Archive - 2014
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In Northeast Indiana, when it comes to meth labs, Whitley County is an island.
The county had a much lower number of methamphetamine labs busted by law enforcement in 2013 than its neighboring counties.
This fact might come as a surprise, since Whitley County‚Äôs courts are consistently tied up with methamphetamine-related cases and the Whitley County Drug Task Force focuses most of its energy on the drug.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls basketball team picked up its last Three Rivers Conference win of the season Friday night, topping Northfield 50-46 Friday night.
After a back-and-forth battle between the rivals, Whitko pulled out on top in the final minutes, forcing Northfield to foul, and scoring 5-of-7 from the charity stripe to take the win.
In a low-scoring first quarter, the Wildcats pulled ahead with a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Brianna Cumberland to make the score 8-6.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs boys basketball team failed to make it two wins in three games when it fell to Lakeland Friday.
The Eagles had defeated Central Noble last week, then fell on the road to Angola Monday. Friday, ‚ÄôBusco was edged out at home 48-44 by the visiting Lakers.
The Eagles now hold a 2-12 record and are 2-4 in the NECC.
It was a tight contest that was tied at halftime, 19-19. Churubusco had a shot at the end to tie, but missed, and left Lakeland to shoot free throws.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Several animals were lost in a barn fire in Whitley County Wednesday morning.
After 12 inches of snow fell on the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the fire was spotted by the property owners at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday, and firefighters responded ‚ÄĒ as quickly as possible.
With many county roads and state highways still snow-covered, officials were delayed in making the scene, located on Ind. 9, slightly south of Ind. 14.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A man accused of breaking into an appliance store and stealing property pleaded not guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Steven W. Slater, 38, of Columbia City, was arrested Jan. 26 for three charges of burglary, one charge of theft and two charges of criminal mischief.
Case reports indicate Columbia City Police officers were advised about two burglaries that had occurred at Hosler‚Äôs TV and Appliance in the month of January, 2014.
Officers found a three-hole brick at both locations. A sound bar was reported missing.
Corey A. McDaniel, 28, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 8:17 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne surrounded by his family. He had been a patient there since Monday.
Corey was born in Fort Wayne Oct. 24, 1985, the son on Donald R. and Marlene (Wetzel) McDaniel.
He moved from Fort Wayne to Churubusco as a child with his parents, and was a member of the Churubusco High School Class of 2004.
Employed at Complete Controls in Fort Wayne during the past two years, he enjoyed spending time with his friends and his cats.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Council faced a financial dilemma Tuesday.
When the county proposed its increase to the Cumulative Capital Fund (CCF), it voted to put it at .03.
The Department of Government and Local Finance informed County Auditor Jen McGuire it would only approve the county raise the rate to .0287.
Thus, the council needed to trim $108,475 from its proposed budget for the CCF.
By a 5-0 vote, the council agreed to cut the equipment in the CCF to $7,525. It had previously been at $74,000.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ An annual summer festival in Churubusco has an earlier spot on the calendar.
Turtle Days Board President Nicole Kirkpatrick announced Thursday that the four-day celebration of Oscar, the legendary tortoise from ‚ÄėBusco, will be June 11-14.
‚ÄúThis year we were completely unable to find a company that was available for our original dates during the third week of June,‚ÄĚ Kirkpatrick said. ‚ÄúI contacted Gary Bolander, the owner of Poor Jack amusements. He too was unavailable for that third week, but did have an opening for the second week.‚ÄĚ
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 7, 2014) -- Whitley County Emergency Management officials declare that all power is restored to the county...but be aware that a 5 to 10 minute outage will occur this evening as a new line is installed.
Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrates its January Shining Stars.¬†
The following students were recognized this month for using their life skills, treating people right, and doing the right thing ‚ÄĒ Kindergarten: Ellie Fox, Kourtny Cody, Brooke Tyler, Noah Smith and Alyson King.
First grade: Bailey Dunk, Ella Walter, Caleb Summers, Trey Whitacre, Kendal Bockleman and Jennasey Aikey.
Second grade: Zoey Egner, Natalie Minks, Eden John and Emmalee Hammons.
Third grade: Kaylen Hendricks, Markus Steele (not pictured), Elise Winebrenner and Mariah Adkins.