July 10th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Work will soon begin on the expansion project for the Blue River Trail in Columbia City.
The cityâ€™s Board of Works and Public Safety approved a $34,500 bid from Niblock to begin another phase of the trailâ€™s expansion, which will extend it from Main Street to Line Street.
The trailâ€™s route will cover approximately two city blocks via Vine Street.
The city received three bids for the project, with Niblockâ€™s being the lowest. It was requested of the contract company that work be completed by the end of September, 2013.
The memorial service for Clive F.G. Dupen, 78, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with the family receiving friends after 9 a.m. at the funeral home.
Kathy J. Roberts, 57, of rural South Whitley, went to be with the Lord at 10:21 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where she was admitted June 11.
She was born Oct. 11, 1955, in Columbia City a daughter of Richard J. and Marilyn J. (Blain) Bolinger. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley. She graduated from Whitko High School in 1974. On Sept. 22, 2009, she married Wayne A. Roberts. They made their home in rural South Whitley.
Trok & Krider was the Coaches Pitch runners up last week in the championship game at Morsches Park.
Pictured, from left: Zavier Derbeck, Ian Stane, Ryker Hims and Tanner Hosler. Second row: Adrian Ayala, Kam Hoag, Tobey Krider, Camdyn Judd, Lucas Schmitt and Lucas Buechler.
The GROW Network recently held a networking meeting at Brewâ€™ha Coffee House, Columbia City, led by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Whitley County.
The group listened to a presentation by Glenn Snapp, president of the Old Settlerâ€™s Association.
Pictured, from left, are Brad Staats from Peak Enterprise Solutions, Snapp, and Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown.
The GROW Network will meet at Brewha Coffee House Friday, July 19th at 8 a.m.
For more information on the group, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 248-8131.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” If you want something done, then do it yourself.
Thatâ€™s how Whitley County resident Susan Ness ended up starting her own business, Windy Hill Vanilla.
Ness makes sure to incorporate her family, her faith and her â€śgreenâ€ť choices into her work.
She is a 1993 alumna of Whitko High School and long-time resident of Whitley County. She and her husband, Cory, have four children.
On top of it all, Ness finds time to volunteer with The Center for Whitley County Youth.
Below is a conversation Ness recently had with The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Economic Development Corporation welcomed a new marketing project manager last week.
Katie Rethlake, a 2012 graduate of IUPUI and granddaughter of county commissioner Tom Rethlake, began working in the area with Schrader Real Estate & Auction Co., Inc. last year.
At the EDC, she will focus on updating the website for the development corporation and other communication projects.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Trash prices for Churubusco residents will drop by almost $4 as of August 1.
When Churubuscoâ€™s Town Council decided to renew its trash contract with National Serv-All, a five-year pricing plan allowed for the town to charge its citizens less.
In the July 3 meeting, a hearing was held for public comment on a proposed ordinance that would take effect at the beginning of August.
Several questions were asked of the town leaders for clarification on the pricing and length of contract, but as the hearing was closed, council members voted to pass the ordinance.
Remodeling work continues as the former Scottâ€™s building morphs into Dunhamâ€™s Sports.
The sporting goods retailer is slated to open in August.
Pictured are Gary Marshall, left, and Ryan Lenwell encasing an exterior column in stone.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Larwill man pleaded guilty to child molestation and two other crimes in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Dean Pressler, 40, was arrested in January and charged with child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction, possession of child pornography and confinement.
That arrest came on the heels of charges of running a meth lab, which were brought against Pressler in December of 2012.
As part of a plea agreement, Pressler admitted to molesting a child, 13 years of age, and continuing the sexual contact until the girl was 17.