July 24th, 2012
Today, the Whitley County Fire Chiefs Association recommended to the Whitley County Commissioners to lift the county wide ban of open burning and fireworks at this time. Due to recent rain and improving conditions they feel the ban can be lifted, but conditions will still be closely monitored. If conditions deteriorate again, or do not continue to improve, the ban may have to be put back in to effect. All county residents are asked to use consideration and caution when burning.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Sailrite is one of 25 companies from 13 Indiana counties to earn a place in Indianaâs fifth annual field of âCompanies to Watch.â
The company, started in 1969, is owned by Matt and Hallie Grant, who recently moved it less than a year ago to its current location at a 71,000 square foot building visible from U.S. 30 East.
âItâs a great honor, and a testament to our company,â said Hallie. âA lot of our growth is because of the good employees that we have.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Logan S. Kirk, 19, of Avilla, and Dallas M. Jones, 20, of Churubusco, both appeared in circuit court on methamphetamine charges Monday.
According to the Whitley County Drug Task Force, the two-week long investigation of stolen property and drug activity led officers to a residence on Staunton Drive in Churubusco.
According to WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton, two males were in or near a vehicle parked on the street, preparing their equipment and chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â The third time was the charm for Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively Monday morning.
After Rafael Davila of Ohio fled from Hively twice and began a 90 mph police chase through Columbia City, Davila was taken into custody around 4 a.m.
In a police report, Hively said he was traveling eastbound on U.S. 30 when he spotted a car in the westbound lane going 72 mph in a 60 mph zone.
âI turned my squad car around and caught up to the vehicle at the intersection of Ind. 9 and U.S. 30,â Hively said in the report.
Kelly âPopcornâ Caskey, 68, of Columbia City, died suddenly at 7:16 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his residence.
Born on April 23, 1944, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Denzil B. and Georgia (Dexter) Caskey.
He graduated from Central High School, Fort Wayne, with the class of 1962. He served in the U.S. Army. He moved in 1988 from Allen County to Whitley County.
On Oct. 1, 1988, he married Virginia âGinnyâ L. Mertz at Saturn Christian Church, Columbia City. He retired from Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne, with 36 years service and prior 10 years with Hi-Fy Gas Stations.
Sharon (Chaffin) (Meitz) Freon, of Fort Wayne, passed away July, 21, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
She graduated from North Side High School in 1957, and was employed as a nurse at Parkview Hospital for 19 Âœ years.
Upon her retirement she worked at Lutheran Social Services, Allen County Council on Aging and as a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens.
She was also a member at Trinity English Lutheran Church.
Robert Tucker, 71
Robert Lewis Tucker, 71, of rural Churubusco, died July 8, 2012, in Ft Wayne.
Growing up in the blue ridge mountains, young hillbilly Bob enjoyed fishing for rainbow trout, picking up arrowheads behind Harveyâs plow, singing in the church choir, playing the trombone, battling the occasional rattler and filling his lunch box with rocks to save himself from the school bully.
With parents, Paul and Helen Tucker and brother, Wayne, of Charlotte, N.C., the family moved around to follow his fatherâs job.
COLUMBIA CITY â Despite the way the economy has struggled and the way crops are looking, the 2012 Whitley County 4-H Livestock Auction still managed to raise $373,749 for 4-Hers.
The 2012 Whitley County 4-H Livestock Auction was held in the show barn again this year on Thursday.
Ritter Cox, auctioneer, welcomed more than 400 buyers during a rainy day.
COLUMBIA CITY âTwo bikes carrying medics could be seen tracking through the 4-H Whitley County Fair this year, as Parkview Whitley Hospital took extra steps to stay on top of medical emergencies.
The two bikes, owned by the hospital, were part of a Bike Medic program.
According to Andy Grote with Parkview, who came up with the idea last winter and saw it approved in March, this is the first year for the program.
âItâs a quicker aid for people in need,â said Grote. âThe bikes are fully stocked, and we carry just as much stuff on an ambulance.â