Archive - 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śOvercoming Conflicts,â€ť was the main topic of discussion during the February session of Leadership Whitley County, held at the South Whitley Library.
The dayâ€™s session was sponsored by AgPlus.
Prior to the main program, Jeff Mize, CEO of AgPlus, shared an informative overview of the companyâ€™s services, their contribution to the local economy and their emphasis on community involvement.
Each Leadership Whitley County session incorporates an awareness segment featuring local information pertinent to our community or the class.
Little Turtle Elementary School will hold a carnival and silent auction to raise money for cancer research Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Pictured are some of the auction items: a bench, basket, bike, a Joni Walker piece of art, and a quilt are just some of the items which will be in the silent auction and raffle. Pictured, from left, are Conner Shawver, Kendra Roberts, Tyler Maggart, Max Stetler and Abby Peterson.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who was arrested in a Whitley County Drug Task Force bust at Miami Village in January admitted his guilt to aiding in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Gary D. Hicks, 39, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty Monday as part of an agreement with the state, to the charge, which is a Class B felony.
An additional charge against Hicks of visiting a common nuisance will be dismissed after sentencing.
All other aspects of Hicksâ€™ sentence, which could be from six to 20 years, will be at the courtâ€™s discretion.
The sentencing date will be March 31.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In five weeks, community members will unite in a cook-off competition to benefit teens.
Each year The Center for Whitley County Youth holds a dinner like no other. Calm buffet lines are traded in for four teams to do battle in the kitchen. Their weapons â€” tongs and ingredients. Their reward â€” money and awareness raised for The Center.
This yearâ€™s cook off will be held Thursday, April 10 at First Church of God. The event will start at 6:15 p.m., and the dinner is served for a freewill donation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two men are dead after a late-night fire Wednesday.
Just before midnight, firefighters were called to 2480 Barr Street, in southeast Coesse, to a fully engulfed house fire.
According to fire scanner traffic, five people were in the home when it caught ablaze, including two children and three adults.
The children and two of the adults, the childrenâ€™s grandparents, made it out of the home safely.
Fire officials say the childrenâ€™s father was still trapped inside, and the grandfather went back into the home to rescue his son-in-law, but never returned.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team is working for its first sectional title since 2011, advancing to the semi-final game Friday night in the Norwell Sectional against Mississinewa.
The Indians are 13-7, and finished off the regular season with a four-game win streak, topped off with a victory over New Castle, 51-43.
â€śThey had a really good year,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said.
Columbia City fell to New Castle in the holiday tournament, 52-47, but Benedict said the Eagles have improved since that game.
Hannah Schaefer, a Columbia City High School senior, won the Soloist Competition, and Best Female Soloist in a Show at East Noble Show Choir competition March 1. Schaefer is a member of CCHS show choirs.
Gerald Lee Maxwell 88, of rural Columbia City, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted a week ago.
He was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Fort Wayne, a son of Franklin and Ethel (Leath) Maxwell.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Maxwell of Columbia City.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service Sunday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Union Township Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Donald E. Rondeau, 78, a resident of Fort Wayne, died at 1:19 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Grey Stone Health and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne, where he had been a resident since January.
He was born March 29, 1935, in Yale, Mich, a son of the late Arthur and Louella (Kaislia) Rondeau.
As a young child the family moved to Columbia City where he attended West Ward Grade School and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1953.
He was the athletic Honor Blanket recipient in 1953.
Coesse Elementary School recently held its science fair in which 130 students participated. Pictured, Emma Lambert, a kindergarten student, describes her experiment on air pressure to the judges.