May 3rd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ It's summertime weather and motorists are traveling â€“ and, you guessed it, gas prices spiked to $4 in Whitley County late Wednesday and overnight.
An exception was Valero in Columbia City, which was still pumping regular at $3.75 early Thursday.
Several stations in northwest Indiana are selling a gallon of unleaded well above $4. The highest is $4.29 in Highland and Merrillville.
The lowest unleaded gas in Indiana is $3.58 in Crawfordsville.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The National Day of Prayer will be observed by the Whitley County Ministerial Association on Thursday with a prayer vigil at the Whitley County Courthouse Gazebo, on the northwest corner of the square in downtown Columbia City, from noon to 1 p.m.
Pastors from around the county will participate in leading in prayer for our country, elected officials and local agencies.
The public is invited to share in this important time of prayer and fellowship. For more information, call Harold Polk, WCMA secretary, at 248-2032.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School announced today it has received national certification for its Project Lead The Way program that has been offered since 2009. This is the second time the school has gone through the national certification process to validate its program. PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nationâ€™s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life engineering and technology projects.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dorothy A. Wade, 89, of Noble Township, Noble County, joined her Lord at 5:14 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Linda, where she had been a resident for the past two years.
She was born Dec. 31, 1922, in Three Oaks, Mich., a daughter of Clarence and Zepha (Nicloy) Barnes.
After graduating from Three Oaks High School in 1940, she attended Spring Arber Junior College and graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1949.
She began her 37-year nursing career at Whitley County Memorial Hospital in 1950, retiring in 1987.
LEBANON â€” Nancy C. (Steill) Heick, 73, died April 29, 2012, at her home in Lebanon.
She was born Aug. 10, 1938, to the late John and Edna (Schmidt) Steill.
On June 14, 1958, she was married to Earl J. â€śE.J.â€ť Heick from Lafayette. He survives.
Gladys Mae (Londt) Clark Bartling, 90, passed away Friday, April 27, 2012, at Shell Pointe, Fort Myers, Fla.
Gladys was born July 10, 1921, in Columbia City.
She graduated from Larwill High School in 1939, and from Warsaw Beauty College. In 1943, she married Gale Clark of North Manchester while he was stationed in Miami.
They lived in Florida, California, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Indiana. Wherever he was stationed, she worked as a beautician.
ROANOKE â€” Prosecutors in Whitley County have added additional charges to a man involved in a fatal car crash Sunday in southern Whitley County that killed a three-year old boy.
Police say Mya Tha Tun, 52, of Fort Wayne was intoxicated when the vehicle he was driving slammed into a van carrying a family of six.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A three-semi pile-up left U.S. 30 shut down for five hours Tuesday afternoon in Columbia City.
According to witnesses, several eastbound vehicles were stopped at the red light at U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, when a tractor-trailer plowed into the back of a semi, causing the trailer to jack-knife and the truck to rear-end the rig in front of it.
Witnesses say the jack-knifed trailer jumped approximately 15 feet into the air, before shaving off the cab of the semi behind it and landing on top of the engine â€”where the driver would have been sitting.
MIDDLEBURY â€” Jason Ridge is resigning as Northridge High School boys basketball coach and as a teacher at Northridge Middle School to become an assistant principal at Whitko High School.
Northridge athletic director Dave Harms confirmed Tuesday night that Ridge is planning to resign, but added that the move is not effective yet and does not become official until the school board acts.
Multiple sources indicated Ridge has accepted the position at Whitko.
GARRETT â€” The Indian Springs Middle School boys and girls track teams recently competed in the 2012 Garrett Middle School Invitational, with the girls team bringing home the Invitational Title.
Placing for girls team were: Elise Cormany, first in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash and second in the 400; Regan Decker, first in the 400-meter dash and second in the 200 dash; Mason VanHouten placed second in the 800-meter run and third in the 1600 run.