March 3rd, 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Piling snow and bitter cold temperatures have slowed the process of many road projects slated for Whitley County.
Ruckman Road, which is in the process of bridge repair work, continues to be closed. The completion date is dependent on the weather.
‚ÄúWe had a timeline, but the weather hasn‚Äôt cooperated,‚ÄĚ said Brandon Forrester, Whitley County engineer. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think anyone could have planned for a winter like this.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Janet Hinen, a teacher at Little Turtle Elementary School, has worked with fellow faculty members to organize a special carnival ‚ÄĒ a fundraiser for cancer research and patient support.
In April of 2013, Hinen was diagnosed with breast cancer. In May, she underwent surgery in addition to chemotherapy treatments.
‚ÄúThis journey has been a ride with a whole lot of bumps,‚ÄĚ Hinen said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been a roller coaster and at times felt like I was going through a dark tunnel.‚ÄĚ
But it was the honest and genuine care from her students that kept a smile on Hinen‚Äôs face.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Abby English is a teacher at TROY Center, an alternative education campus that works with students who need more than academic support.
Since 2004, English has taught at TROY, where she is described as ‚Äúadmirable,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúunderstanding,‚ÄĚ and‚ÄĚkind.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAbby is patient and dedicated to her students,‚ÄĚ said Nicole Trier, administrator for the school. ‚ÄúShe truly cares about her students‚Äô progress and success. She is always willing to begin each day with a fresh start.‚ÄĚ
City Heat, Columbia City High School‚Äôs mixed show choir, won Grand Champion at the East Noble Show Choir Invitational Saturday. City Heat is comprised by a majority of honor students. Each singer is required to participate in ISSMA Solo Vocal Contest each year. They are under the direction of Rosalie Geller. City Heat is choreographed by Jason Johnson. City Soul, the back-up band, is under the direction of Carolyn Hindbaugh.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Council is seeking applicants who would like to serve the remaining term for an open position on the Peabody Public Library's Board of Trustees.
The term is in effect until Sept. 7, 2016.
The position is unpaid, and would require attendance at monthly meetings, which take place the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Applicants must be a resident of Columbia Township, Thorncreek Township, or live within the city limits of Columbia City.
Elizabeth Karolyi, 89, of Columbia City, died March 1, 2014, at The Oaks in Columbia City. Born Oct. 18, 1924, in Budapest, Hungary to Peter & Rose (Mohachi) Karolyi.
She graduated from Payne High School in Ohio and Skadron Business College in Fort Wayne. She moved to Texas in 1947 and returned to the Columbia City area in 2007.
Survivors include two sisters, Clara Burgoon of Payne, Ohio and Helen Hoy of Warsaw; and a brother, Arthur Michael (Monna) Karolyi of Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Two individuals were charged with neglect of a dependent, as well as drug charges, when an infant in their care tested positive for methamphetamine.
Alisha K. Carden, 19, and Lutricia L. Harris, 42, were arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
Scott E. Cochran, 31, was arrested in connection with the same event, but was just charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
WHITLEY COUNTY (March 3, 3014) -- Bitterly cold temperatures mark the beginning of March. Temperatures will be 25 degrees below on average this afternoon with highs only in the teens.
We will continue to feel these bitter cold temperatures tonight with lows expected to be below zero. A slow moderation of temperatures will occur the rest of the week with highs in the 20s.
Today: Mostly sunny but very cold.
Winds: NE 5-10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and bitterly cold.
Winds: N 1-5 mph
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce hosted Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel at Peabody Public Library for the State of the City address Friday afternoon.
Highlighting all of the city‚Äôs accomplishments from 2013, and giving an overview of 2014‚Äôs upcoming projects, Daniel concluded his speech with a sense of Columbia City pride.
‚ÄúThe state of our city is rising, and as long as our vision remains focused, eyes toward the prize and feet firmly planted on the ground, our city‚Äôs future will remain bright,‚ÄĚ Daniel said.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ A Churubusco man was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital, then charged with driving while suspended Friday morning after he crashed his vehicle head-on into a tree.
According to a police report, Donald Barge, 29, along with two passengers, was traveling southbound on Blue River Drive in Churubusco when, for an unknown reason, drove left of center, across the road and into a tree.
Barge was pinned at the legs and extracted by the Smith Township Fire Department, before being flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center by Samaritan.