November 17th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY - The mother of a 17-month-old infant who died was sentenced Monday.
Brittany N. McConnehey, 24, was charged with reckless homicide, a class C felony, in the death of her daughter June 13.
McConnehey was sentenced to five years, with three years serving time and two years of probation.
McConnehey and the child's father, Jesse E. McIntosh, 25, were both charged.
McIntosh was sentenced to in October to four years in jail with two years to serve and two years probation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ One thing was crystal clear at the Whitley County Plan Commission meeting held Wednesday: The â€śpro-windâ€ť and â€śanti-windâ€ť groups are still miles apart.
Specifically, 5,000 feet apart.
The steering committee formed to fact-find submitted its report to the commission; both sides of the issue are represented and were given the opportunity to speak on its respective group's behalf.
One thing agreed upon was that an ordinance â€“ one way or another in regards to wind farming â€“ is a necessary thing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Many fathers enjoy going out to the backyard and tossing around a baseball or going to the gym to shoot hoops.
But for Whitko Head Coach Rob Irwin and Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict, its drastically different.
Both Benedict and Irwin are coaching stand-out players â€” who also happen to be their sons.
While many players face the typical suggestions from their fathers, Drew Benedict and Logan Irwin get quite a bit more.
Pick up a copy of Thursday's paper for an in-depth article with more photos.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though he wonâ€™t be taking office until 2012, mayor-elect Ryan Daniel has been and will continue to be a busy man heading into office.
Daniel will be participating in workshops for newly elected officials, set up by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
The workshops are available to prepare both new and incumbent mayors for their upcoming four-year term, according to Daniel.
The workshops cover everything from municipal law, leadership qualities and as Daniel put it, â€śreally just everything under the sun that will help a new mayor.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The second suspect involved in a methamphetamine case that was connected to the death of a baby girl has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Travis A. Wonderly appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Wednesday and entered a plea of guilty, according to Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.
Wonderly had been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
ALBION, Ind. (AP) â€” A northeastern Indiana hunter has died after struggling with a buck he had just shot.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says 62-year-old Paul Smith of Fort Wayne died Monday during a deer reduction hunt at Chain Oâ€™Lakes State Park about 20 miles northwest of the city. It says the Noble County coroner says the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly suffered during the struggle.
Eileen Andrews, 94
March 15, 1917 â€” Oct. 18, 2011
Eileen A. Andrews, 94 a resident of Decatur, Ind. and a former 30-year resident of Columbia City, died at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 at the Woodcrest Nursing Center, in Decatur.
She was born March 15, 1917, in Decatur to Lottie and Verda (Bigham) Jackson who are both deceased.
Eileen was united in marriage to John Andrews on Nov. 27, 1938, in Decatur he passed away in 1996.
Pamela Reece, 63
Dec. 2, 1947 â€” Nov. 8, 2011
Pamela J. Reece, 63, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at her residence.
Born Dec. 2, 1947, in Fort Wayne, she had been the administrative assistant and a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church for over 13 years.
Margie Hollenbaugh, 68
Nov. 23, 1942 â€” Nov. 10, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Margie J. Hollenbaugh, 68, of Columbia City, died Thursday morning, Nov. 10, 2011, in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, following a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 23, 1942, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Robert and Lenore (Varner) Poffenberger.
She graduated from Columbia City High School and attended Hillsdale College in Michigan.
On Aug. 24, 1963, she was united in marriage to Jerald L. â€śJerryâ€ť Hollenbaugh.
She worked as a teacherâ€™s aide at Marshall Middle School for 15 years.
Sandra Peters, 51
June 24, 1960 â€” Nov. 10, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sandra L. Peters, 51, of Columbia City, died at 12:44 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Parkview Main Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted Oct. 31.
She was born June 24, 1960, in Detroit, Mich., a daughter of Chester A. and Mildred M. (Mitchell) Sample.
In 1972, the family moved to Columbia City.
She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1978. She completed an associates degree in accounting at International Business College in Fort Wayne.