May 19th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After months of planning, South Whitleyâ€™s town park received its last installment of playground equipment Friday.
Cemented across from Doodlebug Village, Adventure Mania is an interactive playground for older children.
Several slides and climbing apparatuses were put in place with work expected to be finished tomorrow.
Michael Vestergaard, owner of Vestergaard & Sons, Inc., and his crew were on hand for the installation.
Whitko High Schoolâ€™s football team joined in on the heavy lifting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Republicans gathered Saturday to hear Indiana lawmakersâ€™ recap on this yearâ€™s legislative session.
Indiana Representatives Kathy Heuer and David Ober joined with Indiana Senator Jim Banks to share what bills had been passed and what effect that might have on the local level.
Although there were numerous wins the trio was able to tally, several issues brought on some heated discussion and concern for those at the breakfast.
Heuerâ€™s rules reform
Michael S. Farrer, 63, of Columbia City, passed away at 5 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home on Tri-Lakes surrounded by his family.
Born Sept. 24, 1949, in Grand Island, Neb.Mike was the son of Chauncey and Maryellen (Waddick) Farrer.
He was an independent contractor as a brick mason. He loved his family, riding his Harley and lake sports.
Rex Harold Hoover, 80, of Churubusco, passed at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home.
Born Jan. 24, 1933, in Roanoke, he was the son of William Dale and Clarissa Mary (Harvey) Hoover.
Rex was raised in Roanoke and he graduated from Roanoke High School with the Class of 1951. He was inducted into the Huntington County Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 in basketball at the P.A.L. recreation center. He served in the U.S. Army.
Nellie Jean Bishop, 89, a former resident of South Whitley, died at 9 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, where she had been a resident since 2010.
She was born March 13, 1924, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Ralph and Sylvia (Ditton) Cullers.
She began her schooling in Fort Wayne and then the family moved to Columbia City where she completed her elementary school. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1942.
Members of the Washington Township 4-H Clubs volunteered their time to show their honor and respect to the countryâ€™s World War II veterans.
Students participated in the flight line for the Honor Flight, which provides a free trip for veterans to Washington to visit monuments on May 8.
Front row, from left: Emma Mullett, Samuel Mullett and Jacob Mullett. Back row, from left: Dillon Reed, Erin Trabert, Mady Stricker, Gemssy Munoz, Megan Hinen, Leonie Trabert, Lindsey Hoskins, Ashleigh Hoskins, Brooke Laux and Erin Knepple.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A few weeks ago, April 8 to be exact, Whitley County resident and long-time farmer, Bill Barney observed his 90th birthday â€” that in itself is worth celebrating.
However, when you talk to Barney, itâ€™s not so much about birthday celebrations and farm life that he details with precision, but rather, the events that took place 68 years ago â€” the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan Aug. 9, 1945, and the eventual end to World War II.
As a soldier in his early 20s, Barney was one of nine crewmen who participated in the Nagasaki mission.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Spring weather means lawn mowing, landscaping and yard work of all kinds.
Some South Whitley residents questioned town council members as to the correct procedure in disposing of yard waste.
â€śWe need to cut our grass and clean up limbs,â€ť said a homeowner present at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. â€śNow that we have these trash containers, we donâ€™t know what to do with our grass clippings.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śIt is rare for me to come in and say entirely positive things about my client.â€ť
Those were the comments of Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz at the sentencing hearing for Christopher Padgett, who pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class B felony, last month.
Voelz made his comments in his testimony on Padgettâ€™s behalf while awaiting sentencing from Circuit Court Judge James Heuer. Heuer handed down a six-year sentence for Padgett.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Citizens interested in the future of aquatics in Columbia City will have a chance to give their opinion next week.
Park Director Mark Green said there will be a public forum to discuss the future of aquatics, both in Columbia City and Whitley County, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall in the Columbia City Common Council Chamber on the second floor.
Much of this discussion sprang from last yearâ€™s announcement that Burnworth Memorial Pool will be holding its last season in the summer of 2014, before it is closed.