May 10th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clicked the ruby slippers together and repeated â€śThereâ€™s no place like home. Thereâ€™s no place like home.â€ť
The Columbia City softball team may be saying the same thing after Wednesdayâ€™s Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up with the Carroll Chargers.
After several closer, low-scoring road contests, the Lady Eagles returned to Morsches Park to pound out 14 hits, downing the Lady Chargers 12-0 in five innings.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A not guilty plea was entered into Whitley County Circuit Court Wednesday for 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 court, the initial hearing for 52-year-old Mya Tha Tun of Fort Wayne, originally scheduled for Monday, was delayed until an interpreter could be located who spoke Burmese.
Once the interpreter was located, a hearing was held Wednesday and an initial plea of not guilty was entered.
Salvation Army open house today
Today the Salvation Army will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Whitley County with an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. The new office is located inside the First Church of God on 1200 DePoy Dr. The open house happens to be on â€śDonut Dayâ€ť so refreshments will be offered. When entering the church, use door five and enter the second door on the left.
Humane Shelter auction and banquet May 19
The Whitley County Human Shelter will hold an auction and banquet May 19 at Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Kathy Heuer joined incumbent state legislators state-wide in holding her Republican spot in Tuesdayâ€™s Indiana primary.
Heuer, elected to Indianaâ€™s House of Representatives in 2010 for the 83rd District, defeated Keith R. Potter handily with 69 percent of the vote (5,967) while on the other side of the aisle, Democrat John A. Good advanced unopposed to face Heuer in November.
As expected, Heuer defeated Potter easily in her home county with 77.8 percent of the vote.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Board received a budget update at Monday nightâ€™s work session from Business Manager Tony Zickgraf. Whitley County Consolidated Schools has a budget of approximately $24,000,000 with approximately $21,000,000 of that coming from the State of Indiana noted Zickgraf. WCCS received approximately $5,424 per student from the state, down from a high of $5,781 in 2005.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” All three Republican incumbents for Whitley County Council held on to the partyâ€™s nod for the panelâ€™s three available at-large seats during Tuesdayâ€™s primary.
â€śIâ€™m just glad itâ€™s over,â€ť said Councilman Thomas Western at the Northside Grille, serving as Republican Headquarters Tuesday night. â€śIt was a pretty close election and thatâ€™s exactly what I expected. I guess it really means that people are relatively happy with the way things are running in the county.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Republican Laurell Hodges received the majority of votes in the primary election Tuesday, making her a 2012 nominee for the county treasurer position.
The slot was vacated by Lisa Richmond.
â€śIt was just an opportunity that I saw, and Iâ€™ve been involved in local politics, and so I just thought it was time for me to take this leap,â€ť said Hodges.
With all votes reported, the day ended with Hodges at 44.34 percent, and her fellow Republican runners, Cindy Doolittle at 39.09 percent and Tami Plew at 16.57 percent.
For Hodges, the win came as a humbling experience.
Dale Parsley, 85, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2012, in Lewisville, Texas.
Born in South Whitley, Dale was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis, and is survived by daughters, Linda Marshall and Karen Howe, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Retired from International Harvester after 30 years, Dale was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea and a life member of the VFW 10006 and American Legion 296.
A private grave-side service will be held in Fort Wayne at a later time.
Karl Richard Pesick, 80, of South Whitley, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Center, North Manchester.
Born on March 27, 1932, in Chicago, he was the son of John and Blanche (Petrovic) Pesick.
On Oct. 21, 1974, he married Linda D. Hon in Chicago. He served in U.S. Navy from 1952-1956.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Joan Marie Mitchell, 84, of Columbia City, died at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born February 27, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Roy Cuppy and Ruth (Besson) Stanley.
She graduated from Washington Center High School and Warner Beauty College.
On Nov. 1, 1952, she married Rolland W. Mitchell. They made their home in Indiana and California, returning to Whitley County in 1972. Mr. Mitchell died Oct. 2, 1989.