October 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A fall festival of a different kind was held Saturday as volunteers gathered at the Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc. to prep its community garden for winter.
The Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc., located at 1065 W. CR 150 N. in Columbia City, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a impact in the community by â€śencouraging others and restoring lives.â€ť
According to Aimee Clark, the centerâ€™s president, the group planted 1,000 garlic cloves, planted and covered numerous strawberry plants, and saved sunflower seeds from plants that grew this summer.
William G. Marks, 87, of Winona Lake, formerly of Columbia City, passed away at 4:57 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake.
Born Oct. 25, 1925, in Columbia City, he was the son of Garl E. and Arlouine (Ramp) Marks.
He and his parents moved for a short time to Montpelier, Ohio from Columbia City, but with that exception, he has spent the rest of his life in the Columbia City area, residing at Loon Lake since 1984.
While there he enjoyed fishing for bluegill, playing cards, and creating oil paintings. He attended Columbia City Public Schools.
James A. Dimmick 76, of South Whitley, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Wednesday. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 25, 1937, in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Russell E. and Alma J. (Luttman) Dimmick. His formative years were spent in South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1955.
On Aug. 4, 1957, he was united in marriage to Karol E. Uhrick. They made their home in South Whitley for a short period before moving to Fort Wayne. After 10 years, they returned to South Whitley.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City stand-out harrier Samantha Roush is making her fourth and final trip to the state finals next week.
Roush is headed to Terre Haute as the lone Whitley County runner amongst the top harriers in the state.
She is no stranger to the course, though, as Roush has competed in the state finals every year of her high school career.
â€śCongratulations to Samantha,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County and Columbia City officials agreed to do away with a group that hasnâ€™t been used for more than 20 years.
Recently, the Columbia City-Whitley County Building Authority was deemed inactive and Columbia City Common Council members moved to dissolve the group at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
â€śThe building authority was great at the time it was created â€” it was needed and very good for financing purposes â€” but now weâ€™ve reached the point that itâ€™s better off dissolved,â€ť Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council adopted the 2014 budget at Tuesdayâ€™s regular meeting.
While changes can be made until the end of the year, the council appeared to have no opposition to the budget, which was proposed by Mayor Ryan Daniel at a meeting Sept. 24.
Daniel and Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle worked together to make the budget, which wonâ€™t raise taxes for city citizens.
â€śRosie and I worked very hard to make this a balanced budget,â€ť Daniel said.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Middle School teacher Rochelle Leininger was honored at the districtâ€™s school board meeting Monday.
However, the recognition didnâ€™t come from school board members or administration, but a parent.
Cathy Juricak works at Raytheon, a company in Fort Wayne. When the corporation offered a grant for teachers, Juricak nominated Leininger for the award.
â€śShe was a teacher to my kids who are now graduated,â€ť said Juricak. â€śI know how special she was to them and to me as a parent. I thought this was the best way to honor her.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Music appreciation knows no age limitations. Columbia City High School graduates are working to ensure the love of music knows no generational limitation as well.
Jason Klingaman and Todd Ward, both 1996 CCHS grads, founded Fort Wayne Jazz Orchestra (FWJO) that specializes in jazz and big band music.
The pair started playing while part of the schools band program and as age matured perspective, it also grew a passion for entertaining.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council took the first official steps toward making the entire city an Economic Revitalization Area (ERA).
At Tuesdayâ€™s regular meeting, the board moved to approve a blanket ERA for the city, a topic that had been discussed in previous council meetings.
After discussions, several council members agreed â€” â€śit makes sense.â€ť
OSSIAN â€” Despite a four-touchdown rally in the fourth quarter against Norwell Friday night, Columbia Cityâ€™s football season came to a close in Ossian.
The Eagles faced a 28-0 deficit with less than eight minutes left in the game, but took the momentum to score four touchdowns against their Northeast Hoosier Conference foes.
Despite their efforts, the Eagles fell 45-28 in the sectional opener to a team that beat them just a week before.