July 12th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™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 cityâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Hay is stacked, show boxes are set, ice cream machines are working, the show barn is prepped â€” and the Whitley County 4-H Fair begins today.
Officials say this yearâ€™s animals were moved in Thursday without a hitch â€” figuratively.
â€śIt was a nice, cool evening,â€ť said Dave Addison with the Whitley County Extension Office. â€śThe weather made it less stressful on the animals.â€ť
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 â€” 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 â€” 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 Countyâ€™s school corporations did quite well.
â€śI would put my kids on any one of those buses any day,â€ť Bills said.
â€śAll three of Whitley Countyâ€™s schools do a great job taking care of their buses.â€ť
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 Brewerâ€™s 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.
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 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 Saturdayâ€™s paper.
The Fort Wayne Franchise 18U baseball team won the Diamond Play Tournaments Rose Hulman Classic June 23.
The team won six of its seven games and beat the Indy Nitro in the final game, 9-3.
Columbia City Rotary Club recently donated $1,110 to Camp Whitley.
Presenting the check is Rotarian Gene Smith (left).
Accepting the check on behalf of Camp Whitley is Brian Bills.
The Rotary Club recently served pizza to the campers at Camp Whitley as a way to support the summer camp program.