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November 15th, 2012

Daniel Howard, 69

November 15, 2012

Daniel James Howard, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at his home. Born June 25, 1943, in Warsaw, he was the son of James Boyce and Helen Lucille (Fisher) Howard.
He graduated from Warsaw High School with the Class of 1961.
After graduation, he honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He earned an Associate’s degree from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis. On Sept. 5, 1965, he married Ouida Sue Crum in Kossuth, Miss.

November 14th

Jill Weeks, 58

November 14, 2012

Jill Rene (Kuckuck) Weeks, 58, of Columbia City, passed away Nov. 8, 2012, at her home.
She was born Sept. 24, 1954 in Whitley County, daughter of Edgar and Dorothy (Nierman) Kuckuck.

FINANCES UNDER FIRE: Questionable numbers lead to heated town council meeting

November 14, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — An error in the amount of $160,000 has caused South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey to scratch his head.
Clerk Treasurer Bob Gould informed the council at Tuesday’s meeting of the error. “There are erroneous numbers in the computer system that showed we had $160,000. We didn’t have that money. I don’t know where that dollar amount came from.”
Gould said when he discovered the error, funding categories needed to be redistributed and the $160,000 had to be deducted from various spending accounts.

CITY COUNCIL: Looks to fill old Scott’s building

November 14, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council is reviewing an ordinance that may help to fill the old Scott’s building, located on the corner of Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive.
The council is working to offer incentives to promote growth in that area to aid businesses that might consider the building.
“The building has been sitting vacant for five to six years now, and we know there is some very good potential for it,” said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.

TUESDAY MORNING BLAZE

November 14, 2012

S. WHITLEY: Town Council ties up loose ends on old business

November 14, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s Town Council approved the minutes from its Oct. 25 meeting, where the council moved forward with the town’s new energy contract with Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
The contract will replace the existing relationship with Duke Energy, saving the town of South Whitley an estimated $110,000 a year.
In other council business, Waste Management’s contract for sludge hauling is soon to be expired.

November 13th

PIECES OF THE PAST: Local Salvation Army to compile memory book

November 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While the Whitley County Salvation Army is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the organization recently received pieces of its past from a local resident. The collection includes historical photos, memorabilia and memories of the organization’s olden days, which will be used by the local Salvation Army as it begins compiling a memory book.
A collection

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE: Phase III project to open up ETA classroom space for next year

November 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor said construction workers have scratched the surface on Eagle Tech Academy’s Phase III project.
O’Connor said the project, which began in October, will open up enough classroom space to allow an additional 200 students at ETA for the next school year.
The project will also group the school’s offices, granting direct access to them through the public entrance.
“I think it’s going to be a real nice facility for the district, and something that the community can be proud of,” said O’Connor.

PROSTHESIS: Supports platform for self-esteem

November 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Katrina Simpkins, a young celebrity from Columbia City, was on hand to introduce the movie, “Dolphin Tale,” at Mary Raber Elementary School’s movie night Friday.
Katrina is well known for her connections to Winter, the dolphin that inspired the movie “Dolphin Tale,” released in 2011 by Warner Brothers.

November 12th

William Henry Smith, 82

November 12, 2012

William Henry Smith, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Dec. 5, 1929, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Mickey A. and Ruie Malington (Hile) Smith.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1949. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in October, 1954.
On April 12,1974, he married Nancy (Mettler) Wagner at Reverend Graham Kleespie’s home in Columbia City.

 

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