July 6th, 2012
Ishmael Banks, 61, of Fort Wayne, died at 7:49 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born Feb. 28, 1951 in Owensville, Ky., he was the son of James Chester and Coy M. (Johnson) Banks.
He served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. On April 6, 1973, he married Linda Erwin in Churubusco.
For 27 years he installed glass. He was a member of Columbia City Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. #189, where he served as Worshipful Master.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The thermometer here registered 81 degrees at 6:30 a.m. Friday, 87 degrees at 9:30 a.m. and 93 degrees at 11 a.m. â€“ en route to a predicted high of at least 102 degrees by 4 p.m.
More of the same hazardous heat is on tap for Saturday with heat indexes reaching 115 degrees.
The National Weather Service has issued the following statement concerning the oppressive weather conditions in Whitley County and the area:
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ SATURDAY...
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After the recent approval of a county Golf Cart Ordinance, allowing golf carts on county roads, Sheriff Mark Hodges said residents need to purchase permits based on where they want to drive in the county.
â€śThe easiest method to take care of everything is if you live in the county, youâ€™re going to have to have a county permit to ride your golf cart, and if you want to ride your golf cart into the city, you need a city permit and vice versa,â€ť said Hodges.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A week after area residents endured high winds, bringing with the storm a slight amount of rain, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Cathy Broxon-Ball said Whitley County residents should all have their electricity restored.
Broxon-Ball estimated Fridayâ€™s storm produced winds traveling at the speed of 80 miles per hour.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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, â€śWhereâ€™s the Beef?â€ť 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. Matthewâ€™s UM
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” 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 Passagesâ€™ capital campaign.
The funds from the capital campaign will be used to remodel the former Lehmberg Medical Office Building, now known as the Passagesâ€™ 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 Connerâ€™s 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.