July 20th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Peter Mallers, an attorney representing Parkview Health System Inc., attended the County Commissionerâ€™s meeting Monday concerning the purchase agreement of the old hospital property in Columbia City.
â€śThis occasion is the second part of the presentation and the request made more than a year ago, February, 2011, related to the construction of the new hospital and the sale of the old hospital property,â€ť said Mallers.
â€śThat was for the specific purpose of the sale of the Lemburg building, and today is for the specific sale of the hospital property, again to Passages Inc.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the 4-H Whitley County Fair wrapped up Thursday, 4-H Fair President Cathy Heritier estimated this year brought in more profit than last year.
â€śThe final attendance numbers are not in yet, but regardless of whether our attendance was up, our profitability was up,â€ť said Heritier.
â€śWe ended up finishing really well.â€ť
Topping the list this year for the most popular desert was ice cream, with more than 12,000 gallons sold.
â€śWe also sold around 2,500 hotdogs, and we had to re-order pop and Gatorade,â€ť said Heritier.
SHERMAN, Texas â€” A Columbia City man initially arrested in April for money laundering, but who pleaded guilty to another charge earlier this month should find out his fate in the next several months.
According to court records, Duane Ducharme, 70, pleaded guilty July 2 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas to misprision of a felony.
Ducharme was initially incarcerated in the Collin County Jail April 13 after being observed by agents of both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of what those agencies said was an ongoing investigation.
Betty R. Rhoades, 88, died Friday, July 20, 2012, at Zeeland Community Hospital in Zeeland, Mich. where she lived with her son, Terry.
She was born July 4, 1924, in Bluffton, a daughter of Charles Herbert and Nettie Lillian Rosen.
She attended Washington Center High School while she lived with â€śauntâ€ť Mary as a ward of the court.
On Nov. 2, 1963, she married Donald E. Rhoades. They made their home in Arcola. Mr. Rhoades preceded her in death on May 31, 1984.
She retired from General Electric, Ft. Wayne, in 1972. She owned and operated Rhoades Grocery in Arcola from 1973 to 1975.
Pastor James A. Haugen Sr., 67, of Columbia City, died Thursday, July 19, 2012.
He was born June 26, 1945, in Mandan, N.D., a son of Elmer and Betty Marie (Sempson) Haugen.
He graduated from Concordia High School in Portland, Ore. and continued his education at Concordia College in Portland, Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne and completed his Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the summer I-READ3 test results came in, Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor, superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS), said she was pleased with the results made by the third graders.
â€śWe had approximately 260 third-grade students who did take the I-READ3 test, and we had approximately 22 who did not pass the test at that time,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.
â€śThose students received additional reading instruction, special reading instruction, and 12 of those students attended our Camp Read A Lot.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board officially congratulated Jacob Hoag, appointed Northern Heights Elementary School principal, at their meeting Monday.
The appointment was made when Robert Hoke retired as principal after 27 years of service.
Hoag has been working at Madison Elementary School in Warsaw, but expressed a wish to return to WCCS.
FORT WAYNE â€” A local pastor, on a mission of community service died Thursday as the result of an accident involving a vehicle driven by his wife and quick thinking by people at the scene couldnâ€™t prevent his death.
Rev. James A. Haugen, 67, of Columbia City, died of blunt force trauma after being backed over by his wife, Darleen K. Haugen, 64, at the Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne, according to Fort Wayne police.
Police reported a call was made at about 9:13 a.m. Thursday of an accident involving a pedestrian.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Stephen Culbert of Gibraltar Design, Inc. came before the Whitley County Consolidated School board Monday to present Eagle Tech Academy, Phase III â€” relocation of the Technology Department and the Reconfiguration of the Administrative Center.
â€śWeâ€™re very excited because this is a 21st century learning environment that we are creating in this building that is historically many different things to the community and the school system,â€ť said Culbert. â€śThis is the final project to complete the Eagle Tech Academy.â€ť