November 26th, 2012
Ronald Lee Coolman, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his home.
Born Aug. 26, 1943, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Donald Ray and Mary Lou (Raber) Coolman.
As a child he lived in Indiana, Arizona and California and he spent his adult lifetime in Roanoke and Whitley County areas. He attended Columbia City Joint High School.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964-68 during the Vietnam War.
INDIANAPOLIS â A 2007 Columbia City High School graduate was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Indianapolis early Saturday morning.
Alex Trabert, 23, died after he was struck by a Toyota Camry on North Shadeland Avenue near 74th Street.
According to Indianapolis media, a 23-year-old woman was arrested on the preliminary charge of failure to stop after an accident causing death.
According to police, the suspect, Morgan Mannix, Kansas City, Miss., fled the area after hitting Trabert, who was pronounced dead on the scene.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Lighted Christmas Parade featured floats, reindeer, dogs, music and Santa Friday.
At the end of the parade route, Santa initiated the lighting ceremony at the Courthouse before taking up residence in his house on the Courthouse Square.
Columbia City High Schoolâs Marching Eagles played Christmas carols while children waited in line to see Santa.
COLUMBIA CITY â With ice-covered roads and snowy conditions expected to come along with winterâs chill, Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball said she is pleased to know weather information can be received by local residents in an instant â through the Nixle Community Information Service.
CHURUBUSCO â At a short meeting Wednesday, town council members learned of an inevitable rate increase for insurance.
Council member Mark Conrad explained the Physicians Health Plan (PHP) rate increase and discussed what the change would mean for town employees.
Physicians Health Plan is an insurance group provider that provides town employees with health care coverage.
The proposed PHP increase would be 17 percent. Council President Frank Kessler said in light of the increase, the town would most likely keep the current insurance plan.
COLUMBIA CITY â As the economy continues to struggle, Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Executive Director David Sewell said revitalization and economic development concerns are growing.
Sewellâs department provides planning, zoning and building services to the county.
COLUMBIA CITY â While private donors and fundraising efforts have managed to keep the Human Society of Whitley County running, Lindsey Pease, director of operations, said the financial costs continue to climb â forcing the shelter to request $25,000 from county funding for 2013.
âI donât know how weâre going to operate without additional funding because I donât really feel like we can eliminate the intake from the county,â said Pease. âItâs hard to say where weâll end up without their support.â
COLUMBIA CITY â While the fall installment deadline for property taxes sent an influx of people into the Whitley County Auditorâs office last week, approximately 1,700 Homestead Verification sheets have yet to be turned into the office. The deadline is Dec. 31.
Whitley County Auditor Jennifer McGuire recently sent out the final letter of notification Wednesday to those who still need to return the pink sheet.
According to McGuire, the sheet has been mailed out to citizens every year for the past three years.
WARSAW â Columbia City boys basketball stand-out Drew Benedict scored 27 points for the second game in a row, leading the 2-0 Eagles to a 59-49 victory over Warsaw Saturday.
Columbia City had three players with double-digit scoring â Derek Hinen and Mason Coverstone assisted Benedict with a combined 27 points as well.
Hinen and Coverstone helped the Eagles jump out to a 5-0 lead â scoring on Columbia Cityâs first two possessions.
SYRACUSE â Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra is often quoted as saying âIt ainât over âtil itâs over.â
But at Saturdayâs Super Duals wrestling tournament at Wawasee High School, even after it was over, it wasnât over.
Columbia Cityâs match with host Wawasee and the tournament championship had to be decided on the eighth-criteria tiebreaker.
When the dust cleared, the Eagles picked up the win over the Warriors and completed a perfect 5-0 day to take the tournament championship.