September 28th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Dazzlers is a special needs cheerleading team in its second season.
Coach Vanessa Bills decided to offer cheerleading to special needs students so they can â€śexperience the uniform.â€ť
The cheerleaders have various disabilities and varying degrees of speech and movement capabilities. Bills said that there are some challenges when working a cheer routine around those handicaps, but the participants grow in confidence and become more vocal and more mobile.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Columbia City/South Whitley utility agreement close to finalization, Columbia City officials said they are looking forward to providing contracted electrical support to the town.
â€śEverything is worked out and everybody seems happy,â€ť said Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone at Tuesdayâ€™s Columbia City Common Council meeting.
â€śSo we are responsible for South Whitleyâ€™s maintenance assuming they agree. All indications are they want to get this completed.â€ť
Steven Wayne Mort, 50, of Pierceton, passed away at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at South Bend Memorial Hospital as the result of an automobile accident. He was born on April 6, 1962, in Columbia City, the son of Rex D. and Mary Jane (Tenney) Mort.
He spent his lifetime in the Pierceton area graduating from Whitko High School with the class of 1981, where he excelled in basketball, baseball and football.
LaWontta â€śSueâ€ť Hively Weeks, 70, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Sue was a resident of Claypool where she resided with her husband, Larry Weeks, who survives.
She was born on April 12, 1942, in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Thomas A. and Georgia M. (Kelham) Hively.
She spent her formative years growing up on their dairy farm and enjoying her horse, Buttons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Autumn Art Festival was held earlier in September around the courthouse square with vendors and patrons commenting on the success of the event.
Trudy Miller-Longhenry has been the eventâ€™s coordinator for seven years. After this yearâ€™s festival, Miller-Longhenry â€śpassed the paintbrushâ€ť to the Whitley County Humane Society.
â€śI will still be involved next year. Iâ€™ll be behind the scenes,â€ť said Miller-Longhenry. â€śI want to see the festival succeed, so I am willing to help them out.â€ť
GROVERTOWN â€” A former Whitko High School athlete and Pierceton resident was killed Wednesday on his way to see a PGA golf event.
Steve Mort, 50, died at 9:59 a.m. at South Bend Memorial Hospital following a collision with a semi hauling a wind turbine propeller. Mortâ€™s brother, Tim, was also involved in the crash.
The vehicle Mort was in failed to stop and lodged underneath the trailer of the semi and both brothers were trapped inside their vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency crews.
See Thursday's edition of The Post & Mail for this weeks prep football previews and conference standings.
Churubusco travels to Culver Academy, East Noble hosts Columbia City and Whitko faces Three Rivers Conference powerhouse North Miami in South Whitley.
FORT WAYNEâ€” Monnabell Hambleton, 87, formally of Big Lake, died at 9:48 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Sunday.
She was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Allen County, a daughter of the late Glenn P. and Gladys (Bowsman) Ruby. Her formative years were spent in Allen County.
She graduated from Lafayette Center High School.
On Oct. 30, 1945, she was united in marriage to Max E. Hambleton. They made their home in Roanoke then Waynedale.
In 1952, they moved to Big Lake. In December of 1977, they moved to Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Susan L. Wolfe, 56, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully at her home at 5:50 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. She had been battling cancer. She was born Oct. 2, 1955, in Luckey Hospital, Wolf Lake, a daughter of the late Emmett G. and Huldah F. (Ramsey) Bowie.
Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1974. She then attended Purdue University.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After holding two public forums and opening up an online survey concerning the Burnworth Memorial Pool, Mayor Ryan Daniel said the preliminary responses are leaning toward a new aquatics facility.
â€śWe have 249 responses, which I think is a pretty good response rate up to this point,â€ť said Daniel. â€śWe have until Oct. 6, thatâ€™s the last day that we are accepting those responses so Iâ€™ll close it at that point.â€ť
An assessment on the pool estimated over $1.1 million dollars in repairs to the pool facility.