May 11th, 2011
Paul Birch, 82, of Columbia City and resident of Naples, Fla. in the winter, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at his Florida home. Born in Noble County March 21, 1928, he was a son of Lawrence and Lucille (Snell) Birch.
Patricia E. Spencer, 72, of Milwaukie, Ore. passed away June 9, 2010. Born April 26, 1938 in Washington, D.C. she was a daughter of Irvin Swander and Elizabeth (Daubin) Hartman.
As a young girl, she lived with her grandparents, Irvin and Hallie Hartman, on Hartman Road in Whitley County and moved to Coronado, Calif. She graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. On Oct. 26, 1956 she married James L. Chandler. On May 27, 1978 she married Lansing Mark Spencer.
For 25 years, she owned and operated her own business, Pat Spencer Tax Service.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A former South Whitley man arrested in February on drug charges was sentenced to 12 years in jail Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Isaiah A. Neer, 28, pleaded guilty last month to possession of methamphetamine, possession of two or more pre-cursors to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The former Columbia City man facing charges of child seduction will go to trial in June and the prosecution has attached more weight to the charges.
DeWayne E. Stewart, 47, will face a trial by jury June 21 in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Following the announcement of the court date by Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Rentschler approached the bench and submitted what he called an â€śenhancement to Count One.â€ť
Whitley County residents are reminded that the spring installment of property taxes are due today, May 10. The treasurer's office is open until 4:30 p.m. or there is a drop-box located on the north side of the Whitley County Government Center where payments may be dropped off. If you mail your taxes, they must be postmarked with today's date.
Payments after today will incur a penalty.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Approximately one in six Americans lives with some sort of disability.
Often those disabilities impact the individual in ways that non-disabled donâ€™t even think about.
Like getting gas.
A task most people take for granted and usually accomplish in less than five minutes can take a disabled person 30 minutes to do.
With full-service filling stations few and far between, there is a program that provides assistance for disabled motorists.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Contrary to rumors circulating, Whitley County Salvation Army director Pat Mossburg, the local organization is alive and well.
â€śNothing has changed; weâ€™re still here,â€ť Mossburg said this morning.
She said that over the weekend, she had gotten several e-mails asking her if the local Salvation Army was closing its doors.
Mossburg said the Salvation Army is not leaving the community and is stronger than ever and doing the most good in Whitley County.
Whitko batter Jenna Gross swings for contact at home Monday against Rochester. Gross and the Lady Wildcats suffered a 7-2 loss to the Lady Zebras.
Martha Jean (Ramp) Blessing, 81, died Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Golden Living Center Brandywine in Greenfield.
Born Feb. 22, 1930 in Columbia City, she was a daughter of the late Ira and Eva R. (Johnson) Ramp.
Survivors include three daughters, Janet Shanahan, Pam Galen and Julie Cain; a sister, Nancy Stamper; and two brothers, Richard Ramp and Bill Ramp.
Graveside services were held May 4 at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson, Ind.