June 1st, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â After 11 weeks of reconstruction, one of the most highly traveled bridges in the county was re-opened May 25.
Bridge 18, is located on Business 30, crossing the Eel River.
âYouâve got all the traffic going to businesses and the industrial park,â said County Engineer Brandon Forrester.
âIt was the highest impact bridge we have, as far as county bridges.â
Several factors played into the decision to reconstruct the bridge â salt and rust damage from 50-plus years of heavy traffic were two of the most compelling reasons, Forrester said.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Community Foundation awarded Columbia City High School $7,500 after receiving a request in April asking for financial assistance. The money will be used to upgrade the electrical system in CCHSâs Newell Rice Auditorium.
Shane Barkley, who has directed both plays and musicals at CCHS over the past seven years, submitted the grant proposal so that a new theatrical lighting system could be installed.
COLUMBIA CITY â A time capsule on wheels is scheduled to be in town next week.
Columbia Cityâs STAFCO (Steel Tank and Fabricating Corporation) will play host to the 1948 Kennedy Tank Special, a vintage race car that ran in the Indianapolis 500 in 1948 and 1949.
The car is scheduled to be hauled by trailer to the local steel tank manufacturer on Tuesday, weather permitting, according to Carl Norris, STAFCO vice president and general manager.
Norris estimated the car should arrive around 10 a.m., but added that the time could vary.
COLUMBIA CITY â Pat Mossburg, with the Salvation Army of Whitley County, picks up the phone in her office several times a day, taking calls from people dealing with life-changing situations. Whether assisting families with rent or simply offering a comforting ear to listen, Mossburg has a caring heart for the community.
âItâs unbelievable how many people are hurting, and how many I have to turn down because you get âXâ amount of dollars that come in and there is only so much you can do with it,â said Mossburg. âMoney is tight.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Mayor Ryan Daniel invites the community to participate in the Mayorâs Ride Sunday.
Teresa Bodle, ABATE of Indiana region zero director, said the motorcyclists can sign in from 9 to 11 a.m. at the K-Mart South Plaza in Fort Wayne the day of the ride. Registration is $10 per person.
âMay is motorcycle safety month,â said Bodle. âEven though itâs June, itâs a nice thing for people to come out and see.â
The motorcycle event will have a police escort beginning in Fort Wayne and continuing through Churubusco and into Columbia Cityâs downtown square.
Results from the most recent www.thepostandmail.com online poll indicates trip to Fort Wayne cause apprehension for the vast majority of respondents.
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Lawrence A. Croy, 90, of Churubusco, died at 8:56 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 21, 1921, to Charles âChickâ Andrew and Marie (Kirncher) Croy.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bonnie (Tonkel) Croy he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two brothers, a half-brother, a half-sister and a granddaughter.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County National Day of Prayer (NDP) team kicked off a month of praying for the community with a 5k Run, Walk for Jesus event April 28.
The run began at The Center with Pastor Tom Beers, from the Nazarene church, leading the racers in prayer.
Afterwards, the participants warmed up in The Center where Julie Bock, Christy Shew and Kim Bolinger, the event planners, gave out awards.
Cookies were baked and passed out to the local firefighters, police officers and volunteer firemen during the NDP month by the Whitley County NDP team.
Portside Pizza will host a pair of fundraisers designed to raise money for the annual Tri Lake fireworks. On Saturday, June 9, beginning at 2 p.m., a hog roast will be held which will include a silent auction, a corn hole tournament and live music. Anyone wanting to donate items to the silent auction should call Portside Pizza at 691-3333.On Saturday, June 16, a golf outing at Crooked Lake Golf Course will be held. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Sign up will be held at Portside Pizza.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Relay for Life will take the field at Indian Springs Middle School on Saturday for a 24 hour fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.
Each hour will feature special events and theme laps.
âą7 a.m. registration opens and a continental breakfast will be served.
âą9 a.m. start with an opening ceremony. The theme is âPurple Hour.â Participants are encouraged to wear purple.