September 12th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to burglary in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Gabriel D. Auer, 35, was arrested in July and charged with burglary and theft.
As part of a plea agreement, Auer will have the theft charge dismissed by the court. Prosecutor Matt Rentschler also agreed to not pursue the habitual felon sentence enhancement option â€” which would have increased the sentence for Auer.
Burglary is a Class C felony and carries a sentencing range of two to eight years.
There was no stipulation in the plea agreement as to length of sentence.
Lois A. Sheets, 71, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at Peabody Home, North Manchester, where she had been a resident since October 2012.
She was born April 11, 1942, in Sullivan County, a daughter of Cisco R. and Jeanette I. (White) May.
Her formative years were spent in Sullivan County. She graduated from Sullivan High School in 1960.
On June 10, 1961, she was united in marriage to Paul V. Sheets. They made their home in Larwill for a short time before moving to Columbia City. Mr. Sheets died Sept. 26, 2011.
Minnie Alice Farris, 92, of Fort Wayne, died at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home where she was admitted last Friday.
She was born Oct. 17, 1920, in Harveysburg, Ohio, a daughter of Adam B. and Maude (Haines) Campbell. Her formative years were spent in Harveysburg.
On April 9, 1942, she was united in marriage to Raymon D. Farris. During Raymonâ€™s enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps they lived in Kentucky, California, New Mexico, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Utah.
Donald E. Crawford, 80, of Larwill, passed away at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born Feb. 27, 1933, in Boone County, he was the son of Charles R. Crawford and Ruby F. (Kinkade) Crawford.
On June 16, 1970, he married Carolyn J. Darr in Lebanon. He was a custodian at Whitko Community Schools, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Columbia City residents north of U.S. 30 were yet again afflicted by low pressure and no water last week, officials are working toward a permanent solution to the problem.
The main issue is not a man-made problem, but instead a problem with the soil, according to Columbia City Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear.
â€śThe soil conditions are very acidic right there. Itâ€™s eating into the pipe,â€ť Dear said.
Whitko tennis falls in close match to Rochester, 3-2
ROCHESTER â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys tennis team lost to TRC-rival Rochester Tuesday.
The Zebras won 3-2.
Whitko picked up wins in No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
Tyler Baugher got a victory for the Wildcats at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-2. Blake Castle earned a straight-set win at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 7-5.
Cole Bechtold fell in three sets at No. 3 singles. The No. 1 doubles pair of Alex Robbins and Bailey Platt lost in straight sets, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Alex Bechtold and Reed Brace.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team scored a win against a conference opponent with the Northeast Hoosier Conference Tournament on tap for later this week.
The Lady Eagles beat Norwell, 199-201 at Orchard Ridge Country Club.
Orchard Ridge is the site of the NHC Tournament this Saturday. With practice time for the tournament limited, both teams decided to play on the course.
With the win, Columbia City ends its conference dual slate with a 2-5 record.
In remembrance of September 11, 2001, the terrorist attacks on the U.S., public safety officials across the country are being honored today, Patriot Day.
The Post & Mailâ€™s special publication, â€śEmergency Personnel Saluteâ€ť, is inserted in todayâ€™s newspaper.
Pictured, a group of Whitley County firemen raise a ladder at a local house fire.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Tri-Lakes womanâ€™s foray into Native American research has led to her joining up with a professional author for a book series.
Liz Martinez began her research approximately 20 years ago. She studied remedies used by Native cultures that would cure a variety of maladies.
Through this research, she became connected online with Karen D. Musson. Musson lives in southern Missouri and began writing a book series 10 years ago about 19th-century Native American life, particularly the Lakota Tribe.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Funding school safety has been an ongoing topic of conversation among municipalities in Whitley County.
Whitko Middle School Principal Parrish Kruger spoke on behalf of the district and petitioned the South Whitley Town Council to consider a $10,000 contribution in order for the district to hire a school resource officer (SRO).
â€śWe have the opportunity to get a grant with matching funds,â€ť Kruger said. â€śThe district can show a $30,000 investment. However, if South Whitley can put in $10,000 and Pierceton can do the same, we can get $50,000 in matching funds.â€ť