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CHILDCARE: New program a welcome relief for families

July 31, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY ­ — Monday marked a new beginning for the Whitley County YMCA. The Early Learning Center opened its doors to serve as Whitley County’s newest childcare program.
The YMCA opened its new childcare program in response to the recent surprise closing of Stepping Stones day care.
According to YMCA Executive Director Erica Miller, offering the program was a natural fit for the YMCA.
“It’s the YMCA’s mission to meet the needs of the community and we saw the need to have a childcare program.”

CONVICTED KILLER RELEASED: Local resident recollects case

July 31, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Twenty-nine years after William J. Spranger was convicted of shooting Avilla Town Marshal William “Bill” Miner Jr., Spranger was released from the Plainfield Correctional Facility Sunday.
John Barrett, who currently sits on the Whitley County Council and works security at the Whitley County Courthouse, was an investigator for the Indiana State Police at the time of the shooting.
Barrett worked the case with Noble County Prosecutor David Laur, and he interviewed Spranger, who was 18-years-old when he shot Miner.

July 30th

Sue Holmes, 71

July 30, 2012

Janice “Mama” Sue Holmes, 71, of Churubusco, died on Sunday, July 29, 2012.
An Elkhart native, she had lived in Churubusco since 1984.
Along with her husband she co-owned and operated Papa’s Place Restaurant in Churubusco for more than 20 years, retiring in 2004. She was a member of Churubusco United Methodist Church.
Surviving relatives include her husband Timothy A. Holmes; sons Anthony (Sarah) Truax of Kendallville, Christopher (Tammy) Holmes of Elkhart, Todd (Jen) Holmes and Timmy (Tera) Holmes, both of Churubusco; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Helen Crowell, 92

July 30, 2012

Helen L. Crowell, 92, of Columbia City, died at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012, at The Oaks Living Center where she had been a resident since October 2011.
She was born Feb. 14, 1920, in Huntington, a daughter of Ora and Alice B. (Neal) Ward. Her formative years were spent in Huntington where she graduated from high school.
On Oct. 22, 1948, she was united in marriage to Walter D. “Bud” Crowell. They made their home in Huntington until their retirement in 1984, when they moved to Webster Lake. Mr. Crowell died Dec. 8, 1987. In 1990, Helen moved to Columbia City.

Marjorie Magner, 85

July 30, 2012

Marjorie Leedy Magner, 85, of Columbia City, died at 12:13 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012, at her home.
Born on Nov. 28, 1926, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of John Franklin and Blanche Hermena (Hunnicutt) Julian.
She was born and raised in Whitley County before moving to Ohio for a few years as a young girl. She attended Etna Troy Township grade school and graduated from Larwill High School with the class of 1944.
Her first marriage was to Ira Allen Leedy and her second marriage was to Albert E. Magner.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Salvation Army asks for donations

July 30, 2012

The Salvation Army of Whitley County had its annual Pack-A-Truck with school supplies on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of Shoe Show at the Towne and Country Shopping Center in Columbia City. Items donated included paper, pencils, pens, dry erase markers, lanyards, erasers, colored pencils, two pocket folders, spiral notebooks, tissues, glue sticks, pencil bags, highlighters, scissors and composition books.

WEST NILE: Hot, dry conditions may pose a threat

July 30, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — According to the Associated Press, Indiana is reporting higher rates of infected mosquitoes due to the hot, dry weather conditions, posing a threat to humans.
These conditions make standing water, stagnant, allowing the Culex mosquitoes’ life cycles to speed up and therefore accelerating the virus replication process.
“Generally West Nile virus is present in the hot summer months,” said Lisa Hatcher, Whitley County Health Officer. “When mosquitoes hatch earlier, they are around for a longer period.”

NO FIREWORKS: City still falls under ordinance

July 30, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Though burn bans have been lifted, fireworks still aren’t permitted within city limits.

“The Columbia City Police Department and Columbia City Fire Department have had numerous calls on fireworks since the burn ban has been lifted,” Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said. “This does not change the days people are allowed to shoot off fireworks within city limits.

LaRue asks citizens to abide by the city’s fireworks ordinance, which was put into effect in 2007.

The ordinance goes as follows:

Golf practice underway

July 30, 2012

Columbia City’s Allison Yoder eyes a putt at Eagle Glen last year. Girls golf practice began Friday. Other fall sports begin practice today.

B.A.B.E.: Serves children and families

July 30, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A white house sits on the corner of Jefferson Street and Main Street in Columbia City, but to a passing motorist, it appears to be just another house.
What is inside is a resource for Whitley County families and children.
When its doors opened in 2001, The Beds & Britches, Etc., (B.A.B.E.) program existed as a coupon incentive program for pregnant women and families to try to deter the high incidence of low-birth weight babies that were being born in Whitley County.
According to Shawn Ellis, who is in charge of the oganization, B.A.B.E has grown to be much more.

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