June 8th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The TROY Alternative Center for Learning was a topic of discussion at the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board work session Monday.
The discussion revolved around TROYâ€™s large increase in tuition.
Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor, superintendent of WCCS, said, â€śThey are raising their tuition rates, more than doubling the cost of tuition.â€ť
Board members were curious as to why there was a 40 percent increase in tuition costs.
â€śWhy all of a sudden do we have a 40 percent increase in tuition?,â€ť asked board member Tim Bloom.
A ribbon cutting was held last week to commemorate the grand opening of a new business in Columbia City.
Mayor Ryan Daniel, fourth from the right and owner Mark Jones, fourth from the left, cut the ribbon to officially open Discount Mattress Center, located at 535 N. Line St.
Pictured left to right, are Mary Carroll Jones, Gary Kiser, Ralph Bailey, Mark Jones, Daniel, Max Jones, Logan Jones and Dylan Kiser.
Churubusco senior Ryan Mayer was 2011-12â€™s last athlete to compete this season, as Whitley Countyâ€™s only linkster to make it to regionals.
Mayer scored an 88 at Orchard Ridge Thursday morning.
He shot a 45 in the front nine and a 43 in the back nine.
Respondents to the most recent online poll at www.thepostandmail.com showed that 56 percent "always" attend Old Settlers Days in Columbia City, Turtle Days in Churubusco â€“ or both of the popular Whitley County festivals. Both festivals occur later this month.
COLUMBIA CITY â€”Â Multiple people were injured Thursday afternoon in a crash at U.S. 30 and CR 300 E.
An SUV was T-boned before it rolled into the ditch on the north side of U.S. 30.
Multiple patients were transported to the hospital.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Whitley County Sheriff's Department.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Laurie Butts, 52, didnâ€™t really know she loved butterflies until she moved to a new home in a bean field near Tri-Lakes a few years ago.
In April 2005, Butts was walking on her property, which is surrounded by eight acres of grasslands, a pond and a well-pathed woods and thatâ€™s when she fell in love with bugs.
â€śIt was the first spring we lived here,â€ť said Butts, who shares her home with Beth Hauenstein.
Portside Pizza will host a pair of fundraisers designed to raise money for the annual Tri Lake fireworks. On Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., a hog roast will be held which will include a silent auction, a corn hole tournament and live music. Anyone wanting to donate items to the silent auction should call Portside Pizza at 691-3333. On Saturday, June 16, a golf outing at Crooked Lake Golf Course will be held. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Sign ups will be held at Portside Pizza.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board approved the appointment of Jacob Hoag as the principal of Northern Heights Elementary School at their meeting Monday.
The position required attention since Robert Hoke retired after 27 years of service.
After screening several candidates, Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor said the interview team had a recommendation ready for the boardâ€™s approval.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Amy Lybarger, district conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Columbia City, came before the commissioners Monday, requesting the approval of a project concerning the highway.
The area Lybarger is concerned about is CR 600 N., approximately a mile and a half west of Ind. 109. After investigation, Lybarger said they realized there was a tile blow hole.
â€śWe are very nervous over this situation,â€ť said Lybarger. â€śWe want to get it fixed and repaired as fast as possible. It would be a very easy repair, and quick repair.â€ť
Lonnie L. Van, 63, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Born Sept. 1, 1948, he was the son of Charles and Dorothy (Bowman) Van, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Van; two children; two brothers and one sister.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Van to the donorâ€™s choice of charity.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.