October 8th, 2012
Billy L. Ottinger, 80, of Columbia City, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. He was a farmer and worked at GE for 25 years.
Billy was born May 27, 1932 in Whitley County, the son of Haven and Fay (Fairchild) Ottinger.
On Oct. 24, 1953, he married Shirley Ann Hyser at St. Catherine‚Äôs Catholic Church in Columbia City. She passed away June 4, 2009.
Patricia Lee Sievers, 74, of Columbia City, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at her home.
Born July 10, 1938, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Glenn and Izetta ‚ÄúSis‚ÄĚ (Coy) Cearbaugh.
A lifelong resident of Columbia City, she graduated with the class of 1956 from Columbia City High School.
On March 3, 1956, she married Donald E. Sievers in Columbia City. For 30 years, she worked at Weatherhead Corporation (DANA) of Columbia City. She was a member of Graceland Ministries, Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Blue River Trail extension project is rolling along as Niblock Excavating and Hamilton Hunter anticipate good progress in the coming months.
‚ÄúBoth parties hope to make significant progress and potentially finish the project yet this calendar year,‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Community Development Director Jeff Walker last week.
‚ÄúThe bridge will be erected on-site. However, if the trail doesn‚Äôt get finished before next spring, the bridge will remain closed to pedestrian traffic.‚ÄĚ
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúWhat I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that‚Äôs gone forever, impossible to reproduce,‚ÄĚ said designer, Karl Lagerfeld.
Capturing memories and encapsulating history in photos is what the Whitko Community Digital Image Project is working to do.
For the past two years, Joan Hostetler, in collaboration with her company, Heritage Photo and Research Services, has been partnering with the South Whitley and Pierceton libraries to scan historical photographs.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ After battling through a neck-and-neck first set, Columbia City‚Äôs volleyball team squashed DeKalb in the second set of the championship game at Whitko‚Äôs volleyball invitational Saturday.
The Lady Eagles were undefeated in pool play, only losing one set to Prairie Heights earlier in the day.
The first set of the final game was back-and-forth between DeKalb and Columbia City, being tied multiple times throughout.
DeKalb prepared for its set point, but the Eagles held strong, scoring after a long volley with a sharp kill.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ The warm, enjoyable football weather came to an end this week, as players took the field in rainy, 41-degree conditions.
Both Columbia City and Carroll faced the same muddy disadvantage Friday night at the Max Gandy Athletic Field ‚ÄĒ but the Eagles also carried the detriment of multiple sidelined starters, and fell 20-6 to the Chargers on senior night.
Garrett Vandersaul had a strong performance on the defensive end of the ball, forcing two fumbles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and five tackles overall.
GOSHEN ‚ÄĒ The clock has six seconds in the fourth quarter. ‚ÄôBusco has a third down with five and goal. The score stands at 23-21 with Fairfield leading.
The fans scream from both sides. The snap goes. Junior Cody Conwell makes a breakaway, pushing a defender out of his way. And then, the visiting crowd erupts, somehow louder than before ‚ÄĒ Eagles top the Falcons, 29-23.
The Eagles will spend the week preparing for next Fridays‚Äô game against what Etzler said is another long time rival, Lakeland.
ROCHESTER ‚ÄĒ Rochester handed Whitko‚Äôs football team another heart-breaking loss this season with a 20-17 win Friday.
The Zebras scored off a 24-yard field goal attempt with 25 seconds left on the clock after the score was tied for more than 16 minutes.
Tanner Hughes had 26 yards on eight carries, and second-string quarterback Trevor Gilbert was 2-for-2 in passing for 19 yards.
Connor Stouder caught two passes for 12 yards. Skylar Fugate led the team in tackles with 14. Gerding and Alex Stoddard recorded 8.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ According to the Whitley County auditor‚Äôs office, a list of taxpayers who still need to complete and return a Verification form to keep a Homestead filed on their primary property are viewable on the county‚Äôs website. The listing for Whitley County, which displays taxpayers who are receiving a Homestead Exemption, but who have not submitted the information required by the state, can be found at www.whitleygov.com.