January 25th, 2013
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a three-part series highlighting the Whitley County Courthouse
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a position that came with no corner office, no prestige and no grand title, but when Meredith Hoffman, of Columbia City, agreed to give tours of the Whitley County Courthouse, she wasnâ€™t concerned with what was in it for her.
â€śI would guess I gave tours for 10 years,â€ť Hoffman said. â€śIt was something I wanted to do. I think the history of the Courthouse is interesting and a part of our countyâ€™s history. I wanted to be able to pass that along.â€ť
NEW HAVEN â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team lost its third game Friday night, falling to Northeast Hoosier Conference foe New Haven, 69-54.
The Bulldogs (9-4) jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the opening three minutes, as the Eagles struggled offensively throughout the game.
Columbia City shot 34 percent from the field in the first half and 41 percent on the game.
Eagle Drew Benedict connected with two 3-pointers, three free throws and a field goal to lead Columbia City with 11 of its 15 first-quarter points.
Benedict finished the game as the Eaglesâ€™ top scorer with 20 points.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indiana State Rep. Kathy Heuer manifested a bill which could provide funding to Indiana businesses looking to further train employees.
Training 2000 is a piece of legislation that has passed the Statehouse.
Funding already exists for companies wanting to move into Indiana and bring on new employees. But Heuerâ€™s bill would expand those dollars to existing companies and their current employees.
The need for such funding came to light after Heuer met with several companies.
Harold L. Brower, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 11 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at his home. Born May 5, 1925, in South Whitley, he was the son of Reed and Ida Irene(Rivet) Brower.
His early life was spent in Collamer. On Feb. 17, 1946, he married Grace L. Gaff in Huntington.
Following their marriage he and Grace established their first home in Larwill, before moving back to South Whitley in August 2000.
Stanley Ford Kistler, 77, of Pierceton, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw. Born Aug. 25, 1935, in Warsaw, he was the son of Floyd and Evelyn (Kilgore) Kistler.
He was a lifetime resident of Pierceton and he graduated from Pierceton High School. On April 4, 1970, he married Pamala Sue Krom at Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City. He retired after 34 years of service in 2000 from Viking Inc., Columbia City as a supervisor. He was a member of Pierceton Presbyterian Church.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Indiana, like most states, is in the midst of one of its worst flu seasons in recent years, and health officials said Friday that it's too early to tell whether the season has peaked.
The season's 40 flu deaths make it Indiana's deadliest in five years, and with several months of cold weather still in store, that figure is almost certain to rise. Flu season typically runs from October through mid-May.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” The retired bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese has returned to Indiana to continue his battle with a rare form of cancer.
Bishop Emeritus John D'Arcy issued a statement Friday saying it was "it's good to be home" after undergoing radiation treatment in Massachusetts.
D'Arcy announced early this month that he had been diagnosed with cancer in his lungs and brain. The disease was discovered when he went to a Boston-area hospital after feeling ill while visiting relatives.
Columbia City runner Tiffany Harber committed to Manchester College recently. Harber is a track and cross country runner for the Lady Eagles. She is pictured with Columbia City head cross country and girls track coach Bob Fahl (left) and assistant coach Tim Hearld.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śWeâ€™re so close.â€ť That is how United Way Executive Director Cindy Baker sums up the Live United 2012 fundraiser campaign.
With $170,000 of the $190,000 goal accounted for, United Way is waiting on the last few dollars to roll in.
United Way of Whitley County is a nonprofit organization that helps to fund other nonprofit groups in the area. In 2011, United Way specifically helped to fund B.A.B.E. of Whitley County, Churubusco Community Childcare Center, Whitley County Council on Aging, the American Red Cross and others.