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July 12th, 2013

ECONOMIC EXPANSION: Business location revealed in South Whitley

July 12, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — 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’s plan to acquire the former Dwyer building by way of a zero-interest government loan.

“The EDC has been working with us since last year to make this deal possible,” said Starkey. “We are lucky to have those at the EDC come up with ways to attract new business to our area.”

MR. WHITLEY COUNTY: Farm living not a necessity for 4-H

July 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “It’s not just for the farm kids.”

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 “being at the fair all day, every day” as well as meeting new people.

NO DEAL: City’s offer on property turned down

July 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s 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’s 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.

ANIMALS IN WITHOUT A HITCH: Animals move in; fair begins

July 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Hay is stacked, show boxes are set, ice cream machines are working, the show barn is prepped — and the Whitley County 4-H Fair begins today.

Officials say this year’s animals were moved in Thursday without a hitch — figuratively.

“It was a nice, cool evening,” said Dave Addison with the Whitley County Extension Office. “The weather made it less stressful on the animals.”

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.

Bus inspection results now available online

July 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

BIG YELLOW PLUS: Trooper commends Whitley Co. buses

July 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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’s school corporations did quite well.

“I would put my kids on any one of those buses any day,” Bills said.

“All three of Whitley County’s schools do a great job taking care of their buses.”

Donald Fowler, 56

July 12, 2013

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’s sons, Curtis McMunn of Star City and Jeremy Gregson of Gary.

Donald York, 83

July 12, 2013

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.

Roger Long, 55

July 12, 2013

Roger A. Long, 55, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:46 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born April 25, 1958, in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Junior Long and Rita F. (Jenkins) Long.
Surviving relatives include his five children, sister and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. with an 11 a.m. funeral service at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, 350 S. Ind. 13, Pierceton.

Guy Wilson, 84

July 12, 2013

Guy H. Wilson, 84, of Mattawan, Mich., passed away at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Rose Arbor Hospice Home, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Surviving relatives include his wife, June E. Wilson; son, Guy A. Wilson and daughter, Dawn A. (W. Rodney) Stienagel.
Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A full obituary will appear in Saturday’s paper.

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