June 22nd, 2012
Columbia City honored five girls tennis players with awards.
From left: Sydney Ford (Mental Attitude), Blake Farber (Most Matches Won), Celine Rongos (Most Valuable Player, Team Captain, 1st-Team NHC, All-District and Honorable Mention All-State), Macie Hinen (Most Improved) and Kennedy Slavicek (Coachâ€™s Award).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” This Saturday, local â€śwell-knownsâ€ť will be standing outside Shoe Show in an effort to help the Salvation Army raise money for a program called â€śMy Sole Purpose.â€ť
This program assists children in need, supplying them with new shoes as the school year begins. It is also a program accepting monetary donations for backpacks.
Pat Mossburg, community ministries specialist, said the goal is to raise $8,500 by July 1.
â€śWe are currently about half way to our school shoe goal,â€ť said Mossburg. â€śWe have far to go, but are extremely grateful at how much has been accomplished.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the WCCS board meeting Monday, member Don Armstrong announced the boardâ€™s recommendation concerning Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connorâ€™s contract.
The decisions were made at an executive session.
â€śBased on that evaluation, and the job performance of our superintendent, it is recommended that the Whitley County Consolidated School board, Board of Trustees, extend the three year contract of the superintendent for an additional year, which would mean the contract would be extended to June of 2015 with no increasing bonus,â€ť said Armstrong.
Noel E. Yordy, 74, of Huntington, died at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Yordy was born in Fort Wayne on Aug. 1, 1937, the son of Paul P. and Artista (Baker) Yordy.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita L. Yordy, one son, three daughters, one brother, one sister and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bailey-Love Mortuary with Masonic Services being performed by Masonic Lodge #195.
Louva Smith Needham, 91, of Fort Wayne, died at 10:19 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Towne House Health Center.
She was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Larwill, a daughter of the late Charles and Edna (Schuh) Smith.
She began her schooling in Larwill and later the family moved to Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School and completed executive secretary training at International Business College, Fort Wayne.
After her graduation, she worked as a secretary at Rousseau Real Estate from 1939 to 1942.
Team Bird youth running club, coached by Columbia Cityâ€™s Gary Bird, participated in a two-day track meet at Northrop High School for the U.S. Track & Field Indiana Association Meet.
Four runners qualified for the regional meet in July at Franklin College.
The Post & Mail's online poll last week concerned when the thermometer will first top 100 degrees this summer in Whitley County. Respondents were of the opinion that eclipsing the 100-degree mark will happen in early July.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The capital campaign designed to fund a renovation of the former Lehmberg Medical Building on North Oak Street into Passages, Inc.â€™s crown jewel â€” the Creative Learning Center â€” got a massive financial boost, times two, Thursday afternoon.
Following a presentation billed as the kick off to the organizationâ€™s capital campaign, David Smith of Star Financial Bank presented Passages, Inc. President and CEO Tom Oâ€™Neill with a check for $75,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to a recent tuition increase at TROY Center, Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor invited TROY Center director, Nicole Trier, to the Whitley County Consolidated School board meeting Monday to shed light on the reasons for the increase.
Before Trier spoke, Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor said, â€śWhitley County Community Schools has established a strong, positive working partnership with TROY Center for many years. The TROY Center Alternative program has provided educational instruction and supervision for our at-risk students.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ After a split vote from the Whitley County Planning Commission members, the County Commissionerâ€™s suggested changes to the proposed Wind Energy Ordinance were rejected Wednesday.
The motion was made to approve the County Commissionerâ€™s recommended changes, but it did not carry since a majority of five votes was needed.
Dave Schilling made an abstention. Voting for the approval of the motion was Brandon Forrester, Paula Reimers, George Schrumpf and Doug Wright. Voting against the motion was Dave Addison, Bill Auer, John Johnson and Kenny Kerch.