January 1st, 2013
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the sixth of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Passionate. Dedicated. Loyal. Dependable. Reliable. Those are all words long-time Columbia City High School Athletic Director Geoff Penrod used to describe one of the schoolâ€™s greatest servants â€” Andrew Thompson. From the classroom to the sports arena, Thompson helps out wherever he can.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA recently welcomed Tara Kuhmichel as the Early Learning Childcare director. In July, the YMCA took over where Stepping Stones Day Care left off. After the day care program was closed, most of the Stepping Stones staff made the switch to the YMCAâ€™s Early Learning Childcare program.
The childcare program was a first for the YMCA, but Executive Director Erica Miller saw the community need and worked quickly to fill in the gap. Now the early learning center has a new director and is continuing to grow the program it so quickly took on.
December 31st, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Racing against the clock, the White House reached agreement with congressional Republicans late Monday on a deal to prevent across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts to government programs from taking effect at midnight, according to administration and Senate Democratic officials.
These officials said a New Year's Eve vote in the Senate to ratify the deal was possible later in the evening, barring opposition from majority Democrats.
Jessie H. Sutton, 84, of Portland, passed away at 12:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Jay County Hospital in Portland. She was born Tuesday, April 3, 1928, in Hartford City.
Surviving relatives include two sons, a daughter, two sisters, a brother, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home, 109 W. Windsor St., Montpelier Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Wednesday.
L. M. â€śLeeâ€ť Kilgore, 97, of Columbia City, died at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since August.
She was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of William H. and Mary Ellen (Doolittle) Radke. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where she attended school.
On Sept. 25, 1947, she and Woodward â€śWoodyâ€ť Kilgore eloped to Indianapolis. They did not reveal their marriage until they found a place to live several weeks later. Mr. Kilgore died Nov. 16, 1975.
George Lewis Hontz, 76, of Ligonier, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, with his family by his side.
He was born on Dec. 24, 1936 in Warsaw, to Ralph and Lillie (Tom) Hontz. He married Linda Murphy June 10, 1972.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Linda of Ligonier; son, Terry (Donna) Hontz of Ligonier; sister, Darlene (Sonny) Myers of Columbia City and a grandpuppy, Ace, whom he loved very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lillie Hontz; two brothers, Curtis and Tom Hontz and his grandparents.
Luella M. Esterline, 97, of Jefferson Township, died at 1:38 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since June 2011.
She was born Jan. 21, 1915, in Berne, a daughter of Peter John and Della Barbara (Kuehm) Miller. Her family resided on Liberty Mills Road and she attended Aboite Center School.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Eighteen people, including two local residents, were arrested Saturday night after police were tipped off to a dog-fighting contest.
On Friday, Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department detectives were tipped off to the contest, that scheduled to take place Saturday night at Eddie Smithâ€™s home at 906 E. Ind. 205 in Churubusco.
The investigation led to a search warrant, and at approximately 11 p.m., officers from the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department and Indiana State Police raided the home, taking 18 people and three dogs into custody.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Less than a week after receiving their first votes in the Associated Press poll, Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team lost its first game of the season Friday.
Their opponent was no slouch. The Munster Mustangs are 8-0 and ranked No. 5 in the state by the AP. Columbia City played a tight first half with the Mustangs before falling 66-54.
The Eagles took 4-0 and 7-2 leads early in the first quarter with buckets by Daniel Woll and Derek Hinen, holding Munster to two field goals in the first four minutes.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the fifth of a six-part series.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A Churubusco manâ€™s search for his familyâ€™s history led him to a much larger story. Chuck Mathieu opened the Churubusco History Center in March of 2011 with Chuck Jones. His interest in history though began with his own family.
Mathieu began by going backwards from his mother and then tracing the generations forward from David Craig. He said there was a lost generation for which he could not account. Then, a second cousin in Florida sent him the Craig family Bible, which closed the remaining gaps.