March 24th, 2011
Paul Birch, 82, of Columbia City, and a winter resident of Naples, Fla., passed away at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at his residence.
Among survivors are his wife, Karin Birch of Columbia City; two children, Rebecca Yann and Ethan Birch; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.
COLUMBIA CITY â A company with its roots in northeast Indiana is planning to grow into Whitley County.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC, a manufacturer of premium metal alloys, announced today that it will locate a new operation in Columbia City, creating up to 68 new jobs by 2014.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC plans to invest $12.9 million to renovate the 115,000 square-foot former Fort Wayne Foundry building, and purchase production equipment that will enhance capabilities and increase capacity in support of current operations.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs auditor is taking steps to make sure residents donât commit homestead fraud â either intentionally or inadvertently.
County Auditor Jen McGuire said this week her office is sending out âsoft lettersâ to residents who she said could be claiming the standard homestead deduction on residences in more than one county.
âWe want to make sure theyâre not double-dipping,â McGuire said.
Indiana state law reads that individuals and married couples are limited to one homestead standard deduction.
COLUMBIA CITY â As consulting firm Ground Rules, Inc. begins the study process of wind energy in preparation for the eventual drafting of a new Whitley County Wind Ordinance, it will have a nine-member panel to provide input.
Dave Sewell, Whitley Countyâs Executive Director of the Building and Planning Department presented a nine-member steering committee to the countyâs Board of Commissioners Monday.
The committee has been called for from an outcry by residents who oppose the installation of 400-foot-plus windmills near their property.
COLUMBIA CITY â Residents opposed to the installation of windmill facilities in Whitley County have been keeping their fingers on the pulse of local government in recent months â particularly the Whitley County Plan Commission and the countyâs Board of Zoning Appeals.
There have been many common themes in the opposition to the possible arrival of wind farms.
One of those has been a call for a moratorium on wind farms until the proper zoning ordinance can be drafted.
Marilynne J. Ramp, 88, of New Haven, went to be with the Lord Monday, March 21, 2011 at Parkview Hospital.
She was born July 21, 1922 in Larwill, a daughter of John L. and Edythe J. (Whiteleather) Menzie. Her formative years were spent in Larwill and she graduated from Larwill High School.
Dawn Rene Phelps, 51, of Warsaw, died at 5:15 p.m. March 19, 2011 at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart.
Born Nov. 6, 1959, she was a daughter of Don and Judith (Phend) Parkison.
Besides her mother, survivors include her husband, Rick Phelps; seven children, Melissa Leamon, Joseph Phelps, Trina VanDusen, Shannon Nellans, Cheryl Phelps and twins Denver and Bailey Phelps; a brother, Rory Parkison; and four sisters, Laurel Padilla, Dana Brown, Tuesday Halsey and Cheryl Clark.
The Whitley County Purdue Extension board members seem to come and go in pairs, as two new members were elected, two were re-elected and two did not run for another term.
The new members are Lucy Draper and Anne Waybright.
Draper has been a 4-H leader for 23 years, is president of the Whitley County 4-H leaders organization and serves on Fun Night, Parade and Spooktacular committees. She and her children have all been 10-year members of the Whitley County 4-H program.
Waybright, is also a 10-year 4-H member and her oldest child is starting as a mini 4-Her.
High school track and field is known for being a spring sport. However, Tuesday it felt more like a winter sport.
Churubusco girls and boys opened the outdoor season at home amid bone-chilling temperatures in the 40s.
When the Eagles weren’t spending time between events applying layers of clothing to fight the cold, they were busy warming up the track for the season.
COLUMBIA CITY — It’s mid March and spring high school sports are getting underway across Indiana with several track and field teams debuting this week.
However, a home opener for the Columbia City Lady Eagles squad had the feeling of May with 60-degree weather and personal best marks being surpassed.
The Lady Eagles come off a sectional championship last season with much of the same team back.