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March 1st, 2012

PHOTO: Mayor heads back to school; reads to students

March 1, 2012

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel spent Monday morning reading to students at Little Turtle Elementary School as part of Read Across America Week. Both kindergartners and fifth graders listened to Daniel read Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.” After reading the story, Daniel also answered questions from the students concerning his role as mayor. Fifth-graders at Little Turtle Elementary School with Mayor Daniel are, in the back, Treyten Nicolai and Raylynn Johnson. In the front, left to right are Cierra Troyer, Brooke Ebersole, Maddie Crawford, Brittnie Hendren, Ava Winters and Kyle Reust.

NATURAL RESOURCE BOARD: Whitley County volunteer sought

March 1, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Board of Commissioners is seeking a volunteer interested in the conservation of natural resources to serve as the Whitley County representative on the Wood-Land-Lakes council.

“We’ve tried to get someone interested in that,” said Commissioner Tom Rethlake. “If there’s anyone in the community, we’d really like them to let us know.”

POOL CLOSING?: Local pool hemorrhaging cash

March 1, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Expenses for the Burnworth Memorial Pool continue to exceed revenues and major repairs are an ongoing concern among Columbia City park board members. Currently, the park board is losing approximately $30,000 for the three-month pool season, which is June, July and August.

In Monday evening’s park board meeting, Park Director Mark Green presented a proposal from engineers he has spoken to in the past two weeks.

INTERNSHIP BEGINNING: Two Columbia City students headed for Government Center

March 1, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Two Columbia City High School students are going to get a taste of geography and engineering in the coming months. The students will intern at the Whitley County Government Center, one with County Engineer Brandon Forrester and the other with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator Dan Weigold.

One of the students will intern with the Engineer and Surveyors office from March 5 through May 25, for two hours in the afternoon. Forrester said this is the department’s second internship, the first coming in the 2009-2010 school year.

February 29th

PIRATES INVADE MRES: Huntington man tells students the story of ‘Treasure Island’

February 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — It only took 70 minutes for Joel Froomkin to tell the story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”
The students at Mary Raber Elementary School appeared to be under a spell as they listened to the exciting sound effects, the different characters of the beloved children’s book and the adventures of the various pirates.
All of it came alive with the talents of Huntington’s Joel Froomkin.
Using music, sound effects and nothing but the author’s own words, Froomkin of Page on Stage presented this exciting swashbuckling tale of pirates searching for hidden treasure.

Helen Fulk, 85

February 29, 2012

Helen B. Fulk , 85, of Wolf Lake, died at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at her residence in Wolf Lake.
She was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of John and Edith (Campbell) Listenberger.
In April of 1974, she was married in Ligonier to Jesse Fulk. He preceded her in death in 1986.

Marie Bailey, 85

February 29, 2012

Marie E. “Betty” Lahrman Bailey, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:07 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 30, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Jewel C. and Ethel I. (Gilmore) Needy.
She graduated from Huntertown High School with class of 1944.
In 1976, she moved from Allen County to Whitley County.
Her first marriage was to Robert D. Lahrman on Nov. 10, 1950, in Fort Wayne.
On Aug. 28, 2004, she married Carl R. Bailey at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.

Ralph Shafter, 63

February 29, 2012

LAOTTO — Ralph E. Shafter, 63, of rural Laotto, died at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at his home.
He was born March 23, 1948, a son of Richard L. and Evelyn A. Shafter.
His formative years were spent at the family home on Shriner Lake.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1966.
Ralph proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.
His service included a tour in Vietnam where he was awarded a Purple Heart medal and the Bronze Star with a combat V for Valor.
He retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

February 28th

WHITLEY COUNTY BARN FIRE: Hay-fueled blaze levels Stockamp barn

February 28, 2012


COESSE — Circumstances prevented a devastating fire Tuesday from being even more tragic. “The farm hand had just left about a half hour before and a passerby called it in,” said Union Township Fire Chief Chad Radke this morning about Tuesday’s fire that destroyed a horse barn at Stockamp Ranch east of Columbia City.

Radke said today the damage was too extensive for fire investigators to determine the cause.

HAMMERED AGAIN: Gas prices leap to $3.85 in county; $4 by the weekend?

February 28, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Numbing pain at the gasoline pump continued during the past 18 hours when many fueling spots in Whitley County increased prices from $3.69 per gallon to $3.85 and more.

Last Thursday gas prices jumped more than a quarter a gallon – and the spike continues this week.

The White House last Thursday reiterated its continuing philosophy that leadership on this issue was difficult and household economic problems were to be expected.

Recovery from the recession is at risk, note experts outside of the White House.

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