August 9th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Indianaâ€™s Department of Transportation (INDOT) will be vacating a stretch of road and a railroad crossing in Whitley County.
In order to accomplish that, the county must close the southern approach to the railroad crossing, which is located on CR 700 East.
According to Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester, INDOT wishes to take the railroad equipment at that crossing and use it on a busier intersection.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Traffic could possibly be rerouted from U.S. 33, north of Churubusco, for those vehicles traveling to C&A Tool Engineering and BRC Rubber and Plastics, two large manufacturing facilities on the outskirts of town.
At Wednesdayâ€™s Churubusco Town Council meeting, a plan to construct a new road at the edge of town would create an alternative traffic pattern, lessening the back up of vehicles that occurs in town at certain times of day.
Bill Crouch, right, works to set up a fence with his grandson, Benjamin Hunter, left. The two are setting up, along with Billâ€™s wife and Benjaminâ€™s grandmother, Jane, for the Mihsihkinaahkwa PowWow, which will be held at Morsches Park this weekend.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the Indiana State Board of Health, seven pools of water have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Whitley County.
Environmental Health Specialist Scott Wagner said the pools were located at Columbia Cityâ€™s Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Tests were conducted July 26 and the State Board of Health made the confirmation official Friday.
â€śItâ€™s a good reminder for people to take care of standing water on their property,â€ť Wagner said. â€śAny faulty septic systems should be dealt with as well.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A desire to give local bowlers excellent facilities has led a long-time alley to remodel.
Main Bowl plans to open for the bowling season Labor Day Weekend. Right now, though, the building is in the middle of extensive renovations.
According to owner Kent Miller, the remodel is part of changing with the times.
â€śI guess I am a believer that if you donâ€™t continue to update your business, you wonâ€™t have a business to worry about,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Golf is not considered as violent or dangerous of a sport as football, rugby or hockey.
But golf courses can have their moments of danger, as area linkers found out Wednesday.
A strong storm cell hit Crooked Lake Golf Course Wednesday evening. Course owner Bill Schumaker said he had warned golfers on the course of the coming storm, but that nobody expected it to be very serious.
Robert D. Lysaght, 80, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.
He was born July 8, 1933, in St. Joseph, Mo.
He worked as a plant manager at Essex and United Technologies. He served in the U.S. Airforce and was a member of the local American Legion, VFW, and Am Vets.
Penny R. Linn, 50 of Pierceton, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
On Aug. 4, 1963, she was born to Paul and Pat (Lightfoot) Johnston in Warsaw. She was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County.
Penny was employed at DePuy until 2010 and then she was currently employed with Zimmer Inc. as an Assistant of Regulatory Affairs.
Richard â€ś Richâ€ť F. Taylor, 69, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at the Atwood Campground in Wolcottville.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Richard worked in the OEM aftermarket business department with Dana Corp for 43 years.
He was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. A Graduate of Parma Ohio High School and Kent State University. He enjoyed square dancing, the Saturday morning PBS TV shows, and loved spending time at the lake.
Dressers and nightstands were donated to Helpline of Whitley County by Super 8 Motel, Columbia City.
Helpline of Whitley County provides furniture and beds to those in need in the county.
Lennie Crosbie and Neil Cooper donated their trucks, trailers and time to assist in transporting the furniture to the Helpline barn at the Columbia City United Methodist Church. The furniture was made available as renovations were completed at the motel and the furniture was replaced with the building upgrades.