January 14th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â In a joint announcement, the firm of Bloom, Gates, Sigler and Whiteleather, LLP and Gates Law Office announced that effective Jan. 1, Benton E. Gates, Jr. has become âof counselâ to the Bloom, Gates, Sigler and Whiteleather, LLP. This means he will act in an advisory role with the firm while continuing to maintain an office in the Whiteleather building and to serve his clients and actively practice law.
John W. Whitt, 71, of South Whitley, died at 7:27 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at his home.
He was born Oct. 5, 1939 in Prestonsburg, Ky., a son of Cecil and Rhoda (Elliott) Whitt. He spent his formative years in Prestonsburg and attended Prestonsburg High School. He served with the Kentucky National Guard.
On July 28, 1962, he was united in marriage to Janice C. Darley. They made their home in the South Whitley.
He spent his work career in the construction trade with D&C Construction, South Whitley.
SYRACUSE — Thursday night proved a couple of things about Columbia City girls’ basketball. The Lady Eagles can win and win on the road against sectional competition.
Both become increasingly important as the regular season enters its last three weeks of play.
A 48-37 win at Wawasee (10-3) only solidified that for Columbia City head coach Amy Shearer.
SOUTH WHITLEY — After a four-game winning streak came to an end Saturday to Rochester, the Whitko (7-7) girls’ basketball team had another tough task ahead Thursday.
The top of the Northeast Hoosier Conference came into South Whitley. State-ranked Norwell (13-1) came in as the third best team in class 3A and showed it against the Lady Wildcats 71-49.
Four Lady Knights went into the night averaging seven points or more.
Mary M. Cramar, 72, a former resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco and widow of Daniel R. Cramar, passed away at 6:48 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the home of her daughter in Gleason, Tenn. She had been in declining health for the past four years, and had been seriously ill since July.
Mrs. Cramar was born May 9, 1938 in Marietta, Ohio, and was married in Noble County Aug. 13, 1961 to Daniel R. Cramar. She spent most of her adult life at Blue Lake near Churubusco, and had moved to Gleason three and one-half years ago to be near her daughter there.
Ronald Hugh Hile, 81, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at his residence. Born Nov. 4, 1929, he was a son of Harold B. and Ruth L. (Enyeart) Hile.
The majority of his lifetime was spent in Whitley County where he attended school. He proudly served in the United States Air Force. On July 14, 1949, he married Ada Belle Herron in an outdoor wedding at his parentsâ home. In 1980, he retired from Dana, Fort Wayne, with 30 years of service. His memberships included Tri-Lakes Baptist Church and the former Tri-Lakes Racing Association.
COLUMBIA CITY â While family members of 5-month-old Taylor Creech continue to come forward with claims of official negligence regarding the drug case that may be connected to the little girlâs Jan. 3 death, the Whitley County Probation Department is saying all that could be done was done.
âThe Whitley County Probation Department is extremely saddened by the death of Taylor Creech,â said Chief Probation Officer Amy Motter Thursday.
âOur sympathies are extended to the entire Creech family.â
Marthann âMarthaâ Meyers, 85, of Warsaw, passed away at 3:45 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at her home following an extended illness.
COLUMBIA CITY â Family members mourning the loss of a five-month-old baby girl who died Jan. 3 say their grief is compounded by the knowledge that the childâs death might have been prevented.
âThis whole tragedy with my niece could have been avoided had the county officials listened to our family and taken our warnings seriously,â said Miranda Minear, whose sister Janel Creech is currently incarcerated on drug charges that were a result of a 911 call Jan. 3.
As a result of that call, Creechâs baby daughter Taylor was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
LAGRANGE — High hopes turned to an early exit for Churubusco basketball teams Wednesday night.
A night after having the opening round postponed, ’Busco squads took the court at Prairie Heights for the first of what it hoped was four games and a championship in the North East Corner Conference tournament.
That didn’t happen as the Lady Eagles (3-11) opened the girl-boy doubleheader with a 47-32 loss to the Lady Panthers (7-7).