April 23rd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Firefighters from three Whitley County departments responded to a fire alarm at Chromasource, Inc., located at 2433 S. CR 600 E., Columbia City Monday morning.
No injuries were reported and the fire has been marked under control.
According to Jason Brooks, Chromasource chief financial officer, company officials evacuated the building as a precaution when smoke entered a production area.
"We did have some smoke, but we had no damage," said Brooks. "We're back to work."
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs softball team traveled to Churubusco Friday for a competition between Lady Eagles.
Despite consecutive home runs by Columbia City to give the visitors a 5-3 lead, Churubusco battled back to win 8-6.
Though temperatures reached 70 degrees during the day Friday, the Lady Eagles fought off rain, wind and sub 50 temperatures.
Columbia City had a 1-0 lead at the top of the first inning, but Churubusco answered with two runs to take a 2-1 advantage.
‚ÄôBusco scored another run in the second, but Columbia City displayed a threatening third frame.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ A Whitley County businessman received an award for entrepreneurship by Indiana‚Äôs lieutenant governor during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
Jeff Johnson, owner and president of Numerix, Inc. in Columbia City, was one of two area business leaders who were presented with Economic Development through Growth and Entrepreneurship (EDGE) Awards in a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.
Johnson was awarded in the Established Business category, while Lisa Compton from Second Steps, LLC, in Fort Wayne, received an award in the Emerging Business category.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Twenty-two-year-old Laura Kessie, a current manager at the Brownstone in South Whitley, recently returned from a 20-month cooking experience in Germany.
‚ÄúI enjoyed the experience itself, and being able to live in an entirely different culture and see how they do things half way around the world,‚ÄĚ said Kessie.
Kessie first began working at the Brownstone when she was a 17-year-old junior in high school.
‚ÄúI was doing a little bit everything like making drinks in the morning, working in the bakery, washing dishes, scrubbing floors and helping the kitchen,‚ÄĚ said Kessie.
John Lee ‚ÄúThatch‚ÄĚ Plunkett, 64, a resident of Churubusco and formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at the family residence.
He had been battling cancer for the past seven years, and had been more seriously ill since 2010.
Mr. Plunkett was born in Fort Wayne Jan. 20, 1948, a son of John James and Alice Caroline (Christiansen) Plunkett.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Award-winning classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform a self-described ‚Äúdiverse program of music from four centuries‚ÄĚ at Peabody Public Library‚Äô‚Äôs Robert E. Brittain Memorial Auditorium May 13.
The show is free and open to the public.
‚ÄúThe concert will take place at the beautiful Robert E. Brittain Memorial Auditorium, which has excellent acoustics and is ideal for classical guitar,‚ÄĚ said Fletcher in a press release.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One local library is being negatively affected by a suspected case of e-book price gouging, which has come on the heels of the launch of a lending system designed for the electronically-savvy reader.
According to a report by the Jasper (Ind.) Herald, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Apple and several book publishers last week, alleging that the popular electronics corporation conspired with the publishers to raise prices on e-books ‚Äúby taking control of e-book pricing from retailers,‚ÄĚ according to a statement.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The National Weather Service is calling for dropping temperatures and light rain developing by early evening in Whitley County.
Clouds developed late in the afternoon and winds picked up and according to the NWS, temperatures are expected to fall into the up 40s.
Winds are out of the west-northwest at 20 to 25 miles per hour.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Thelma Millie Pettigrew, 97, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at her home.
Born Jan. 24, 1915, in New Haven, she was the daughter of Harry J. and Bessie Artola (Bauserman) Smith.
She attended New Haven Elementary, Arcola High School and completed her education at Cass Tech in Detroit.
She also attended night school at Dency & Warren Community College. She lived in New Haven through grade school and, for a short time, in Michigan.
Verba Mae Wilson, 73, a resident of Eel River Township in Allen County died at 5:43 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Seward, Neb. on March 9, 1939, a daughter of Earl W. and Esther E. (Eicher) Stutzman.
On Nov. 18, 1957, she married Lyle G. Wilson, who survives.