October 10th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced that Whitley on the Move is joining the Indiana Main Street (IMS) Program.
The IMS program encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas of Indianaâ€™s cities and towns.
â€śIâ€™m pleased to welcome South Whitley to the Indiana Main Street Program,â€ť said Lt. Governor Ellspermann.
â€śBy revitalizing our downtown areas, we are restoring the heart of our communities, which is crucial for our state's economy.â€ť
Kenneth James Trout, 81, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 18, 1932, in Scottsbluff, Neb., a son of the late Clifford J. and Evelyn E. (Howell) Trout.
His formative years were spent in west Nebraska. The family then moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he graduated from high school. He received a Bachelorâ€™s of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University.
He served in the U.S. Air Force until 1956.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A plan of action is closer to implementation for the town of South Whitley and its wastewater treatment plant.
After completion of the new plant, heavy storms hit the town in August, causing serious flooding and back ups at the facility.
Town leaders questioned engineers on the system failures and asked for solutions to circumvent future problems.
At Tuesday nightâ€™s town council meeting, Councilman Steve Smith gave an update on the progress.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Coesse Elementary School, thereâ€™s no age limit when it comes to being a role model.
Students are paired up in a buddy program that places older elementary students in a mentoring role.
The program has been around for several years, and according to Lori Heuer, a fourth-grade teacher, and Jessica Sheckler, a third-grade teacher, mentoring opportunities have brought out the best in their pupils.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s football team will be looking to put a two-game losing streak in the rearview mirror this Friday.
Unfortunately for the Eagles (3-4, 2-3), they will be playing their third ranked opponent in as many weeks â€” Carroll.
The Chargers are ranked 12th in Class 6A, according to the Associated Press. Carroll beat Homestead 51-34 last week for its first win over the Spartans since 2003.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who was arrested with his father and mother as part of an alleged methamphetamine operation pleaded guilty Monday.
David Greer, 23, pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
Greer will be sentenced Nov. 4. As a stipulation of a plea arrangement, the other drug-related charges against Greer will be dismissed at sentencing.
A Class B felony carries a sentencing range of 6 to 20 years.
Greer was arrested Sept. 6 along with his father, Jay Greer, and his mother, Patricia Greer.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football team is preparing for its final home game Friday and will face a team on a hot streak.
Unbeaten Churubusco (7-0, 6-0) will welcome the Falcons (6-1, 5-1) for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.
Fairfield is fresh off of a victory against previously-unbeaten Lakeland. The Falcons lost their second game of the year to Prairie Heights and have been unblemished ever since. In each of its last five wins, Fairfield has scored more than 40 points.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Whitley County has the honor of having some of the oldest and most successful Tax Increment Funding (TIF) districts in Indiana, some members of Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees are questioning when the schools will get their share in the tax money generated from those developments.
â€śTIF districts are becoming an issue as far as schools go,â€ť board member Jill Western said. â€śTheyâ€™re getting too far away from what theyâ€™re designed to do.â€ť
WCCS invited its attorney, John Whiteleather, to Mondayâ€™s meeting to counsel the board on the TIFâ€™s impact.
Carl Raymond Sands, 84 of Silver Lake, passed away at 11:47 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in his residence.
He was born April 3, 1929, in Warsaw, to John Isaac and Eva (Shilling) Sands. He married Edythe Mary Didier in Fort Wayne April 26, 1952, who survives.
At the age of 16, Carl traveled to Poland for a project in which he transported cattle donated by American farmers.
In 1949, Carl went out west for the Wheat Harvest. He then joined the U.S. Army, serving from 1951-53. He played baseball for the U.S. Army during his time of service.
Grace Ellen Crabill, 88, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Jack E. Crabill, passed away at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City. She had been in failing health for some time and had been more seriously ill since September.
Mrs. Crabill was born March 8, 1925, in Eel River Township, a daughter of John Thomas and Marian Etta (Rosenogle) McCullough. She spent her formative years in Churubusco, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1943.