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November 16, 2012

SAVINGS TO THE CITY: GIS improves department information accessibility, response time

November 16, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — In order to improve communications between departments, the City of Columbia City will soon have the ability to access digitally organized information in a Geographic Information System (GIS) via computers, tablets or smartphones.

“It’s time, efficiency and cost savings for the city as a whole,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.

Mayor Daniel said the system will allow for quicker access to information which will mainly benefit departments in their daily tasks.

As a result, the system may prove to be beneficial to city residents.

Margaret Clifford, 82

November 16, 2012

Margaret Mary “Maggie” (Love) Clifford, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since March of 2011.
She was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of James and Mary (Traficanti) Perrella.
Raised in Fort Wayne, she attended St. Vincent’s Catholic School.
On Jan. 29, 1994, she was united in marriage to James R. Clifford. They made their home in Tennessee. In 2002, they moved to rural Columbia City.
She was employed for more than 28 years at Seyfert’s Foods in Fort Wayne.

SQUIRREL KILLS PHONES: Burned pole leaves 6,000 without service

November 16, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — A squirrel may have been the culprit in a 6,000-customer phone outage that stretched from Churubusco to Huntertown.

“We think a squirrel chewed the power line, shorted it out and caused our phone line to get burned,” Frontier’s Construction Manager Laura Gay said.

Starting at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, ’Busco residents were unable to make phone calls — but most importantly, weren’t able to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

According to Gay, workers fixed the 911 section as soon as possible, and it was back up and running at approximately 7 p.m.

November 15th

PHONE SERVICE DOWN

November 15, 2012

Phone service in Churubusco is down until further notice, according to Nixle. The 911 emergency number is inoperative in the immediate Churubusco area. Call 260-248-3181 for emergencies. Frontier has been notified.

CURTAINS FOR KENT THEATER: Town Council affirms order to ensure charred structure is demolished

November 15, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — Kent Theater sits with a nearly perfect façade at 220 S. State St. in South Whitley, but look behind the exterior and the theater is anything but perfect.

Upon a recent inspection of the site that once housed Turning Point Church, the former theater looked much the same as it did nine months ago when a fire gutted the theater, causing the roof to collapse Feb. 18.

Debris and rubble still cover the theater seating, while parts of the structure still display blackened walls.

CCHS MARCHING MEMBER: To perform with Macy’s band

November 15, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School senior Foster Eber won’t be watching football and eating turkey on Thanksgiving.

He will be part of an 86-year tradition — the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Foster auditioned for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band after watching last year’s parade.

Foster will leave Saturday to meet up with approximately 250 band members to rehearse for the parade. The marching band will perform two pieces during the event, “Moves Like Jagger,” and a jazz number entitled “Lazy River.”

POT OPERATION: Pair pleads guilty to marijuana possession

November 15, 2012


ALLEN COUNTY — Two men pleaded guilty to a marijuana-growing operation at Lake Everett — a mile northeast of the Whitley County line in Allen County.

Jason Bridges, 32, and Jarrod Vroom, 39, were arrested Sept. 8 in a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Allen County Drug Task Force and Indiana State Police, which uncovered more than 100 marijuana plants.

Allen County’s SWAT team raided Bridges’ house and found the growing operation, along with an additional four pounds of marijuana.

Robert Phend, 83

November 15, 2012

Robert E. Phend, 83 of South Whitley, passed away at p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in his residence.
On Dec. 13, 1929, he was born in Columbia City, to Paul and Marie (Wysong) Phend.
He married Marjorie Johnson on July 11, 1953, who survives. Robert retired from International Harvester/Navistar in Fort Wayne.
Other surviving relatives include four children, Norma Schweigel of Columbia City; Michael E. (Sharon) Phend of Pierceton, Rebecca A. Phend of South Whitley and Rose E. Phend of South Whitley; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Daniel Howard, 69

November 15, 2012

Daniel James Howard, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at his home. Born June 25, 1943, in Warsaw, he was the son of James Boyce and Helen Lucille (Fisher) Howard.
He graduated from Warsaw High School with the Class of 1961.
After graduation, he honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He earned an Associate’s degree from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis. On Sept. 5, 1965, he married Ouida Sue Crum in Kossuth, Miss.

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