April 1st, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â When it comes to a major road renovation in Columbia City known as the State Route 205 Project, Columbia City officials say there are no easy answers because there arenât any answers of any kind at the moment.
âYou just donât know the complexities,â said Jeff Walker, Columbia Cityâs Outside Operations Officer.
Mayor Jim Fleck said the process, which began more than seven years ago with complaints by residents of poor visibility entering and leaving Morsches Park, is multi-faceted.
âItâs kind of like learning to play the game of basketball during the game,â he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City officials have closed a portion of the Blue River Trail temporarily while construction on a new sewer project continues.
Mike Cook, Superintendent of Columbia Cityâs Water Pollution Control Facility, announced Friday at the cityâs meeting of the Board of Works and Safety that the trail between South Whitley and Main streets is closed while construction crews install one of two new lift stations.
âWeâd like to get the word out,â said Cook.
Experience goes a long way in high school golf and Columbia City has that with its top four scorers from last season returning.
It may not seem like golfing weather now but the Eagles are already prepping for an April 12 opener against county rivals Churubusco and Whitko. With experience, expectations are higher and it starts with that first match.
CHURUBUSCO â Approximately a dozen people attended the unveiling of the Churubusco Downtown Action Plan presentation Wednesday evening at Churubusco High School.
The action plan is the result of months of studies and surveys of the town and its residents, conducted by Hyett Palma Associates for the Indiana Downtown Project.
Magdalene W. Brandt, 87, a former resident of Walkerton and South Bend, and widow of Carl Brandt, Sr., passed away at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.
She was born in Clay City March 14, 1924, a daughter of Charles and Hester (Kendall) Staley.
The surviving relatives include two daughters, Sherian Young and Robin Williams; two sons, Thoral Brandt and Marvin Brandt; and a brother, Donald Staley.
Clarence Wayne Rosenberger, 83, of Jefferson Township, Whitley County, died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Renaissance Village where he had been a resident since Monday.
He was born Sept. 24, 1927 in Fort Wayne, a son of Clarence Z. and Ruth (Sheets) Rosenberger. As a fifth grader, his family moved to Jefferson Township from Fort Wayne. He graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1945.
During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Corps.
On May 18, 1947 he was united in marriage to Janice E. Sever. They moved to their present home in 1950.
CHURUBUSCO — It’s only two games into the regular season and Churubusco baseball head coach Mark Grove is already seeing a drastic difference from his team’s start a season ago.
Starting 0-5 last season, the Eagles have dealt out the losses to open March.
A 1-0 shutout victory by senior Dylan Herendeen Tuesday helped Churubusco beat Leo erasing any fears of a slow start.
COLUMBIA CITY â Acting on a tip, Columbia City police raided a local hotel last Friday and arrested three 18-year-old men and two juveniles for alcohol and drug-related offenses.
The tipster told police there was underage drinking and drug use at a Columbia City hotel.
Officer Ken Smith and Narcotics Sgt. Robert Stevenson arrived at the hotel at about 7:45 p.m. and discovered about 12 people in a pair of hotel rooms.
The officers arrested Thomas McKnight, 18 of Columbia City, Derik Jon Runyon, 18 of Columbia City and Coyan Tyberius Frederick, 18, also of Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â As she has done for years, Melody Thompson dons her brown uniform each evening and prepares to start her work day. By the time her shift is over, she will have traveled from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis and back again.
And, each day she strives to maintain another element of that routine which is to make that trip without a traffic accident.
Thompsonâs driving record as a semi driver, or âfeeder driverâ with the United Parcel Service is not just stellar, her company would call it noteworthy.
SOUTH WHITLEY â The Whitley County Historical Society annual banquet Wednesday evening at the Brownstone Cafe in South Whitley brought three new members onto the board: Pat Heinbaugh, Wendi Barnett and Chris Hockemeyer. Dennis Warnick, president of the organization, filled out the slate to continue for another term.
Anna Rhoades was surprised to be given the Volunteer of the Year award for coming in every Wednesday for â20 years or so,â she said, and organizing the filing for the historical society.