October 30th, 2013
Helen E. Carter, 82, of Columbia City, died at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since Sept. 30.
She was born Aug. 18, 1931, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Guy and Mabel (Graves) Putman. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School.
In addition to working at Blue Bell for eight years, she was employed at Lyall Electric for 26 years.
From 1956 until 1992 she lived at High Lake then moving into Columbia City.
Her memberships included Eagles #1906.
Many local youngsters attended Story Time at the Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Tuesday.
Young children listened to stories, danced to music and created âdust bunnies,â a craft related to the stories they read.
Pictured is Audrey Clegg, 4, concentrates on making her pink dust bunny.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ At last weekâs meeting, Colulmbia Cityâs Common Council approved the 2014 employee salary ordinance, a yearly responsibility handled by city officials.
The employee ordinance includes a slight raise for the cityâs 90 full-time employees.
Full-time employees are expected to receive a $1,040 per year bump, a raise that hasnât happened in several years.
COLUMBIA CITY â Once a year, real estate sales become the focus of the Whitley County Treasurerâs office.
Annual tax sales take place in the fall, and this year, county officials moved 29 properties in its sale Oct. 15.
âIt was a big day for the county,â said Treasurer Laurell Hodges. âThereâs a lot that goes into the tax sale day, but I have an excellent support staff that makes things go a lot smoother.â
In 2012, the tax sale produced 14 transactions, which means Hodges juggled twice as many sales for the county not including the other 14 properties that didnât sell.
COLUMBIA CITYâ A Columbia City man will serve 2.5 years at the Whitley County Jail for stealing from his family.
Stephen âNathanâ Lawrence, 23, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to theft and residential entry â both Class D felonies, and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.
He was given a sentence of 2.5 years, with two to serve in the Whitley County Jail, by Senior Judge Mike Rush at the same hearing.
Indian Springsâ cross country teams ended their seasons with an awards banquet celebrating their past and looking with anticipation to the future.
Outstanding Rookies, Life Skills, and Overall Awards were presented.
High School Coaches Bob Fahl, Krystal Walker-Zoltek and Jason Matteson were also present to share in the evening.
COLUMBIA CITY â Despite the potential for questionable weather during Thursday nightâs trick-or-treating, officials have decided to continue with Halloween as scheduled.
âDue to man power already being scheduled and other organizations that have planned events for Thursday, trick-or-treat will still be on Halloween,â the City of Columbia City stated in a press release today.
According to forecasters, thunderstorms with high winds are expected to hit the area Thursday evening, including 1 to 3 inches of rainfall.
Girls basketball season officially opened practices around the state of Indiana on Monday.
Pictured is Columbia Cityâs Macie Hinen, a junior this season, against Bishop Dwenger last year.
Betty J. Rex, 86, of Columbia City, died at 4:54 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since August 2007.
She was born Sept. 19, 1927 in Whitley County a daughter of Wyland and Iva E. (Gump) Zumbrun. A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she graduated from Coesse High School.
On Dec. 25, 1947, she was united in marriage to Jackson A. âJackâ Rex. From 1972 until 1998, they spent their winters in Zapata, Texas. Mr. Rex died June 29, 2003.
She was employed at GE for 15 years and retired from United Technologies in 1980.
CHURUBUSCO â The Town of Churubusco recently announced its 2nd Annual Food Drive.
The town will be collecting non-perishable food and household items during the holiday season to donate to the Churubusco United Methodist Food Pantry.
Collections will occur from Nov. 1 until Dec. 12 at the Churubusco Government Center, 530 S. Main St.
âPlease help make someone elseâs holiday season a little brighter by donating,â said town officials. âWith your donation, you will receive recognition on the âDoor of Fame.ââ