July 10th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Cassandra Petrie, the 2011 Whitley County Junior Miss, will join Greg Hockemeyer as emcee for the Distinguished Young Woman Program/Junior Miss Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
Hockemeyer, a Columbia City attorney, is in his 15th year of emceeing the program, which will be held in the auditorium at Columbia City High School.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students kindergarten through 12th grade.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” â€śWho is your favorite firefighter?â€ť
In an effort to raise money and increase food donations, the South Whitley Emergency Food Bank is holding a contest for residents to vote for their favorite Cleveland Township Firefighter.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, votes will be gathered.
When a voter brings a nonperishable food item to the station, one vote will go toward the count for their favorite firefighter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Utility Rate Advisory Board took the next step in reviving from dormancy Tuesday.
After much discussion at the June 25 Columbia City Common Council meeting, changes were made to the cityâ€™s Utility Rate Advisory Board.
The council unanimously approved eliminating the connection between political parties and seats on the board. The Utility Rate Advisory Board will now be apolitical.
A provision was written to include a city utility user whose property or leased premises is located outside the city limits.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In July of 2012, Cindy Baker presented her plans for the United Way of Whitley County at the nonprofitâ€™s Annual Celebration of Giving.
At that time, she was new to her role as executive director. Fast forward a year to the 2013 annual breakfast â€” Baker celebrated a long list of accomplishments for her first year with the United Way Tuesday.
â€śIt really isnâ€™t about me. I am just one person,â€ť Baker said. â€śIt really is about all of you who have helped the United Way be successful.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s department will have some personnel changes in the next week.
The department will be promoting a second-shift sergeant today and plans to choose two new deputies for hire on Monday.
The sergeant position opened up last month after former second-shift sergeant, Jason Spencer, was promoted to detective.
Three deputies put in for the position â€” Tony Helfrich, Cory Patrick and Scott Schmitt.
The candidates will go through a test on policies and procedures today, followed by an interview.
Recent Whitko High School graduate Alex Stoddard has been named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A Honorable Mention All-State Baseball Team as an outfielder.
With the honor, Stoddard becomes the first player in program history to be named to an all-state team.
This past season, Stoddard hit .408 with 3 home runs, 2 triples, 12 doubles, 28 runs batted in, and 15 stolen bases.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThere she is, Miss Whitley County.â€ť
Jennifer Hinen, a 10-year 4-H member from Columbia City High School, was crowned 2013 Miss Whitley County July 1 at the Mr. and Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program.
Hinen is the daughter of Jeff and Cindy Hinen. Her two older brothers, Jeremy and Justin, have already been through 10 years of 4-H.
Besides being the official host of the 2013 4-H Fair, and in addition to all of her duties as Miss Whitley County, Hinen is also busy with her fair projects â€” beef and swine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Work will soon begin on the expansion project for the Blue River Trail in Columbia City.
The cityâ€™s Board of Works and Public Safety approved a $34,500 bid from Niblock to begin another phase of the trailâ€™s expansion, which will extend it from Main Street to Line Street.
The trailâ€™s route will cover approximately two city blocks via Vine Street.
The city received three bids for the project, with Niblockâ€™s being the lowest. It was requested of the contract company that work be completed by the end of September, 2013.
The memorial service for Clive F.G. Dupen, 78, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with the family receiving friends after 9 a.m. at the funeral home.
Kathy J. Roberts, 57, of rural South Whitley, went to be with the Lord at 10:21 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where she was admitted June 11.
She was born Oct. 11, 1955, in Columbia City a daughter of Richard J. and Marilyn J. (Blain) Bolinger. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley. She graduated from Whitko High School in 1974. On Sept. 22, 2009, she married Wayne A. Roberts. They made their home in rural South Whitley.