March 9th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What to do with a long-vacant industrial property that could use a serious cleanup may soon be a problem of the past.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Economic Development Corporation has been paving the way since last year for the sale of the former Dana plant located at 643 W. Ellsworth Street in Columbia City.
Novae Corporation, a manufacturer of utility trailers and commercial lawn equipment with facilities in Markle, North Manchester and a small operation in Columbia City, is considering purchasing the 11.725-acre property in western Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The parking lot filled up at the Marshall Community Building Monday evening.
The board room for the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees was standing room only.
Administrators braced for what was expected to be an outcry against proposed staffing cuts in the corporation due to a revenue shortfall.
Instead, no one spoke up on behalf of teaching positions that may have to be scaled back for financial reasons, but rather took to the podium to request an addition to the school systemâ€™s budget.
As the Columbia City boys’ basketball team went home with a sectional championship Saturday night, the three Eagles that led in scoring in a 67-66 win over Wawasee had another reason to celebrate.
Monday, the Northeast Hoosier Conference announced its all-conference teams.
The NHC was a conference filled with sophomore talent in the 2010-11 season. That also included Columbia City.
Five sophomores made the first-team list with Columbia City (17-5) garnering two of those.
Columbia City residents are invited to support the local youth baseball and softball leagues by attending Columbia City night at the TinCaps.
A block of seats at Parkview Field have been set aside for Columbia City people for the June 14 game against the Dayton Dragons. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Than Bouttel says art makes him happy, and through his photographs he likes to make other people happy too.
Connie Brockup finds that art is good relaxation and likes to paint most of all.
Robin Elsner likes to re-create what she sees in nature â€” flowers, birds, rainbows, trees.
Through Passagesâ€™ art program these clients and many others get the chance to use their artistic talents, and on March 17, they are selling their works of art during the â€śPaintings, Pickles and Patrickâ€ť fundraiser.
Kreig family reunited as SSGT Krieg comes home from Iraq deployment.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A lady likes to make an entrance and Piper Krieg is no exception.
It almost seemed she orchestrated circumstances to assure she would be at the airport to meet her daddy when he returned home from Iraq after seven months away from home.
SSgt Scott Krieg is full-time active duty with the 122nd fighter wing security forces squadron based out of Fort Wayne. He lives with his wife Pam (Reed) Krieg and daughters in Columbia City when not deployed.
Helen M. Furnas, 81, formerly of Columbia City, died at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Peabody Home, North Manchester where she had been a resident since 2002.
She was born Aug. 2, 1929 in Cass County, Mich., a daughter of Floyd and Helen Margaret (Kantz) Adams. Her formative years were spent in Michigan. She graduated from Constantine High School.
On Oct. 22, 1949 she was united in marriage to Lawrence E. Furnas. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1964 when they moved to rural Columbia City. Mr. Furnas died April 5, 1995.
Mary J. Shipman, 89, of Columbia City passed away at 9:45 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Sept. 1, 1921 in Provo, Utah, she was a daughter of Frank and Harriett (Richmond) Speckart.
She had been a Columbia City resident since 2009 moving from Florida and a prior resident of Provo, Utah. She graduated from Provo High School with the Class of 1939 and two years at Brigham Young University. On June 22, 1941, she married Robert L. Shipman in Provo.
Samuel W. Baxter, 80, of Warsaw, died at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw.
Born Sept. 17, 1930 in Salem, he was a son of Ben and Nellie (Walton) Baxter. He lived most of his life in the Warsaw area. He married Mary Lou Schrader June 23, 1948 in the Larwill Methodist parsonage.
He was a salesman for Whitley County Motor Sales retiring after 26 years June 1, 1995. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Warsaw and he loved his dog, Tippy.