May 19th, 2013
Nellie Jean Bishop, 89, a former resident of South Whitley, died at 9 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, where she had been a resident since 2010.
She was born March 13, 1924, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Ralph and Sylvia (Ditton) Cullers.
She began her schooling in Fort Wayne and then the family moved to Columbia City where she completed her elementary school. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1942.
Members of the Washington Township 4-H Clubs volunteered their time to show their honor and respect to the countryâs World War II veterans.
Students participated in the flight line for the Honor Flight, which provides a free trip for veterans to Washington to visit monuments on May 8.
Front row, from left: Emma Mullett, Samuel Mullett and Jacob Mullett. Back row, from left: Dillon Reed, Erin Trabert, Mady Stricker, Gemssy Munoz, Megan Hinen, Leonie Trabert, Lindsey Hoskins, Ashleigh Hoskins, Brooke Laux and Erin Knepple.
COLUMBIA CITY â A few weeks ago, April 8 to be exact, Whitley County resident and long-time farmer, Bill Barney observed his 90th birthday â that in itself is worth celebrating.
However, when you talk to Barney, itâs not so much about birthday celebrations and farm life that he details with precision, but rather, the events that took place 68 years ago â the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan Aug. 9, 1945, and the eventual end to World War II.
As a soldier in his early 20s, Barney was one of nine crewmen who participated in the Nagasaki mission.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Spring weather means lawn mowing, landscaping and yard work of all kinds.
Some South Whitley residents questioned town council members as to the correct procedure in disposing of yard waste.
âWe need to cut our grass and clean up limbs,â said a homeowner present at Tuesdayâs meeting. âNow that we have these trash containers, we donât know what to do with our grass clippings.â
COLUMBIA CITY â âIt is rare for me to come in and say entirely positive things about my client.â
Those were the comments of Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz at the sentencing hearing for Christopher Padgett, who pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class B felony, last month.
Voelz made his comments in his testimony on Padgettâs behalf while awaiting sentencing from Circuit Court Judge James Heuer. Heuer handed down a six-year sentence for Padgett.
COLUMBIA CITY â Citizens interested in the future of aquatics in Columbia City will have a chance to give their opinion next week.
Park Director Mark Green said there will be a public forum to discuss the future of aquatics, both in Columbia City and Whitley County, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall in the Columbia City Common Council Chamber on the second floor.
Much of this discussion sprang from last yearâs announcement that Burnworth Memorial Pool will be holding its last season in the summer of 2014, before it is closed.
FORT WAYNE â Nearly 20 Whitley County girls athletes are headed to the Northrop Regional track meet Tuesday.
Though all have different goals and aspirations for the rest of the season, one thing is certain â all are happy to stay in the mix for another week.
For Columbia City junior Samantha Roush, its a state finals bid sheâs looking for. For Whitko senior Josie Sparks, itâs a school record.
SOUTH WHITLEY â âWhat we are seeing here is the byproduct of four years of hard work.â
Whitko Head Baseball Coach Erik Hisner didnât expect to have an undefeated pitcher this far into the season â but he does.
Wyatt Wolf, senior, is 5-0 on the season, including throwing a no-hitter earlier this year.
âItâs not something we emphasize with our pitchers,â Hisner said. âWe emphasize controlling the controllable. Sometimes you have no control over your win-loss record. What we do have control over is our attitude, effort and competitiveness.â
(May 17, 2013) â A special feature highlighting Performing Arts at Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko High Schools is inserted in today's paper. This full-color publication depicts the arts during the 2012-13 school year.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs softball team fell in two Three Rivers Conference games earlier this week.
The Lady Wildcats lost to North Miami Monday. The host-Lady Warriors beat the Lady Wildcats by a final score of 10-0.
The Lady Wildcats dropped their senior night contest Wednesday to Rochester, 14-0.