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January 17th, 2014

Sarah Richards

January 17, 2014

Sarah Beth Richards, beloved daughter of Joe and Heather (Bills) Richards of Columbia City, passed into the arms of Jesus Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
She was born at 5:53 p.m. at Dupont Hospital and lived 41 precious minutes.

CRASH CLAIMS LIFE OF COL. CITY MAN; Slick roads to blame for many accidents in NE Ind.

January 17, 2014

WHITLEY COUTY — Thursday morning’s snowfall created slick roads in Whitley County and much of Northeast Indiana, causing many crashes and slide-offs across the state.

A crash in Whitley County claimed the life of a Columbia City man on Ind. 205 at approximately 11 a.m. after he lost control of his van.

Investigating officer Scott Schmitt said Russel Bertrand, 70, was driving northbound on Ind. 205, toward Churubusco, when he lost control of his vehicle and slid off the road, where it flipped on its side.

2011 semi-state players

January 17, 2014

Pictured are players and coaches from Columbia City’s 2011 semi-state team. From left: Chad Graves, Brett Eberly, Marcus Moore, Daniel Woll, Drew Benedict, Tyler Mosher, Greg Bockelman, Jacob Johnson, Ben Murphy, Brandon Gay and Derek Hinen.

Whitko names makeup day

January 17, 2014

PIERCETON — With three days of school missed due to inclement weather, Whitko Community School Corporation officials have decided to adjust the calendar for a make up day.

School will be in session for all WCSC students Monday, Jan. 20.
This is a make up day due to school being canceled Wednesday.
The other two days missed were covered under the district’s policy for snow days.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools have the same two days built into their calendar, but officials have not determined make up days for Thursday and today’s school closings.

Lessons from Dad

January 17, 2014

Braylon Preston, 2, tosses around the basketball with his father, Travis, after a Columbia City boys basketball game last week. Travis, along with several other former basketball players, was honored by Head Coach Chris Benedict. See Page A1 for coverage of the program.

Fire breaks out at Kendallville business

January 17, 2014

KENDALLVILLE -- Several departments worked together to put out a massive fire that consumed a Kendallville business Friday morning.

Fire crews were originally called at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The structure was so involved that at least seven departments from the outlying areas were called in to assist.

According to area media, dispatchers received calls about the fire as far as a mile away. The building was destroyed in the blaze. Police shut down traffic to Main and Mitchell streets to clean up the scene.

Friday's school delays

January 17, 2014

(Jan. 17) -- Smith-Green Community Schools and Whitley County Consolidated Schools are on a two-hour delay due to slick road conditions after accumulating snow blanketed the area yesterday.

January 16th

Garrett man pleads guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine

January 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY— A Garrett man pleaded guilty to methamphetamine manufacturing in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Mitchell M. Bradley, 38, was arrested June 12, 2013, during a traffic stop on Ind. 205.

Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively uncovered an active meth lab when he pulled over a Jeep Cherokee being driven by Bradley and Braidon M. Hall.

In court Monday, Bradley pleaded guilty to manufacture of methamphetamine, and, as part of a plea arrangement, several other charges connected to the same traffic stop.


January 16, 2014

Congratulations to the United Way of Whitley County for being Whitley County Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Month!

3 dead in North Indiana grocery store shooting

January 16, 2014

ELKHART (AP) — A gunman walked into a northern Indiana grocery store and fatally shot two people Wednesday night.

He was then killed by police, authorities said.

Elkhart police received a call about a shooter at Martin's Super Market about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said at a news conference early Thursday.

The gunman used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot and kill a woman, then walked to another aisle and shot and killed another woman, Smith said.

One victim was an employee and appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s.

Columbia City’s girls tennis team recenty held its banquet and awards ceremony. From left: Macie...
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