October 3rd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” On Motherâ€™s Day of 2011, a woman and her horse plodded through the sands of a beach in Ocean City, Wash.
They reached the water and the woman took off her boots.
â€śIt was boots off, toes in the water, hooves in the water,â€ť remembers 47-year-old Tracy Delp, a resident of Port Orchard, Wash.
Since that Motherâ€™s Day more than a year ago, Delp and her horse, Sierra have been hoofing it across the United States in what Delp hopes will raise awareness for the disease that took her own mother.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Fall and football go hand in hand, but fall and marching band is equally compatible now at Whitko High School (WHS). After three years of marking time, the band has stepped back onto the field to march.
Band Director Joseph Shepherd is a 2003 WHS graduate and was a member of the Marching Pride all four years of his high school career.
â€śThe band was thriving then. We received Division I ratings at regionals and were consistently placing,â€ť said Shepherd. â€śI know the potential the band program can have. I am excited to see us making some in steps in that direction.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the County Commissioners giving the Whitley County Notification System a go ahead at Mondayâ€™s meeting, subscribed Whitley County residents will be able to receive instant community info after Nov. 1.
Daniel Weigold, city councilman, explained to the commissioners how the service will work through Nixle Community Information Service, a notification service for law enforcement and government agencies.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to the extensive damage caused to an entire wing of Columbia City High School back in June of 2010, the Whitley County Consolidated School board has begun discussion on the possibility of installing a storm sewer on the north side of the property.
â€śThe construction estimate we have for this is just under $306,000,â€ť said Anthony Zickgraf, WCCS board member.
With recent funding cuts, Zickgraf said the money for the project is not in the Capitol Projects fund.
â€śThe city had at one point offered to help with a small portion of the project,â€ť said Zickgraf.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local man pleaded guilty to a charge of voyeurism Monday.
Brandon Davies, 25, of Columbia City, received 180 days in jail and 40 hours of community service.
Davies was caught looking in windows at Simonson Apartments three times within two days.
Simonsonâ€™s is located north of town, off Liberty Drive.
According to an Indiana State Police report, Davies was caught three times between 10 p.m. Sept. 14 and 10:28 p.m. Sept. 15, looking in the bedroom window of an apartment in the 400 block of Raleigh Court.
Elizabeth Ann Hatcher, 74, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 10:54 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at her home. Born March 9, 1938, in Churubusco, she was the daughter of Herbert Theodore and Bethel Marie (Pennington) Harroff.
She graduated with the class of 1956 from Wolf Lake High School. On April 29, 1963, she married Ruben Dillard Hatcher in Columbia City.
A homemaker, she also worked at Chamberlin Products as a line worker for four years. Prior to moving to Fort Wayne, she lived in Wolf Lake, Albion, Churubusco, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana.
A water main break sent Columbia City Water Department workers to the intersection of Ind. 205 and U.S. Hwy 30 for repairs today. The break was just infront of Parkview Whitley Hospital and caused area homes and business to go without water for many hours. The line was repaired this afternoon and it was announced that water was turned back on to those affected areas at approximately 3:30 p.m.