July 21st, 2014
Nov. 15, 1938 â€” July 18, 2014
Ann Smith, 75, of rural Columbia City, died Friday evening, July 18, 2014, at her home.
She was born Nov. 15, 1938, in South Whitley, a daughter of Arthur H. and Marguerite B. (McConnell) Bechtold. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1956.
On Jan. 25, 1957, she was united in marriage to Richard D. Smith. They made their home south of Columbia City for 31 years before moving to their home at New Lake. Mr. Smith died July 31, 1993.
She was employed at Essex/Coupled Products for more than 35 years.
The Columbia City Main Street Association brought back the Big Gâ€™s 3-on-3 Tournament to downtown Columbia City this weekend. The tourney hosted 11 teams, capped off with a win by Team Sheckler: Brent Sheckler, Doug Sheckler, Caleb Sheckler and Greg Bockelman â€” all of Whitley County. See a photo of the winning team on Page A10.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Nutrient-rich waters flow through a series of plastic pipes and valves as they make their way to the homes of a multitude of different species. Waters feed the inhabitants of the rocky plateaus before ebbing and making their way back to their headwater. This isnâ€™t some alien biosphere on a strange otherworldly planet, rather, itâ€™s a hybrid of engineering, new-wave gardening, and holistic biology tucked away behind a non-descript house nestled near the shores of Old Lake.
The Whitley County Historical Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Police nabbed a Churubusco man with two arrest warrants and seven drug charges July 9.
Anthony Adams, 35, was at-large after his friend, Joshua Merrill, was arrested when police found an active methamphetamine lab in his parentsâ€™ home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The animals have been auctioned, the barns have been cleaned, and at the end of the 2014 Whitley County 4-H Fair, Breanna Waugh has had nothing short of an amazing 10th year.
The daughter of Jim Waugh, Breanna was able to accomplish her goal of exhibiting the Grand Champion Beef Steer, Grand Champion Beef Heifer, and Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Beef Steer.
CHURUBUSCO Ââ€” â€śFor the sake of the elderly, the safety of animals, and the preservation of private property,â€ť Churubusco resident Dave Taylor petitioned the Churubusco Town Council, asking fireworks be restricted to Churubusco Park.
Churubusco Town Council President Frank Kessler informed Taylor that the ordinance, â€śwas already as restrictive as the state will allow us to be.â€ť
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sounds of revving engines and the smell of exhaust filled the Grandstand Sunday during the Truck and Tractor Pull at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
It was Matt Linnemeir that took first place at the 6500 Gas Modified class, after Jason Oliver tried twice to push his lime-green Chevy past the mark.
Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair awarded a variety of 4-hers in the Dairy Beef Feeder Calf Show. Pictured with Miss Whitley County Brooke Laux are the winners, from left: Rookie Showman Matthew Blackburn, Beginner Showman Treyton Lomont, Junior Showman Branson Heidenreich, Senior Showman Cooper Parish, Showman of Showmen Breanna Waugh.