June 20th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Due to dry conditions and a lack of rain, Columbia City recently issued a burn ban, but the County Commissioners said it is unlikely the county will see a similar ban.
Amber said in a situation such as this, the commissioners leave the decision up to the nine fire chiefs in the county to make the determination. Amber said he spoke to the president of the Whitley County Fire Association before the meeting, and he did not want a ban.
âThatâs not to say there still arenât dangers out there,â said Amber.
L. Grace Lemon, 96, formerly of Columbia City, died at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville where she had been a resident since May 2010.
She was born Jan. 18, 1916, in Whitley County, a daughter of Myron Jay and Jessie (Tinkham) Western.
Her formative years were spent in Troy Township. She graduated from Larwill High School.
On April 23, 1934, she was united in marriage to Clarence E. Lemon. They made their home in Troy Township until 1973, when they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Lemon died Aug. 20, 1994.
Kevin Dale Mitchell, 57, of Warsaw, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
He was born in Columbia City on Aug. 30, 1954, son of Walter and Phyllis Mitchell, and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1973.
Kevin worked as a Raymond Hoist driver at R. R. Donnelly in Warsaw, where he was employed for 39 years.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Bev; son, Andrew Mitchell of Winona Lake; sister, Kathy (Mitchell) Ackley, Columbia City; brother, Jim Mitchell, Upland, Calif. and grandson, Issiac Mitchell, Winona Lake.
COLUMBIA CITY âÂ Police are investigating a suspicious death at the residence of 1920 S. Ind. 205 Tuesday evening.
"We're still trying to figure on what went on inside the house," Hodges said.
The victim is a female in her mid-30s.
According to the police, there was an indication of a gunshot wound, but it has not been determined that the wound was the cause of death.
An autopsy is being conducted this morning (Wednesday).
Seven softball players received awards at Columbia Cityâs awards night.
From left, Alyssa Brandt â 2nd-team NHC; Kaylee Parks â 1st-team NHC, Most Valuable Player; Megan Giffin â 1st-team NHC, Most Valuable Player; Hannah Schnorr â 1st-team NHC, Defense Award; Allie Vodde â 2nd-team NHC, Offense Award; Cassie Vodde â 1st-team All-State, 1st-team Academic All-State, 1st-team NHC, Pitching Award, Most Valuable Player, Tina Parker Award; Claire Kauffman â Mental Attitude Award.
COLUMBIA CITY â As 52-year-old Monica Koldyke Miller flipped through the 688-page book titled âThreads of Betrayal,â she knew it was more than a collection of words, characters and themes; it was a lifelong goal achieved.
The book was published earlier this year.
âIt was almost indescribable to hold the book in my hands,â said Miller. âI canât tell you how thankful I am to all those who helped me along the way.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A local veterans group is celebrating its 10th anniversary and marked the occasion June 6 with a dinner.
The Korean War Veterans Honor Guard was formed in 2002 to provide a military burial service for veterans.
âThere were too many veterans passing away with no honor given for their military service, for their keeping the U.S.A. a free nation,â said co-founder and commander John Slabaugh.
âWe formed the honor guard to pay honor for all deceased veterans.â
A bumble bee eagerly flies from flower to flower at Morsches Park Saturday.
Five people from First Church of God in Columbia City are currently in Thailand and Cambodia. Through Destiny Rescue, an organization that helps to rescue women and children from human trafficking, the group will be helping at rescue homes and learning how Destiny Rescue helps the millions of victims of human trafficking. The group is set to return home June 25.
COLUMBIA CITY â Kara Mawhorter, a Columbia City High School graduate and a senior at Ball State, could soon be named Miss Indiana.
Mawhorter has joined 31 young ladies to compete for the title in Zionsville, Ind. The competition begins Wednesday and will continue through Saturday when the crown is awarded.