February 6th, 2013
A garage was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Several fire departments were dispatched to 5845 E. Schrader Rd. at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a neighbor spotted the blaze while checking the mail. According to another neighbor, Eileen Nesbitt, firemen saved the nearby home and had the blaze put out quickly. Nesbitt said only the garage and contents inside such as a truck, ATV and boat were destroyed. The property is owned by Dave and Audra Moore.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees heard an update on the sewer plan at the high school.
According to Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, a bid date will be worked out in late March or early April. With projected costs under $350,000, a common construction wage scale will not have to be used, according to a new state law for bids after Dec. 31, 2012.
Zickgraf said this should benefit the district and encourage competition and more companies to bid.
Frances Maxine Overholser, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Sept. 13, 1929, in Churubusco, she was the daughter of John Franklin and Zula (Hawk) Davis.
Her early years were spent in Churubusco where she graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1947.
Following her marriage to Kenneth Clark in 1950, she resided in Thorncreek Township Whitley County for 24 years. Sadly, their 19 year marriage ended in 1969 with Kennethâ€™s passing.
The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays in order to cut expenses.
However, packages will continue to be delivered six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.
In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A vehicle from a possible abduction case in Fort Wayne was found south of Columbia City Tuesday morning.
The car, a black Chrysler, was pulled from the Blue River at approximately 11 a.m. after employees at Heavy Truck Equipment and Repair, south of Columbia City on Ind. 9, discovered the vehicle in the river.
The car was taken to Fort Wayne for police to determine how it was linked to a crime that began at Pointe Iverness Apartments.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City's boys basketball program hasn't had a player pass 1,000 career points since 1976, when Brent Johnson graduated with 1,074.
The 2013 Eagles' team had its second player pass the milestone, as Derek Hinen scored 12 points against Norwell to set his all-time scoring at 1,005.
His teammate, Drew Benedict, passed the mark earlier this season, in the team's third game of the season against Northfield.
"I'm sure there's not a whole lot of teams that have two players with more than 1,000 points," Hinen said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco man received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for sexual misconduct with a minor.
Christopher Sargent, 23, of Churubusco, pleaded guilty to the charge, which is a Class B felony. He had also violated his probation. Sargent had been on probation for charges dating back to 2011, when he was arrested for possession a bomb.
Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he believed the plea was an appropriate resolution to the case.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners heard the 2012 annual report for the Planning and Building Department at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Dave Sewell, executive director of the department, reported 2012 was a â€śbigger year in total compared to 2011.â€ť
There were 122 more permits issued in 2012 than 2011, and the value of those permits were more than $40 million, which is $7 million more than the previous year.
However, there were some areas that saw decreases.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Courthouse could see a security upgrade in the near future. The Whitley County Board of Commissioners approved a proposal for a new security system. The proposal will be heard by the Whitley County Council on Tuesday.
Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges explained to the commissioners that the old security system of alarms and door security, which had been installed by Williams Electroncis, was too old to be replaced. After receiving bids, the decision was made to have Williams do the new system for $10,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco fireman and a pair of Columbia City Police officers saved two lives over the weekend. Ben Rinker, of Churubuscoâ€™s Fire Department, pulled a man from a burning house Friday night.
Officers Shad Hunter and Doug Eber saved a woman from an attempted suicide attempt at Park Terrace Sunday.
After a woman barricaded herself in an apartment and attempted to hang herself, Hunter and Eber entered the residence and saved her life.
â€śShe was already passed out,â€ť Eber said. â€śHad we not found her, she wouldâ€™ve died.â€ť