November 27th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County collected 138 used cell phones in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Many local businesses, hospitals, restaurants, churches, schools, etc. had HopeLine collection boxes displayed at their locations.
The HopeLine project, which was sponsored by the Domestic Violence Task Force of Whitley County, is new this year, and the group is pleased with the results and grateful to all the locations that collected phones.
Mark J. Curtis, 54, graduated to glory on Nov. 25, 2013, while at Parkview Regional Medical Center and is now at peace in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born Sept. 16, 1959, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Donald P. Curtis and Charlene D. Adams-Begue.
Mark worked as a drywall craftsman at Hanna Brothers and Hartmanâ€™s for many years. He enjoyed his family, home and friends. He will always be deeply loved by all and will be missed forever.
Clifford J. Perlich, 86, of Avilla, died Sunday, November 24, 2013.
He was born in Noble County Jan. 31, 1927, to the late Lloyd W. and Anna (Schaefer) Perlich.
He served in the U.S. Army from April 1945 to October 1946. He married the late, Betty Ann (Rumsyre) Dec. 24, 1950.
Together they lived 55 years in Churubusco and enjoyed camping from 1970 to 2000 and were members of the Good Sam Club. He was a dairy farmer from 1950 to 1970.
Robert â€śBobâ€ť Twining Taylor, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Nov. 18, 2013, at the Homeplace in Burlington, Wash.
Born in Seattle, Wash., Bob lived in Richmond Beach and Seward Park. In his teenage years, his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisc.
He graduated from White Fish Bay High School and then earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Bob was an ardent Wisconsin Badger fan and Green Bay Packer Backer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A two-sport star at Columbia City will continue her career on the volleyball court at a Big Ten school.
Kalisha Goree, who just finished her senior year as a Lady Eagle, will go on to play volleyball at Ohio State University.
Goree will take her near year-round dedication to volleyball and apply it as a Buckeye, since she also plays club volleyball in addition to her time with Columbia City High School.
Playing at the next level has been a goal on Goreeâ€™s mind for years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who crashed a vehicle into the Columbia City branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will serve two years behind bars for his crimes.
Danny C. Rose, Jr., 20, was sentenced to three years, with two to serve at the Whitley County Jail, for auto theft, a Class D felony. He was also given a two-year concurrent sentence for resisting law enforcement.
Rose was sentenced to 60 days for battery resulting in bodily injury, which will be served consecutively to the previous two charges.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners recently appointed two Cleveland Township residents to fill vacant seats on planning boards.
Mark Mynhier has joined the Whitley County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals board.
Wayne Swender will fill the vacancy on the Plan Commission for South Whitley.
Both positions started immediately with the commissionersâ€™ OK at their Nov. 18 meeting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What began as a family affair has turned into a county-wide event, reaching out to local residents on Thanksgiving.
The Rotary Clubs annual Thanksgiving dinner is set for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 4-H Center in Columbia City.
Although the Rotary Club is now one of the underwriters for the meal, it was Sherri Grim, of Columbia City, who first had the idea to serve a holiday meal.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Officials took another small step toward a new aquatics facility in Columbia City Monday night.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Park Board reviewed the work of the aquatics task force, as well as consulting firm Martin Riley, which may have raised more questions than answers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Park Board took a difficult decision under advisement at Mondays meeting â€” sledding at DeVol Field.
Many families view sledding at the park as a winter tradition, but after the addition of a new baseball diamond, and fence, at the bottom of the sledding hill, officials had to consider liability versus recreation.
Columbia City Attorney recommended the Park Board take into consideration the liability now that there is a fence, and potential danger, at the bottom of the hill.
However, the decision didnâ€™t come without much discussion.