January 10th, 2013
Columbia City officials have reported a power outage affecting areas north of U.S. 30. Reports have been received stating a transformer behind Kroger's had blown. Motorists should be careful when coming up on intersections such as Line Street and U.S. 30.
LAGRANGE COUNTY â€” A boy from LaGrange County who was abducted by his paternal grandparents back in 1994, has been located living, married and well, in Long Prairie, Minnesota.
According to Indiana State Police Detective Jeff Boyd, on July 29, 1994 Richard Wayne Landers, Jr. was abducted by his grandparents, Richard E. and Ruth A. Landers. The elder Landers were allegedly upset over pending court proceedings regarding the placement of their grandson. The Landers allegedly took the then five year old boy and left from their home in the Wolcottville area to an unknown destination.
PIERCETON â€” Pierceton Woods, a 52-acre facility built in 2008, has residents living near the center concerned for their own safety. After 17-year-old Dakota Kimbler allegedly escaped from the juvenile detention center Dec. 8, Rick and Debbie Wagner appeared before the Kosciusko County Commissioners to air their concerns, according to an area newspaper.
South Whitley has a grocery store once again. Whitley Mid Town Market, 101 W. First St., opened for business Wednesday at 10 a.m. The store is owned by Rick and Lisa Rogers of Fort Wayne and now employees 24 South Whitley residents. Pictured is John Gidley, of South Whitley, behind the new meat counter, one of the services offered at the store. Whitley Mid Town Market is now open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Influenza has claimed the lives of 10 people in Indiana. An additional three deaths were reported, up from seven last week.
A weekly health department report stated eight of those who died were older than 50 and two were under 18, according to Indiana State Health Department officials.
Although no deaths have occurred in Whitley County, symptoms such as high fever, fatigue, muscle aches and sore throats are on the rise.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ Talks of water flooded the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday night. Representatives from Indiana American Water presented a proposal to purchase the water utility from South Whitley.
The suggested purchase would allow the town to shove off the burden of capital improvements and infrastructure enhancements. Council President Tony Starkey weighed the options that might be in the townâ€™s favor.
One of the benefits the town might see as a result of the purchase would be an improvement in water quality.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A businesswoman and life-long resident of South Whitley is now the new treasurer for Whitley County.
Laurell Hodges first had an interest in the treasurer position because of her passion for numbers. Her political background was also in place. Hodges has worked with her precinct for the Republican Party and is also vice-chairman of the party. This brought familiarity with what could come in the campaign process.
The fact of her election is something Hodges expects to keep her grounded.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team is prepping for a fundraising event at Saturday nightâ€™s game against Homestead. The Lady Eagles are raising money for Down Syndrome awareness.
Pictured above is the junior varsity and varsity teams with three local Down Syndrome children. Front row, from left, Keyan Hunter, 2, Sydney Pequignot, 9, and Addison Cordray, 3.
MANCHESTER â€” Indian Springsâ€™ girls seventh- and eighth-grade Stars opened up their seasons Monday night with wins at Manchester. Both teams won by a score of 19-9.
The seventh-grade Stars used a strong defense that held Manchester to just four points in the first half. ISMS led 14-4 at the break.
Hannah Behm was the gameâ€™s high scorer, leading the Stars in scoring with nine points and eight rebounds. Shayla Harris added five points and eight steals.
Also scoring in the game was Shelby Mosier and Hannah Zurbrick with two points apiece and Emilee Smith with one point.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s 8th-grade Lady Eagles hosted Bellmont Tuesday evening at ISMS.
The Lady Eagles grabbed an early lead and posted a decisive 51-6 win.
Coach Trish Sittler said Darian Farber came out confident and ended with 16 points while Holly Martinez used solid defense to turn some steals and rebounds into 14 points.