September 5th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With Whitley County Consolidated Schools back in session, Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor presented the Beginning of School Update.
According to Oâ€™Connor, the elementary schools reported a smooth opening that was both busy and productive with registration well-organized and open houses well-attended.
â€śStaff members dedicated the time to thoughtfully plan, organize and prepare the classrooms and establish procedure to welcome students and create a safe and orderly environment,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.
Chester â€śChetâ€ť â€śBillâ€ť Napier, 80, of Columbia City, died at 11:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where he had been a resident since Feb. 24, 2010.
He was born July 25, 1932, in Hazard, Ky., a son of Otis and Florence (Fugate) Napier.
His formative years were spent in Kentucky.
In 1950, he moved to Collins and in 1954 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 30, 1962.
He worked for B & O Railroad in Albion, Franke Plating for more than seven years and retired in 1995 from Dana Weatherhead with 28 years of service.
Cecil Crawford Jr., 86, of Loon Lake, died at 6:56 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born on Aug. 19, 1926, in Whitley County, a son of George Cecil and Gladys Fern (Traster) Crawford. His formative years were spent in Whitley County. He completed his education at Coesse High School.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Young women from Whitley County will come together Saturday to be a part of a long-standing tradition, the 48th annual Distinguished Young Women of Whitley County.
The program is formerly known as Whitley County Junior Miss.
This year the program will begin at 7 p.m. at Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Newell Rice Auditorium.
Twelve ladies will perform an array of talents as well as a group fitness exercise.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students grades kindergarten through 12th.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the final installment of a four-part series on public school funding and how money is dispersed within a school system.
Ask the average Whitley County resident about any of the countyâ€™s three school systems and they might mention the score of Friday nightâ€™s football game, which teachers are the most popular with their children or what school was like in years past when they attended.
Not many residents could speak with authority about the costs to maintain the countyâ€™s public schools.
The Capital Projects Fund is fueled by county property taxes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While vehicle break-ins in Fort Wayne are on the rise, Columbia Cityâ€™s vehicle break-ins are on the decline, but still a continual problem.
â€śThis seems to be a common problem for us,â€ť said Longenbaugh.
â€śWith this we often see where we get a group of juveniles who wander around town and get into unlocked vehicles.â€ť
In 2010, 18 break-ins occurred from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31.
In 2011, the number increased to 37 from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, but this yearâ€™s report has seen a decline to 27 break-ins.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Warsaw couple was arrested Friday night near South Whitley and booked in the Whitley County jail, but were soon requested by officials in Kosciusko County for a Leesburg armed robbery earlier in the day.
According to a press release from the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Christopher Alan Gressley, 30, and Anita Lynn Moore, 28, both of Warsaw, were wanted for a Friday afternoon holdup of the Leesburg Freedom Express, which police allege was held up at knife-point.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Green scum blankets Phil and Dorothy Stevens pond. A particularly manicured lawn stands as evidence that the Stevens take care of their property, located just off Old Trail Rd. in Columbia City. The green film covering the face of their pond, isnâ€™t due to neglect, but to blooming blue-green algae.
â€śWe donâ€™t know what is causing it,â€ť said Dorothy.