March 21st, 2011
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A dream which seemed unrealistic two years ago is now becoming a reality for South Whitley residents Katey Till and Colleen French.
The two mothers have been working vigorously to raise money in order to transform the communityâ€™s town park into a magical playland complete with a fire truck and colorful village houses.
â€śWe are really anxious and ready to put something down there,â€ť French said. â€śWith gas prices up, it would be nice to have something new and inviting in this town because people may not be able to afford to drive to another town for a park.â€ť
Norma L. Mauzy, 77, formerly of Lake Township, Allen County, died Saturday evening, March 19, 2011 at Covington Manor where she had been a resident since October 2009.
She was born May 9, 1933 in Kosciusko County, a daughter of Lennel R. and Hazel (Hunter) Weimer. Her formative years were spent in Noble County. She graduated from North Webster High School.
On April 5, 1952 she was united in marriage to Leonard E. Mauzy. They made their home in Kosciusko County until December 1958 when they moved to Lake Township, Allen County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council is expected to announce the bidding process for new police radios at its regular meeting Tuesday.
In recent weeks, the board has heard presentations from the two front-runners to receive the city radio contract â€” J&K Communications, a local company, and Motorola.
Departments throughout the county of police, fire and emergency medical and dispatch personnel have been making a transition to 800 MHz technology since last year.
HUNTINGTON — A heartbroken Columbia City received its semistate runner-up trophy Saturday with a message from their head coach.
“The big thing was stay together,” Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said. “You have 1,200 people buying tickets to come see you play...We talk about together a lot. When you win it’s fun to go through it together but now is when you really need to lean on each other and that word comes to mean something.”
Transition to a new coach can come with some hurdles to clear and Columbia City boys’ track and field faced them last season with first-year head coach Kyle Nelson.
In their second season under Nelson, the Eagles look to make the next step in improvement with the help of top scorers and newcomers joining the team.
John C. Bishop, 73, a lifelong resident of South Whitley, died at 2:06 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City where he was admitted on Wednesday.
He was born March 19, 1937 in South Whitley a son of Clair C. and Georgia Doris (Rubrake) Bishop. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1955.
From December 1956 until December 1961 he served in the United States Army.
On March 18, 1961 he was united in marriage to Marilyn K. Boxell.
He was employed at Manchester Tool & Die for 35 years.
Nora Jane Bair, 90, a former resident of Green Township in Noble County, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion following an extended illness.
Ms. Bair was born Feb. 8, 1921 in Noble County, a daughter of Ebony E. and Ada (Haney) Bair. A 1939 graduate of Churubusco High School, she graduated from business college in Fort Wayne, and spent all of her life on the family farm in Green Township.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees meets in regular session Monday and is not yet scheduled to act on proposed budget cuts aimed at bringing black ink back to the school systemâ€™s financial statement.
Over the past two board meetings, the panel has heard reports from corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf about revenue shortfalls and proposed solutions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety signed an agreement with the railroad that will allow the city to run utilities under the tracks at one of its newest industrial parks.
CSX Transportation, Inc., a Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad company, requires â€śFacility Encroachment Agreementsâ€ť all along its tracks for any work that would require crossing over or under the companyâ€™s infrastructure.