September 28th, 2012
KENDALLVILLE â€” The Columbia City football teamâ€™s roller coaster season fell off a cliff against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe, the East Noble Knights Friday. A week after the Eagles came within a whisker of upsetting undefeated New Haven, Columbia City ended up on the wrong end of a 79-7 shellacking by the Knights.
With the Columbia City sidelines bearing a strong resemblance to an orthopedics ward, the Eagles were forced into using several players with almost no varsity experience to fill out an injury depleted receiving corps and defensive backfield.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the leaves change color and begin to fall around the city, local citizens will have rakes and leaf blowers in hand getting ready to dispose of them through the street departmentâ€™s leaf pickup program.
â€śIâ€™ve had several questions on when the date is for that,â€ť said Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh. â€śIt will begin Oct. 22, and thatâ€™s when weâ€™ll probably make our first pass. â€ť
Cearbaugh said the leaf pickup is about a six-week program.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is advising motorists that there will be temporary lane restrictions on Ind. 14 and Ind. 37 in Whitley and Allen counties next week.
Beginning Monday, INDOT maintenance crews will begin a pavement preservation process by fog sealing along Ind. 14, from Ind. 9 to West Hamilton Road in Whitley and Allen counties.
The eastbound lane of Ind. 14 will undergo work on Monday.
The westbound lane will undergo work on Tuesday.
When this stretch is complete, crews will move on to Allen County on Wednesday.
CLAYTON, Mo. â€” A former Columbia City resident will be sentenced Monday in a Missouri court for stealing at least $25,000 from a trust designed to protect the assets of his parents.
Larry G. Mueller, 62, is scheduled to be in St. Louis County Circuit Court in Clayton, Mo. at 8:45 a.m. Monday on a charge of theft, a Class B felony.
The charge is for the theft of more than $25,000, but those close to the case estimate the alleged crime involved more money.
Mark Alan Runyan, 51, of Albion, passed away at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne at 10:40 a.m.
Born on October 18, 1960, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of James F. and Mary J. (Albert) Runyan.
He lived in Fort Wayne all of his life until 2004, when he moved to High Lake.
He graduated from Wayne High School with the class of 1980.
He was disabled for many years. He loved his cat Snowball, was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing cards.
Geraldine Frankle, 93, of Warsaw, passed away at 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.
On July 17, 1919, she was born in Akron to London and Florence (Bunnell) Imhoff.
She married John Frankle Jan. 6, 1942, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. John preceded her in June 13, 1985.
She has been a resident of Warsaw since 1948. She graduated from South Bend Beauty School. Geraldine was a piano teacher for more than 50 years, retiring in 1999.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the Election Supervisor Jessica Hockemeyer, absentee voting hours will soon be available to registered voters at the courthouse.
â€śThere is in office voting, voting by mail and a traveling board,â€ť said Hockemeyer.
The hours for absentee voting at the clerkâ€™s office, located in the courthouse at Room 18 on the second floor, are Oct. 9-12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 15 to Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Dazzlers is a special needs cheerleading team in its second season.
Coach Vanessa Bills decided to offer cheerleading to special needs students so they can â€śexperience the uniform.â€ť
The cheerleaders have various disabilities and varying degrees of speech and movement capabilities. Bills said that there are some challenges when working a cheer routine around those handicaps, but the participants grow in confidence and become more vocal and more mobile.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Columbia City/South Whitley utility agreement close to finalization, Columbia City officials said they are looking forward to providing contracted electrical support to the town.
â€śEverything is worked out and everybody seems happy,â€ť said Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone at Tuesdayâ€™s Columbia City Common Council meeting.
â€śSo we are responsible for South Whitleyâ€™s maintenance assuming they agree. All indications are they want to get this completed.â€ť
Steven Wayne Mort, 50, of Pierceton, passed away at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at South Bend Memorial Hospital as the result of an automobile accident. He was born on April 6, 1962, in Columbia City, the son of Rex D. and Mary Jane (Tenney) Mort.
He spent his lifetime in the Pierceton area graduating from Whitko High School with the class of 1981, where he excelled in basketball, baseball and football.