April 17th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Churubusco man, who was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine with his brother, received the same sentence as his sibling in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Ben Greer, 30, was arrested in November on six meth-related charges. He pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine and, as part of a plea agreement, the other counts were dismissed.
Greer was sentenced to 10 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections, with eight to serve and two suspended. His brother Andrew received the same sentence, except his will be served at the Whitley County Jail.
BOSTON ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt comprehend what was going on.‚ÄĚ
Shelby Krider, 2003 Columbia City High School graduate, was across the street from the first explosion during the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon.
‚ÄúMy friends and I go to the marathon every year,‚ÄĚ Krider said. ‚ÄúWe know a few people who are charity runners, and we were waiting for them to come to the finish line.‚ÄĚ
Krider said she was in the stands on Boylston Street, near the finish line, when she heard the blast.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Residents of Whitley County‚Äôs Smith Township and Noble County‚Äôs Green Township saw their property taxes increase from last year to this year.
This was due in part to the building project currently underway at Smith-Green Community Schools.
Since tax reports sent to residents only show tax rates from the previous year, what they may not have realized is their rate did not go higher than the rate in 2011.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ Remembrance, awareness and prevention were key focal points at last night‚Äôs candlelight vigil held at the Whitley County Courthouse.
Residents from across the county gathered at the Courthouse to remember and pray for children affected by abuse and neglect.
Pinwheels and battery-operated candles were passed out to those present. That state of Indiana designated April 16 as an annual remembrance day, and being that this was the first year, participation from all counties was encouraged.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls tennis team made quick work of Whitley County rival Churubusco Monday night.
The host Columbia City team took a definitive 5-0 win.
Celine Rongos set the tone for Columbia City, topping her ‚ÄôBusco opponent, Cheyenne Conner, by a 6-0, 6-0 score.
In No. 2 singles, Kennedy Slavicek beat Churubusco‚Äôs Audrey Gierscher 6-1, 6-0.
The No. 3 singles match was slightly more competitive, as Churubusco‚Äôs Madi Cook put up a 6-4, 6-4, fight against the winning Lauren Rivas.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Ryan Kerschner hit a grand slam, but it still took extra innings for Columbia City to beat Churubusco Monday.
Columbia City defeated ‚ÄėBusco by a final of 6-5 in eight innings.
Kerschner may have had the big blast, but it was Jordan Bickle who had the winning one, doubling in the bottom of the eighth to bring home Travis Herbst and end the game.
The grand slam came in the bottom of the first inning and gave Columbia City a 4-1 lead. Churubusco had scored in the top of the first off of a sacrifice hit by Brent Simmons, which scored Logan Harris.
Richard W. Bowyer, 68, died at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Marion Veterans Administration Medical Center where he had been a patient since July 2011.
He was born Jan. 3, 1945, in Logansport, a son of the late A. Mac and Marliz (McKinney) Bowyer.
He spent his formative years in Cass County, and attended Wheatland Avenue Methodist Church, Logansport. He graduated from Washington Township School in 1963.
On June 12, 1963, he entered the U. S. Air Force. From 1964-67 he was stationed at Spangdahelm AFB, Germany. He received his honorable discharge from active duty April 11, 1967.
Florence M. Heath, 80, of Albion, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Parkview Noble Hospital.
Born July 14, 1932, in Decatur, she was the daughter of Nelson W. and Ida E. (Busch) Lahrman.
Bonnie Elaine Knetter, 74, of South Whitley, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at her home. Born Aug. 31, 1938, in Wolf Lake, she was the daughter of Lee Arthur and Ethel Pearl (Weeks) Brown.
She lived most of her lifetime in Whitley County, graduating from Columbia City High School. She worked at Miller‚Äôs Merry Manor, Parkview Oaks and retired from Oak Pointe as a QMA. She was a former member of B.T. Roberts Free Methodist Church.
Benjamin C. ‚ÄúBen‚ÄĚ Tackitt, 77, of Huntington, died at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at The Heritage of Huntington.
Family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Dr., Huntington.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with one-hour visitation prior to service at Bailey-Love Mortuary, with Rev. Matt Gapinski officiating. The burial will be held in South Whitley Cemetery.