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March 19th, 2015

PASSAGES PROFILES: Jon Morris both a volunteer and a voice

March 19, 2015

Passages Profiles ’15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY — Jon Morris embodies the goals that Passages has for all of its clients; to speak for themselves in their daily life, and to be an active participant in the life of the community.


March 19, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The 27th annual 4-H Fun Night will be held Friday from 4 to 7:30 p.m at the 4-H Center, 680 West Squawbuck Rd.

There will be an all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin supper, a silent auction that supports Whitley County
4-H and numerous games and activities for the kids.
Adults can eat for $8 while children 5 to 12 years old are $6 and children under age 5 are free.

Two major announcements will be made at the event:
•At 5 p.m., Dane Drew of Whitley County will be announced as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

POLICE PURSUIT: Delays Whitko schools

March 19, 2015

PIERCETON — A pursuit followed by a short manhunt ended with one in custody and another dead early Thursday morning.
The incident delayed Whitko Community Sc-hools until the situation was under control.

At approximately 4:34 a.m., Pierceton Deputy Marshal Matt Owens attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle on Ind. 13.

The vehicle fled and crashed into a fence.

Two people exited the vehicle and took off on foot.

BIDDING FAREWELL: CCHS says goodbye to hoops seniors

March 19, 2015

Columbia City’s boys basketball team is bidding farewell to its seniors after the Eagles’ loss in the regional semifinal game to NorthWood on Saturday afternoon. Pictured with the CCHS senior cheerleaders in the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium, front row, from left: Maura Garza, Cecelia Rentschler and Lauren Barnes. Second row: Andrew Graves, Jake Pettigrew, Kelsey Barker, Megan Gawthrop, Mason Coverstone and Justin Bachelder. Flyer: Courtney Davis. Spotter in the back (not seen): Abby Gottfried.

SPRING PLAY: ‘Lend me a Tenor’ to be presented at CCHS

March 19, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s Fine Arts Department is finishing its 2014-15 season with a classic farce that should have the audience teary-eyed with laughter.

“Lend Me a Tenor” takes the audience to September 1934 in Cleveland, where famous Italian performer Tito Merelli, played by junior Blake Ousley, the “greatest tenor of his generation,” goes missing and presumed dead before making his debut on the local opera scene.

March 18th


March 18, 2015

... and in with the new — soon, officials hope. Demolition of Kids Dreamland playground on West Van Buren Street in Columbia City began Tuesday afternoon. A large section of the playset has been cleared, leaving a dirt lot behind. Officials are continuing to raise funds for a new playset to replace it; however the current playground had to be demolished for safety reasons, as the wood was beginning to rot and was several years past its lifespan. As of Wednesday morning, the Columbia City Park Department still needed $24,000 for the new playset.

EMA: Severe weather is unpredictable

March 18, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) are reminding the public of the unpredictablility and danger that comes with severe weather.

While severe weather watches are necessary to make the public alert to the threat of severe weather, warnings are issued to inform that dangerous and damaging weather is imminent.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY: Going green

March 18, 2015

Violet Fields, age 3, decked out in green, accompanied her grandmother Vonda Ousley to the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Senior Center Tuesday afternoon.

BODY FOUND: Police identify remains found near Churubusco as 22-year-old Fort Wayne man

March 18, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — A body found near Churubusco on Sunday has been identified as a missing man from Fort Wayne, officials say.

Keith Edward Adam, 22, was found dead in a wooded area east of Churubusco, off Brandon Road west of McDuffee, in Allen County Sunday afternoon.

According to reports, Adam had been missing since Jan. 14, and was under the care of the Bowen Center.

CHEERING ON: Col. City H.S. cheer awards

March 18, 2015

The CCHS 2014-15 basketball season cheerleader banquet was held Sunday. Varsity award winners were (front, from left) Senior captains Courtney Davis and Cecelia Rentschler, both earning Leadership Awards. Back: Cora Saggars, Most Outstanding Cheerleader; Abby Gottfried, Most Valuable Cheerleader; and Dakota Studebaker, Positive Attitude.

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