October 1st, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Power outages have peppered the town of South Whitley in recent weeks.
Two outages back-to-back Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 left many residents without electricity for hours.
At a recent town council meeting, town leaders heard from Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) representatives as to the issues with the town‚Äôs power.
‚ÄúThese outages were not IMPA‚Äôs issue, but Duke Energy‚Äôs outage,‚ÄĚ said Eric Burch, manager of member services for IMPA.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs volleyball team emerged victorious from the Fort Wayne South Side Volleyball Tournament Saturday.
‚ÄôBusco won the championship match, 25-20, 21-25 15-13 over Norwell. In the semifinals, the Lady Eagles beat New Haven, 26-24, 25-21.
In pool play Churubusco beat South Side 25-12, 25-14 but lost to Norwell 25-17, 26-24.
After losing to Norwell in pool play, the Lady Eagles were behind once again in the third set of the title match. The Lady Knights were up 10-7, but ‚ÄôBusco was able to close the gap and pull out the win.
WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ The U.S. government was poised to partially shut down for the first time in 17 years late on Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Barack Obama‚Äôs 2010 health care law.
With a midnight deadline fast approaching, the House voted 228 to 201 to approve the third GOP proposal in two weeks to fund the government ‚ÄĒ a plan that would delay enforcement of the ‚Äúindividual mandate,‚ÄĚ a cornerstone of the legislation that requires all Americans to obtain health coverage in 2014.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City stand-out harrier Samantha Roush placed fourth out of 151 runners at the New Haven Invitational Saturday.
The Lady Eagles placed seventh out of 15 scoring teams in their division, and the boys squad took ninth, led by Gage Emrick with a 26th-place finish.
Roush‚Äôs fourth-place finish was a competitive one, as there were only 1:30 between the second and sixth runners Saturday.
Brooke Wersler was less than two minutes behind Roush and placed 23rd, followed by Natalia Johnson who finished in 50th place.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With his trial less than a week away, a man admitted his guilt to attempted murder and several other charges.
Dakota Kimbler, 18, of Rome City, had a trial scheduled for today and Wednesday.
After his final pretrial conference Sept. 23 in Whitley County Circuit Court, Kimbler pleaded guilty later that week.
In addition to attempted murder, Kimbler also pleaded guilty to attempted carjacking, possession of stolen property and possession of a handgun without a license.
Donald Paul Curtis, 79, of Columbia City, died at 2:55 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Tuesday.
He was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Fort Wayne, a son of Wayne Bernard and Mildred Miriam (Eber) Curtis. His formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from North Side High School.
A truck driver, he began his employment with Kroger, later establishing the Baerfield Travel Trailer business.
Cheryl A. Druley, age 47, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:41 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, after becoming suddenly ill at her residence.
Born Aug. 21, 1966, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Lloyd Owen and Jayne (Fry) Druley.
She was a graduate of Columbia City High School with the Class of 1984 and she attended IPFW, Parkview Nursing School and lastly Ivy Tech in Warsaw.
Cheryl spent most of her lifetime in Columbia City, however she did live in Texas, Germany and Warsaw.
Susan Sharpe, 59, of Huntington, passed away at 4:03 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at her home.
Susan was the owner of Canine Companion for more than 12 years. She was a certified service dog and therapy dog trainer. Susan was a columnist for The Post & Mail. Her expertise on animal behavior was published twice a month.
Susan was born Jan. 16, 1954, in Wabash County, the daughter of Donald and Wanda (Morford) Dreyer.
She graduated in 1972 from Huntington North High School. Susan married Ronald Sharpe Nov. 23, 1977, in St. Charles, Missouri.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Local law enforcement and school administrators are joining forces to provide a safer environment for Whitley County's students.
Whitley County Probation, Columbia City Police, Indiana State Police, The Bowen Center, Whitley County Department of Child Services, Churubusco Police and the Whitley County Sheriff's Department were all represented at a school safety meeting Friday, which included officials from all three of Whitley County's school districts.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City's Common Council is ready to take the next steps in placing a blanket Economic Revitalization Area within the city limits, just as the Whitley County Council has done in the county.
Several council members at last week's meeting agreed the designation "makes sense."
Currently, there are several small ERAs throughout the city, and every time a company wants to apply for a tax abatement, a process of public hearings and council appearances have to take place before the company can even apply for the abatement.