January 10th, 2011
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.
Marjorie Madeline Krider Thompson, 88, formerly of South Whitley, died at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at Millerâs Merry Manor, Columbia City.
She was born June 7, 1922 in Topeka, Kan., a daughter of Chauncey and Dessie (Anderson) Hurd. As a young child her family moved to Whitley County. She attended school in Larwill and graduated from Larwill High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man charged with several drug-related crimes was in court Monday morning and announced he was hiring his own attorney.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, who faces counts of dealing in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and controlled substances as well as failure to comply, is giving up his public defender, Brad Voelz.
Weaver is also accused of possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council will hear a presentation from Mediacom at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Eric Mollber is on the agenda for the boardâs 7 p.m. meeting.
Whitley County approved Mediacom for Internet service in the countyâs Recorderâs Office at the Jan. 4 meeting.
Faster Internet speed was justification for the countyâs decision to give that office the green light to change Internet service providers.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorneyâs Office reported this morning that no arrests have been made yet in the case relating to the death of a five-month-old girl Jan. 3 in Columbia City.
On Friday, the prosecutorâs office filed charges relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine against Travis A. Wonderly, 21 and Janel M. Creech, 36. Arrest warrants have been issued for the pair.
Both suspects were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B Felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor.
COLUMBIA CITY — Preservation is what Columbia City girls’ basketball did Saturday night in a Northeast Hoosier Conference home game.
With one of its top scorers out due to injury, the Lady Eagles (9-5, 1-3 NHC) fought through first-half struggles to overcome Bellmont (6-7, 1-3 NHC) in the fourth quarter and grab their first conference win, 48-38.
FORT WAYNE — Maybe as simple as his last name, Smith, a first-year Columbia City Eagle swimmer came in, dove into the pool and made a name for himself.
Despite not having competed until his junior year, Cole Smith had the talent Saturday to be among the best in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
The annual meet that brings all seven teams together at Homestead High School. Not known to many in the swimming realm yet, Smith came in under the radar but left with a spot on the first-team all-conference.
ROCHESTER — Despite the treacherous snow, Whitko (7-7) traveled to Rochester (8-6) Saturday night in hopes of picking up a conference win.
After having a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats let their advantage slip away and fell short to the Lady Zebras, 59-47.
The Lady ’Cats jumped out to a quick lead and barely held it through the final seconds of the first quarter, when the Zebras hit a three-pointer to put the score at 16-15.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Good teams find a way to make adjustments when things aren’t going exactly the way they usually do.
In a Friday night match-up of two of the Three Rivers Conference’s best teams, it was the Whitko Wildcats who were able to use a rugged defense and adjust when their leading scorer had a bit of an off shooting night.
The end result was a 56-42 win over the visiting Rochester Zebras that kept the Wildcats perfect in the conference.