July 25th, 2012
A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the opening of a new business in downtown Columbia City. Mayor Ryan Daniel cut the ribbon to officially open Bugsyâ€™s Downtown Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor. The restaurant specializes in handmade pizza, breadsticks, deep dish pizza, Bugsy Bombs and hand-dipped hard ice cream and is located at 207 West Van Buren in Columbia City across from Ball Furniture. The grand opening will continue throughout the week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Board of Commissioners/Council held a joint meeting Tuesday at the Whitley County Government Center to discuss the 2013 county budget, department heads, county CEDIT plan, county group insurance funding and cumulative funds 2013 rates.
While the County Council still needs answers to several questions they posed at their meeting for the 2013 budget, some issues were discussed and decided upon with a general consensus.
â€śThis meeting is mainly for us to get answers to questions we have,â€ť said Councilwoman Paula Reimers.
Clint Robert Collier, 31, of Larwill, died at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
A lifetime Whitley County resident, he was born Aug. 19, 1980, in Columbia City, the son of Robert Lee Collier and Tonya (Smith) McKay.
Today, the Whitley County Fire Chiefs Association recommended to the Whitley County Commissioners to lift the county wide ban of open burning and fireworks at this time. Due to recent rain and improving conditions they feel the ban can be lifted, but conditions will still be closely monitored. If conditions deteriorate again, or do not continue to improve, the ban may have to be put back in to effect. All county residents are asked to use consideration and caution when burning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Sailrite is one of 25 companies from 13 Indiana counties to earn a place in Indianaâ€™s fifth annual field of â€śCompanies to Watch.â€ť
The company, started in 1969, is owned by Matt and Hallie Grant, who recently moved it less than a year ago to its current location at a 71,000 square foot building visible from U.S. 30 East.
â€śItâ€™s a great honor, and a testament to our company,â€ť said Hallie. â€śA lot of our growth is because of the good employees that we have.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Logan S. Kirk, 19, of Avilla, and Dallas M. Jones, 20, of Churubusco, both appeared in circuit court on methamphetamine charges Monday.
According to the Whitley County Drug Task Force, the two-week long investigation of stolen property and drug activity led officers to a residence on Staunton Drive in Churubusco.
According to WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton, two males were in or near a vehicle parked on the street, preparing their equipment and chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The third time was the charm for Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively Monday morning.
After Rafael Davila of Ohio fled from Hively twice and began a 90 mph police chase through Columbia City, Davila was taken into custody around 4 a.m.
In a police report, Hively said he was traveling eastbound on U.S. 30 when he spotted a car in the westbound lane going 72 mph in a 60 mph zone.
â€śI turned my squad car around and caught up to the vehicle at the intersection of Ind. 9 and U.S. 30,â€ť Hively said in the report.
Kelly â€śPopcornâ€ť Caskey, 68, of Columbia City, died suddenly at 7:16 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his residence.
Born on April 23, 1944, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Denzil B. and Georgia (Dexter) Caskey.
He graduated from Central High School, Fort Wayne, with the class of 1962. He served in the U.S. Army. He moved in 1988 from Allen County to Whitley County.
On Oct. 1, 1988, he married Virginia â€śGinnyâ€ť L. Mertz at Saturn Christian Church, Columbia City. He retired from Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne, with 36 years service and prior 10 years with Hi-Fy Gas Stations.
Sharon (Chaffin) (Meitz) Freon, of Fort Wayne, passed away July, 21, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
She graduated from North Side High School in 1957, and was employed as a nurse at Parkview Hospital for 19 Â˝ years.
Upon her retirement she worked at Lutheran Social Services, Allen County Council on Aging and as a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens.
She was also a member at Trinity English Lutheran Church.