Firefighters Ed Scott (left) and Brian Hollenbaugh help put out a blaze at 3803 S. CR 300 W. in Columbia Township Wednesday morning. Firemen on the scene said the blaze was an unattended trash fire that got out of control. Nobody was injured and the fire was under control in less than an hour.
COLUMBIA CITY â A total of 348 residents submitted surveys on the future of Columbia City aquatics â the majority in favor of building a new pool facility. After reviewing the surveys, the Columbia City Park Board recently decided to close Burnworth Memorial Pool by 2014.
Currently, the board is working on establishing a 15-member Aquatics Task Force which will include the members from the community, local government and the school system.
Gayle E. Schinbeckler, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:44 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at her home.
Born Nov. 12, 1920, in Hope, Kan., she was the daughter of Gustave H. and Sarah E. (Longbine) Brumbaugh.
At age 14, while in the seventh grade, she and her family moved from Kansas to Whitley County.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1938.
On Dec. 24, 1939, she married Marshall C. Schinbeckler at First Church of God, Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â A South Whitley man appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court for an initial hearing Monday after allegedly dealing methamphetamine from a tractor in March and April.
Gerald Michel, 19, was arrested Nov. 11 after two arranged buys turned up evidence of one gram of methamphetamine.
Between the two buys, Michel was paid $100 for zipper bags containing a white crystal substance, later identified as methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â Unseasonably warm temperatures have left most of the Midwest double checking the date. Yes, Monday was Dec. 4 and the temperature registered a high of 64 degrees. But yesterday temperatures dropped â to a high of 60 degrees. Even with the slight dip, the temperature was still 20 degrees above the normal high of 39.
Although some have enjoyed waking up to frost-free windshields, others are concerned the strange weather patterns are indicators of a bigger problem â severe weather outbreaks.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City's downtown area is facing an outage. Street lights and store fronts are currently without power.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Council members approved a relationship between the Whitley County Humane Society and the Whitley County Commissioners to design a contract that will work for both parties.
Lindsay Pease, the humane shelterâs director, attended Tuesdayâs council meeting where she requested an approval of $25,000 for next yearâs budget.
The funds would be used by the shelter for several different tasks, such as off-setting the need for donations when strays are brought in and alleviating the costs of vaccinations for animals.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board (WCCS) of School Trustees is working to prevent future flooding problems at Columbia City High School.
A storm sewer proposal could be approve as early as Dec. 17. If the board approved the project, installation of a storm sewer would begin in March of 2013 â stretching the storm sewer along the north side of the school.
âMost of it would be completed by May 30 and final completion would be June 30,â said Zickgraf.
Kay A. Kistler, 76, formerly of Columbia City, died at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw where she had been a resident since 2003.
She was born Aug. 25, 1936, in Warsaw, a daughter of Floyd F. and Gladys E. (Kilgore) Kistler.
Surviving relatives include three children, six grandchildren, one brother, one niece and one nephew.
A private interment service at Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton will be held at a later date.
Dolores V. Trammel, 95, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born May 3, 1917, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Roudolph J. and Gertrude A. (Jordan) Harpel.
She attended the Fort Wayne School system. She married Lauren Trammel in Fort Wayne. An Allen County resident until the 1960s, she moved to Noble County, and recently moved to Whitley County to live with her children.
She retired from Tokheim Corp., Albion. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Albion.