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Archive - Feb 2011

February 25th

Lighthouse provides guidance for 11 years

February 25, 2011

Eleven years ago a group of women met to discuss a vision two of them had for Whitley County — a place for the local homeless to find refuge.
Someone asked, “Do we really need this in Columbia City?”
A small ad was placed in the paper and at the first official meeting 50 people showed up. There was a need indeed.

Heuer to hold teachers forum

February 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — State Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) will be hosting a teachers forum from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, and would like to invite area teachers to attend.
The teachers forum will be held at the Peabody Public Library, located at 1160 East state Route 205 in Columbia City.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with the forum starting promptly at 1 p.m.
Rep. Heuer encourages the teaching community to attend and share their thoughts and opinions with her. She looks forward to hearing from the teaching community in her district in order to bring valuable input back to the Statehouse.

Alicia Newby, 35

February 25, 2011

Alicia M. Newby, 35, a resident of Churubusco, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne from injuries suffered in an auto accident near Churubusco last week.
She was born Jan. 3, 1976 in Fort Wayne and graduated from Peru High School in 1994.

February 24th

Harry Hart, 70

February 24, 2011

Harry W. Hart, 70, of Cromwell, formerly of Syracuse, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Oct. 7, 1940 to Wesley and Wilhelamine (Strong) Hart in Norfolk, Neb. He served in the United States Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Michele; a son, Jason Hart; a brother, John Hart; and a sister, Patricia Jones.

Meth maker to serve 12 years

February 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The man arrested for operating a rolling methamphetamine lab in Whitley County last November was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, was called a poor probation risk by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, who touted “multiple aggravating circumstances” in issuing the stiff sentence for manufacturing the drug.
Defense attorney Brad Voelz pleaded for leniency, reporting Weaver to have been making personal progress since his incarceration Nov. 16, 2010.

Trial date set for case linked to baby's death

February 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City woman charged with drug crimes and the neglect of a dependent will face trial in June.
Janel M. Creech, 36, has been in the Whitley County jail since Jan. 11 after being charged Jan. 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related offenses.
The drug-related charges were filed after emergency personnel responded to a 911 call on Jan. 3 in which Creech’s 5-month-old daughter, Taylor, was rushed to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Irwin officially passes Nicodemus

February 24, 2011

   FORT WAYNE — It didn’t take long Wednesday night for junior Wildcat Logan Irwin to seal his spot atop the record books at Whitko High School.
   With 6:54 remaining in the first quarter, a baseline jump shot made Irwin the new all-time points leader at Whitko.
   According to sources, Irwin had the record Saturday at Churubusco in a 26-point performance against the Eagles.

Whitko falls shot short at Carroll

February 24, 2011

   FORT WAYNE — After Wednesday night Whitko boys’ basketball is in damage control.
   Despite seeing maybe its most prestigious record, Whitko has been on the worst stretch of the season.
   After battling back from as much as 13 points down, the Wildcats surrendered their third consecutive loss as the buzzer sounded at Carroll 54-53.

February 23rd

Cleaning up winter’s mess

February 23, 2011

Man charged with sexual misconduct

February 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man has been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor in connection to an incident involving an under-aged girl.
According to police and the Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Ryan S. Shearer, 22, engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl on Sunday at his residence on County Road 150 East.
Police were contacted Sunday by an unidentified female who said her sister was missing.
The female gave information to police that led them to the Shearer residence where the girl was located and removed and taken to be examined.

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