June 21st, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â The capital campaign designed to fund a renovation of the former Lehmberg Medical Building on North Oak Street into Passages, Inc.âs crown jewel â the Creative Learning Center â got a massive financial boost, times two, Thursday afternoon.
Following a presentation billed as the kick off to the organizationâs capital campaign, David Smith of Star Financial Bank presented Passages, Inc. President and CEO Tom OâNeill with a check for $75,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â Due to a recent tuition increase at TROY Center, Dr. Patricia OâConnor invited TROY Center director, Nicole Trier, to the Whitley County Consolidated School board meeting Monday to shed light on the reasons for the increase.
Before Trier spoke, Superintendent Dr. Patricia OâConnor said, âWhitley County Community Schools has established a strong, positive working partnership with TROY Center for many years. The TROY Center Alternative program has provided educational instruction and supervision for our at-risk students.â
COLUMBIA CITY â After a split vote from the Whitley County Planning Commission members, the County Commissionerâs suggested changes to the proposed Wind Energy Ordinance were rejected Wednesday.
The motion was made to approve the County Commissionerâs recommended changes, but it did not carry since a majority of five votes was needed.
Dave Schilling made an abstention. Voting for the approval of the motion was Brandon Forrester, Paula Reimers, George Schrumpf and Doug Wright. Voting against the motion was Dave Addison, Bill Auer, John Johnson and Kenny Kerch.
Tuesday, June 26
Poor Jack Amusements Midway 5-11 p.m.
Woodlands Senior Center
W. C. Council on Aging breakfast 8 a.m.
Euchre 9 a.m.
Carry-in Lunch 11:30 a.m.
Travel Show 2:30 p.m.
Bingo 4 p.m.
Brats & Burgers 5 p.m.
Melvin Mullins 6 p.m.
W. C. Historical Museum
Open tours & Quilt Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Legion Tent on Midway
American Legion Bingo 5-11 p.m.
Eagleâs Nest Event Center
OSD Past Presidents Dinner 6 p.m.
OSD Horseshoe Tournament 7 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â A death at a residence on Ind. 205, originally believed to be suspicious by police, was ruled a suicide after further investigation.
Kathy Gregory, 47, was found dead at 1920 S. Ind. 205 Tuesday night after medics and firemen were called to the scene of a fall.
First responders found Gregory unresponsive with a gunshot wound.
The case was investigated by Whitley County Coroner Scott Smith, Sheriffâs Detective Chuck Vogely and Crime Scene Investigator Randy Dellinger.
COLUMBIA CITY â Haley Richter can âflyâ in the pool. Literally.
Richter will be competing in the Olympic trials Monday in Omaha, Nebraska in the 100-meter butterfly.
She qualified by meeting the qualifying time (101.99) by just a fraction of a second, 1:01.5.
Though Richter said she doesnât expect to place in the top two to make it to the Olympics, sheâs excited about the experience.
âItâs going to be so fun. Iâm so excited,â Richter said.
Richter said sheâs seeded around 80th place. Her time, 101.5, wouldâve been good for the world record in 1974. The record in â74 was 101.88.
Kathy Marie Gregory, 47, a resident of rural Columbia City and a native of Churubusco, died at 8:57 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at her home.
Ms. Gregory was born on June 14, 1965, in Goshen, a daughter of Norman G. and Linda (Alfrey) Gregory.
The surviving relatives include two children, her parents, a brother, two sisters, and six grandchildren.
Private graveside services will be held at the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco. Interment will follow. At the request of the family, there will be no public calling hours.
Stanley George Walter, 83, of Columbia City, died at midnight on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Life Care Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.
Born Feb. 22, 1929, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Willard M. and Gertrude (Mayland) Walter.
He attended Churubusco High School. On April 18, 1953, he married Rilla Jane Harroff in Angola. Throughout his lifetime, he lived in DeKalb, Whitley and Allen counties.
His employment included Kendallville Foundry, Johnson Brotherâs Farm, Walmart of Auburn and Schneider National and Morgan Drive Away.
COLUMBIA CITY â College Choice 529 is the name of the state of Indianaâs plan to help parents and students prepare for the high costs of a college education.
Jodi Golden, executive director of the Indiana Education Savings Authority (ESA), was the speaker at the latest Rotary Club meeting.
She was introduced by Rotarian Dick Buchanan, who is a member of ESAâs board of directors.
Goldenâs main focus was to inform the group of the benefits of the College Choice 529 program.
She started off by giving the current statistics of the realities of a college education in todayâs numbers.