April 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Park Department‚Äôs Opening Day Ceremony for youth league baseball and softball set for Saturday has been postponed.
The games on tap for Saturday have also been postponed.
Park Director Mark Green said excessive rain has caused the fields at Morsches Park to become overly-saturated.
‚ÄúOur fields are soaked,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHaving events of this size would put too many vehicles there.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Florida woman who once lived in Whitley County pleaded guilty to identity deception in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Rachelle Powell, who formerly resided in Larwill, pleaded guilty as part of a plea arrangement.
The deal included a suspended sentence of 1.5 years for the Class D felony charge.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said the Class D felony could be changed to a Class A misdemeanor if Powell served her probation well.
A count of forgery, a Class C felony, was dismissed.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A requested extension for a home in violation of a city ordinance was granted at the meeting of the Columbia City Board of Works and Public Safety Tuesday.
Larry Jacobs, who lives at 980 S. CR 50 E., appeared before the board because his home was in violation of the junk ordinance. Jacobs was eventually granted an extension until July 31 to clean up the area around his residence. He hoped for a different outcome.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt see that it‚Äôs that big of a deal,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúMost people around me don‚Äôt care. It‚Äôs my life and my livelihood.‚ÄĚ
Columbia City High School students will present ‚ÄúCurtains, the Musical,‚ÄĚ Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $8.
The whodunit musical comedy features entertaining dance numbers as well as two developing love stories. Pictured is Kirstie Crisp (left), Dan Yingst and Brooke Alexander.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS) approved an agreement with a marketing company Monday.
Big Idea Company will partner with the district to provide professional services for community outreach and communication. The agreement passed by a 7-0 vote.
WCCS hopes the company can be a positive influence for the district in this period of educational choice.
Tawnya Lynn Jackson, 49, of Columbia City, passed away at 5 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2013, at her home.
Born May 30, 1963, in Grayson, Ky. she was the daughter of Hank and Anna (Brainard) Sexton.
She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1981. She then received her associates degree in accounting from Indiana Business College, Fort Wayne.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ‚ÄĒ More details could emerge soon on whether the Republicans who control the Indiana Legislature can agree with GOP Gov. Mike Pence on the size of a possible cut in the state's individual income tax rate.
Pence has been pushing for a 10 percent cut, while legislative leaders have hesitated to go along as they look to increase state spending on schools and road projects.
House and Senate negotiators said Wednesday they were close to a budget deal ahead of Friday's expected adjournment of this year's legislative session.
Robert Martin Hine, 95, died at Coventry Meadows April 22, 2013. He was a lifetime resident of Jefferson Township in Whitley County and son of the late Gustave and Myra Hine.
Robert worked at Coil Eng. in Roanoke and Dana Ft. Wayne for 33.5 years.
He liked gardening, mowing, the Colts, Indiana basketball and senior tours. Robert served in the U.S. Army 4.5 years in the 192nd Headquarters company and 38th Cyclone division receiving the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and other metals from New Guinea and the Philippines.
Herman William Farber, 82, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at his home. He was born January 4, 1931 in Columbia City the son of the late Raymond and Elma Farber.
On September 8, 1973, he was united in marriage with Ruth Hart, and she preceded in him death August 27, 2002.
Herman served his country in the U.S. Army for 21 years. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He worked at American Hoist in Ft. Wayne.
He was a member of the Leo American Legion Post 409, Masonic Lodge in Leo and Eagles Aerie #2556 in Hicksville, Ohio.
Sandra Sue (Wuertley) Harter, 72, a South Whitley native, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at her home in New Braunfels, Texas.
She was born Dec. 22, 1940 in Huntington a daughter of John Phillip and Elsie Marcell (Householder) Wuertley. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley.