May 30th, 2013
Robert J. â€śBobâ€ť Payne, 79, of South Whitley, passed away at 7:57 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital. Bob was a veteran of the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. He loved yard work, especially mowing the grass and working in the garden. He loved spending time with his family.
He was born Aug. 9, 1933 in Standards, N.Y., a son of Claude and Martha (Teater) Payne. He was united in marriage to Vivian Tanner Nov. 13, 1954, in Festersville, Pa. He is survived by his wife.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two individuals who had been previously sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) for drug crimes had their sentences modified Monday.
Kevin Irwin and Kyle Barker were both given local sentences by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer in order to take part in the countyâ€™s work release program.
Irwin was sentenced in November of 2009 to 14 years in IDOC.
He was arrested in July of that year for selling methamphetamine to an informant on Connexion Way in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety selected a company to do its street work for the summer of 2013.
Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh gave his recommendation of Niblock Excavating, who was awarded the bid for a total of $113,800.
There were two other companies that bid on the project, but Niblock had the low bid by more than $25,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A barn fire in Union Township, just southeast of Coesse, was extinguished Sunday afternoon.
The cause of the fire, which left nobody injured, remains under investigation, according to Union Township Fire Chief Chad Radke.
Radke said the fire began in a dairy parlor and began to spread, but the crew was able to successfully control it.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City passed a modification to its sewer ordinance on first reading at the common council meeting Tuesday.
Citizens will not be allowed to have taps that flow into the sewer. The addition to the ordinance, which passed unanimously, is that all current connections to the sewer system will be grandfathered in and will not be considered illegal.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Bicycles scattered the lawn at Mary Raber Elementary School this morning, as scores of students rode their bikes as part of Bike to School Day.
The school began participating in the event last year in an effort to raise awareness for bicycle safety and to promote exercise, and students have given it the thumbs-up.
â€śItâ€™s fun,â€ť fifth grader Wyatt Krider said.
â€śIt gives us a chance to get out and ride our bikes with our friends.â€ť
Though many students only ride their bicycles to school on the special day, thatâ€™s not the case for all of them.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Town council members had numerous issues on their agenda Tuesday night that will eventually impact South Whitley residents.
However, decisions were tabled until the next meeting of the South Whitley Town Council, June 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Policies and ordinances being discussed revolved around the townâ€™s grass clipping collection as well as utility shut-offs.
Traditionally, South Whitley residents living within the town limits have been able to have their grass clippings collected by the town.
COLUMBIA CITY (May 30, 2013) -- Students are encouraged to ride their bikes to school today as part of National Ride Your Bike to School Day and Mary Raber Elementary School children are taking part.
See today's Post & Mail for coverage of the event as well as students' comments on biking to school.
FORT WAYNE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s baseball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday.
The Eagles lost to Adams Central, 13-10, in a sectional semifinal contest at Indiana Tech.
A comeback by Churubusco fell just short. The Flyinâ€™ Jets had a 5-1 lead after three innings.
Four more runs from Adams Central in the fourth made it 9-1. Churubusco was equal to the Jets in the fourth frame by chipping in four as well to bring the margin to 9-5.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a banner day for the Columbia City boys golf team.
The Eagles beat Central Noble, 150-186, at Eagle Glen Golf Course Tuesday, coming together for an impressive team effort.
Columbia City was led by medalist Spencer Klimek, who shot a 34, good for two-under par. Teammate Tyler Green was right at par with a 36.
All told, the five Eagle varsity golfers outscored the top Cougar golfer, as Max Dryer and Matt Benedict both had scores of 40 and Cameron Slavich was at 43. The top Central Noble golfer shot 44.