February 4th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Despite a very cold and snowy start to February in Northeast Indiana, the sage of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a morbidly obese groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his den Saturday morning, did not see his shadow and therefore proclaimed an early spring for the entire nation.
Thus prophesied a Pennsy oracle woodchuck on the oddest of holidays: Groundhog Day.
Below is a feature column penned by Zak Lantz, editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper, about the groundhog fame of his hometown.
Punxsutawney -- this is my town
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from Sunday at 5:18 p.m. through Monday.
A round of accumulating snow is expected to develop late Sunday night and continue into Monday.
Talbert Wilmont Pittenger, 94, of rural Columbia City, died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident for the past two weeks.
He was born July 18, 1918, in Union Township, a son of Wayne G. and Mary R. (Worden) Pittenger. A lifelong Whitley County resident, he graduated from Coesse High School in 1936.
On Aug. 17, 1940, he was united in marriage to Georgianna Miller. They made their home on Shriner Lake. Mrs. Pittenger died Jan. 9, 1950.
Shelly L. Bills, 52 of Columbia City, died at 6:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Covington Manor Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. She was on born Nov. 5, 1960, in Columbia City to Larry Robert and Carolyn Alice (Miller) Bills.
She spent her lifetime in the Whitley County area graduating from the Columbia City High School. She was formerly employed at Goss Grocery Store and Hilltop Tavern, Big Lake.
Peabody Public Library is holding a book sale today and Saturday.
Thousands of books will be on sale, including childrenâ€™s books, cookbooks, paperbacks and books from many other categories, each priced at $1 or less.
The sale will run until 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit www.ppl.lib.in.us.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of dealing in methamphetamine had his court appearance pushed back due to other charges.
Dean Pressler, 39, of Larwill, was arrested in December for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. He was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for those counts.
Chris Jones, of Columbia City, donates blood at the Columbia City United Methodist Church Thursday afternoon. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile conducted the visit. All who donated were treated to Girl Scout cookies.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With a focus on academic success and college-readiness, the Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of School Trustees heard a presentation on progress in those areas at Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy.
Jennifer Reiff, CCHS principal; Lyle Kuhmichel, CCHS assistant principal; Kyle Nelson, CCHS dean of students and Brady Mullet, Eagle Tech Academy principal gave the presentation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A bridge in Columbia City could one day have a new name.
State Sen. Jim Banks proposed legislation to name the Ind. 9 bridge in Columbia City between West Spencer and Hanna Streets after former State Sen. Gary P. Dillon.
â€śI introduced the legislation a couple of years ago and introduced it again this time,â€ť Banks said.
Banks did not anticipate the legislation passing this year, but said it had to get started on the process.
â€śI would love to surprise him with it,â€ť Banks said of Dillon.
FORT WAYNE â€” Twenty wrestlers from Whitley County advanced to Saturdayâ€™s regional meet at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne and now stand just two weekends away from the state tournament.
Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko were all at the sectional meet at Carroll last Saturday. Churubusco was second to the hosts in the team race and is sending eight wrestlers to this weekendâ€™s meet. Columbia City and Whitko will each send six to regionals.