May 8th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School band members are frequently seen in the community performing at football games and basketball games. They are a competitive team and a talented ensemble representing the community in parades as well as honoring our local veterans in several events. Although successful and growing, the band is experiencing a shortage of funds.
With help from the CCHS Band Boosters, a nonprofit organization in charge of raising funds for the program, Helen Foster, the director of bands at CCHS, is asking for the communityâ€™s help in funding the band program.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Prosecutors in Whitley County delayed the hearing Monday of a man involved in a fatal car crash April 29 in southern Whitley County that killed a three-year old boy.
According to officials in the Whitley County Circuit Court, as well as a spokesperson from the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office, the hearing slated Monday morning for Mya Tha Tun, 52, of Fort Wayne, was delayed and no future court date has yet been set.
Police say Tun was intoxicated when the vehicle he was driving slammed into a van carrying a family of six.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2012 Columbia City trash pick up will be divided up into two weekends this year. The city will be divided down Main Street (Ind. 9). The west side of the city will be picked up on Saturday, June 9 starting at 6 a.m. The east side of the city will be picked up on June 16 starting at 6 a.m. All trash will be picked up at the curb side or alley.
CHURUBUSCO â€” An annual event timed to coincide with the Churubusco Junior Senior High School prom is worth the effort that goes into it, if even one life is saved, according to the eventâ€™s coordinators.
CJSHSâ€™s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions cleared the schoolâ€™s parking lot Friday for an exercise designed to show students the effect of drunk driving, according to co-chairwomen Angie Glick and Brenda King.
Helen I. Fink, 85, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Canterbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Defiance, Ohio, Helen retired from L.S. Ayres and International Harvester where she had been a radio dispatcher. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Helen had a nurturing heart for raising Yorkshire terriers and enjoyed working in her yard.
Surviving are sister, Laura Craig of Auburn, goddaughters, June Keiser, Deanna Kissinger, and Tara Van Houten all of Columbia City, and several nieces and nephews.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mayor Ryan Daniel and Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor have developed a new cooperative called the Columbia City Youth Council (CCYC).
Comprised of students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes at Columbia City High School, the program will focus on engaging youth in the future of the city.
Whitko Middle Schoolâ€™s Clean World Association (CWA) was in full bloom at the Whitley County Farmerâ€™s Market Saturday. The group of 15 students participate in this extracurricular club to learn about plants and gardening.
Laura Thong-Umphai, the groupâ€™s sponsor and a 6th grade science teacher at Whitko, explains. â€śThey learn everything. Starting with sewing the seed, taking care of the plants, learning the variety and the needs of the plant. Now we are here today, the group is learning the business side of it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Farmerâ€™s Market kicked off its summer season with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning. Many of the Chamber of Commerce board members were present along with Mayor Ryan Daniel and Market Master, Chris Lilly.
According to Lilly, the market is full of vendors. Fifty vendors are now signed up for the Saturday morning market from now until Oct. 31.
LARWILL â€” One man was arrested in Larwill Sunday evening after an employee at the Larwill Deli reported a suspicious van outside the convenience store.
The employee reported a white van without a license plate that was suspiciously driving around the store. After the witness saw a man begin to put on what was reportedly a face mask, she called the police, locked the doors and hid in the back of the deli.
â€śThe attendant was really sharp,â€ť Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Detective Chuck Vogley said. â€śShe saw something wasnâ€™t right.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A South Whitley man was arrested on six charges early Sunday morning, after firing a shotgun four times from his residence, with police in the area.
Phillip J. Kessie, 36, already convicted as a violent felon on previous charges and who is on probation, was charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, criminal recklessness, reckless driving, possession of paraphernalia, resisting law enforcement and operating while intoxicated.
The incident began late Saturday night, with a reported domestic fight while driving.