November 20th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Two Churubusco brothers appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for an initial hearing after a search warrant turned up drugs at their residence last week.
Benjamin, 30, and Andrew Greer, 28, were arrested on methamphetamine and marijuana charges after the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team (ERT) searched their home at 7755 E. CR 150 N. on Nov. 15.
According to a case report by the Whitley County Drug Task Force, before the search, ERT officers witnessed Andrew throwing items out of the upstairs window onto a lower roof.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Like a fresh wound, the memory of Anthony Wagnerâs death is a sensitive and raw memory for Travis Leon â even after a decade has past.
Wagner, of South Whitley, and Leon, of Fort Wayne, were childhood friends and found themselves in the 293rd National Guard Division of Indiana in 2002.
Wagner joined the National Guard in 2001, a little more than a month after his 21st birthday. Leon was right behind him.
Private First Class Wagner received notice in October of 2002 that he had been activated and would be leaving the states to serve in Iraq.
COLUMBIA CITY â After taking a break to plan his retirement, newly elected Whitley County Consolidated School board member Bill Tucker said he is ready for a second go-around.
âIâm humbled by the support the community has given me, and Iâm anxious to get back on the board,â said Tucker.
Tucker first served as a WCCS Jefferson Township board member seven years ago, when he was approached by board members and asked to consider the job.
CHURUBUSCO â A Fort Wayne fireman was laid to rest at Churubuscoâs Riverview Cemetery Saturday, after he was killed in the line of duty last week.
Fireman Mark A. Haudenschild II, Washington Township (Allen County), was killed after the tanker he was driving flipped over en route to a grass fire.
More than 1,000 people attended the funeral â firemen and fire trucks from every department in Whitley County were in attendance.
COLUMBIA CITY â Christmas carols wafted through Indian Springs Middle School Saturday.
Members of Columbia City High Schoolâs show choirs, City Heat and City Lights, performed for patrons at their annual holiday bazaar, Yuletide Treasurers.
The event was a fundraiser for the choir program and featured a large assortment of vendors.
COLUMBIA CITY â Every two years, Whitley County bridges are inspected to ensure the existing structures are safe for use.
Currently, the county is working to hand over the plans for a bridge repair project located at CR 600 N. west of 450 E.
âItâs the only one that we have left on the list thatâs fracture-critical,â said Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester.
According to Forrester, the bridge is 23 and a half feet in length and width and nearly 40 years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â Eggnog, pumpkin pie, cookies and candies â itâs enough to make anyoneâs mouth water. The holiday season isnât complete without the tasty treats that come with parties and get-togethers. However, the weight gained during the months of November and December can make some don more than their gay apparel.
To combat bulging bellies, Whitley County YMCA is offering a holiday edition of its annual challenge, Whitley Weighs In.
David L. Sleighter, 55, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:28 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Dec. 18, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of David C. and Mary M. (Busz) Sleighter.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, two sisters, a half-sister, four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter, Janel Sleighter.
COLUMBIA CITY â After nearly a complete turn-around of last weekâs Columbia City girls basketball game â when the Lady Eagles had 38 turnovers and lost by more than 20 points to Snider â Columbia City came within two seconds of a win over Marion Saturday.
Despite Macie Hinenâs comeback â scoring twice in the final minute to take a three-point lead â Marion scored twice in the final four seconds to win, 43-40.
Emily Whiteleather led Columbia City in scoring and rebounds with a double-double, 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Carl E. Sheets, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:55 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Millerâs Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born on May 23, 1919, in Jefferson Towsnship, he was the son of William and Myrta M. (Boney) Sheets.
Surviving relatives include his two sons, daughter, three brothers and several grand, great and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.