October 23rd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ An Indianapolis woman was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to eight years to the Indiana Department of Corrections, four to be served and four suspended, for charges relating to August‚Äôs drug sting in Churubusco.
According to a plea agreement, Sue Kellems, 21, pleaded guilty to dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, a Class B felony and possession of a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor.
Donald E. Keirn, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at midnight on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Miller‚Äôs Merry Manor, Columbia City. Born June 17, 1928, in Columbia City, he was the son of Esta and Rhea (Workman) Keirn.
Mr. Keirn spent his entire lifetime in Columbia City, graduating from Columbia City High School with the class of 1946.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Vaughn E. Hunnicutt, 90, of Fort Wayne, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at his home.
He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Markle, a son of Rue and Goldie (Fightner) Hunnicutt.
His formative years were spent in Wyoming until first grade when his family moved to Rock Creek Township, Huntington County. He graduated from Rock High School.
On June 24, 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving in the Asiatic Pacific and Philippines. He was honorably discharged April 8, 1946. During the Korean Conflict, he served from Feb. 9, 1951, until his honorable discharge on March 21, 1952.
Robert Lee Berry, 77, of Columbia City passed away at 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Health Center at Richland Place, Nashville, Tenn. where he resided since March to be near his daughter.
Born April 26, 1935, in Terre Haute, he was the son of Richard and Flossie (Benefield) Berry.
Mr. Berry spent his early life in the Terre Haute area, where he graduated from Concannon High School in West Terre Haute with the class of 1953.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Northeast Indiana Brownfield Coalition, which recently received a $909,303 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), plans to use some of the grant money for assessment of brownfield sites in Whitley County.
‚ÄúThe intent here is to get the ball rolling and to identify the potential brownfield sites,‚ÄĚ said Executive Director of Region III-A, Loren Kravig.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Production machining firm Impact CNC, LLC celebrated the opening of the company‚Äôs facility in Gateway Park with an open house today hosted by the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
The company announced plans earlier this year to create up to 106 new jobs by 2014.
WESTVILLE ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City woman was arrested Saturday at Westville Correctional Facility for attempted trafficking with an inmate.
Ashley Reavis, 27, was attempting to visit Blake Settles, 29, of Fort Wayne, when officers found contraband at her check-in.
Settles is serving multiple sentences on four felonies from Allen County courts, including: felony escape, operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic offender, felony theft/receiving stolen property and dealing/possession of a look-alike substance.
ALBION ‚ÄĒ Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a hunting accident that occurred in Noble County on Saturday.
Terry Tester, 57, of Albion, fell approximately 17 feet from his tree stand Saturday evening.
Tester was hunting in south-central Noble County, approximately one mile north of Merriam.
According to a press release by the Department of Natural Resources, Tester was climbing into his tree stand for an evening deer hunt, when a pair of metal cables snapped, dropping Tester, and the tree stand, to the ground.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs cemeteries have become a tourist attraction. Joining this year‚Äôs Tombstone Trail, three of the area‚Äôs cemeteries were added to the tour earlier this summer. Blue River Cemetery, Greenhill Cemetery and South Park Cemetery all made the list.
This is the third season for the tour which highlights historic figures‚Äô tombstones. For Columbia City, the tour will close at the end of the month, and is sponsored by Whitley County Genealogical Society.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The art of dance has seen a swell in interest from increased television shows that feature dancers to the genre of dances now made popular. What was once a dated art is now a thriving form of expression and creativity.
In Columbia City, Dance ‚ÄėTil U Drop is a fine arts academy dedicated to crafting dancers in performance.
Scott Frazier, owner of Dance ‚ÄėTil U Drop, is also the studio‚Äôs director. Through his many years in the dance community, Frazier has established a local competition that has now attracted the attention of the Lifetime television series, Dance Moms.