March 14th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€”Tony Guyas, a chicken farmer from Ligonier, pulled up in his semi truck to the First Church of God in Columbia City Friday afternoon. Volunteers began pouring out the side door of the church, carrying large totes with donated items and loading them into the semi one by one.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Columbia City Street Department gearing up for the annual limb pickup season, Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh discussed a change with Columbia City Common Council to this yearâ€™s service, which begins on April 1 and runs through October.
The departmentâ€™s limb pickup will be curbside pickup only in 2012, meaning that residents can no longer pile their limbs in the alleyway. Cearbaugh said the department experienced problems with alley pickup and that there were several benefits to switching to curb pickup only.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rosemary L. Lowen, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 11 p.m. Monday at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Nursing Home in Columbia City.
She was born May 5, 1933, in Muncie, the daughter of Kenneth W. and Edrie M. (Russell) Carney.
She attended South Side High School in Fort Wayne. She married Howard E. Lowen, Sr. in Fort Wayne on Oct. 4, 1952.
She and her family moved from Fort Wayne to Columbia City in 1967. She was a homemaker and member of the United Methodist Church.
Olivia Shearer, daughter of Columbia City Girls Basketball Head Coach Amy Shearer and former Churubusco athlete Chad Shearer, was the sole local hoopster to advance to the Elks Hoop-Shoot Indiana State Finals. Shearer placed fourth in her age group (age 10-11) at New Castle.
The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety has scheduled a special meeting for Friday at 7 a.m. in the conference room at City Hall. The complete agenda can be viewed by clicking on the file below.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Courthouseâ€™s exterior is getting a spring cleaning. Talks began while maintenance employees were prepping for a heating and cooling project to the courthouse, but brought the new project to the Commissionersâ€™ attention, sensing urgency.
â€śBoth Mark and I feel that this project is probably more important,â€ť said Denny Fenker, courthouse maintenance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” There was some serious fun during a fundraiser at Columbia City High School Friday night. Ryan Romanowski was crowned 2012 Mr. CCHS and appeared to enjoy the title.
Edward Eugene Weber, 99, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, at his sonâ€™s home in Kosciusko County.
Born Sept. 20, 1912, in Larwill, he was the son of Jacob Weber and Ada Solt-Weber-Hamilton.
Following the death of his mother, Edward was reared in Larwill by his aunt and uncle, Albert and Hulda Solt Holycross and has lived most of his adult life in Columbia City.
He attended Larwill, Fort Wayne, and Columbia City schools.
On Dec. 17, 1941, he married Inez Elizabeth Smith at Columbia City United Methodist Church.
James Timothy Adams, 62, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012, at his home in Texas.
He was born on Sept. 4, 1949, a son of Porter Jackson and June (Miller) Adams and graduated from Larwill High School in 1967.
Jim served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam.
He worked at Dana Corporation until his retirement.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Fred Delmar Swindell, 80, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne after a brief illness.
He lived in Churubusco for the last 35 years.
Born in LaPorte Dec 19, 1931, to the late Daniel W. Swindell and Dorothy E. (Dilts) Swindell, he lived most of his early life in Idaville where he graduated from high school.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War serving most of his time on the U.S.S. Essex.
He worked in several occupations including agriculture, high steel structures, restaurant management, law enforcement and sheet metal.