June 20th, 2012
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ The Whitko Community School Corporation school board met Monday night to hear a host of requests to approve various personnel changes.
Included in those requests was the motion to approve the resignation of Rob Irwin as the athletic director effective July 1, which the board did grant.
In other personnel changes, the board approved the transfer of Stephanie Campbell from Pierceton Elementary School, where she was previously an office assistant, to the position of art assistant for both Pierceton and South Whitley Elementary Schools.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď With a campaign appreciation breakfast Tuesday, the United Way discussed upcoming changes and encouraged agencies to meet the new executive director of the United Way of Whitley County (UWWC), Cindy Baker.
Baker has only been on the job for two and a half weeks, and while she admits there is much for her to learn, she believes her compassionate nature will lead the way.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt have to be an expert on the United Way, I have to be passionate about the United Way, and I have to be passionate about the people in this community that we serve,‚ÄĚ said Baker.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď 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.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs not to say there still aren‚Äôt dangers out there,‚ÄĚ said Amber.
L. Grace Lemon, 96, formerly of Columbia City, died at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville where she had been a resident since May 2010.
She was born Jan. 18, 1916, in Whitley County, a daughter of Myron Jay and Jessie (Tinkham) Western.
Her formative years were spent in Troy Township. She graduated from Larwill High School.
On April 23, 1934, she was united in marriage to Clarence E. Lemon. They made their home in Troy Township until 1973, when they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Lemon died Aug. 20, 1994.
Kevin Dale Mitchell, 57, of Warsaw, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
He was born in Columbia City on Aug. 30, 1954, son of Walter and Phyllis Mitchell, and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1973.
Kevin worked as a Raymond Hoist driver at R. R. Donnelly in Warsaw, where he was employed for 39 years.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Bev; son, Andrew Mitchell of Winona Lake; sister, Kathy (Mitchell) Ackley, Columbia City; brother, Jim Mitchell, Upland, Calif. and grandson, Issiac Mitchell, Winona Lake.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ¬†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).
Seven softball players received awards at Columbia City‚Äôs awards night.
From left, Alyssa Brandt ‚ÄĒ 2nd-team NHC; Kaylee Parks ‚ÄĒ 1st-team NHC, Most Valuable Player; Megan Giffin ‚ÄĒ 1st-team NHC, Most Valuable Player; Hannah Schnorr ‚ÄĒ 1st-team NHC, Defense Award; Allie Vodde ‚ÄĒ 2nd-team NHC, Offense Award; Cassie Vodde ‚ÄĒ 1st-team All-State, 1st-team Academic All-State, 1st-team NHC, Pitching Award, Most Valuable Player, Tina Parker Award; Claire Kauffman ‚ÄĒ Mental Attitude Award.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď As 52-year-old Monica Koldyke Miller flipped through the 688-page book titled ‚ÄúThreads of Betrayal,‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúIt was almost indescribable to hold the book in my hands,‚ÄĚ said Miller. ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt tell you how thankful I am to all those who helped me along the way.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúThere were too many veterans passing away with no honor given for their military service, for their keeping the U.S.A. a free nation,‚ÄĚ said co-founder and commander John Slabaugh.
‚ÄúWe formed the honor guard to pay honor for all deceased veterans.‚ÄĚ
A bumble bee eagerly flies from flower to flower at Morsches Park Saturday.