October 29th, 2012
Marilyn Jane Messmann, 66, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born September 20, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Virgil W. and Marie Eva (Smith) Jones.
She graduated from New Haven High School with the class of 1964 and Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne.
On Nov. 21, 1973, she married Dennis L. Messmann in Fort Wayne.
A former Fort Wayne resident, she resided in Columbia City since November of 1981.
Norman Lee Campbell, 85, of La Porte passed away Saturday Oct. 27, 2012, at his home.
He was born on July 16, 1927, in Jay County, to Irvin and Lilly (Hiestand) Campbell.
He married Eloise E. Keirn, his bride of 63 years on June 29, 1949, in Fort Wayne; she survives.
Norman graduated from Bryant High School in Bryant, and served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a golden-glove boxer in the Navy.
Norman was a self-employed general contractor for more than 60 years.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Despite the outbreak of fungal meningitis affecting clinics in Indiana, Whitley County remains in the clear. Cases of illnesses and deaths are soon expected to take a drastic downward spiral.
According to Whitley County Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher, three lots of contaminated methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), of Framingham, Mass. was the cause of several cases affecting a total of 18 states.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Area high school students morphed into zombies Saturday to converge on Paige‚Äôs Crossing for Columbia City High School‚Äôs zombie prom, sponsored by CCHS show choirs.
The dancing dead ate zombie-themed foods such as blood punch, flayed-skin cheeseball and bandaged big toes.
Candace Lemke, a show choir parent, coordinated the food. She said, ‚ÄúThe food is zombie inspired. It‚Äôs all in good fun. It may sound gross, but it tastes good.‚ÄĚ
The event was a fundraiser for the choir program and was open to all CCHS and Eagle Tech Academy students and their guests.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As TROY Center continues to strive for student excellence, the staff has embraced the motto ‚Äúto do whatever it takes‚ÄĚ to ensure those students reach their goals.
According to TROY Center Administrator Nicole Trier, TROY, which was recently accredited in August, provides mentoring, social skills education, wellness activities, basic skills education, fine arts, substance abuse education, physical training and tutoring.
‚ÄúOur goal is to catch the students who will otherwise fall through the cracks because they‚Äôve been expelled or something like that,‚ÄĚ said Trier.
BUTLER ‚ÄĒ A professional motocross rider from Churubusco was hurt after he crashed his dirt bike Saturday.
Bradley Sordelet, 24, was practicing near Butler Saturday afternoon when he was trying to negotiate a jump and crashed.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, Sordelet fractured his lower leg.
Sordelet was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne and is listed in fair condition.
DNR probing off-road vehicle accident in Whitley County
TERRE HAUTE ‚ÄĒ After a long and trying season for Columbia City stand-out runner Samantha Roush, the harrier made Indiana‚Äôs All-State team, placing 24th at Saturday‚Äôs state finals in Terre Haute.
A junior this year, this season was Roush‚Äôs third year at the state meet.
Last year, Roush came in seventh and she placed 16th as a freshman.
While she may not have placed as well as before, Roush spent much of the 2012 season sidelined due to an injury.
‚ÄúIt was the season that almost wasn‚Äôt,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said. ‚ÄúTwice.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While much of the east coast is buckling down for Hurricane Sandy, many states in the tMidwest will also be feeling the effects of the storm.
A wind advisory goes into effect this afternoon until Tuesday evening, and also brings the chance for snow, with highs in the mid-40s for most of the week.
Wind speeds are predicted to reach 45 mph.
While area meteorologists say the ground is too warm for accumulation, cold temperatures and rain may pose the perfect storm for the season‚Äôs first snow.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ For the past five years, Columbia City resident and Marathon store manager Dee Ellenberger has been putting her personable skills to good use, considering many of her customers to be like her family.
‚ÄúMy customers are like family,‚ÄĚ said Ellenberger. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve laughed a lot with them, and I‚Äôve cried a lot with them.‚ÄĚ
Ellenberger, 58, works at the Marathon located at Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive in Columbia City, clocking in early in the morning to prepare the store for business and working until the afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Since TROY Center became accredited in August, the school staff has continued to secure partnerships and work with students‚Äô goals, making the atmosphere a warm, caring environment.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre just trying to do a lot more future thinking,‚ÄĚ said TROY Administrator Nicole Trier.
Trier said TROY‚Äôs first intention is to partner with schools in the area before having students apply for vouchers.
‚ÄúIf a student comes to us and they want to enroll, we‚Äôre going to first see if the schools are willing to refer them,‚ÄĚ said Trier.