April 6th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Local history became even more visible Tuesday as large portraits of the county‚Äôs only two former Indiana governors were officially unveiled at the entrance to the Whitley County Government Center.
The portraits, along with two plaques, grace the entrance and were made possible by a collaborative effort of local political organizations and a law firm steeped in local history.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A local political group hosted a forum Tuesday night for candidates running in the upcoming May primary and general election next November.
The Whitley County Patriots invited all four mayoral candidates to speak at its regular meeting, held at Columbia City‚Äôs Church of the Nazarene.
All three Republican candidates for Columbia City mayor spoke for 15 minutes each. Cathy Heritier, the lone Democratic candidate for mayor, could not attend.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Economic development expert Alan Tio stood before the Whitley County Council Tuesday morning touting the expanding potential of a local company.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a growth-oriented company,‚ÄĚ said Tio of Imaging Office Systems, Inc., which received from the council a tax abatement of about $350,000.
That tax break, phased in over six years, will be used to free up capital for the purchase of information technology hardware and the software to run it, according to company Senior Vice President Bob Barkley.
‚ÄúWe anticipate adding six new employees,‚ÄĚ Barkley told the council.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Don Wood, president of Columbia City-based 80/20 appeared before the Whitley Council Tuesday afternoon as the premier advocate for local expansion ‚ÄĒ with special emphasis on the local part.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not owned by some New York investment banking organization,‚ÄĚ said Wood, whose company received a tax abatement from the county for a sizable expansion.
‚ÄúThis is our fourth expansion,‚ÄĚ Wood said. ‚ÄúAnd, at 93,000 square feet, which will double the size of what we have, we‚Äôre opening up some new markets.‚ÄĚ
Howard E. Harnish, 58, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital. He was born July 13, 1952 in Fort Wayne to the late Kenneth and Martha (Gerard) Harnish.
He worked as a machinist for numerous companies and then later took over the operations of K & M Upholstery in Roanoke. He was a member of Columbia City Church of Christ, the N.R.A. and was a ham radio operator. Mr. Harnish enjoyed racing, tractor pulls and was a true outdoorsman.
Betty M. Pence, 88, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Roger L. Pence, passed away at 12:04 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla following a lengthy illness.
Mathew A. Neukam, 83, of Larwill passed away at 10:06 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011 at his daughter‚Äôs home. Born Nov. 18, 1927 in Allen County, he was a son of Otto F. and Mabel M. (Noe) Neukam.
If there is such a thing as a good problem to have in the softball season, Columbia City has a big one.
Unlike in baseball, softball relies on the arm of one, maybe two, at the mound during the season.
From 2010 alone, the Lady Eagles return two from a 6-1 share of the Northeast Hoosier Conference championship.
The depth of Columbia City’s pitching staff grew to three with incoming freshman Allie Vodde.
Floyd A.R. Bolinger, 89, a resident of South Whitley, died at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011 at The Oaks where he had been a resident since February.
He was born March 22, 1922 in Huntington County, a son of the late Noah E. and Iva Dove (Pence) Bolinger. As a young boy the family moved to North Manchester where his father entered the sheet metal trade. As a junior in high school, the family moved to a farm south of South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School with the Class of 1940.
Jack D. Schrader, 61, died Thursday, March 31, 2010 of Oregon City, Ore. He was born May 21, 1949 in Columbia City, a son of Dewitt and Phyllis Schrader.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Schrader; children, Erica Streeton, Sara Schrader and Isaac Schrader; and sister, Ann Akpabio.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hillside Chapel, 1306 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045.