January 30th, 2013
Agustin âGusâ Fuentes, 49, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.
Born in Hicksville, OH, Agustin worked as a painter and was a member of The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
He was a loving father and grandfather. Surviving relatives include his wife, Regina Villanueva of Columbia City; children, Krystal Fuentes of Ohio, Juan Villanueva, Angela Villanueva, Lupe Villanueva, Juana Calan, Kristy Villanueva and Victor Villanueva all of Fort Wayne; siblings, Hope, Anna, Linda, Corinna, Victor, David, Raul Jr.; father, Raul Sr. and 20 grandchildren.
Both Columbia City and Columbia Township Fire Departments responded to
a fully-engulfed structure fire at 1090 S. CR 50 E. Tuesday night. Four poeple were in the home and escaped without injury. However, three pets were killed in the blaze. The cause of the fire has yet to be released. Read The Post & Mail Wednesday for more coverage.
Columbia City police are searching for a missing K9, Stryker, and asking for the public's help.
The six-year-old Dutch Shepherd, reportedly escaped a kennel at his handler's house in Collins Tuesday. A police officer said he spotted Stryker at approximately 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ind. 205 and County Road 200 North.
Columbia City Eagles basketball fans!
Boys team does NOT play Northrop tonight. Their next game is at home Saturday at 7:30 vs. Norwell.
Girls team has ONE MORE game this regular season. They will play Huntington North at home Thursday at 7:30.
The Post and Mail apologizes for the confusion.
Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team is looking to take revenge on Northrop Feb. 16, as the Eagles host the team that beat them, 63-55, in the sectional finals last season. The Bruins are 15-3 and Columbia City is 14-3. Above, Drew Benedict walks off the court after the season-ending loss to Northrop.
Editorâs note: The following is the final installment of a three-part series highlighting the Whitley County Courthouse.
COLUMBIA CITY â Standing as a pinnacle in Whitley County, the current Courthouse has existed for 123 years.
As part of the buildingâs foundation, a cornerstone, anchoring the northeast corner, was sealed Sept. 20, 1888, and inside a varied assortment of items were deposited to be uncovered at a future date.
Copies of invitations, posters, programs from the laying of the cornerstone were included.
COLUMBIA CITY â Last week, Kerr Real Estate announced its plans to develop the former Scottâs grocery store location into a multi-use building.
Occupying almost 60 percent of the building will be Dunhamâs Sports, a sporting good retailer out of Michigan.
With a store already in Warsaw and Auburn and a new location planned for Fort Wayne, many Columbia City residents are anticipating a positive economic impact.
âI love it. A new business and new jobs,â commented Sheryl L. Crawford-Hackett on The Post & Mailâs Facebook page.
Kassie Rife started her new job as a Columbia City dispatcher Monday. Currently Rife is training on the job for a period of four to six months, but eventually her duties will center around city police communications. Rife is from Whitley County and is the daughter of Pam Ruch and Ola Mullins. Rife said she is most looking forward to helping people in her new job. âThis is a very gratifying position. I am really excited for it,â she said.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man arrested last week on drug charges had his first appearance in court Monday.
Michael Raber, 26 arrested Thursday and charged with six counts. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony; one count of possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; one count of possession of precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
COLUMBIA CITY â In the Parkview Whitley Hospital basement, surrounded by purple tablecloths and ribbons, Event Chairperson Cathy Cronin welcomed attendees to the annual Relay for Life Kick-off Party.
âWe were expecting 30 people. We ran out of name tags,â said Melissa Stephens American Cancer Society (ACS) community representative.
âSo this is a really great turn out.â
Relay for Life is a fundraising opportunity lead by the ACS.