October 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man received the maximum sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court for his burglary offense.
Gabriel Auer, 35, was sentenced Monday to eight years, all to serve in the Whitley County Jail.
It was the maximum sentence for a Class C felony.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said Auer was deserving of the maximum sentence.
‚ÄúMr. Auer has a substantial criminal record,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHe has one prior offense of burglary at the same establishment.‚ÄĚ
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WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ With two weeks left of high school football, two Whitley County high schools are in the driver‚Äôs seat for conference championships.
Whitko (5-2, 5-0) and Churubusco (7-0, 5-0) are both the only unbeatens left in their respective conferences, the Three Rivers Conference (TRC) and Northeast Corner Conference (NECC).
Whitko beat North Miami last week, 49-35. Rochester, the only other unbeaten in the TRC heading into the week, fell to Tippecanoe Valley 42-21.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The results are in.
After the state performed a head count of all Whitley County Consolidated Schools‚Äô students in September for tax purposes, Superintendent Pat O‚ÄôConnor shared with the school board Monday that enrollment is up from last year.
Granted, enrollment is only up two students from last year, but O‚ÄôConnor said the numbers are deceiving.
‚ÄúThis is huge because we had 24 early graduates,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôConnor said. ‚ÄúLast year, the early graduates decreased our enrollment. This year, our new students have made up for the ones who left for early graduation.‚ÄĚ
Dave Stouder (left) and Glen Gilraine, from Community of Hope Church work to break up a concrete slab at The Lighthouse, a transitional home in Columbia City.
The foundation was located under an old garage, but the structure was removed to make room for a new playground.
Grace Lutheran Church hosted a Blessing of the Animals Saturday.
Church members and their animals gathered for Pastor Matthew Converse to bless numerous cats, dogs and even a hamster, as pictured.
The church, in downtown Columbia City, held a Blessing of the Animals for community members to bring their pets to be prayed over.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A South Whitley woman received a 10-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last week for committing burglary.
Ashley Lemon, 28, was found guilty at a bench trial in August.
She received a 10-year sentence, with six years to serve and four on suspended sentence. Four of the six years to serve will be at the Whitley County Jail and two will be on home detention.
Judge James Heuer said he would have Lemon serve the home detention portion of her sentence first, so it would not be a hardship on Lemon‚Äôs young daughter.
The Indian Springs Middle School varsity cross country girls squad didn‚Äôt let a drenched course keep it from running to first place at the Carroll Middle School Invitational last Saturday.
The team took first out of the 15-school field and beat the always-strong conference rival Maple Creek for the third time this season.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A new state law that went into effect July 1 is changing communication between police and school administrators.
Whenever a child is arrested or taken into custody for allegedly committing a crime, police are now required to inform the student‚Äôs school district.
Officials at the Whitley County Safety Commission discussed how that law will play a role with Whitley County‚Äôs law enforcement agencies and school systems.
Unfortunately for decision makers, there is no set process for how that communication is supposed to happen.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Fort Wayne for the Northeast Hoosier Conference cross country meet Saturday.
In a day with poor weather, both teams placed seventh out of eight teams.
‚ÄúRunning conditions at race time were heavy rain, muddy and chilly,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said.
The girls were led by Samantha Roush, who picked up her fourth 1st-Team All-NHC title.
Roush placed fourth with a time of 19:33.
Columbia City‚Äôs girls‚Äô number two runner, Brooke Werstler, placed 25th overall.