Archive - Mar 11, 2011 - News Article
âIt keeps me young and it keeps me going,â says Deb Aldrich, a grandmother of nine.
What sheâs referring to is dance.
Called âDancinâ Aunt Debâ by her family, she has been kicking up her heels since she was a little girl. Her mom started her in dance classes at the age of four.
She was a regular on the Ann Colone Show on WANE-TV in Fort Wayne and in 1959 performed with Gene Barry, who portrayed Bat Masterson on television, during the Shrine Horse Patrol in Columbia City.
LARWILL â A Victorian Italianate-style brick house, built in 1880 in Larwill was razed Thursday.
Property owner Bob Vandermark of Larwill watched as Jeff Wigent of Wigent Excavating worked the excavator making short work of the job. What was a house at 116 N. Center Street in the morning, was level ground by 5 p.m.
âThere was so much black mold, it wasnât worth fixing,â Vandermark said.
He had purchased the house with an idea of restoration, but the mold issue changed his plans.
COLUMBIA CITY â Tuesday eveningâs 4-H Inc. board meeting was the last for Kay Walter, secretary at the Whitley County Purdue Extension Office. She has voluntarily taken minutes for the organization, though the board does elect a secretary, this year being Dave Rupley.
Rupley asked what was to happen at the next board meeting and was told, âBring two pens.â
Offers to Walter to continue her duties even after her retirement date, March 18, were met with a smile, and a polite but firm refusal.
âIt doesnât get much better than Kay,â said Rex Eiler, boardmember.
COLUMBIA CITY â Multiple scheduling conflicts have prompted the Whitley County Plan Commission to change the date of its next meeting.
The board will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of the Whitley County Government Center.
The commission normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
In March, however, Cathy Gardner of the countyâs Building and Planning Department said there were multiple conflicts involving board members who would be unavailable.
COLUMBIA CITY â A local company with a history of philanthropy is helping Whitley County fight drug crime.
Members of the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department arrived at Steel Dynamics, Inc.âs Columbia City plant on Thursday to take possession of custom-made trailer for use by the countyâs drug task force.
According to Sgt. Bill Brice with the Whitley County Drug Task Force, Steel Dynamics donated the trailer to the county for use on the scenes of methamphetamine labs.
COLUMBIA CITY â Danny Gater, at 18, is hardly the âkingâ of his own âcastle,â but heâs working on becoming the master of his domain and when it comes to his immediate goals, he plans to keep his ego in âcheckâ and not âpawnâ his preparation off on anyone else.
The overabundance of chess terms is another way of saying that the Columbia City High School senior is preparing to return to the national stage in hopes of yet another chess trophy.
âIâm studying and trying to improve,â said Gater Thursday afternoon while moving chess pieces at his dining room table.