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February 8th, 2013

PRESSLER CASE: Paternity test requested

February 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Prosecutor’s Office has issued a warrant for a DNA test in a sexual abuse case.

Dean Pressler was arrested in late December on multiple counts of sexual assault to a minor.

Case reports indicate the alleged victim had two children during the period of the alleged crimes. She stated Pressler was the father of both children, which include a child born in April of 2012 and June of 2010.

Pressler already gave a DNA sample for the younger child. He then asked that sample not be used to determine paternity of the older child.

February 7th

GROWING BUSINESS: 80/20 considers expansion, 25 new jobs

February 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Council approved a tax abatement for a potential business expansion Tuesday.

80/20, of Columbia City, was awarded the tax abatement for a potential building project. The abatement will apply for real estate ($5.5 million) and personal property ($1.3 million) and will span 10 years, if the company goes forward with the project.

By approving the tax abatement, 80/20 will receive certain tax breaks that would make the expansion more feasible for the company.

4-H — FROM HOBBY TO CAREER: Jeremiah Geiger works to make most of farming

February 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man is hoping to turn a hobby into something much more.

Jeremiah Geiger was a participant for years in the Whitley County 4-H Fair. He is still involved, but now on a different side.

“That was my passion, showing hogs at fair,” he said. “I showed hogs for 10 years.”

Currently, Geiger raises animals and sells them to students wishing to participate in the fair. The operation is small so far, but is not without its struggles.

“Nothing went right this fall,” Geiger said. “I couldn’t get (my animals) bred.”

DNR ACQUISITIONS: Crooked Lake preserve adds land

February 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Crooked Lake’s nature preserve has recently added two additional tracts of land.

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commission voted Jan. 15 to bring in the 69.5 acres, named the Crooked Lake Addition Nature Preserve, to the original Crooked Lake Nature Preserve. The area now has a total of 215 acres.

The two parcels of land were added with assistance from the Indiana Heritage Trust and the Crooked Lake Property Owners’ Association.

County wrestlers one meet away from state

February 7, 2013

FORT WAYNE — There are 11 wrestlers from Whitley County schools who are one day away from their ultimate goal.

It is semi-state weekend at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Saturday. Grapplers who managed a top-four finish at the regional meet last Saturday at Carroll earned a bid for the semi-state tournament. There will be a total of 16 wrestlers at the tournament hailing from four regionals the previous weekend. The other three regionals that feed into the Coliseum are the tournaments that were held at Goshen, Jay County and Peru.

JUST OUT OF REACH: Lady Eagles suffer loss to Carroll in first round of sectional, 65-57

February 7, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City’s girls basketball team fell on the wrong side of a back-and-forth battle Wednesday at Snider.

The Lady Eagles faced Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Carroll in the sectional opener, losing 65-57 in a closer game than the score depicts.

Until the final two minutes, for most of the game, neither team had a lead of more than five points.

There were 17 lead changes and seven ties, but foul trouble led to Columbia City’s demise, as the Lady Eagles had five players foul out in the last four minutes of play — when Carroll took the lead and didn’t give it back.

Whitko to take on Heritage

February 7, 2013

GAS CITY — The wait is over.

Whitko’s girls basketball team was in suspense, waiting find out who it would play in Friday’s sectional semifinal. The answer is in — Heritage.

The Lady Wildcats drew the bye in Class 3A, Sectional 23 at Mississinewa. That meant Whitko had to wait on the winner of Heritage and Bellmont, who played Tuesday. Heritage scored a 61-49 triumph.

TODAY IN SPORTS

February 7, 2013

These are the sports headlines in Thursday's issue:

County wrestlers one meet away from state

Murphy signs with Miami of Ohio

Whitko to take on Heritage

Lady Eagles suffer loss to Carroll in first round of sectional, 65-57

IN THE HEADLINES

February 7, 2013

Here are the headlines in Thursday's issue:

80/20 considers expansion, 25 new jobs

Crooked Lake preserve adds land

4-H: From hobby to career

Man found guilty in Fort Wayne ambulance attack

February 6th

RIGHT TO VOTE: Ind. Senate approves Sen. Banks' proposal

February 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate approved a proposal authored by Ind. Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to protect Hoosiers’ right to vote by secret ballot.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 would amend the Constitution of the State of Indiana to permanently protect the right to use secret ballots in elections, including union authorization elections. The Ind. Senate passed the resolution by a vote of 33-16, moving it to the Ind. House of Representatives for further consideration.

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