March 14th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dining by candlelight has always been associated with romance, or maybe a power outage, but eating a meal in the total darkness, as a totally blind person would, is a different experience entirely.
And for a reporter, who relies on sight for taking notes, and for observing events, not to mention getting just the right picture, reporting with a blindfold on seemed a daunting task.
The program, a benefit for the Lakota Chapter American Council of the Blind of Indiana and the Tri-Lakes Lions Club, occurred Sunday evening at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center.
LaVera M. Utter, 96, of Mentone, formerly of Athens, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at her residence.
Born June 12, 1914 in Fulton County, she was a daughter of Russel and Arlean (Morris) Walters. She married Wilbert R. Utter Sept. 3, 1933 in Rochester. He preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2004.
She was a homemaker, traditional farmerâ€™s wife and had been a cook at the Colonial Hotel and several other places around the Rochester area. She had also worked at Hart Schaffner and Marx in Rochester.
Russell L. Blaugh, 89, of Churubusco, passed away at 11:08 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born Oct. 11, 1921 in Huntington County, he was a son of Roy and Eugenia (Shearer) Blaugh.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Department of Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security is gearing up this week for a pair of weather-related events.
According to department director Cathy Broxon-Ball, this week is not only Severe Weather Awareness Week, but also Flood Safety Awareness week.
In conjunction with the five-day event, Broxon-Ball said her department would be testing the countyâ€™s emergency sirens on Wednesday in the morning and again at 7 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Some degree of ambiguity surrounds business thatâ€™s on the agenda for the Whitley County Plan Commission tonight.
The panel meets a day earlier than usual due to scheduling conflicts.
Atop the agenda will be a public hearing for the countyâ€™s new comprehensive plan, Draft D.
According to Dave Sewell, executive director of the Whitley County Building and Planning Department, the commission could vote tonight to approve the plan, barring any major obstacles.
He added, though, that official ratification would be done by the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
“Coming in we were pretty young so it’s kind of a wild-card season,” senior Tyler Mosher said. “No one really knew what we were going to do ... We’re really proving ourselves out here.”
Columbia City proved it can win a regional championship Saturday with last- second senior heroics and big numbers from its sophomore class.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Contaminated soil found under railroad tracks in Columbia City has been cleared to be reintroduced.
Earlier this year, crews installing sewer lines under railroad tracks on South Line Street discovered oily dirt. The crews were in the process of boring under the tracks to insert new sewer line, a process called jack and bore.
Work was halted when the contaminated soil was discovered and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management was contacted.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County officials heard ideas last week on sign updates around the county â€” and got an unsuspected surprise.
At the twice-monthly meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners, Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton presented Mitch Hansel of GAI consultants of Fort Wayne.
Barton and Hansel spoke to the three-man board about federal money available for updating signage which, according to them, is required by law and must be done by Jan. 1, 2012.
â€śItâ€™s mandated, we donâ€™t have a choice,â€ť said Barton.
The championship day for Columbia City boys’ basketball began with some heart-stopping drama in the regional semifinal.
The Eagles were featured in the first of two morning games against Delta, who only two seasons ago won the same regional.
Columbia City (19-5) built up as much as a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before Delta, led by senior Jacob Bryan’s 24 points, surged back to tie the game.
Geneva E. Myers, 90, loving mother, grandmother and friend passed away quietly at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.
She was born Sept. 25, 1920 in Cleveland Township to the late Gerald R. and Jennie (Williamson) Lancaster. She spent her formative years in South Whitley and graduated from South Whitley High School.
On Dec. 5, 1949 she was united in marriage to Willard â€śBlackieâ€ť Myers. They ran the Mobil service station in South Whitley. Mr. Myers died Feb. 26, 1977.