July 6th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Thursday afternoon in Columbia City, Mayor Ryan Daniel opened up the city pool to local residents for free.
Burnworth pool, which is kept at a comfortable 80 degrees, was available for free Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.
It will also be free Friday and Saturday at the same time. Pool employees said the pool has seen more activity with the hot temperatures.
Columbia City High School awarded six players for baseball.
From left: Connor Slavich - 1st Team All Conference and MVP Award; Austin Clark - Pitching Award; Curtis Shoda - Mental Attitude Award; Trevor Bolt - Most Improved; Brandon Gay - Coaches Award; Jordan Bickle - 2nd Team All Conference and Offensive Award.
A group of siblings and a friend take a dog, Pepper, on a walk Tuesday evening at Morsches Park.
From left, Josh Eberly, Sam Eberly, Maggie Gladd and Maggie Eberly.
First Church of God
Pastors Johnny McCallister and Brandon Holler both bring the message this week as a new series, ‚ÄúWhere‚Äôs the Beef?‚ÄĚ begins.
This series will cover what it takes to become a self-feeding Christian. Service times are 9 and 10:30 a.m. To learn more about First Church of God visit www.firstchurchconnect.com.
St. Matthew‚Äôs UM
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.