January 14th, 2011
Ronald Hugh Hile, 81, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at his residence. Born Nov. 4, 1929, he was a son of Harold B. and Ruth L. (Enyeart) Hile.
The majority of his lifetime was spent in Whitley County where he attended school. He proudly served in the United States Air Force. On July 14, 1949, he married Ada Belle Herron in an outdoor wedding at his parentsâ€™ home. In 1980, he retired from Dana, Fort Wayne, with 30 years of service. His memberships included Tri-Lakes Baptist Church and the former Tri-Lakes Racing Association.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While family members of 5-month-old Taylor Creech continue to come forward with claims of official negligence regarding the drug case that may be connected to the little girlâ€™s Jan. 3 death, the Whitley County Probation Department is saying all that could be done was done.
â€śThe Whitley County Probation Department is extremely saddened by the death of Taylor Creech,â€ť said Chief Probation Officer Amy Motter Thursday.
â€śOur sympathies are extended to the entire Creech family.â€ś
Marthann â€śMarthaâ€ť Meyers, 85, of Warsaw, passed away at 3:45 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at her home following an extended illness.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Family members mourning the loss of a five-month-old baby girl who died Jan. 3 say their grief is compounded by the knowledge that the childâ€™s death might have been prevented.
â€śThis whole tragedy with my niece could have been avoided had the county officials listened to our family and taken our warnings seriously,â€ť said Miranda Minear, whose sister Janel Creech is currently incarcerated on drug charges that were a result of a 911 call Jan. 3.
As a result of that call, Creechâ€™s baby daughter Taylor was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
LAGRANGE — High hopes turned to an early exit for Churubusco basketball teams Wednesday night.
A night after having the opening round postponed, ’Busco squads took the court at Prairie Heights for the first of what it hoped was four games and a championship in the North East Corner Conference tournament.
That didn’t happen as the Lady Eagles (3-11) opened the girl-boy doubleheader with a 47-32 loss to the Lady Panthers (7-7).
WATERLOO — When coaches find their team in the midst of a difficult season, they begin to look for little signs of improvement. They begin to set the more basic goals in order to move the team closer to the larger goal of overall success.
With six varsity wrestlers out of the lineup due to injury or match limits, the Columbia City wrestling team traveled to Northeast Hoosier Conference rival DeKalb Wednesday to face the Barons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mayor Jim Fleck said there are several reasons behind his decision to not seek re-election for the post he currently holds.
Primary among those reasons are family, health and the state of the economy.
At the end of 2011, Fleck will have finished his second term in office, and he says itâ€™s time for someone else to take over.
â€śThereâ€™s lots about this job I like, but Iâ€™ve done it for eight years, itâ€™s time for someone else to look at it,â€ť he said, adding that he believes the city is a better place than when he started.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A routine probation search has netted yet another methamphetamine lab in Columbia City.
Just a little more than a week after a 911 call for a an unconscious infant led police to a suspected clandestine meth lab, county police entered the home of Kyle Lloyd Barker at 108 E. Hanna Street Tuesday night and discovered a meth manufacturing operation in his downstairs bedroom.
Barker, 24, was arrested at 3:50 p.m. and booked in Whitley County Jail on seven drug-related charges.
Betty I. Gaff, 85, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Columbia City, passed away at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital. She had been a patient there since Dec. 31.
Ms. Gaff was born April 23, 1925 in Churubusco, a daughter of Roy and Alice (Hull) Gaff. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1943, and was a lifelong resident of Churubusco until moving to Columbia City one year ago.
Upon completing her education, she became employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne and worked there for 44 years, retiring in 1985.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” State lawmakers representing Whitley County responded to Gov. Mitch Danielsâ€™ State of the State Address, referring to his vision for Indianaâ€™s immediate future as optimistic and ambitious.
According to Columbia City resident and State Sen. Jim Banks, Indiana Senate Republicans say their caucus stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance the stateâ€™s two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in the governorâ€™s Tuesday speech.