January 12th, 2011
George Lewis Sitts, 67, of Columbia City passed away at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born June 9, 1943 in South Whitley, he was a son of Wayne and Irene Elizabeth (Salesman) Sitts.
He lived his entire lifetime in Whitley County and the past two years at his present home. He attended Warsaw schools. On Nov. 28, 1963 he married Wanda Kay Brown in Columbia City. He was a retired diesel mechanic for Serv-All in Fort Wayne and enjoyed driving and building race cars and was an avid fisherman.
COLUMBIA CITY â One of the suspects in a case involving an alleged methamphetamine lab on Camden Drive in Columbia City is in custody.
Janel M. Creech, 36 was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and booked in the Whitley County Jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and violating probation.
On Friday, the prosecutorâs office filed charges against Creech and Travis A. Wonderly, 21.
Tuesday’s snowfall not only reeked havoc on the roads but made for a log jam of games on the back half of this week’s sports schedule.
After games were canceled Tuesday, the North East Corner Conference Tournament is off to a late start with the first round coming tonight.
Churubusco girls and boys basketball teams will travel to Prairie Heights for a doubleheader starting with the Lady Eagles at 6 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â When the Peabody Public Libraryâs new building was constructed in 1999, it was with an eye to the future as well as the needs of the moment.
With large unfinished areas on the lower level, we knew that we had the option to respond to the changing world of library service.
COLUMBIA CITY â There is one organization that has the potential to help many. But how many are actually helped, depends on how the final push of its fundraising campaign turns out.
âThis year, the needs of people have greatly surpassed the resources that are available from the agencies, programs and services that are sponsored by the United Way of Whitley County,â said John Black, executive director of the United Way of Whitley County.
Some 7th grade students at ISMS have taken an engineering role and mentality and run with it.
Recently, students have been participating in the National Future City competition.
This competition incorporates STEM standards and curriculum â science, technology, engineering and mathâ, project-based learning and cooperation.
According to the Future City website, students first create on the computer, and then in large, three-dimensional models, their visions of the city of tomorrow.
All of these 21st Century skills are regarded as highly valuable by current employers.
COLUMBIA CITY â The suspected killer of a 14-year-old Whitley County girl will likely not be tried Jan. 25 as scheduled.
In a pre-trial conference Monday morning, Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer heard motions from Public Defender Brad Voelz, who said he didnât believe his client, Joshua M. Wright, could get a fair trial in Whitley County.
Voelz requested a change of venue, although he admitted he didnât think moving the trial to a neighboring county would help, given the high-profile nature of the case.
COLUMBIA CITY â The growing epidemic of methamphetamine use can be measured in dollar amounts by law enforcement and drug awareness organizations.
But sometimes, the cost has no price tag.
Two deaths in as many months in Whitley County, both suspected to be related to the illegal drug, have police working feverishly to curtail manufacturing operations.
âIt is frustrating because we are more reactive rather than proactive,â said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges.
âBut thatâs due to the nature of the crime.â
There is an important battle to be won both on and off the court Saturday.
While the Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team looks for a major Northeast Hoosier Conference win over Homestead, everyone attending can help fight a battle of bigger stakes.
Back for its second year, the ‘Pink Night’ will again use the Indiana high school basketball stage as a platform to raise money for those dealing with cancer in Whitley County.