June 18th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â According to a new state law, all developmental entities must adopt rules against nepotism by July 1 of this year.
âThe legislature has passed a new state statute dealing with nepotism which involves employees and contracts,â said City Attorney Marcia McNagny at the Common Council of Columbia Cityâs meeting last week. âJuly 1 is our time to get this done so I wanted to make sure the resolution was in your hands.â
Columbia Cityâs youth baseball league got a fresh set of competition Saturday, hosting Garrettâs teams at Morsches Park.
Marshall A. âSmittyâ Smith, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Center, North Manchester.
Born March 20, 1927, in Whitley County, he was the son of Lewis and Maude Martha (Kneller) Smith.
He attended the public school system and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
In 1954, he married Barbara L. (Hire) Smith. A lifetime Whitley County resident and part-time farmer, he owned Smittyâs Auto Parts since 1985 and also worked for General Electric for 20 years. Smitty, a âtinkerer,â loved to create things with wood and metal.
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a four-part series in honor of Fatherâs Day.
COLUMBIA CITY â David Salyer is a father to two sons, but a source of guidance to many.
As the pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship, Salyer, with the support of his wife Michelle, has been leading his congregation for 14 years.
Salyer has had to re-invent himself three times. With his military service record, an engineering background and finally as a clergyman, Salyer has evolved into a father who basis his decisions on faith and family.
The winning team of the 2012 Whitley Weighâs in competition, sponsored by the YMCA, Parkview Whitley Hospital and The Post & Mail, finished last week.
The winning team, the Rollie Pollies, showed an 11.4 percent weight loss.
On the team was Peggy Johnson, Matt Strickler, Steve Smith and Chris Thompson.
The winning team received a $1,000 check.
Smith was the top male, losing 28 percent. Nick Schrader was second (23 percent), Chad Whetston was third (12 percent), Johnny Couch was fourth (11 percent) and Randy Bufkin was fifth (nine percent).
CHURUBUSCO â Even though Whitley County is suffering from drought conditions, one group of gardeners is keeping everything green and the flowers bright.
The Whitley County Master Gardeners present their 2012 Garden Walk, and it centers around the Columbia City and Churubusco areas. The Walk includes seven gardens and is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23. The cost is $7 per person which is $1 per garden.
CHURUBUSCO â When Randy Jones was growing up in Churubusco, theatre was a great influence on his life. Now an adult and living in New York City theatre has moved over, and reality television has taken its place.
Jones, a son of Eddie and Diane Jones, of Churubusco, is busy working on a new television series for The Learning Channel (TLC) about Amish kids moving to New York City for the summer to explore the modern world.
âWe are in our final week of shooting in NYC,â said Jones.
He is a director and sometimes a supervising producer depending on the show.
LARWILL â Larwill Town Council member Rick Flauding announced his resignation this week which will be effective after the July meeting. Flauding, who has held his position for approximately 13 years, plans on relocating to another area.
âNext month will probably be my last meeting,â Flauding said. âIâve been on the board since 1999.â
âI hate to see this, but I wish you the best,â Hobbs said.
Adrian R. Beers, 89, of Columbia City, died at 4:40 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted on Wednesday.
He was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Etna Township, a son of Keslar R. and Nellie R. (Dobbin) Beers. He graduated from Larwill High School in 1940.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 8, 1942, serving during World War II. Following his discharge on Nov. 7, 1945, he returned to his employment in Crestline, Ohio with the Pennsylvania Railroad.
COLUMBIA CITY â At the June 12 meeting, the Rotary Club featured guest speaker, Dick Haworth.
Haworth has been at the forefront of protecting the tree-scape in Columbia City for more than 30 years.
Haworth, and his dedicated committee, have been landscaping the Peabody Library grounds with 40 of the most common trees in Indiana.
This project is a follow up to another attempt made several years ago by the Soil and Water Conservation department.
âUnfortunately,â Haworth said, âThe deer got to the young trees, and before they could be stopped, the result was almost a total loss.â