September 7th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Council approved $22,911 for an electric light project at Columbia City‚Äôs courthouse and annex building at its meeting Wednesday.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs something we‚Äôre going to have to do soon,‚ÄĚ said Mark Sturtevant with the courthouse‚Äôs maintenance department.
‚ÄúThe only advantage of trying to do it yet this year is to get the rebates.‚ÄĚ
Sturtevant said if the council did not move the project forward now, it would have to take place the next year, and the rebates would no longer be offered.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll be forced to do it then,‚ÄĚ said Sturtevant.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Lady Eagle volleyball team came into Thursday night‚Äôs home contest looking for a win against a quality Huntington North team.
It took come-from-behind extra-point wins in two games to take a 3-1 win over the visiting Lady Vikings.
Mary Lou Huntley, 58, formerly of Albion, died at 12:11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Kosciusko Community Hospital.
She was born March 9, 1954, at Luckey Hospital, Wolf Lake a daughter of Thomas A. and Wilma B. (Cox) Ott.
She is survived by a son and four grandchildren.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Final Expenses c/o Smith and Sons Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Dan L. Bowman, 56, of Ft. Wayne, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
Mr. Bowman was raised in Columbia City and was the owner of A&W Auto Connection.
He enjoyed golfing and watching sports. ‚ÄúHis laughter and jokes will never be forgotten.‚ÄĚ
Surviving relatives include his wife, Kristin DeVittorio; daughter, Cassandra Marie Bowman of Chicago, Ill.; parents, Pat and Dean Bowman of Columbia City; sister, Penny Wright and his four-legged children, Simon and Sadie.
Patricia A. Howard, 79, formerly of Tri Lakes, died at 3:10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Renaissance Village, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident for the past 3 ¬Ĺ years.
She was born Feb. 5, 1933, in Speedway, a daughter of K. Harold and Mary P. (Phillips) Johnson. As a child, the family moved to South Whitley. She graduated from South Whitley High School.
On Aug. 18, 1951, she was united in marriage to Richard F. ‚ÄúPete‚ÄĚ Howard. With the exception of one year in Syracuse, they made their home in South Whitley until 1983 when they moved to Tri Lakes. Mr. Howard died Feb. 8, 2009.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the last month, fraud has become a prevalent topic in the area.
According to Columbia City Police Det. Chip Stephenson, several people in the area have fallen victim to a malicious computer virus.
‚ÄúI talked to a guy from BE Comics & Computers (in Columbia City), who said he‚Äôs had eight or nine computers in the last few weeks that have had viruses,‚ÄĚ Stephenson said. ‚ÄúPeople have been contacted via home phone with someone saying, ‚Äėhey this is such-and-such with Microsoft. We need you to do an update for your computer.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the state reducing the number of visits the health department is required to make to restaurants every year, the Whitley County Health Department is looking to revise its Food Establishment Ordinance.
Dr. Lisa Hatcher, health officer at the Whitley County Health Department, came before the Whitley County Council at its Wednesday meeting to make the board aware of the revisions being made, which would need to be approved by the council to become law.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The City of Columbia City announced Tuesday that trick-or-treat will be held between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31.
Government officials are urging citizens to use caution while driving on that night as hundreds of children will be going door to door throughout Columbia City collecting candy.
The fire department will also be handing out candy and glow sticks at the Columbia City Fire Station.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Health Department may have future plans which include seeking to achieve national accreditation.
During the Whitley County Council meeting Wednesday, Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher, told the board the move would boost the health department by putting it on a national level.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The efforts to make Churubusco‚Äôs schools more secure had an unexpected price tag, causing the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees to slightly adjust plans for a major renovation project.
‚ÄúIt was certainly not what we were hoping for,‚ÄĚ said Greg Wehling, vice president of Moake Park, the architects coordinating SGCS‚Äôs $5 million-plus school rebuild.
According to Wehling, one item in the low bid by Fetters Construction came in nearly $100,000 higher than expected.