October 21st, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ By unanimous vote Monday evening, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees elected to move forward with its proposed $2 million technology project. The project will address the district‚Äôs technology needs, from infrastructure to eventually putting devices in the hands of every student in the district.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) ‚ÄĒ Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for killing Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the ‚Äúgross negligence‚ÄĚ the runner showed when he shot his girlfriend multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.
However, legal experts said the section of law Judge Thokozile Masipa quoted when she announced the double-amputee Olympic athlete‚Äôs sentence provides for a maximum of five years in prison and Pistorius could be released after 10 months in jail to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With Halloween fast approaching and retailers setting out merchandise for Christmas earlier than ever before, the U.S. Postal Service is prepping for the big holiday rush. The USPS is urging residents to be proactive this year when sending out packages, letters and cards to guarantee timely deliveries.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After reviewing more than 50 applications, Whitley County Consolidated Schools has hired a new technology director. Former Tech Director Anne Plunkett officially resigned Sept. 5, and since receiving notice of her departure prior to that, school officials formed a committee, accepted applications, and conducted interviews before selecting Ronald Allen as the next tech director.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Shambling packs of the undead roamed the streets of Columbia City this weekend in search of victims ‚ÄĒ for a good cause. The non-profit organization Signature Giving sponsored The Running Dead 5K run/walk Saturday to raise funds for its job training assistance programs for seniors and adults seeking higher education.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ Temperatures in the low 40s, wind gusts to 30 miles per hour and a spitting mist ‚ÄĒ all of these greeted the teams and individuals at the West Noble IHSAA Cross Country Regional on a cold, gray Saturday morning. The weather was cold, but the Columbia City Lady Eagle team was hot enough to advance to next Saturday‚Äôs New Haven Semi-State by virtue of a fourth-place team finish.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council approved its annual salary ordinance for its 80 city employees last week. After an approximate $1,000 raise for employees last year, there were little changes to the salary ordinance for 2014. One change is the addition of volunteer fire assistance pay.
July 15, 1919 ‚ÄĒ Oct. 17, 2014
Roger Stuckman, 95, a well known Noble County dairy and grain farmer, died at 1:50 a.m. Friday Oct. 17, 2014, in the North Ridge Village in Albion.
He was born July 15, 1919, in Noble County, a son of Jay and Drusilla (Wysong) Stuckman. He completed his education at Wolf Lake High School.
Roger was never married and spent his entire life on the family farm near Big Lake where he specialized in Holstein dairy cattle.
He was a member of the American Holstein Association and world renowned authority on the genealogy of Holsteins.
Nov. 3, 1912 ‚ÄĒ Oct. 16, 2014
Buthene Wineland Sampuda, 89, of Millington, Tenn., died Oct. 16, 2014.
She was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Columbia City, the daughter of Clair and Grace N. (Braddock) Wineland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Sampuda, Jr.; infant twins, Thomas and Ann Sampuda, and sister, Darlene Wineland Goodrich.
She is survived by a son, George C. Sampuda (Carla); three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Donald C. Wineland.
Aug. 18, 1922 ‚ÄĒ Oct. 18, 2014
Cora Barney, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Renaissance Village, Fort Wayne.
Born Aug. 18, 1922, in Kosciusko County, she was the daughter of Ralph J. and Pearl C. (Goppert) Bailey.
She was a Kosciusko County resident until her marriage to William C. Barney on May 22, 1984. She then moved to Columbia City. She graduated from Pierceton High School with the Class of 1941.