July 8th, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” An abandoned house in southeast Whitley County caught fire Saturday night in Union Township.
Firefighters responded to a home at County Road 700 East and Hiler Road at 9 p.m. after dispatchers received a phone call from a passer-by who saw smoke.
According to fire scanner traffic, the house had been abandoned for several years, and was located on Steel Dynamics Inc. property.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents of Columbia City recently received an update on the quality of their drinking water.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Department released its 2013 Consumer Confidence Report. The aim of the document was to inform citizens of what precisely goes into their water.
Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear said his department is required to release this report annually.
â€śIt has the latest testing results,â€ť he said. â€śIt doesnâ€™t change a whole lot from year to year.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools will be losing a Board of Trustees member within the next month.
Chris Bechtold, one of the three board members representing the city of Columbia City, will resign because he is taking a teaching position within the district in the 2013-14 school year.
Bechtold will teach math, physics and engineering at Eagle Tech Academy this fall. As per board by-laws, he will be required to resign his position from the board of trustees.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Turtle Town, as Churubusco is affectionately referred to, is not only about growing reptiles, but it is also about a growing economy.
Last month, Churubusco Town Council members revealed that Inwelligent Healthcare, Inc., currently located on the East Coast, was looking to relocate to the town, bringing with it new jobs for the area.
â€śRight now they are forecasting about 50 employees in the first three years,â€ť Town Council President Frank Kessler said.
â€śThey could grow to need 90 in the future.â€ť
Norman A. Gray, 96, of Crooked Lake, died at 4:48 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013.
He was born April 18, 1917 in Crawfordsville, a son of the late Albert and Myrtle (Harwood) Gray.
Surviving relatives include four children, 12 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service with be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Thorn Cemetery, Ormas. Arrangements are by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Preferred memorials are to Crooked Lake Association c/o Angie Brant, 5858 E. Spear Rd., Columbia City, IN 46725.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Margaret K. Curry, 75, of Columbia City, died at 3:25 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Cyndy, following a year long battle with cancer.
She was born Oct. 27, 1937, in Sacremento, Calif. a daughter of Willie and Jane (Sasaki) Uyeki.
Her formative years were spent in California. She graduated from University High School in Los Angeles and continued her education at U.C.L.A.
In 1962, she moved to Columbia City. She worked in the insurance industry and after retirement she worked part time for 17 years at Lassus Bros.
Pastor Charles V. Stansell, of Worldwide Apostolic Fellowship International in Garrett, carried a cross through Columbia City Saturday, June 29, in an effort to raise awareness for the religious meaning of the cross and its significance to the church.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Americaâ€™s blood supply is an important piece of the countryâ€™s ability to respond to disasters.
By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where itâ€™s needed. Making an appointment to donate blood during Disaster Education and Awareness Month this July is one way to help prepare for the unexpected.
Blood drives are scheduled for:
â€˘Wednesday, July 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Northeastern REMC in the Conference Room, located at 4901 E. Park 30 Drive in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Historical Museum will be hosting an Antique & Historic Guns program Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m.
This free admission program will feature a local antique gun expert who will be showing historic firearms and demonstrating what they would have been used for in that time period.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” On the Midwest summer leg of his speaking tour, internationally-known faith dramatist Professor Tom Meyer will be quoting from memory the entire book of Revelation in South Whitley Sunday.
Meyer will give his performance at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 111 S. Main St., South Whitley.
Meyer, who has studied in Jerusalem for 1,000 days, learned the ancient techniques of memorization while living with Christian monks in the desert of the Holy Land as well as being instructed by rabbis on the Mount of Olives.