May 17th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A nature preserve north of Columbia City may be off the beaten path to the public, but those who have been there know itâ€™s worth the trip.
The Evelyn and Wendell Dygert Nature Preserve has been open to the public since 2001. It is located in Thorncreek Township, about four miles north of Columbia City on County Road 50 West.
Clay Geiger, a long-time resident of Thorncreek, said he enjoys going to the preserve many times a year â€” particularly right now.
â€śItâ€™s great for wildflowers, and right now itâ€™s at the peak,â€ť he said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Since Advance Disposal started servicing trash pick up in the town of South Whitley, residents have experienced a bit of a learning curve when knowing what will and wonâ€™t be hauled away.
Even town council members were confused by what the agreement signed between the town and Advance Disposal had specified.
Residents who attended Tuesdayâ€™s town council meeting offered numerous concerns with the new service. There were some issues with the collection containers being too big at 96 gallons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whether police officers are fighting crimes, creating safer neighborhoods, or patrolling the streets in Columbia City, many would agree that their relationships with children are important.
Experts say that the way police interact with children in a community can have a significant impact on police effectiveness and safety.
Whitley Countyâ€™s law enforcement officers can be spotted in local schools on a daily basis, and their efforts donâ€™t go unnoticed â€” especially by the students and Principal Julie Turpin at Mary Raber Elementary School.
David W. Harriett, 75, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the home of his daughter in Bluffton. He was born Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1937, in Bluffton.
He married Heidi (Wiegmann) Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000 in Bluffton. Mr. Harriett retired from Phelps-Dodge in Fort Wayne as a computer programmer. David was a 1955 graduate of Pennville High School, a member of the Pennville Masonic Lodge where he received his 50 year pin in May, and a member of the First Church of Christ in Bluffton.
Eugene E. Pflueger, 83, of Big Lake, Columbia City, passed away at 12:43 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Parkview Whitley Hospital. He was born January 12, 1930, in Fort Wayne, the son of Henry Oscar and Mildred Ruth (Dennis) Pflueger.
Surviving relatives include his wife, daughter, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters, and brother.
Rosalie Steller, 85 passed away Jan. 9, 2013, in Meza, Ariz. Graveside services will be held May 22 at 10 a.m. at the South Whitley Cemetery. DeMoney-Grimes Counryside Park Funeral Home is handling the services.
Kyle Walters (far right), of Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility, illustrates to a group of Indian Springs Middle School eighth graders about how the aeration tank works. Pictured, air bubbles up from polluted water to oxygenate it, helping to cleanse the water of impurities.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls tennis team had its senior night last Thursday.
The Lady Eagle seniors, from left: Lauren Rivas, Breanna Hicks, Celine Rongos, Alaina Becker and Adriana Brown.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Don't look for the outcry over the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of tea party groups to subside with the ouster of the agency's acting commissioner.
Three congressional committees are investigating and the FBI is looking into potential civil rights violations at the IRS, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Other potential crimes include making false statements to authorities and violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities, Holder said.
Mary Raber Elementary School recently announced its May Shining Stars.
Students are named this monthly program for â€śdoing the right thing and treating people right.â€ť