March 22nd, 2013
Darrell Eugene Leap, 92, of Columbia City, passed away March 21, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.
Born Aug. 18, 1920, in Cicero, he was the son of Lester and Nellie (Newby) Leap.
He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient. On Oct. 5, 1939, he married, Geneva Sylvester in Greenfield. He was the owner of Leap Excavating and lived in North Webster from 1952-1968, Knapp Lake from 1968-2004 and has lived in Columbia City since 2004.
Easter egg hunt
Columbia City Rotary club's Easter egg hunt for community children will be Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at Morsches Park.
Ball State University Singers will be guest performers at the Indian Springs Middle School choral concert on Wednesday, March 27. The concert will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at ISMS.
Joel Genth, a Columbia City alumnus, and Alex McDowell, an alumnus of Churubusco, will be performing with the BSU singers.
A free will donation will be accepted at the door to be used towards the evening performances.
The Whitley County Historical Society will host their annual spring dinner Monday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Brownstone Cafe at 105 S. State St., South Whitley.
The evening is open to both members and non-members of the historical society.
The dinner costs $19 and will include salad, lemon rosemary chicken, buttermilk mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon and dessert.
The guest speaker, Bob Dispenza, Park and Education Manager for Allen County Parks, will present "Canals of Indiana."
Indiana Department of Transportation reports maintenance work is being done today on Ind. 109 north of Columbia City.
Traffic will be restricted to a single-lane directed by flaggers until 3 p.m.
Crews are working to complete the project before Sunday's forecasted snow.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Pierceton man pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Jeremiah Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class C felony. With his criminal history, he also was charged with being a habitual felony offender as part of a plea arrangement.
A charge of theft, a Class D felony, was dismissed as part of the agreement.
Smith admitted to breaking into the Larwill Deli, located at U.S. 30 and Ind. 5. He was accused of stealing $1,252.76 of merchandise â€” 12 cartons of cigarettes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Pocket change is needed to make positive change for Whitley County families.
B.A.B.E.â€™s annual April giving campaign is in its fifth year and baby bottles are being prepared for distribution across the county to collect monetary donations.
â€śThese bottles will be in businesses all over the county,â€ť said Shawn Ellis, B.A.B.E.â€™s executive director. â€śThere are smaller bottles that we are handing out to churches so that their members can take them home and fill them.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Honoring the past while creating the future.
That is the idea behind much of the educational practices of Northern Heights Elementary School. Jake Hoag, principal of NHES, gave a presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS) Monday about the vision in his building.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A crushed pipe, resulting in more than $1,500 in repair work, was deemed to not be the responsibility of the town by the South Whitley Town Council last week.
When a resident brought the concern to the townâ€™s council, President Tony Starkey asked for more information.
After bills were submitted to Town Manager Dave Wilkinson and more questions were answered, the council members decided there was no liability on the townâ€™s part to cover the repair costs.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls track team excelled in the Three Rivers Conference last season.
For 2013, the Lady Wildcats are back for more and are hoping to take the conference championship once again.
Whitko won the Three Rivers Conference two ways last year, taking first in the conference meet, 48 points ahead of second-place Southwood, and also posting a 7-0 mark in the season, league-wise.
While the Wildcats graduated three seniors from last yearâ€™s team, Coach Gary Sims was excited about the talent that remains.