July 3rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County government leaders were hit with a very expensive surprise this week.
Surprise was the word used by Sheriff Mark Hodges to describe the need to purchase new equipment for the county dispatch center. New computers and software, along with accompanying equipment, were on the list.
â€śThis is a financial bombshell that took me by surprise,â€ť Hodges said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Courthouse lawn has a new addition to its landscaping.
A historical marker was dedicated Tuesday afternoon to memorialize the late Indiana Governor Ralph F. Gates (1945-49).
Senator Jim Banks and Representative Kathy Heuer were on hand at the ceremony to share the impact the Gates family has had on the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Firefighters from three departments quickly put out a barn fire Tuesday night in southeast Whitley County.
A controlled burn got out of control, catching one wall of a barn on fire at approximately 10 p.m. at a property north of Ind. 14, between County Roads 500 East and 600 East.
Jefferson, Union and Washington Township Fire Departments quickly made the scene and managed to put the fire out before there was major damage.
James C. Campbell Sr., age 72, of Big Lake, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Oct. 30, 1940, at his home in Noble County, he was the son of Claude W. Campbell and Betty (Gibson) Campbell.
He graduated from Indiana State School for the Deaf. On April 3, 1964, he married Barbara Sherman at Merriam Christian Chapel.
He was a machine operator for Viking Inc. for almost 40 years and retired in 2005. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed tying flies and drinking coffee at Goss Grocery with his friends.
Beatrice V. Linvill, 98, a lifelong resident of Whitley County, died at 7:05 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since June 11.
She was born Sept. 6, 1914, in Jefferson Township, a daughter of Earl S. and Laura E. (Lower) Kaufman.
She graduated from Jefferson Center High School and was the last living member of the Class of 1932.
On June 12, 1938, she was united in marriage to Lawrence F. Linvill. They made their home in Smith Township. Mr. Linvill died April 1, 1972. In 2000, Beatrice moved into Columbia City.
Clayton Lee Grizzle, 18, of North Manchester, died at 7:08 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2013, in North Manchester as a result of a tragic car accident.
He was born January 25, 1995, in Wabash to Daniel Clayton and Roberta Lee (Craig) Grizzle.
Clayton was a 2013 graduate of Manchester High School and was planning to attend Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Chicago in August. He worked at McGuinâ€™s Clean Cut Lawn Maintenence in Huntington.
Willodean Grawcock Hines, 88, a resident of Fort Wayne and a native of Churubusco, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Syracuse. She had been in failing health since May and had entered the nursing home Saturday.
Willodean was born on Aug. 17, 1924, in Churubusco, a daughter of Leslie and Mary Agnes (Spacy) Grawcock.
She spent her formative years there and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1941.
Delores C. Haggenjos, 94, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Fort Wayne, Delores was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, the Rosary Sodality and Daughters of Isabell.
She enjoyed playing cards, reading and spending time with family.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents of Whitley County, particularly Columbia City, will see a rise in some of their taxes in the coming year.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Council approved the reestablishment of the countyâ€™s Cumulative Capital Fund for the coming year. The near-doubling of the rate will amount to approximately $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The council enacted this increase to pay for bridge work around the county.
Churubuscoâ€™s Senior League baseball team won the Little League District 10 Invitational Tournament 2-0 against Hamilton Park (who had only lost two games all season before the championship).
The team was undefeated in the tournament.
It began the season 3-8 but won 17 of the 18 games, including the tournament.
From left, Logan Harshman, Colin Mullins, Reese Partin, Michael Rennaker, Jerrod Ostler, Blake Wormcastle, Nash Wood, Sam Richards, Jeremiah Geiger, James Bennett, Nik Troyer, Carson Gatton and Clay Tinney. The team was coached by Andy Richards, D.J. Tinney and Tim Troyer.