April 7th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What was once an idea to provide aid to Haiti, has evolved into a full fledge mission. Just Cause International, formed by Whitley County residents Thaddeus McKee, Jeff Royer and Alex Carlin, is a nonprofit outreach organization designed to provide support and hope to Haiti.
A benefit concert is set for Saturday at First Church of God, Columbia City, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nina Daniels, a worship leader from Chicago, will be the featured performer. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to aid in the next phase of JCIâ€™s work in Haiti.
Walter L. Craig, 48, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:38 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born Dec. 14, 1965, in Columbia City, he was the son of Bennie D. and Wanda (Johnson) Craig.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County and attended Whitko High School, graduating with the Class of 1984. He attended Ball State University and received his Associates degree from Ivy Tech.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County residents will soon be receiving their property tax bills in the mail.
As part of the May installment, homeowners will pay a user fee for the county-wide recycling program.
However, this year the fee was increased from $42 to $53. Whitley County Solid Waste District Director Jorell Tucker said the cost increase is long overdue.
â€śWeâ€™ve discussed the need to raise rates for some time now,â€ť Tucker said. â€śWe pushed it off as long as we could, but now we donâ€™t really have any other options.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots early for the upcoming primary elections.
Absentee ballots may be cast beginning Tuesday, April 8, at the Voter Registration Office at the Whitley County Courthouse, 101 W. Van Buren St., Room 18, Columbia City.
A photo identification is required. A person does not need a reason to vote early.
Office hours for early voting are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday.
Two Saturdays will also have voting hours: April 26 and May 3. The hours for those dates are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” More than 400 first graders from the Whitley Consolidated School Corporation, Smith-Green Community School Corporation and Whitko Community School Corporation visited the Whitley County Fairgrounds for Ag Day.
The annual event is organized by the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District with the assistance of Farm Bureau Inc., and Cooperative Extension Service.
As the students participate in Ag Day, they learn various facets of agricultural.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s FFA Chapter brought several farm animals and discussed them with the students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ace Hardware Corporation, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry, is celebrating the organizationâ€™s 90th anniversary.
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COLUMBIA CITY -- The Royal Australian Air Force will be in Fort Wayne Saturday to pick up underwater surveillance equipment made in Columbia City for use in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
The equipment, called the AN/SSQ-53F DIFAR sonobuoy system, is made by the Columbia City plant of Ultra Electronics â€“ UnderSea Sensor Systems Inc.
USSI, a subsidiary of Ultra Electronics Holdings, partners with Sparton Corp. to make the equipment under their Sonobuoy TechSystems joint venture.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A private insurance company has raised question among Columbia City residents after circulating a letter to several citizens.
In the fine print, the letter states that the company, HomeServe USA Repair Management Corp. â€śis an independent company separate from your local utility,â€ť and it attempts to sell local residents insurance on their water service lines.
â€śWe do not endorse private companies that provide this service,â€ť Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Hannah Bredikhin, a student at Whitko High School, is set to spend her junior year of high school in Denmark.
Bredikhin is the next outbound exchange student supported by the Columbia City Rotary Club. She joins a long list of other local students who have had the privilege of studying abroad.
â€śIâ€™ve always been interested in other cultures,â€ť said Bredikhin. â€śThis seems like a natural thing for me to do. Iâ€™m not really worried about being in a foreign country. I am excited to get there.â€ť