July 5th, 2013
The sky over Columbia City was lit up with a fireworks show Wednesday evening for the Fourth of July holiday. Morsches Park was flooded with people of all ages for pre-fireworks activities, such as a bounce house and music by the â€śJunkyard Band.â€ť See today's issue (July 5, 2013) of The Post & Mail for more photos.
Doris R. Sheets, 83, retired co-owner of Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco and wife of Lester K. Sheets, passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at her home in Columbia City following an extended illness.
Mrs. Sheets was born Dec. 17, 1929, in Kosciusko County to Marvin H. and Cora A. (Weaver) Leedy.
She spent her formative years in Columbia City where she lived with her parents Roy and Mildred Barnes, and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThereâ€™s a reason they play the game.â€ť
That old-time phrase proved true Tuesday night at Morsches Park in Columbia Cityâ€™s Coaches Pitch Championship game.
Despite falling to the No. 1 seed, Trok & Krider, by an 11-4 score in the regular season, C.C. Veterinary Hospital (seeded third) pulled through for a 6-5 win to go home with the tournament title.
â€śWe knew it would be a tough game,â€ť Head Coach Cory Patrick said. â€śWeâ€™ve seen them play and theyâ€™re pretty solid.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has renewed the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation to Randy L. Grimes, CFSP, CPC, CFC, a funeral director with DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City.
The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.
In order to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Each year, for 13 years, scholarships have been given in memory of Bernice Carver by the Womenâ€™s Association of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Carver was a long-time member of the church, a teacher at Columbia City High School and a community historian.
On June 16, scholarships were awarded to four high school graduates who are congregation members.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine Monday.
Warren Goodman Jr., 41, was arrested in April and charged with four drug-related crimes. He pleaded guilty in June to dealing methamphetamine and, as part of a plea agreement, the other charges were dismissed.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer gave Goodman a 10-year sentence, with eight years to serve and the rest to be spent on probation. Goodman will be incarcerated at the Indiana Department of Corrections, at his request.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County government leaders were hit with a very expensive surprise this week.
Surprise was the word used by Sheriff Mark Hodges to describe the need to purchase new equipment for the county dispatch center. New computers and software, along with accompanying equipment, were on the list.
â€śThis is a financial bombshell that took me by surprise,â€ť Hodges said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Courthouse lawn has a new addition to its landscaping.
A historical marker was dedicated Tuesday afternoon to memorialize the late Indiana Governor Ralph F. Gates (1945-49).
Senator Jim Banks and Representative Kathy Heuer were on hand at the ceremony to share the impact the Gates family has had on the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Firefighters from three departments quickly put out a barn fire Tuesday night in southeast Whitley County.
A controlled burn got out of control, catching one wall of a barn on fire at approximately 10 p.m. at a property north of Ind. 14, between County Roads 500 East and 600 East.
Jefferson, Union and Washington Township Fire Departments quickly made the scene and managed to put the fire out before there was major damage.
James C. Campbell Sr., age 72, of Big Lake, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Oct. 30, 1940, at his home in Noble County, he was the son of Claude W. Campbell and Betty (Gibson) Campbell.
He graduated from Indiana State School for the Deaf. On April 3, 1964, he married Barbara Sherman at Merriam Christian Chapel.
He was a machine operator for Viking Inc. for almost 40 years and retired in 2005. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed tying flies and drinking coffee at Goss Grocery with his friends.