July 16th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as of Thursday, 36 counties in Indiana are designated as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme drought.
Other than Whitley County, the following counties in Indiana are include: Allen, Gibson, Marshall, St. Joseph, Carroll, Grant, Martin, Spencer, Cass, Greene, Miami, Steuben, Crawford, Howard, Noble, Sullivan, Daviess, Huntington, Orange, Vanderburgh, DeKalb, Knox, Perry, Wabash, Dubois, Kosciusko, Pike, Warrick, Elkhart, LaGrange, Posey, Wells, Fulton, Lawrence and Pulaski.
Columbia City hosted a tennis camp, teaching young netters the basic skills of the game.
Pictured above, front row, from left: Isabelle Kreienbrink, Ingrid Matchett, Maycee Nix, Sydney Korte, Jasmine Nix, Mattie Dahms and Emma Waugh.
Second row: Grace Cotter, Alaina Rongos, Jessica McFarland, Kristen Baker, Danielle Reust, Lydia Morgan, Rachel Steinbacher, Hannah Wolfe and Coach Celine Rongos. (Not pictured Kiah Myers).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s not every day an athlete gets a call to participate in the Olympic Trials.
But for former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber, itâ€™s only fitting.
Ranked as one of the top 24 long jumpers in the nation, Eber performs at the Olympic level. She got the call just hours before she was expected to jump.
She got up the next morning to get on a plane and fly to Omaha, Neb.
Athletes had 48 hours prior to the event to declare if they were going to compete in the trials, leaving Eber restless until she got the news.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, Columbia City Common Council member Ben Romine said he talked to a couple business owners downtown, and they wondered if the city would ever consider moving Old Settlers Days out of downtown.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said this is not the first time he has heard this, as some downtown business owners have strong opinions on the subject.
â€śThere have been discussions Iâ€™m sure through many many years about that,â€ť said Daniel. â€śObviously, itâ€™s a decision as to the placement of Old Settlers that is up to the Old Settlers committee.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Encourager, gracious, positive, hard worker, giver, community and childrenâ€™s advocate, husband, father, grandfather, manager and gardener. These are just some adjectives describing one of the hardest working educators in Whitley County.
Ralph Bailey retired from being a superintendent at Whitley County Consolidated Schools in 1991 after 23 years of service, but hasnâ€™t stopped working since.
Bailey, 84, was selected as interim superintendent at Smith-Green Community Schools for the second time July 2, after a surprise resignation from Steve Darnell, whoâ€™s last day was June 29.
Patricia A. Horn, 74, of Columbia City, died at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at her residence. Born on Jan. 3, 1938, in Warsaw, she was the daughter of Maurice and Helen (Hively) Fancil.
She graduated from Warsaw High School and married Billy D. Horn on July 17, 1958, in Warsaw. Pat spent her lifetime in Warsaw, Fort Wayne and Columbia City.
She first worked at Magnavox for 10 years, then was an assembler for Dana Corporation for 12 years and worked part-time for 15 years for Class Act Cleaners. She was a member of Warsaw Church of God.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Business and community leaders in Whitley County who were â€ślocked upâ€ť Tuesday at Paigeâ€™s Crossing to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, exceeded their goal.
â€śThe event goal was to raise $25,000 as a community, and the event ended up totaling just nearly $35,000,â€ť said Fundraising Coordinator Alison Eckert. â€śThis is amazing and a job very well done.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 99 of the Tree Plan.
â€śThere was a letter from the Tree Board that came last meeting, and it had some changes in there,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
â€śThey were mainly administrative changes in regards as to who is holding the tree plan and who is basically the individual in charge of the trees.â€ť
The amendment called for the person authorized to exercise powers to read â€śTree Board Presidentâ€ť instead of â€śDirector of Community Development.â€ť
Sharon Jean Baysinger, 69, died July 10, 2012. She was born May 17, 1943, to the late Carl Sheets and Virginia Firks.
Sharon is now safely home. Surviving relatives include seven sons Larry Tindall, Joe, Jeff, Greg, John, Jamie and Chris Baysinger; one daughter, Cindy; a sister, Patty Middaugh whome she loved dearly.
She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Sandy Nerzig and Donna Morgan.
Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services will be handling arrangements. Memorials maybe made to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” On the long list of scams that currently exist, a new one is making its way across the United States and has homeowners believing the government is offering assistance to cover utility bills.
â€śWe just want to make local people aware of it. It is a scam and they need to pay attention,â€ť said Gene Donaghy, vice president of member services at Northeastern REMC.
Since this scam has been on a national level for a few days, Donaghy warns local Northern Indiana residents to be aware.