November 18th, 2011
SOUTH WHITLEY â Catherine C. Gilbert, 68, of South Whitley, died at 2:29 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Sycamore Village, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident for the past three years.
She was born Feb. 4, 1943, in Wabash County, a daughter of Victor and Ruth (Tschantz) Walter.
Her formative years were spent in North Manchester. She graduated from North Manchester High School in 1961.
On Aug. 29, 1965, she was united in marriage to Donald D. Gilbert. They have always made their home in Whitley County moving to their farm in 1972.
A four-year-old Larwill girl has died at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
User fees for Churubusco Turtle Days posed by Churubusco's Town Council may place the venerable June festival in jeopardy. Will there be a 2012 Turtle Days?
Story in Friday's Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â A local man was convicted of a Class A felony, child molesting, Thursday night after a four-day jury trial.
Ronald A. Rostochak was accused of the crimes in 2009 and has since delayed his fate.
Check out Friday's edition of The Post and Mail for an in-depth story on the details of the trial.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City police officer and area firemanâs house caught fire Thursday night.
Kenny Smith, master patrolman for the CCPD and a long-time fireman for Thorncreek Township, was on police duty when his home caught fire just around 11 p.m.
The officerâs wife, Julie Smith, was on-duty as a Whitley County dispatcher and took the 911 call from her son.
Smith said he rushed home at 185 W CR 200 N and was able to save two of three cats. He then changed from his CCPD uniform to his fire gear to assist in extinguishing the fire.
Rose McClain, 88
Dec. 3, 1922 â Nov. 15, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â Rose E. âRosieâ McClain, 88, of Columbia City, died at 9:13 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at her home.
She was born Dec. 3, 1922 in Terre Haute, a daughter of Floyd and Pearl (Stultz) King.
She graduated from Otter Creek High School in North Terre Haute and completed her education at Ravenscroft Beauty College.
On June 5, 1941 she married William Woodruff Collyear.
They made their home in Indianapolis before moving to Columbia City in 1942. In 1943, they moved to a farm in Columbia Township.
Mr. Collyear died July 19, 1957.
COLUMBIA CITY - The mother of a 17-month-old infant who died was sentenced Monday.
Brittany N. McConnehey, 24, was charged with reckless homicide, a class C felony, in the death of her daughter June 13.
McConnehey was sentenced to five years, with three years serving time and two years of probation.
McConnehey and the child's father, Jesse E. McIntosh, 25, were both charged.
McIntosh was sentenced to in October to four years in jail with two years to serve and two years probation.
COLUMBIA CITY â One thing was crystal clear at the Whitley County Plan Commission meeting held Wednesday: The âpro-windâ and âanti-windâ groups are still miles apart.
Specifically, 5,000 feet apart.
The steering committee formed to fact-find submitted its report to the commission; both sides of the issue are represented and were given the opportunity to speak on its respective group's behalf.
One thing agreed upon was that an ordinance â one way or another in regards to wind farming â is a necessary thing.
COLUMBIA CITY â Many fathers enjoy going out to the backyard and tossing around a baseball or going to the gym to shoot hoops.
But for Whitko Head Coach Rob Irwin and Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict, its drastically different.
Both Benedict and Irwin are coaching stand-out players â who also happen to be their sons.
While many players face the typical suggestions from their fathers, Drew Benedict and Logan Irwin get quite a bit more.
Pick up a copy of Thursday's paper for an in-depth article with more photos.
COLUMBIA CITY â Though he wonât be taking office until 2012, mayor-elect Ryan Daniel has been and will continue to be a busy man heading into office.
Daniel will be participating in workshops for newly elected officials, set up by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
The workshops are available to prepare both new and incumbent mayors for their upcoming four-year term, according to Daniel.
The workshops cover everything from municipal law, leadership qualities and as Daniel put it, âreally just everything under the sun that will help a new mayor.â