July 20th, 2012
SHERMAN, Texas â€” A Columbia City man initially arrested in April for money laundering, but who pleaded guilty to another charge earlier this month should find out his fate in the next several months.
According to court records, Duane Ducharme, 70, pleaded guilty July 2 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas to misprision of a felony.
Ducharme was initially incarcerated in the Collin County Jail April 13 after being observed by agents of both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of what those agencies said was an ongoing investigation.
Betty R. Rhoades, 88, died Friday, July 20, 2012, at Zeeland Community Hospital in Zeeland, Mich. where she lived with her son, Terry.
She was born July 4, 1924, in Bluffton, a daughter of Charles Herbert and Nettie Lillian Rosen.
She attended Washington Center High School while she lived with â€śauntâ€ť Mary as a ward of the court.
On Nov. 2, 1963, she married Donald E. Rhoades. They made their home in Arcola. Mr. Rhoades preceded her in death on May 31, 1984.
She retired from General Electric, Ft. Wayne, in 1972. She owned and operated Rhoades Grocery in Arcola from 1973 to 1975.
Pastor James A. Haugen Sr., 67, of Columbia City, died Thursday, July 19, 2012.
He was born June 26, 1945, in Mandan, N.D., a son of Elmer and Betty Marie (Sempson) Haugen.
He graduated from Concordia High School in Portland, Ore. and continued his education at Concordia College in Portland, Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne and completed his Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the summer I-READ3 test results came in, Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor, superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS), said she was pleased with the results made by the third graders.
â€śWe had approximately 260 third-grade students who did take the I-READ3 test, and we had approximately 22 who did not pass the test at that time,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.
â€śThose students received additional reading instruction, special reading instruction, and 12 of those students attended our Camp Read A Lot.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board officially congratulated Jacob Hoag, appointed Northern Heights Elementary School principal, at their meeting Monday.
The appointment was made when Robert Hoke retired as principal after 27 years of service.
Hoag has been working at Madison Elementary School in Warsaw, but expressed a wish to return to WCCS.
FORT WAYNE â€” A local pastor, on a mission of community service died Thursday as the result of an accident involving a vehicle driven by his wife and quick thinking by people at the scene couldnâ€™t prevent his death.
Rev. James A. Haugen, 67, of Columbia City, died of blunt force trauma after being backed over by his wife, Darleen K. Haugen, 64, at the Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne, according to Fort Wayne police.
Police reported a call was made at about 9:13 a.m. Thursday of an accident involving a pedestrian.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Stephen Culbert of Gibraltar Design, Inc. came before the Whitley County Consolidated School board Monday to present Eagle Tech Academy, Phase III â€” relocation of the Technology Department and the Reconfiguration of the Administrative Center.
â€śWeâ€™re very excited because this is a 21st century learning environment that we are creating in this building that is historically many different things to the community and the school system,â€ť said Culbert. â€śThis is the final project to complete the Eagle Tech Academy.â€ť
A Riverside Charter bus trip will take place Saturday, July 28, to Chicago for $55. In August, there will be a trip to FireKeepers Casino. That trip will take place Sunday, Aug. 5, and will cost $35. This includes $20 slot play and $5 food credit. For more information contact Lisa Kimmell 739-7159.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Many athletes aspire to be a record-breaking quarterback, or an Indiana All-Star pitcher, or to average double digits for the basketball team.
Whitkoâ€™s incoming senior Alex Stoddard has done all three.
Stoddard has been a varsity starter in football, basketball and baseball since he's been in high school.
Stoddard had over 1,200 passing yards last season as the Wildcatsâ€™ quarterback, he collected 71 strikeouts (9.44 per game) and averaged 10 points per game in basketball.
Stoddard has been the starting quarterback for the â€™Cats since he was a sophomore.