September 21st, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mayor Ryan Daniel and the Columbia City Park Board will be breaking ground on the new Blue River Trail Extension Saturday.
The ground breaking will take place on the north side of U.S. 30 in Morsches Park at 12:30 p.m.
According to Columbia City Park Director Mark Green, the project will extend the trail eight tenths of a mile, which will open up the park to citizens on the north side of the city.
Green said the extension will begin just south of the pond in Morshes Park, cross over the river and end near DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated Board of School Trustees approved construction bids for Phase III Development of Eagle Tech Academy, with hopes the project will be finished by next year.
â€śThe lowest bid on the project of the five bidders was $1,948,572, of Hamilton Hunter (Builders) out of Fort Wayne,â€ť said school board member Anthony Zickgraf at Mondayâ€™s meeting. â€śOut of the five bids, they were all within about 2.5 percent of each other.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tonight is homecoming at Columbia City High School (CCHS) and many students will create memories that will follow them throughout their adult lives. But for a group of CCHS alumni, memories of the past will make way for new homecoming memories.
For the second year, Helen Hockemeyer, CCHS band director, has organized a band comprised of high school alumni for homecoming night.
After last yearâ€™s turn out of 16, Hockemeyer decided to put the alumni band together again. Classes represented in the group went as far back as 1950.
Marian A. (Ringger) Meyer Hedrick, 75, of Ft. Wayne, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
Raised in Grover Hill, Ohio, Marian attended Grover Hill High School where she graduated as Salutatorian and graduated with honors from Defiance College in 1958.
She had taught at Bryan, Ohio High School. For the last 37 years, she was a professional life insurance agent with New York Life in Ft. Wayne.
She attended Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church. Her interests included gardening, nature, animals, bridge, piano and ballroom dancing. She was also an avid reader.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” RaeAnne â€śRaeâ€ť A. Minnix, 43, of Paulding, Ohio, died at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at home.
She was born May 23, 1969, in Auburn, to Arthur D. and LaDial E. (Hawn) White, who preceded her in death.
She was a talented musician who loved to play the guitar, and the piano. She was, also, an inspirational writer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” On Friday and Saturday, Morsches Park will welcome Whitley County residents to gather for fall fanfare and celebration.
The rescheduled fireworks display has now allowed for a weekend of food, music and entertainment. At 5 p.m. Friday, food vendors and bounce houses will open. An Elementary Mile Championship Run will kick off at 5:30 p.m. This will feature over 700 cross country runners in grades three through five. The night will close with a concert by Bluebird Revival at 6 p.m.
Saturday, the park will open at 8 a.m. to host the farmerâ€™s market.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Susan Christman, WCCSâ€™s director of special education, Sue Corbin, the corporationâ€™s assistant director for special education, as well as Melissa Dubie, with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, are preparing to attend a national conference in Ohio on autism in November.
The welcome came after a proposal was written by the three individuals detailing the work the local school corporation has accomplished to meet the needs of autistic students.
Patricia A. Maroney, 75, of Columbia City, died at 7:48 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Grace Village Healthcare, Winona Lake.
She was born Jan. 8, 1937, in Highland Park, Mich., a daughter of the late Henry H. and Margaret C. (Kendall) Bowman.
Her formative years were spent in the Detroit area. She graduated from Redford High School in 1953. She began college at Michigan State University and completed her bachelorâ€™s degree at Wayne State University in business with a minor in psychology.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ The Whitley County Board of Commissioners held its regular meeting in a different environment Monday, as business was conducted in front of students from Whitko High School.
â€śI enjoy holding the meetings for the students,â€ť said County Commissioner Don Amber. â€śWe do this for the kidsâ€™ edification.â€ť
Amber said the commissioners occasionally held meetings at the South Whitley Library, but then it was suggested to move it to the school for students, particularly those attending a government class.