COLUMBIA CITY â The Connecticut massacre has touched the lives of people across the nation â even in Whitley County â 750 miles from the tragedy.
Before Columbia City High Schoolâs boys basketball game Friday night, officials held a moment of silence in honor of the 26 lives lost after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school â killing 20 children.
The rampage is the nationâs second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech shooting that claimed 33 lives in 2007.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) â A man opened fire Friday inside the Sandy Hook Elementary where his mother taught. Twenty-six people were killed, including 20 children. Area media report youngsters huddled in corners and closets frightened at the sound of shots ringing through the building.
The 20-year-old killer, killed his mother at home, carried two handguns to the school where he committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said.
More in depth coverage can be found in Saturday's Post & Mail with local comments from area residents and school administration.
FORT WAYNE â A high-speed chase that began in Fort Wayne ended at the Whitley-Allen County Line Tuesday.
Whitley Countyâs Sheriff deputies were called to assist Fort Wayneâs Police Department after the pursuit headed toward Columbia City on U.S. 30.
The deputies set up stop sticks near CR 300 E., but the suspects, Pedro Garza and Luis Juarez-Cabrera, turned north on County Line Road before being apprehended by Fort Wayne police.
SOUTH WHITLEY â High utility bills? Some residents of South Whitley believe the rates appearing on their monthly utility statements are higher than average. In fact, one resident appeared at the town council meeting Tuesday night to voice her concern over an increasing utility bill.
Town council members wanted to know just where utility rates stood in relation to covering costs and preparing for future upgrades.
COLUMBIA CITY â The wind blew hard, but Columbia City pushed back.
On June 29 of this year, a violent wind storm powered its way through Columbia City. The tempest left a trail of damage in its wake, including downed trees. For many towns, the clean-up effort could have been a marathon. However, Columbia City Tree Board President Ken Lundquist said that the work has been âexcellent,â and thanked the City Electric Department for its input in the project.
LIGONIER â The Whitko Lady Wildcats traveled north Thursday night to face the West Noble Lady Chargers in a non-conference basketball matchup. A furious fourth quarter rally by the Lady Wildcats put the Lady Wildcats in a position to win, but the loss of two important players and game-long free throw woes sent the Lady âCats down to a 53-51 overtime loss to the Lady Chargers.
Those participating in the most recent www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll said "No" to legalizing marijuana in Indiana because they deem it "a gateway drug."
Forty-five percent of respondents voted "no" on the legalization question.
However, 38 percent voted in favor of legalization because "it will increase revenue for the state."
Meanwhile, 13 percent said marijuana "should be decriminalized, not legalized."
Additionally, 4 percent voted "I don't care what the state does."
More than 100 votes were recorded in the poll.
Sondra Kay Bishop, 69, of Columbia City, died at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since July 2008.
She was born Jan. 24, 1943, in Marion, a daughter of Cecil and Mary (Counterman) Simpson. On July 22, 1962, she was united in marriage to Richard K. Bishop.
Surviving relatives include four children, five grandchildren,a sister and three brothers.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Bishop.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Laurell E. âTuneyâ Leitch, 82, a resident of rural LaOtto and a life-long resident of Green Township, passed away at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.
Mr. Leitch was born on Dec. 15, 1929, in Kendallville, a son of Noah T. and Edna (Diffendarfer) Leitch.
The surviving relatives include his wife Mary Ann, two daughters, a sister, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety moved Tuesday to begin work on storm sewers before Phase II of the Line Street Project begins next year.
Wigent Excavation was awarded the bid for $41,045, and should begin work immediately, according to Jeff Walker, Community Development Director for Columbia City.