February 4th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Reinvigorating South Whitley is a priority for the townâ€™s plan commission and town council, but the efforts are being spearheaded by Julia Robinson.
Robinson is the leader of Whitley On the Move, an organization in South Whitley working to affect positive change and revitalize the town.
Community members met in October and November to generate ideas for improvements. A slew of varied ideas were given to help breathe new life into the townâ€™s recreation, economic state and attractions.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s show choirs competed at Northrop High School Saturday.
The contest was the first competition of the season for both groups. City Heat, a male and female mixed choir, took 5th runner up and City Lights, an all female group, took 3rd runner up.
Darrik Brower was named City Heatâ€™s Outstanding Performer and Hannah Schaefer was awarded Outstanding Performer for City Lights.
Both groups are accompanied by City Soul, an instrumental group directed by Carolyn Hindbaugh.
Here are the headlines in Monday's issue:
Former bishop's death impacts Col. City
Columbia City show choir opens season
Town sees interest in renewal
Ex-Navy SEAL died pursuing his passion
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Despite a very cold and snowy start to February in Northeast Indiana, the sage of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a morbidly obese groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his den Saturday morning, did not see his shadow and therefore proclaimed an early spring for the entire nation.
Thus prophesied a Pennsy oracle woodchuck on the oddest of holidays: Groundhog Day.
Below is a feature column penned by Zak Lantz, editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper, about the groundhog fame of his hometown.
Punxsutawney -- this is my town
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from Sunday at 5:18 p.m. through Monday.
A round of accumulating snow is expected to develop late Sunday night and continue into Monday.
Talbert Wilmont Pittenger, 94, of rural Columbia City, died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident for the past two weeks.
He was born July 18, 1918, in Union Township, a son of Wayne G. and Mary R. (Worden) Pittenger. A lifelong Whitley County resident, he graduated from Coesse High School in 1936.
On Aug. 17, 1940, he was united in marriage to Georgianna Miller. They made their home on Shriner Lake. Mrs. Pittenger died Jan. 9, 1950.
Shelly L. Bills, 52 of Columbia City, died at 6:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Covington Manor Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. She was on born Nov. 5, 1960, in Columbia City to Larry Robert and Carolyn Alice (Miller) Bills.
She spent her lifetime in the Whitley County area graduating from the Columbia City High School. She was formerly employed at Goss Grocery Store and Hilltop Tavern, Big Lake.
Peabody Public Library is holding a book sale today and Saturday.
Thousands of books will be on sale, including childrenâ€™s books, cookbooks, paperbacks and books from many other categories, each priced at $1 or less.
The sale will run until 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit www.ppl.lib.in.us.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of dealing in methamphetamine had his court appearance pushed back due to other charges.
Dean Pressler, 39, of Larwill, was arrested in December for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. He was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for those counts.
Chris Jones, of Columbia City, donates blood at the Columbia City United Methodist Church Thursday afternoon. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile conducted the visit. All who donated were treated to Girl Scout cookies.