Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
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.
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 Sheriffâs Department detectives were tipped off to the contest, that scheduled to take place Saturday night at Eddie Smithâs 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 Sheriffâs Department and Indiana State Police raided the home, taking 18 people and three dogs into custody.
Editorâs note: The following is the fifth of a six-part series.
CHURUBUSCO â A Churubusco manâs search for his familyâs 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Residents have until Monday to complete their homestead verification forms to declare a Whitley County property as their primary residence.
Whitley County Auditor Jenny McGuire said there were still 762 people, as of 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, who still have not declared or verified their county of residence.
However, she added that some may have done so through the stateâs website. Citizens have until Monday to do so. McGuire noted that the county office will be closed on Monday, but residents still have options.
COLUMBIA CITY â By the numbers, Whitley County had an increase in new citizens during 2012. There were 225 births in Whitley County in 2012, as of Dec. 18. That is an increase compared to 188 in 2011 and 185 in 2010.
âI think a lot of that was because of the new ob/gynâs at the hospital,â said Joann Miller, office administrator of the Whitley County Health Department.
The number of deaths held steady compared to previous years, with 229 as of Dec. 18, compared to 234 and 233 in the previous two years.
Columbia City's boys basketball team is hosting Munster tonight at 8 p.m.
Both teams are 8-0 and Munster is ranked No. 5 in the state by the Associated Press.
Editorâs note: The following is the fourth of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â Dustin, 37, and Amanda, 31, Petrosky are the parents of a growing family in Columbia City. They are expecting for the fifth time â from China, that is.
The Petroskys have built their home around children adopted through the stateâs foster program and now through an international adoption.
âMy heart is breaking for orphans in China,â Amanda said.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Residents of a southeast Whitley County home escaped the burning house without injury, but left their home heavily damaged.
The house, which was located between County Roads 300 and 400 E. on Ind. 114, was damaged by a fire which began in the chimney Thursday morning at 8 a.m.
Firefighters from Jefferson, Columbia and Washington townships in Whitley County responded to the blaze at 3391 E. Ind. 114, along with departments from Allen and Huntington Counties.
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Beatles wrote a song about it. Teenagers dream about it. Vacations begin and end with it. Driving a car. For Paul Gates, 83, of Columbia City, driving was a pleasure. Gates remembers his first car, a 1932 Chevy bought in 1947.
âCars were a lot different back then,â Gates said. âThey were fast enough. Now a days these cars can go way too fast.â
Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Whitley County tallied 3.1 inches of snow Wednesday. Right, a wooded area on County Road 150 North near Johnson Road is blanketed with snow.