August 10th, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS â€” In the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fair Sunday a competition with no less drama and emotion than the Olympics was taking place.
Grand Champion and Reserve honors were bestowed on some of the best 4-H livestock in the state during the Grand Champion 4-H Drive earlier this week.
Jennifer Hinen, 18, of Columbia City, won Reserve Grand Champion Maine Anjou Steer at the Indiana State Fair Sunday.
â€śIt was awesome being in the Grand Drive,â€ť said Hinen. â€śIâ€™ve never done this well before. It was crazy.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As farmers try to learn how to manage their way through the destruction caused by the summerâ€™s intense drought, Purdue Extension offices across the state are offering a hand by providing instructional advice through meetings.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 17th annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow begins today and will run through Sunday at Morsches Park, Columbia City.
The event opens today at 5 p.m. with 32 vendors displaying and selling native crafts and products.
Three vendors will sell buffalo burgers, buffalo tacos, fry bread and more.
Soaring Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation will be in the Family Tent from 6 to 8 p.m. Holly Meyers will tell stories. At 7 p.m. Young Native Nite will be performing a freewill concert featuring Adam Strack. Strack plays guitar and his music is for by all ages.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools is looking into using a recycling group out of New Haven known as PaperGator to recycle paper and draw more revenue back to the schools.
â€śWe have the opportunity for them to come into our district,â€ť said WCCS Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor to the school board Monday at a work session. â€śIt basically is a fundraising recycling effort.â€ť
Oâ€™Connor said she talked to several principals on the subject, and none of them had any objections.
Elaina Michelle Singleton, 28, of Huntington, died on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Ms. Singleton was born in Fort Wayne on Sept. 10, 1983 to Micheal Neal Singleton and Kimberly Elaine (Burns) Singleton.
Elaina graduated from Columbia City High School in 2002.
Surviving relatives include her mother, Kim. Her father preceded her in death on May 8, 2010.
No funeral services are scheduled.
Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne assisted the family with arrangements.
Natalie Suzanne Bower, daughter of Randall and Tara (Vandagriff) Bower, was stillborn at 8:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.
In addition to her parents, surviving relatives include a sister, Joy Olivia Bower, at home; grandparents, Jim and Karen Bower of Columbia City and Walter and Martina Vandagriff of Churubusco and great-grandmothers, Bernice Lauer of Columbia City, Jean Ridgley and Margaret Vandagriff, both of Fort Wayne.
A private family service will be held.
Arrangements are being completed by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Barbara J. Halsey, 60, of Columbia City, died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on July 19.
She was born March 27, 1952, in Columbia City, a daughter of Frank Harold and Dorothy A. (Barnes) Wade Jr. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1970.
On March 30, 1974, she was united in marriage to Lonnie M. Halsey. While Lonnie served in the military, they resided in Germany three times, California and Nebraska before returning to Indiana. In 1986, they moved to their home in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The most recent postandmail.com On Line Poll, located on this web site's home page, reveals that 35% of respondents support aggressive local law enforcment; 33% are concerned about Fort Wayne crime coming here; 21% believe local crime is bad and it's getting worse; and 11% assert Whitley County has no crime problem.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Whitley County home was destroyed in a fire late Wednesday night.
Columbia Township firemen were called to the residence at 856 E. CR 200 S. at approximately 11:45 p.m.
Firemen arrived to the scene to find the garage fully engulfed in flames.
Union Township, Washington Township, Jefferson Township and Columbia City firemen were called to assist with the blaze, which took several hours to put out.
Also on the scene was the Whitley County Fire Investigation Team.
According to fire scanner traffic, everyone inside the house got out of the residence with no injury.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Michigan man was severely injured Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident.
Michael Plumley, 62, was airlifted to Fort Wayne by Parkview Samaritan with severe head and internal injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car on Ind. 9 near the south county line.
Police were called to the area of 1000 S. Ind. 9 at approximately 5 p.m. after Plumleyâ€™s motorcycle hit a car driven by Denise Brewster, 62, of Huntington.