July 16th, 2012
WOLF LAKE Ââ The festival that started 40 years ago in Wolf Lake celebrates its traditions in this yearâs anniversary celebration. Included on that list events is the Miss Onion Days contest.
Every year, young women from the area compete in the quest to be crowned, âMiss Onion Days.â
The competition is simple. Cans are set out and carried by the girls in the contest. They collect pennies that count as votes. The collected donations goes toward Onion Days. At the end, all the money is collected, counted, and the young lady with the most votes wins.
Joe Allen Daniels, 56, of Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 15, 2012, at his home.
Born June 28, 1956, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Richard Nelson and Delores Fay (Watson) Daniels.
He worked at C&R Plating, Columbia City, as a supervisor in Quality Control and Shipping and Receiving.
On Dec. 2, 1989, he married Tammy Krider at West Point United Methodist Church, Columbia City.
A former resident of New Haven and Berrien Springs, Mich., he resided in Columbia City for the past 29 years.
Laura K. Slagal, 59, of Columbia City, died at 5:05 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Columbia City.
Born on Dec. 2, 1952, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Franklin DeWayne and Betty Jean (Harrison) Nickolson.
She was a lifelong Whitley County resident. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1971.
On Aug. 9, 1974, she married Rex L. Slagal at St. Matthewâs United Methodist Church, Columbia City.
Olga Martha (Paschka) Buesching, 98, who lived a long, industrious and eventful life, journeyed to heaven on Sunday, July 15, 2012.
She was reunited with her devoted husband Fred âFritzâ Buesching, her recently departed daughter, Nancy Tucker and son-in-law Bob Tucker.
Born on Jan. 3, 1914, in Fort Wayne to Theodore and Anna (Schlink) Paschka, she graduated from Luther Institute (now Concordia Lutheran High School) and worked as a bookkeeper at a local business in the early 1930s.
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂâ Economic uncertainty has had most businesses on a roller coaster of financial ups and downs. That would lead most entrepreneurs to think twice before making the leap into a new business, but for Steve Beers and his family a small business was the ride they were looking for.
Masters Hand BBQ, with operations in Columbia City, is a company that provides barbecue sauces, rubs, mustards and more in a gluten free, high-fructose corn syrup free, all natural product.
COLUMBIA CITY â After more than a month of shadowing Mayor Ryan Daniel, 21-year-old Zach Taylorâs internship ended Friday, proving to be an informative task.
âItâs been an eye opening experience,â said Taylor. âAt school we always talk about the state and federal level, and how elections work at that level or how government runs at that level. On a local level itâs not about being a democrat or being a republican, itâs about doing whatever it takes to get the job done.â
COLUMBIA CITY â According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as of Thursday, 36 counties in Indiana are designated as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme drought.
Other than Whitley County, the following counties in Indiana are include: Allen, Gibson, Marshall, St. Joseph, Carroll, Grant, Martin, Spencer, Cass, Greene, Miami, Steuben, Crawford, Howard, Noble, Sullivan, Daviess, Huntington, Orange, Vanderburgh, DeKalb, Knox, Perry, Wabash, Dubois, Kosciusko, Pike, Warrick, Elkhart, LaGrange, Posey, Wells, Fulton, Lawrence and Pulaski.
Columbia City hosted a tennis camp, teaching young netters the basic skills of the game.
Pictured above, front row, from left: Isabelle Kreienbrink, Ingrid Matchett, Maycee Nix, Sydney Korte, Jasmine Nix, Mattie Dahms and Emma Waugh.
Second row: Grace Cotter, Alaina Rongos, Jessica McFarland, Kristen Baker, Danielle Reust, Lydia Morgan, Rachel Steinbacher, Hannah Wolfe and Coach Celine Rongos. (Not pictured Kiah Myers).
COLUMBIA CITY â Itâs not every day an athlete gets a call to participate in the Olympic Trials.
But for former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber, itâs only fitting.
Ranked as one of the top 24 long jumpers in the nation, Eber performs at the Olympic level. She got the call just hours before she was expected to jump.
She got up the next morning to get on a plane and fly to Omaha, Neb.
Athletes had 48 hours prior to the event to declare if they were going to compete in the trials, leaving Eber restless until she got the news.
COLUMBIA CITY â At Tuesdayâs meeting, Columbia City Common Council member Ben Romine said he talked to a couple business owners downtown, and they wondered if the city would ever consider moving Old Settlers Days out of downtown.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said this is not the first time he has heard this, as some downtown business owners have strong opinions on the subject.
âThere have been discussions Iâm sure through many many years about that,â said Daniel. âObviously, itâs a decision as to the placement of Old Settlers that is up to the Old Settlers committee.â