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August 15th, 2011

Eagle Tech: Road to fruition

August 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – Eagle Tech Academy has come a long way since the idea was initially brought before the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees. According to Principal Brady Mullett, a big part of that was educating everyone on the program and how it would be run.
“The beginning part of last school year, I went to all the schools and said ‘if you enroll prior to Nov. 1, its first come first serve.’”
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Kerry Wolfe, 62

August 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Kerry L. “Skip” Wolfe, 62, a lifelong resident of Columbia Township, Whitley County, died at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was admitted the day before.
He was born Sept. 15, 1948, in Whitley County, a son of Kenneth M. and Marianne (Waters) Wolfe. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
On March 31, 1972 he was united in marriage to Rebecca S. Trimmer.
He was employed as a mechanic.

Jack Cramer, 83

August 15, 2011

Jack Raymond Cramer, 83, died in peace while at home in Fort Myers, Fla. on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.
Born Sept. 24, 1927, in Columbia City, he resided in Marysville, Wash. with his beloved wife, Alice Cramer, before settling in Fort Myers. Jack was a Retired Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy.
After retirement, he worked in the retail food industry and lived for the love of golf. He was an avid golf enthusiast who achieved not only one hole-in-one, he proudly made three.

Edwin Stemen, 85

August 15, 2011

Edwin Walter Stemen, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at his home.
Born Nov. 11, 1925 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Herman Thaddeus and Chloie Helen (Drudge) Stemen.
He graduated from Elmhurst High School with the class of 1944.
He worked as an apprentice at Harvester before serving in the U.S. Air Force.
After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he was employed by the union at Harvester for eight years.
From 1954 until 1964, he worked at Coliseum Service and the Brake Stop before founding his own automobile service in 1964.

John Begley, 84

August 15, 2011

John Begley, 84, of Monticello, died at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 at his residence.
He was born July 10, 1927 in Beattyville, Ky. to the late Wilgus and Bertie Mae (Tirey) Begley.
His first marriage was to Regina Lillquist on July 17, 1948 in Guilford, CT. She preceded him in death Nov. 17, 1992. He then married the former Betty Allen Dec. 11, 1993 in Monticello, and she survives in Monticello.

August 12th

Prosecutor: Creech to plead guilty

August 12, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City woman charged with drug crimes and the neglect of a dependent who was scheduled to face trial has decided to plead guilty, according to the Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Janel M. Creech, 37, has been in the Whitley County jail since Jan. 11 after being charged Jan. 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related offenses in connection with a Jan. 3 incident that resulted in the death of her 5-month-old daughter.

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Shake-up in South Whitley

August 12, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Beginning in 2012, South Whitley government will have a completely different look and a longtime fixture in Town Hall will be no more.
After 26 years as clerk-treasurer of South Whitley, lifelong South Whitley native Mitch Winger will relinquish his seat to fellow Republican Bob Gould, who defeated the incumbent Winger Thursday night in a town caucus and runs unopposed for the Nov. 8 election.

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City cars vandalized

August 12, 2011

The Columbia City Police Department is investigating a series of break-ins this morning.
Three vehicles had several windows broken out in the northwest area of Columbia City.
The incidents occurred at 503 N. Elm and 505 N. Oak streets.

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Junior League gives experience to young linksters

August 12, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Several local golfers have been competing in a junior golf league at Eagle Glen in Columbia City this summer.
Bruce Wood formed the league to offer young golfers extra experience before entering middle school golf.
“It has been a great experience for the kids,” Wood said.

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August 11th

’Busco welcomes new AD; Andrew Wagner changes districts, fills Etzler’s shoes

August 11, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco High School welcomed a new athletic director to its team this summer.
Andrew Wagner, former athletic director at Indian Springs Middle School in Columbia City, is ready to take the next step as a high school AD.
“I’m excited to be here,” Wagner said, “and I’m very excited to be in this community.”
Wagner said he went to school with intentions to be a teacher and coach.

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