October 8, 2012

Patricia Lee Sievers, 74, of Columbia City, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at her home.
Born July 10, 1938, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Glenn and Izetta “Sis” (Coy) Cearbaugh.
A lifelong resident of Columbia City, she graduated with the class of 1956 from Columbia City High School.
On March 3, 1956, she married Donald E. Sievers in Columbia City. For 30 years, she worked at Weatherhead Corporation (DANA) of Columbia City. She was a member of Graceland Ministries, Columbia City.

BLUE RIVER TRAIL EXTENSION: Project rolls along; bridge parts ordered

October 8, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Blue River Trail extension project is rolling along as Niblock Excavating and Hamilton Hunter anticipate good progress in the coming months.
“Both parties hope to make significant progress and potentially finish the project yet this calendar year,” said Columbia City Community Development Director Jeff Walker last week.
“The bridge will be erected on-site. However, if the trail doesn’t get finished before next spring, the bridge will remain closed to pedestrian traffic.”

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