Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s 5th Annual Veterans Marathon is just around the corner â€” both literally and figuratively.
The Veterans Marathon, which is held in both downtown and rural Columbia City, is set to run next weekend, Saturday Nov. 9.
The race, which was formerly directed by running coach and enthusaist Gary Bird, has been handed over to the Three Rivers Running Company in 2013.
As of Oct. 30, there were 188 runners signed up for the marathon, 205 for the half marathon and 122 in the 5K.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man from Florida accused of forgery in Whitley County will stand trial in January.
Scott D. Mahood, 34, of Coconut Creek, Fla., was arrested in September on two counts of forgery and two counts of theft.
His girlfriend, Rebecka Scoggins, is also standing trial for the same charges.
Monday, Mahoodâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a jury trial Jan. 28-29, 2014.
Case reports indicate that Mahood and Scoggins allegedly cashed checks that did not belong to them at 1st Source Bank locations throughout Northeast Indiana.
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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Sugar Creek Fellowship has just recently added Jacob Johnson onto its staff as part-time youth pastor.
He will be leading the teenagers as they learn to develop and grow in a relationship with Christ.
He is a sophomore at Huntington University with a double major in youth ministry and sports ministry.
Johnson attended Columbia City High School where he participated in football, basketball and baseball.
Johnson will be planning some youth events, as well as leading the youth in their meetings Sunday nights.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Remaining steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities, Lilly Endowment will again provide a deserving student from our community with the opportunity to attend four years of college tuition free.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is hosting an open house next week to celebrate the opening of the EDC Outpost, a co-working space located at 114 N. Chauncey St. in Columbia City.
â€śWe are pleased to formally open the doors for a co-working space that has been in development for most of the year,â€ť said EDC president Alan Tio.
â€śThis project represents a collaboration among local partners to provide shared office space to meet the needs of EDC clients.â€ť
The EDC Outpost is a co-working space for EDC clients and service partners.
FORT WAYNE â€” A large mall in Fort Wayne was partially reopened after a water main break caused major flooding in the building.
Approximately 10 to 15 stores will remain closed at Glenbrook Square Mall for clean up, but the rest of the mall will be open for business, according to mall administration.
Initially, mall employees informed area media that the approximately 40- to 50-store mall would be completely closed.
It was first believed the mall would remain open on normal hours, but officials later decided to partially close the building.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second part to a two-part series on the life of Jon Pontzius.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śAnyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,â€ť said American icon Henry Ford.
That quote could easily sum up the mantra exhibited in the life of Jon Pontzius, a resident of Whitley County.
Pontzius grew up on a farm on Riley Road, which has been in his family for more than 150 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While some Indiana cities and towns chose to postpone trick-or-treating to Friday, Columbia Cityâ€™s and Churubuscoâ€™s Halloween festivities went on as scheduled Thursday.
Despite a threatening weather forecast, and some vocal citizens, the weather held off during trick-or-treating hours, and many said they were pleased with how the night turned out.
â€śIt was a tough decision. I know there was a lot of discussion about us not postponing it, but we still felt this was the right decision,â€ť Columbia City Councilman and Board of Works member Dan Weigold said.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” A gas leak Thursday afternoon forced several Columbia City businesses to evacuate and temporarily shut down.
At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department was sent to the Columbia City Plaza, located at the corner of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, for a gas leak.
According to Fire Chief Tom LaRue, crews were boring under the pavement between two strip malls when they struck a gas line.
LaRue said it took nearly two hours to shut off the gas to the area, and several buildings were filled with natural gas.