July 12th, 2013
Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 officers recently visited Camp Whitley.
This camp is one of the older youth camps in the state of Indiana, with many of the current Columbia City Elk members themselves attending when they were young.
The Columbia City Elks have assisted with many work projects at the camp over the past years to keep with their on going assistance to the youth of their community.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man who initially desired to represent himself in court will now have a public defender.
Bradley Kincaid, 21, was arrested in June for sexual misconduct with a minor. In his initial court appearance June 10 he said he wanted to represent himself.
However, on June 14 Kincaid requested a public defender. His request was granted, however his pretrial conference was continued to July 22 to give him time to meet with his attorney, Brad Voelz.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ A joint effort by the South Whitley Town Council and Whitley County Econonic Development Corporation is expected to bring 35 new jobs to the town.
Town Council President Tony Starkey offered details about South Whitley‚Äôs plan to acquire the former Dwyer building by way of a zero-interest government loan.
‚ÄúThe EDC has been working with us since last year to make this deal possible,‚ÄĚ said Starkey. ‚ÄúWe are lucky to have those at the EDC come up with ways to attract new business to our area.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not just for the farm kids.‚ÄĚ
Isaiah Kreider, Mr. Whitley County 2013, proves that anyone can find a place to excel in 4-H.
While other 4-Hers traditionally have projects in livestock, Kreider, a 10-year 4-H member, is focused on entomology, garden, bowling and fine arts.
He is the son of David and Judy Kreider, and was recently named Mr. Whitley County for 2013 as part of the Mr. and Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program.
As Mr. Whitley County, Kreider is looking forward to ‚Äúbeing at the fair all day, every day‚ÄĚ as well as meeting new people.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs efforts to expand its property downtown were recently squelched.
In June, the city made an offer for purchase at 210 W. Market St., across the alley from city hall. The city‚Äôs offer was not accepted by the property owner, Mayor Ryan Daniel informed the Board of Works and Public Safety Tuesday.
That decision eliminated the need for the Common Council to pass a resolution approving the purchase.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Hay is stacked, show boxes are set, ice cream machines are working, the show barn is prepped ‚ÄĒ and the Whitley County 4-H Fair begins today.
Officials say this year‚Äôs animals were moved in Thursday without a hitch ‚ÄĒ figuratively.
‚ÄúIt was a nice, cool evening,‚ÄĚ said Dave Addison with the Whitley County Extension Office. ‚ÄúThe weather made it less stressful on the animals.‚ÄĚ
In previous years, passers-by would consider taking a different route of travel on Lincolnway Thursday, because of the mile-long back-up of trucks and trailers.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Indiana State Police released its school bus inspection records online for every bus used to transport children to public and private schools.
While school bus reports have always been a public record, the Indiana State Police, in collaboration with the Indiana Office of Technology, has made records more accessible through the public access website, which became operational July 1.
Citizens can access the new service at secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Of the 117 Whitley County School buses inspected by Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Bills, all are ready to go for the upcoming school year.
Bills, of Whitley County, has been conducting bus inspections 17 years (two years full-time) and said all three of Whitley County‚Äôs school corporations did quite well.
‚ÄúI would put my kids on any one of those buses any day,‚ÄĚ Bills said.
‚ÄúAll three of Whitley County‚Äôs schools do a great job taking care of their buses.‚ÄĚ
Donald Raymond Fowler, 56, of Star City, died Thursday morning, July 11, 2013, at his home. He was born July 1, 1957, in Fort Wayne a son of William E. and Sadie (Miracle) Fowler. His formative years were spent in Columbia City.
He was last employed at Brauns in Winamac.
Surviving relatives include two children, Penny Fowler of Hudson and Donald E. (Amanda) Fowler of Columbia City; four grandchildren, Patrick Ittner, Ashley Ittner, Hailey Jackson and Wesley Fowler; his companion, Karen Brewer of Star City; and Brewer‚Äôs sons, Curtis McMunn of Star City and Jeremy Gregson of Gary.
Donald Afton York, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born Oct. 16, 1929, in Puyallup, Wash., he was the son of Wilmer York and Betty (McGaughy) York.
He graduated from Nashua High School in Montana with the Class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the war, he moved to Columbia City to marry Marilee J. Heil April 5, 1953. He worked for Blue Bell for 26 years and retired from Essex Wire and Cable in 1992.