Archive - Dec 17, 2010
of a series:
This is the first of a three-part series on crimes against children.
In part one, law enforcement officials from Whitley County as well as from state and federal agencies discuss the ongoing challenge of keeping Americaâ€™s youth safe from the ever-present threat of child predators.
In parts two and three, The Post & Mail talks to the heartbroken parents of a murdered girl whose life was taken earlier this year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” They have the effortless ability to finger paint a smile on the most despondent adult face using nothing more than a giggle.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church, located south of town at 2465 W. Keiser Road, began a unique ministry about three months ago when they started traditional Lutheran services for people with intellectual and development disabilities.
The church has members who are personally touched by such challenges, either themselves or with loved ones. They recognized, firsthand, the need for a comfortable place where folks would be welcomed, not feeling like they made others uncomfortable, and wouldnâ€™t feel like people would stare at them.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Resident Ed Ruckman was in attendance at Tuesdayâ€™s South Whitley Town Council meeting to voice his concerns on a continuous drainage problem in his front lawn located at 212 Collamer Road.
â€śBasically, since the streets have gotten redone there was originally an overflow for what it was intended for. Now that banking comes directly into my front yard,â€ť Ruckman said. â€śIt is pretty much destroying my yard and Iâ€™m getting all the street trash. I have picked up glass, paper and all kinds of debris that has come down from that drain.â€ť
Sinia Faye Hatcher of Leesburg passed away at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 at Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake, at the age of 78.
She was born Dec. 27, 1931 in Viper, Ky. to Henry Adams and Pattie (Cody) Adams.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence Hatcher; four daughters, Jean E. Sturgill, Jacqueline VanScoik, Kathleen Kilbourne and Vicki Holle; six sons, Darrell Hatcher, Larry Hatcher, James Hatcher, Rick Hatcher, Nick Hatcher and Steven Timothy Hatcher; and one sister, Ellon â€śJohnnyâ€ť Fugate.
Joan S. Shropshire, 86, passed away Dec. 10, 2010.
She was born Feb. 5, 1924 in Columbia City, to the late Edgar and Mary Strouse. A graduate of Stephens College, she moved to Indianapolis in 1954.
Joan was employed in administration and retail sales, was a member of Womenâ€™s Architectural League of Indianapolis and Tri Kappa, and performed volunteer work for the American Red Cross.
Her greatest joys were her family, her animals, golf and IU basketball.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Anne Shropshire and Linda (Dan) Ennis, and grandchildren, Kristin and Kyle Ennis.
CHURUBUSCO — They may stand as only two wrestlers on a team of 30 but Churubusco’s Braxton Siddons and Zack Armstead provide the talent and leadership of a majority.
“They really grew into their role as leaders this year,” Churubusco head coach Sam Riesen said. “They weren’t very vocal when they came up but they really have stepped up as vocal leaders and come along to lead the team emotionally.”
LIGONIER — The Lady Wildcats knew that in order to win against West Noble, they had to shut down two players. And that they did.
Thursday, a road trip for Whitko girls’ basketball had the ’Cats taking down the Lady Chargers on their home court 51-34.
The Lady ’Cats knew they had to adjust their defense to the talent of West Noble’s Haley Richardson and Ashley Shepherd.
“We really tried to focus on them,” Whitko head coach Rob Bell said.
BLUFFTON — The wins keep coming for Columbia City swimming.
Back on the road this week, the City swimmers traveled to Bluffton coming away with two victories. The Lady Eagles topped the Lady Tigers 100-83 while the boys’ won 104-82.
Six wins in all helped the girls squad on their way to victory.
Two Lady Eagles grabbed multiple wins on the evening.
Jena Bosselman took to the pool for her two usual events winning both the 100-meter breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
OSSIAN — Two new faces in the lineup helped Columbia City head wrestling coach Blain Culp more than he could have expected Thursday night.
On the road in the Northeast Hoosier Conference, Columbia City wrestling took to the mat in search of their first conference win at Norwell.
After being down 27-0, the Eagles used wins from Brandon Ray and Tyler Olsen, who in their first matches of the season rallied Columbia City to a 40-31 victory.