August 24th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the grass is a vibrant green, and it has even become long enough for Whitley County residents to use their lawn mowers, the drought is still far from over according to experts.
â€śItâ€™s eased a little bit,â€ť said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. â€śWe went from being in an extreme drought to being in a severe drought.â€ť
The four levels of drought are moderate, severe, extreme and exceptional.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Western Governors University Indiana has selected Steel Dynamics, Inc. as the first northern Indiana employer to promote bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees from the stateâ€™s nonprofit, online university.
The announcement pairs Indianaâ€™s eighth state university with the nationâ€™s fifth-largest steel company, which has a division in Columbia City.
â€śSteel Dynamics is home to 6,500-plus associates, many of whom will be served by our partnership with WGU Indiana,â€ť said Steel Dynamics President and CEO Mark Millett.
LARWILL â€” A tenderloin fry at the fire departmentâ€™s headquarters in Larwill today, which begins at 4 p.m., will mark the official beginning of Larwillâ€™s annual festival, Squawbuck Days, which runs until the 11 a.m. carry-in lunch on Sunday.
The 158th anniversary of the town-wide festival is sponsored by the Larwill Fire Department, Lions Club and Richland Township Community Association.
A town-wide garage sale will take place during the weekend as well as a car show.
Terry L. Farber, 61, of Columbia City, died at 5:54 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born Aug. 25, 1950, at the Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake, a son of Lawrence E. and Ruby L. (Hearld) Farber.
A member of the class of 1968 from Columbia City High School, he graduated from IPFW with a degree in Engineering.
On June 15, 1967, he was united in marriage to Marold A. Jackson. They have always made their home in the Columbia City area, moving to their present home in 1996.
Lois Evelyn Baker, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 16, 1920, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Charles C. and Eletha M. (Egolf) Nichols.
She has resided her entire life in the Whitley County area, attending Thorncreek Center Elementary School and Columbia City High School.
On March 22, 1947, she married Ralph E. Baker in Syracuse. She worked at Gripco, South Whitley, and retired April 1983, after 21 years of service as a shipping clerk.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Officials from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are saying alcohol maybe have been a factor in an all-terrain vehicle accident Thursday night which killed a Fort Wayne woman and critically injured a Fort Wayne man, according to area news reports.
Killed in the accident was Jodie Deck, 38. Caleb Ball, 37 was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital and was listed in critical condition.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Respondents to the most recent www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll concerning Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate will result in:
â€˘ A victory for Republicans 60%
â€˘ A victory for Democrats 26%
â€˘ Don't know, don't care 11%
â€˘ Makes no difference to me 4%
Take part in this week's new poll, found on the home page of www.thepostandmail.com, concerning Whitley County high school football.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The first forum concerning the future of the Burnworth Memorial Pool took place Wednesday, giving members of the public an opportunity to listen to the assessment, ask questions and give opinions.
Sam Blake, with Spear Corporation, said the 52-year-old pool, which was renovated in 1991, has a number of conditions which need, or will need, to be addressed in the near future, including the pvc membrane (liner), the filtration system and the pool heater.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jackie Leeuw, 18, is used to being named champion in poultry competition at the Whitley County 4-H Fair and is getting honors at the Indiana State Fair as well.
Recently she won ISFâ€™s Grand Champion Roasters and Meat Type Overall and Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Overall.
There were 30 other cages of chickens in the meat division and 50 cages of chickens in the overall round.
Leeuw had two chickens in the Sale Of Champ-ions at the 2012 ISF.
â€śThis was my second time in the Sale of Champions and it was really cool,â€ť said Leeuw.