Archive - Jun 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â Due to dry conditions and a lack of rain, Columbia City recently issued a burn ban, but the County Commissioners said it is unlikely the county will see a similar ban.
Amber said in a situation such as this, the commissioners leave the decision up to the nine fire chiefs in the county to make the determination. Amber said he spoke to the president of the Whitley County Fire Association before the meeting, and he did not want a ban.
âThatâs not to say there still arenât dangers out there,â said Amber.
COLUMBIA CITY âÂ Police are investigating a suspicious death at the residence of 1920 S. Ind. 205 Tuesday evening.
"We're still trying to figure on what went on inside the house," Hodges said.
The victim is a female in her mid-30s.
According to the police, there was an indication of a gunshot wound, but it has not been determined that the wound was the cause of death.
An autopsy is being conducted this morning (Wednesday).
COLUMBIA CITY â As 52-year-old Monica Koldyke Miller flipped through the 688-page book titled âThreads of Betrayal,â she knew it was more than a collection of words, characters and themes; it was a lifelong goal achieved.
The book was published earlier this year.
âIt was almost indescribable to hold the book in my hands,â said Miller. âI canât tell you how thankful I am to all those who helped me along the way.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A local veterans group is celebrating its 10th anniversary and marked the occasion June 6 with a dinner.
The Korean War Veterans Honor Guard was formed in 2002 to provide a military burial service for veterans.
âThere were too many veterans passing away with no honor given for their military service, for their keeping the U.S.A. a free nation,â said co-founder and commander John Slabaugh.
âWe formed the honor guard to pay honor for all deceased veterans.â
A bumble bee eagerly flies from flower to flower at Morsches Park Saturday.
Five people from First Church of God in Columbia City are currently in Thailand and Cambodia. Through Destiny Rescue, an organization that helps to rescue women and children from human trafficking, the group will be helping at rescue homes and learning how Destiny Rescue helps the millions of victims of human trafficking. The group is set to return home June 25.
COLUMBIA CITY â Kara Mawhorter, a Columbia City High School graduate and a senior at Ball State, could soon be named Miss Indiana.
Mawhorter has joined 31 young ladies to compete for the title in Zionsville, Ind. The competition begins Wednesday and will continue through Saturday when the crown is awarded.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) â An Indiana man who admitted to fatally bludgeoning and dismembering a 9-year-old girl he was baby-sitting just days before Christmas was sentenced Monday to life in prison.
Michael Plumadore last month pleaded guilty to murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec. 22 death of Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon. Prosecutors had considered the death penalty but agreed to life in prison without the possibility of parole in exchange for the guilty plea.
Editorâs note: The following is the fourth of a four-part series in honor of Fatherâs Day.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh carries a new badge and sits in a new office.
After 10 years in the role of detective, Longenbaugh took the position of chief earlier this year.
Being the Columbia City police chief is a tall order for any person, but Longenbaughâs greatest challenge is being a father to three, soon-to-be, teenagers while not allowing his job to consume every hour of his day.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High Schoolâs band, The Marching Eagles, sponsored a car and motorcycle show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event was held at the Columbia City Eagles lodge No. 1906, located at 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
All proceeds made from the event will benefit the band program at Columbia City High School. The Columbia City Marching Eagles also had a hog roast Saturday at 4 p.m. At 8 p.m., live music was provided by âWalking Papers.â