November 14th, 2012
Jill Rene (Kuckuck) Weeks, 58, of Columbia City, passed away Nov. 8, 2012, at her home.
She was born Sept. 24, 1954 in Whitley County, daughter of Edgar and Dorothy (Nierman) Kuckuck.
SOUTH WHITLEY â An error in the amount of $160,000 has caused South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey to scratch his head.
Clerk Treasurer Bob Gould informed the council at Tuesdayâs meeting of the error. âThere are erroneous numbers in the computer system that showed we had $160,000. We didnât have that money. I donât know where that dollar amount came from.â
Gould said when he discovered the error, funding categories needed to be redistributed and the $160,000 had to be deducted from various spending accounts.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council is reviewing an ordinance that may help to fill the old Scottâs building, located on the corner of Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive.
The council is working to offer incentives to promote growth in that area to aid businesses that might consider the building.
âThe building has been sitting vacant for five to six years now, and we know there is some very good potential for it,â said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitleyâs Town Council approved the minutes from its Oct. 25 meeting, where the council moved forward with the townâs new energy contract with Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
The contract will replace the existing relationship with Duke Energy, saving the town of South Whitley an estimated $110,000 a year.
In other council business, Waste Managementâs contract for sludge hauling is soon to be expired.
COLUMBIA CITY â While the Whitley County Salvation Army is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the organization recently received pieces of its past from a local resident. The collection includes historical photos, memorabilia and memories of the organizationâs olden days, which will be used by the local Salvation Army as it begins compiling a memory book.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia OâConnor said construction workers have scratched the surface on Eagle Tech Academyâs Phase III project.
OâConnor said the project, which began in October, will open up enough classroom space to allow an additional 200 students at ETA for the next school year.
The project will also group the schoolâs offices, granting direct access to them through the public entrance.
âI think itâs going to be a real nice facility for the district, and something that the community can be proud of,â said OâConnor.
COLUMBIA CITY â Katrina Simpkins, a young celebrity from Columbia City, was on hand to introduce the movie, âDolphin Tale,â at Mary Raber Elementary Schoolâs movie night Friday.
Katrina is well known for her connections to Winter, the dolphin that inspired the movie âDolphin Tale,â released in 2011 by Warner Brothers.
William Henry Smith, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Dec. 5, 1929, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Mickey A. and Ruie Malington (Hile) Smith.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1949. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in October, 1954.
On April 12,1974, he married Nancy (Mettler) Wagner at Reverend Graham Kleespieâs home in Columbia City.
INDIANAPOLIS â âItâs not something you expect to hear when you come from small-town Columbia City where itâs so quiet.â
Anna Prickett, 23, a Columbia City High School graduate was less than two miles away from the explosion in Indianapolis that killed two people and rendered entire blocks uninhabitable.
âThe blast was so loud,â Prickett said. âAnd the power sent a rush of air through our apartment windows, strong enough to blow the blinds up and rattle items in the kichen.
âMy first thought was thunder, but the blast of air didnât make sense.â