April 2nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While most Whitley County residents were relaxing after a long work week on a Friday night (Jan. 6), more than 200 local people were working to save the life of a Columbia City man, who spent more than the equivalent of an entire work day stuck in a silo at Ag Plus on Raber Road.
Gary Smith, 55, was cleaning the silo, which contained about 1,000 bushels of wet, soggy soybeans, when he slid to the bottom of the sloped ground and lodged his boot in the 18-inch opening at the bottom of the bin.
LARWILL â€” William F. Branning, 95, of Etna Troy Township, Whitley County, died at 8:08 a.m. Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital Emergency Room where he was transported from his home.
He was born Jan. 15, 1917, in Fort Wayne, a son of Edward H. and Irene F. (Mosshammer) Branning.
His formative years were spent in Aboite Township. In 1937 he moved to Whitley County.
On April 16, 1941, he was inducted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged Aug. 19, 1945.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dylan Cozad of South Whitley has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Whitley County Community Foundation 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Dylan will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Dylan is the son of Daniel and Susan Cozad, and the older brother to Evan Cozad. He plans to major in Actuarial Science at either Butler University or Hanover College.
The Pierceton Elementary fourth and fifth grade girls recently completed their basketball season. Front row, from left, Izzy Lemler, Valerie Messmore, Kim Hoover, Makayla Berg, Bailey Wright, Abi Hartman, Meghan Christoffel, Hailey Elder, Addy Shockney and Jenna Brubaker. Second row, Kaylee Wyman, Renae Lehman, Kalaya Williams, Mahkinsey Myers, Sarah Hewitt, Lexi Hall, Lilly Owsley, Adara Frey and Kalie Shockney. The girls were coached by Mrs. Angie Trump and Mr. Brent Messmore.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) releasing its annual deer harvest report, one local conservation expert compared Whitley County numbers to state statistics.
Though the 129,018 deers bagged was down from the previous year, it was still the fourth best season the state has seen. In 2010, numbers neared 5,000 more deer, however, the 134,004 harvested deer was the stateâ€™s all-time record.
ROME CITY â€” An alert off-duty police officer jogging near Rome City called for backup Sunday when he smelled chemicals coming from a home. As a result of his actions, two Noble County men are in custody today, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to area news reports.
According to police, Chris Moriarity, an off-duty police officer, called a fellow sheriff's deputy when he smelled chemicals coming from a home near Rome City.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Allen County Coroner reports the body found floating in the St. Marys River Saturday morning was that of a homeless man, according to area news reports.
The coroner said Gary Brant, 40, drowned. His body was discovered near the old Wells Street Bridge Saturday morning by a fisherman, according to police.
The coroner ruled the death an accident.
Area news reports said Brant was homeless and had a little camp set up near where his body was found.
Emergency officials used a rescue boat to retrieve Brant's body from the river.
Fort Wayne police were called Saturday morning to the old Wells Street Bridge in Fort Wayne with a report of a body floating in the river.
According to a police report, a 911 call was received from a fisherman who saw the body floating in the water.
Officerâ€™s arrived along with the Fort Wayne Fire Departments water rescue squad. The fire department, with the use of their boat, were able to secure the body on the north shore line. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, along with the Allen County Coronerâ€™s Office, were contacted and assumed responsibility over the investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After Whitkoâ€™s archery team competed at the state level March 16, the team came came back with a Team Spirit Award, as well as having a student, Cody Gardner, place fourth in his division. The tournament was held at the Verizon Center in Muncie.
â€śItâ€™s the second time theyâ€™ve won the Spirit Award for the school in the state, theyâ€™ve got a lot of school spirit with these kids,â€ť said Coach Bill Green.
Indian Springs Middles School wrestlers finished their season with second place finishes in the conference meet.