May 15th, 2012
Sam Heffelfinger of the Whitley County 4-H Bicycle Club fixes a tire recently as the club hosted its annual Bicycle Repair Day at the fairgrounds. Sam is a member of the Columbia City Clovers. Members of the Bike Club have this day as part of their club activities and to give their expertise to the community free of charge. Whitley County 4-H Bicycle competes at 6 p.m. July 5 and from 8 a.m. to noon July 7 before the fair from July 13-19. Eric Blank is the leader of this popular 4-H project.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” She was everybodyâ€™s friend for nearly nine years at the Oaks Nursing Home in Columbia City.
The chocolate Labrador named Kenia died Feb. 16 and her ashes are currently safely tucked away in Administrator Chad Smythâ€™s office. Those ashes are being brought out and spread around a new tree in Keniaâ€™s memory this week.
Everyone has the opportunity to memorialize this special trained therapy canine with a ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Oaks in Columbia City.
â€śKenia was so friendly with everyone,â€ť said Julia Osterman, activity director at The Oaks.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When it came to a scant showing at the polls for the May 8 Primary Election, Whitley County fared as poorly as many in the Hoosier state.
According to media reports, about 19 percent of the 4.4 million registered voters in Indiana exercised that right a week ago.
In neighboring Allen County, news reports are calling the participation at the polls by voters near the lowest in the state.
In Whitley County, primary voter turnout dropped dramatically from the previous primary in 2008.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Phyllis J. Harrold, 84, of Columbia City, died at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since May 7, 2005.
She was born April 2, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Harold and Gladys (Pontzious) Beard.
Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from North Side High School.
On Dec. 31, 1949, she was united in marriage to Richard L. Harrold. They made their home in Thorncreek Township until 1964 when they moved into Columbia City. Mr. Harrold died Aug. 24, 1992.
She was employed at Shooks Dairy Queen for 25 years.
Madelyn J. France, 92, formerly of Columbia City, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Friday May 11, 2012, at Western Reserve Masonic Community, Medina, Ohio.
Born Nov. 26, 1919, she was the daughter of William and Isabelle (Lovely) Stidham.
On Feb. 8, 1941, she married Robert D. France in Columbia City. A wife and mother, she was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church.
Cheryleen Sue Ressler of Columbia City passed away at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Sept. 18, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Herbert I. and Cathaline â€śKatieâ€ť C. (Adkins) Ressler.
She was a lifetime resident of Whitley County and attended Etna Troy Grade School and Indiana School for the Blind. She worked at Passages, Inc. for 30 years.
Ruth N. Cox, 99, a resident of Lake Township in Allen County and widow of Lawrence V. Cox, passed away at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the Hamilton House in Fort Wayne where she had resided for the past two years.
Mrs. Cox was born on Nov. 5, 1912, in Kosciusko County, a daughter of Amiel N. and Lula Mae (Nichols) Green. She spent her formative years in Eel River Township, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1931.
On Sept. 1, 1931, she was married to Lawrence V. Cox, and had moved to her home in Lake Township in 1943 from Cromwell.
OSSIAN â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s softball teamâ€™s 6-0 win over Norwell Monday night wasnâ€™t just another win.
It was the Lady Eagleâ€™s seventh win in the Northeast Hoosier Conference, taking the conference title with an undefeated (7-0) NHC record.
â€śIâ€™m very proud of our girls for winning conference,â€ť Head Coach Steve Cox said.
Not only was the feat special for the team, but it was especially important for Columbia City pitcher Cassie Vodde, who didnâ€™t give up any earned runs in any conference games this season.
â€śIt was another great game by Cassie Vodde,â€ť Cox said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s tennis team hosted and defeated Central Noble Monday in the last match, and final home play of the season.
The Lady Eagles won by a 4-1 score.
â€śThe win tonight was a great way to finish the regular season,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Katie Myers said. â€śIt was also a nice farewell for our two seniors, as they both picked up wins.â€ť
Blake Farber and Lauren Taylor are the teamâ€™s seniors this season.
Farber, along with No. 2 doubles partner Macie Hinen, won 6-1, 6-2.
COLUMBIA CITY - The city council motioned to pass an ordinance on first reading, as they worked toward amending the illicit discharge and connection to the storm water system. The meeting was held Thursday.
The ordinance was before the council to address some issues found in the existing ordinance regarding the clarification of ambiguities.
â€śThe reason to have this kind of ordinance is to make sure that weâ€™re discharging clean rainwater through our storm water system and eliminating stuff going into our sewer that does not need to be going into our sewer,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.