November 15th, 2012
ALLEN COUNTY â€” Two men pleaded guilty to a marijuana-growing operation at Lake Everett â€” a mile northeast of the Whitley County line in Allen County.
Jason Bridges, 32, and Jarrod Vroom, 39, were arrested Sept. 8 in a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Allen County Drug Task Force and Indiana State Police, which uncovered more than 100 marijuana plants.
Allen Countyâ€™s SWAT team raided Bridgesâ€™ house and found the growing operation, along with an additional four pounds of marijuana.
Robert E. Phend, 83 of South Whitley, passed away at p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in his residence.
On Dec. 13, 1929, he was born in Columbia City, to Paul and Marie (Wysong) Phend.
He married Marjorie Johnson on July 11, 1953, who survives. Robert retired from International Harvester/Navistar in Fort Wayne.
Other surviving relatives include four children, Norma Schweigel of Columbia City; Michael E. (Sharon) Phend of Pierceton, Rebecca A. Phend of South Whitley and Rose E. Phend of South Whitley; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Daniel James Howard, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at his home. Born June 25, 1943, in Warsaw, he was the son of James Boyce and Helen Lucille (Fisher) Howard.
He graduated from Warsaw High School with the Class of 1961.
After graduation, he honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He earned an Associateâ€™s degree from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis. On Sept. 5, 1965, he married Ouida Sue Crum in Kossuth, Miss.
Jill Rene (Kuckuck) Weeks, 58, of Columbia City, passed away Nov. 8, 2012, at her home.
She was born Sept. 24, 1954 in Whitley County, daughter of Edgar and Dorothy (Nierman) Kuckuck.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” An error in the amount of $160,000 has caused South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey to scratch his head.
Clerk Treasurer Bob Gould informed the council at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the error. â€śThere are erroneous numbers in the computer system that showed we had $160,000. We didnâ€™t have that money. I donâ€™t know where that dollar amount came from.â€ť
Gould said when he discovered the error, funding categories needed to be redistributed and the $160,000 had to be deducted from various spending accounts.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council is reviewing an ordinance that may help to fill the old Scottâ€™s building, located on the corner of Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive.
The council is working to offer incentives to promote growth in that area to aid businesses that might consider the building.
â€śThe building has been sitting vacant for five to six years now, and we know there is some very good potential for it,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitleyâ€™s Town Council approved the minutes from its Oct. 25 meeting, where the council moved forward with the townâ€™s new energy contract with Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
The contract will replace the existing relationship with Duke Energy, saving the town of South Whitley an estimated $110,000 a year.
In other council business, Waste Managementâ€™s contract for sludge hauling is soon to be expired.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the Whitley County Salvation Army is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the organization recently received pieces of its past from a local resident. The collection includes historical photos, memorabilia and memories of the organizationâ€™s olden days, which will be used by the local Salvation Army as it begins compiling a memory book.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor said construction workers have scratched the surface on Eagle Tech Academyâ€™s Phase III project.
Oâ€™Connor said the project, which began in October, will open up enough classroom space to allow an additional 200 students at ETA for the next school year.
The project will also group the schoolâ€™s offices, granting direct access to them through the public entrance.
â€śI think itâ€™s going to be a real nice facility for the district, and something that the community can be proud of,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.