July 27th, 2012
Donald Lowell Smith, 65, of Columbia City, diedat 10:16 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Dec. 26, 1946, in Huntington, he was the son of Albert L. and Lois (Walker) Smith.
A lifetime Whitley County resident, he graduated with the class of 1965 from Columbia City High School.
He was honorably discharged from the U. S. Coast Guard where he served from 1966 to 1970.
On July 1, 1967, he married Susan E. Dautz in Columbia City. From 1965-1997, he worked at General Electric, Fort Wayne.
Betty M. Ballard, 86, of Columbia City, died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since June.
She was born Sept. 4, 1925, in Columbia City, a daughter of Guy and Mabel (Graves) Putman.
She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1943.
On May 28, 1943, she was united in marriage to Delbert Ballard.
They made their home west of Columbia City. Mr. Ballard died in 1975.
She was a sales representative for Avon from 1953 until 1968, and a custodian at Columbia City High School from 1975 until 1990.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In the interest of making it easier to contact key personnel at The Post & Mail, a reconfiguration of contact information is being developed.
At present, several emails have changed and in the weeks ahead, those changes will appear on the â€śContact Usâ€ť page of The Post & Mailâ€™s website.
For readers wanting to contact members of The Post & Mailâ€™s newsroom, the following changes have been made:
Publisher, Rick Kreps
Editor, Phil Smith
Sports, Nicole Ott
Hannah Schaefer, of Columbia City, won the ARTS Talent Showcase singing competition with her performance of â€śVanilla Ice Creamâ€ť from the broadway musical, â€śShe Loves Me.â€ť She also received an award for photography modeling.
Shaefer attended the ARTS Showcase in Orlando, Fla. with Charmaine Models and Talent Agency. While there, she competed in singing, television commercials, photography modeling, runway modeling, swimsuit modeling, monologue and cold reading.
Free life coaching sessions will be offered at the Peabody Library starting Wednesday and continuing on Aug. 8, 15 and 22.
The sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. To register, call 503-9047 or 212-2457.
The Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test will be held on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room A and B of the Peabody Library. For additional information visit www.wcarc.org or contact Roger McEntarfer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-9008.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local man was severely injured Wednesday after hitting a vehicle head on with his motorcycle.
Thomas Hesting of Columbia City was airlifted to Fort Wayne at approximately 10:30 a.m. from the area of Ind. 9 and CR 500 N.
Witnesses say Hesting drove his Harley Davidson motorcycle left of center, hitting a vehicle driven by Chelsea Craig of Columbia City head on.
Craig was transported by ambulance to Parkview Whitley with back pain.
The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department said Hesting was wearing a helmet and Craig was properly restrained.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After the violent shooting that took place in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. July 20, killing 12 people and injuring 58, local government officials met to discuss procedures in the event of similar scenario in Whitley County.
As a precaution, Mayor Ryan Daniel said he met with Fire Chief Thomas LaRue, Police Chief Timothy Longenbaugh and Director of Communications Terry Wherry Monday morning.
At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, Daniel explained their discussion.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Several Churubusco business owners attended a town meeting regarding the Main Street Churubusco (MSC) project Wednesday at Smith-Green Community Schools administrative offices.
Dave Pearson, chairman of MSC, welcomed a majority of downtown Churubusco business owners.
Pearson explained how the project was started when Frank Kessler, town council president, approached him to become a part of Indianaâ€™s Main Street Project in late fall of 2010.
Then, a sub-committee was formed and the 12-step process required to be a part of IMSP began.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The severe storm on June 29 left quite a mess in the town of South Whitley which prompted resident Les Hoffman to attend the town council meeting Tuesday evening regarding limb pick-up.
â€śI donâ€™t know if there is a rhyme or reason how they pick up sticks,â€ť Hoffman said. â€śThe last town gentleman that picked those up was very timely. Right now, they donâ€™t seem to be on a timely basis at all and there should be a system for stick pick-up by finishing one neighborhood at a time.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, to the Housing Authority was passed on second reading. This ordinance establishes a Housing Authority in line with the Indiana Code.
â€śAs I talked about last time, this is changing our Housing Authority ordinance to reflect state statute changes,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
According to the ordinance, the Housing Authorityâ€™s public purpose is for the clearing, planning and reconstruction of areas in which unsanitary or unsafe housing conditions in the city exist.