Earl Strickland, 60, of Columbia City, went home to be with the Lord at 4:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his residence. Born on April 7, 1953, in Loris, S.C., he was the son of Lester Hampton and Flauda (Todd) Strickland.
In 1972, he married Vickie Fletcher in Columbia City. From 1984-2003 Earl worked as a property manager in Stuart, Fla.
North Carolina was then home until 2006, when he returned to Columbia City. He loved to deer hunt in addition to fishing at Big Lake, Gilbert Lake, and the ocean.
Larry A. Heeter, 69, of South Whitley, died at 2:38 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, where he was admitted the Friday before.
He was born Sept. 24, 1944, in Huntington, a son of Max and Geneva (Stetzel) Heeter. As a young boy his family moved to Wisconsin. As a teenager, he moved to North Manchester and graduated from Manchester High School.
He was employed at Farmerâ€™s Grain Elevator, Whitley Manufacturing for nearly 15 years and Wabash Valley.
He was a former volunteer fireman for South Whitleyâ€“Cleveland Township Fire Department.
The Peabody Radio Theatre Players presented â€śThe War of the Worlds Christmas Special,â€ť a mixed parody of H.G Wells â€śWar of the Worldsâ€ť and Clement Mooreâ€™s â€śTâ€™was the night before Christmasâ€ť at the Columbia Cityâ€™s Library Saturday night. Pictured (front in brown sweater) is Jacob Kemery as Announcer and cast members. Kemery is also a contributing writer of the dramatization.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Jackie Hakeâ€™s final day as the executive director for the Whitley County Council on Aging is quickly approaching.
After 18 years of service, Hake will retire officially at the end of December. Itâ€™s been a bittersweet announcement, as Hake leaves with numerous fond memories of her years spent with the senior center.
â€śI have had the chance to sit in my position and watch so many great things happen here,â€ť Hake said. â€śThis has been my life. Although I am ready to retire, itâ€™s hard to say goodbye.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools took steps to complete its end-of-year financials at last weekâ€™s meeting.
WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf approached the Board of Trustees last Monday, requesting its approval of several financial projects to end the year.
The board first approved a reduction-resolution for the 2014 budget.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What began as a violation of the county junk ordinance has evolved into court-ordered clean up with additional investigations pending.
Whitley County Commissioners worked with health and safety officials to declare the property of Thomas Ebetino, located at County Road 400 South, in violation of the junk ordinance and the home was deemed unsafe for several reasons.
Kendallville Ââ€” The Columbia City Boysâ€™ Basketball team traveled to Kendallville to open the Northeast Hoosier Conference season by taking on the East Noble Knights.
The Eagles put on a first half shooting clinic hitting 75 percent of their field goal attempts including eight shots from behind the three-point arc building a 17 point lead on their way to a 61-50 win.
The game started out as a battle behind the arc with Columbia Cityâ€™s Mason Coverstone matched up against East Nobleâ€™s Brandon Nichols and Michael Sharp.
LAGRANGE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys basketball team dropped a 65-55 contest to Prairie Heights Friday night.
The Eagles had a 31-24 advantage at halftime, but Prairie Heights outscored â€™Busco 41-24 to steal the win from the Eagles.
Churubusco was led in scoring by Brent Simmons with 22 points, followed by T.J. Campbell with 15.
Campbell hit 5-of-9 3-pointers for the Eagles in his 15 points.
Simmons was Churubuscoâ€™s leading rebounder with nine, followed by Corey Sarrazin with five and Garrett Simmons with three.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” In what has been the start to a struggling season, Whitkoâ€™s boys basketball team suffered another loss Friday night, falling in a Three Rivers Conference matchup with Tippecanoe Valley, 59-40.
Despite the 19-point loss, the Wildcats didnâ€™t go down without a fight.
After trailing most of the game, down 10-6 after the first quarter, 24-10 at halftime and 40-27 going into the fourth quarter, Whitko battled back to come within eight points with seven minutes on the clock.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City woman admitted Monday she violated her probation.
Heather Burns, 28, was on probation for multiple drug-related charges.
Her probation officer, Ed Beber, had made a petition alleging a probation violation. The petition stated Burns had tested positive for a controlled substance.
Monday, by the counsel of her attorney, Brad Voelz, Burns admitted her violation.
Voelz said he advised Burns to admit the violation and try to get on work release or home detention.