February 24th, 2014
Tag Hunter, 50, of Leesburg, passed away Feb. 22, 2014.
He was born Nov. 21, 1963, to Frederick and Joan (Porman) Hunter.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Indika Marie Hunter; two sons, Courtney (Pam Carlin) Knisley and Isaac Levi Hunter; two grandchildren; companion, Carla (Leamons) Kelley; father, Fred Hunter of Columbia City; and three brothers, Rocky Lane (Danette) Hunter, Shad Lynn (Crystal) Hunter of Columbia City, and Lofty Lee (Karen Kokovay) Hunter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A special week focusing on reading brought several notable guests to Coesse Elementary School Friday.
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz was joined by State Rep. Kathy Heuer to read to third and fourth graders.
Heuer spent time reading some of her favorite books to fourth-grade students, and afterwards had time to answer some of their questions.
Although she is familiar with being put in the political hot seat, no amount of election campaigns and debates could have prepared Heuer for the creative questioning brought on by some curious children.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department has been working nearly non-stop since the beginning of the year clearing snow and ice from roadways.
Recently, officials discussed concerns with overtime expenses, as crews have had to balance creating safer roadways within the cityâ€™s budget.
There was a small light at the end of winterâ€™s tunnel last week, with temperatures warming to above freezing for the first time in 2014, and snow and ice finally melting from streets.
What was left behind was almost as dangerous as the snow and ice themselves.
(Feb. 24, 2014) -- Whitley County officials have announced that County Road 550 East is closed between Anderson Road and County Road 300 North due to high water. The road will remain closed until further notice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman who was arrested during a recent drug sweep throughout Columbia City is facing a Class A felony drug charge.
Tara N. Christopher, 31, of Columbia City, was arrested Feb. 14. She is charged with dealing methamphetamine by manufacture within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class A felony.
Class A felonies are punishable by up to 50 years of incarceration, with a minimum sentence of 20 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A group of nonprofit agencies, companies and service providers will gather together at Indian Springs Middle School for the Whitley County Chamber of Commerceâ€™s annual expo, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Last year, the event drew in more that 1,500 visitors, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Brown is anticipating that number to grow.
â€śWe have a variety of vendors that strike interest for a lot of people that come,â€ť Brown said. â€śPeople see the value of what the expo can bring to both vendors and visitors.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A mission to provide housing to the homeless had great support as a large group of community members rallying around the cause.
Interfaith Mission, The Lighthouse, is a transitional home located off of Business 30 in Columbia City.
Working to generate financial support and awareness, an annual dinner was held Thursday night at Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Surrounded by elementary students, Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz took time to tap into her inner child Friday at Coesse Elementary School.
Speaking in colorful voices that helped to portray thought-provoking life lessons, Ritz read books to students as part of the schoolâ€™s Emphasis on Reading Week.
â€śLiteracy is so important,â€ť Ritz said. â€śIt is something these kids will need for the rest of their lives.â€ť
Columbia City UM
This Sunday at Columbia City United Methodist Church, the message title is â€śTurning the World Upside Down.â€ť The Scripture is from 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, and Matthew 5:38-48.
The February Mission Project of the Month is Habitat for Humanity. In Whitley County, this group has completed four houses within the last seven months.
The Columbia City United Methodist Church Lent Study will begin March 2 through April 19, and the book to be studied will be Adam Hamiltonâ€™s 24 Hours That Changed the World.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Council on Aging announced its events for March.
Events are held at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City.
â€˘AARP â€” March 4 at 1 p.m.
â€˘Bingo & Farm Wagon â€” March 5 and 19 at 9:30 a.m.
â€˘MMM Bingo â€” March 6 at noon
â€˘Tipton House donuts â€” March 7
â€˘Foot care â€” March 10 at 8:30 a.m.
â€˘Silver Striders â€” March 10 at 10 a.m.
â€˘Renaissance Village & North Ridge Bingo â€” March 10 at noon
â€˘Haircuts â€” March 12 at noon.
â€˘Massages Ââ€” March 12 at 9 a.m.
â€˘MMM Crafts â€” March 12 at 9:30 am
â€˘Blood Pressure â€” March 12 at 10:30 a.m.