August 8th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Council gave Sheriff Mark Hodges the approval to move forward with jail repairs at its meeting Tuesday.
The council approved $100,000 out of the Rainy Day Fund, with the rest of the money needed to complete the project to be determined as the project moves along.
The project, which concerns a door opening system, upgrading a camera system throughout the entire building and a request for cabinet renovations, is estimated to cost around $176,139 and to take six to eight months to complete.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” To continue the Celebrate Success program this year, Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation has started two new programs that are going to be working through the school and the district involving outreach.
â€śEach school is going to be creating a school outreach team to promote that particular school, and theyâ€™re going to create a presentation and present the presentation to three off campus entities,â€ť said Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor at the WCCS work session Monday.
Oâ€™Connor said these entities could include churches, the chamber, the rotary and even the city council.
Columbia Cityâ€™s football team held its soap scrimmage Saturday.
Above, Jared Murphy makes a move for the end zone.
Phillip L. Lundblad, 82, of Columbia City, died at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health for the past year.
He was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Whitley County, a son of Harold L. and C. Fern (Coolman) Lundblad. A lifelong resident of Columbia City, he graduated from Columbia City High School in 1949.
On Jan. 19, 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged Jan. 13, 1953.
On June 19, 1971, he was united in marriage to Linda D. Kitson. They moved to their present home in 1972.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Austin L. Waller, 18, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to aiding in dealing in methamphetamine.
Due to Wallerâ€™s plea agreement, he will be charged with aiding in the dealing of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, with four other counts against him dismissed.
A sentencing date is scheduled for Oct. 15 where Waller could face six to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
The plea came after Waller was arrested July 1, along with Terrance M. Ward, 30, on reports of a chemical odor coming from Apartment 3, 315 S. Main St., Columbia City.
WARSAW â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf season opened Monday morning at the same place it ended last year â€”Stonehenge.
The Lady Eagles were bested by a strong Warsaw team, which opened its season with a score of 184. Columbia City shot a 224. Last seasonâ€™s sectional match was held at Stonehenge, where both Columbia City and Whitko saw the end of their seasons.
Though as a team the Lady Eagles lost by a significant margin, Columbia Cityâ€™s No. 1 linkster Jackie Leeuw shot just one-over Warsawâ€™s medalists with a 45. Lady Tigers Nikke Lalonde and Beth Meadows both fired 44s.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A Whitley County official was arrested Monday afternoon on official misconduct and battery charges.
Roland "Ron" King, 74, of South Whitley, Cleveland Township Trustee, is charged with three felonies and three misdemeanors after a one-month long investigation.
According to Indiana State Police Detective Kevin Smith, a complaint was made to the South Whitley Police Department alleging that King inappropriately touched three women at the Cleveland Township Trusteeâ€™s office.
The misconduct allegedly occurred between June 10, 2011 and June 11, 2012.
Edwin J. Bear, 90, of Columbia City, died at 5:11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at his residence.
Born June 1, 1922 in Allen County, he was the son of Cassius Elmer and Cecil Lucille (Grayless) Bear.
He graduated from Huntertown High School with the class of 1940. After graduation, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.
On July 31, 1946, he married Phyllis Ilene Walker at Coesse United Methodist Church.
Mary L. Slagal, 89, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Columbia City, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at her home.
Born July 19, 1923, in South Bend, she was the daughter of Rollie J. and Alberta J. (Anderberg) Howe.
She attended Riley High School in South Bend. On Aug. 13, 1938, she married Russell D. Slagal in Elkhart.
A former resident of Tri-Lakes, she moved to California in 1977, where she worked for Singer-Kerfott, St. Marcos, retiring in 1988. In 1990, she returned to Whitley County and since 2009, she lived with her daughter in Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Downtown Columbia City was a veritable candy store for classic car enthusiasts Saturday as 146 participants took part in the 11th Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show on the Square, an event held to benefit Junior Achievement of Whitley County.
According to organizers, participants came from as far away as Battle Creek, Mich.
Peoples Choice Award winner was Dan Rex of Columbia City with a 1967 Blue Chevy Nova Sedan.
Other winners were as follows:
1949 and older
Joe Maloni, Huntington
1935 International C1 Pickup
Steve Shoda, Churubusco
1933 Ford Coupe