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May 14th, 2013

CONFERENCE CHAMPS: Whitko’s boys linksters win

May 14, 2013

WARSAW — Whitko’s boys golf team took top honors at the Three Rivers Conference match at Stonehenge Saturday. The Wildcats won with a score of 338.

Wabash was three strokes behind for a second-place finish, and Northfield shot a 343. The Norsemen also had the conference’s medalist, Cole Trae, who scored a 77.

Whitko was led by Daniel Zowlacki, who was second overall with a score of 79. Zowlacki shot a 42 on the front nine and 37 in the back half.
Colton LeTourneau placed seventh for Whitko, shooting 42s two finish with an 84.

EAGLE OPPORTUNITY: WCCS ponders alternative students’ program

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An alternative program for challenged students could be in the future for the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) district.

Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff and Indian Springs Middle School Principal Jan Boylen discussed with schools’ board of trustees the possibility of Eagle Opportunity to Success — a program aimed at alternative paths for students.

There are several primary goals for the program, they said.
Among them are increasing graduation among eligible seniors and decreasing the number of expulsions in grades 6 to 12.

SENTENCED: Damron handed 10 years for meth

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Larwill woman received her sentence for a pair of meth-related crimes in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Stephanie Damron, 27, was sentenced to 10 years at Whitley County Jail, with six to serve and four suspended, for manufacturing methamphetamine and dealing in methamphetamine, both Class B felonies.

Damron pleaded guilty in April. As part of a plea agreement, four other charges from the same arrest in December were dismissed.

ANGEL: Memorial grows hope

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Honoring the departed with something living — that’s what family members came out to do Saturday at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Columbia City.

The garden is located in front of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home on Countryside Drive. However, it is maintained by Columbia City’s chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

After the death of their daughter, Betsy Jane, Ben and Betsy Gates founded the compassionate friends in 2001. Now the group works to support those who have lost family members with grief support and healing through group discussion and special events.

TAX INCREASE: County raises Cumulative Capital rate

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s County Council voted unanimously to raise the Cumulative Capital tax rate for next year.

Currently, the rate is 1.62 cents. The council approved raising the rate to three cents. With the increase, approximately $400,814 will be raised in property tax revenue. A large portion of the funds are set for bridge repair.

During discussion, Councilman Bill Overdeer discussed using an incremental increase over a period of years. However, immediate needs within the county’s facilities motivated the one-time increase.

May 13th

Spinning at the Market

May 13, 2013

Jan Meyers creates natural fiber yarn on her spinning wheel.

Meyers is one of more than 50 vendors at the Farmers Market held around the Whitley County Courthouse each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Truck hit by bullet while traveling I-65

May 13, 2013

BROOKSTON (AP) — Indiana State Police say troopers are investigating a pickup truck being shot while driving on Interstate 65 near Lafayette.

Police say three people were inside the truck when it was hit Sunday evening while northbound approaching the Indiana 18 interchange about 15 miles north of Lafayette.

No one was injured.

Police say the bullet went through the passenger-side door window and out the rear window behind the driver.

Market’s opening day

May 13, 2013

Deb Wade dressed as a World War I “donut girl” to commemorate the Salvation Army’s 76 anniversary in Whitley County.

“Donut girls” visited the front lines during the war to deliver the fried treats to servicemen as a way to show their support.

At the Farmers Market, Salvation Army representatives passed out free doughnuts as a way to show their gratitude for the county’s support of the nonprofit.

Wind farm to expand turbines: Success after Whitley Co. ordinance stifled construction

May 13, 2013

BLUFFTON (AP) — The developer of a proposed wind farm in northeastern Indiana is increasing the number of turbines it wants to install as part of a $336 million complex on about 37,000 acres of land.

Apex Wind Energy of Charlottesville, Va., will present its new design to local officials next month and says it expects construction to begin by the end of the year.

The design is a change from the 87 turbines on 18,500 acres that Apex initially proposed, an area newspaper reported.

Crash kills baby, injures 4 children

May 13, 2013

NOBLE COUNTY — An 8-month-old boy was killed and four other children were injured in a vehicle accident Saturday.

According to area media, the car crashed into a tree near the Noble-Elkhart County line Saturday when the driver swerved to miss an animal that ran out into the road.

The driver, Angelica Ibarra, 39, of Ligonier, was cited for not having a license and other violations.

Police said Ibarra drove straight through a curve, slid sideways and struck a tree on the rear passenger side of the vehicle.

Ibarra was not injured, but Gael Ibarra, 8 months, died from his injuries.

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