July 30th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
Abigail Marie Little, 4 year old princess of Anthony Charles and Ashley Marie (Green) Little, died Friday afternoon, July 27, 2012, as a result of injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle accident at Kroemer Rd. and U.S. 30, Fort Wayne.
â€śOur Little Sunshineâ€ť was born July 28, 2007, in Fort Wayne.
Mona M. Case, 78, died at 1:25 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012, at her home. She had been in failing health for the past two years.
She was born May 24, 1934, in Ithaca, N.Y., a daughter of the late Lawrence S. and Kathleen (Molowa) Powers.
Her formative years were spent in Cortland and Ithaca where she graduated High School. She went on to Cornell University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government.
Following her graduation, she took a job with the Immigration Service in New York, N.Y. Returning to Ithaca, she became a middle school teacher.
Jack H. Kessie, 88, of Columbia City, died at 1:20 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted on Tuesday, July 24.
He was born Dec. 17, 1923, in Whitley County, a son of William H. and Wilda Mae (Grable) Kessie. A lifelong resident of Whitley County, he completed his education at Columbia City High School.
On June 23, 1946, he was united in marriage to Beulah Mae Holycross. Mrs. Kessie died Aug. 27, 2008.
A truck driver, he retired from STAFCO in March 1993, with 39 years of service.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Motorcyclist Robert Ramey, age 50, from Columbia City, was critically injured Saturday at 5:20 p.m. in a single-vehicle accident south of Columbia City.
According to Whitley County Deputy Sheriff Tony Helfrich, Ramey was southbound on Ind. 205, just north of Washington Road, when he entered a curve, lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle. Ramey was flown by Samaritan helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital. He was in critical condition with a head injury.
COLUMBIA CITY - A 15-year-old boy drowned in Troy-Cedar Lake, north of Larwill, early Saturday evening.
According to witnesses, the boy, who was from Fort Wayne, went under when he was playing catch in the water with his friends. The friends said he was not a good swimmer.
The boy reportedly went under water and didn't surface.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, Whitley County Sheriff's deputies and Richland Township Firemen assisted the Thorncreek Township Fire Department's Dive Team in a search that lasted over an hour.
Michael Walter Smith, 66, died on July 23, 2012, at home. He was born in Van Wert, Ohio, later moving to Columbia City. He served two years in U.S. Army.
He worked for Indiana Michigan Power as a draftsman for over 30 years. Later he worked for the City of Columbia City until his retirement.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 44 years, Wanda Smith of Columbia City; two children, Kurt Smith of Fort Wayne and Kami (Nicholas) Hamilton of Fort Wayne; one sister, Connie (Richard) Steinbacher of Fort Wayne and three grandchildren, Jaylen, Andrew and Brooklin.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With little less than a month to prepare, what was known as Stepping Stones Day Care has closed, moved and will re-open Monday at 6 a.m. as a child care program under the Whitley County YMCA.
Stepping Stones Director Debbie Gates will continue with the YMCAâ€™s program. According to Gates, parents who had utilized the day care that was once housed with First Church of God in Columbia City, were concerned over the idea of not having a childcare program in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Although continuous rain has provided favorable weather conditions for late July, the end to the drought is far from over.
â€śThe only way we are going to see an end to the drought would be if we have a continuation of the rain on a regular basis,â€ť said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. â€śThe rain we have seen has brought the grass back, but itâ€™s still low.â€ť
Whitley County is currently in an extreme drought, and Southern Indiana is in an exceptional drought, with an average of 15 inches of rain below normal.
SAN DIEGO Ââ€” At 70 years old, Columbia City native, Jody McKinney, graduated from Alliant International University on May 25, receiving a doctorate in educational leadership and management.
She had already earned a masters in administration from San Diego State in 2008 as well as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1964.
A member of the class of 1960 from Columbia City Joint High School, she has become a life long learner.
Even with all her degrees and accomplishments, McKinneyâ€™s education goals are not over.