Archive - Feb 4, 2013 - News Article
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) â€” Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy's abductor dead, officials said Monday.
Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that negotiations had deteriorated with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a man neighbors described as an isolated loner. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers believed the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson said.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” The news of Bishop Emeritus John Dâ€™Arcyâ€™s death had a trickle-down effect which was felt by Columbia City parishioners.
â€śIt was a hard blow,â€ť said Mary Ann Schaefer, a member of St. Paul of the Cross, Columbia City.
â€śWhen we heard of his cancer, it was sad. He was still as active as he could be,â€ť Schaefer said.
Dâ€™Arcy, who oversaw the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 24 years during a time of church closings, a national sex-abuse scandal and some run-ins with University of Notre Dame leaders, has died. He was 80 years old.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Reinvigorating South Whitley is a priority for the townâ€™s plan commission and town council, but the efforts are being spearheaded by Julia Robinson.
Robinson is the leader of Whitley On the Move, an organization in South Whitley working to affect positive change and revitalize the town.
Community members met in October and November to generate ideas for improvements. A slew of varied ideas were given to help breathe new life into the townâ€™s recreation, economic state and attractions.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s show choirs competed at Northrop High School Saturday.
The contest was the first competition of the season for both groups. City Heat, a male and female mixed choir, took 5th runner up and City Lights, an all female group, took 3rd runner up.
Darrik Brower was named City Heatâ€™s Outstanding Performer and Hannah Schaefer was awarded Outstanding Performer for City Lights.
Both groups are accompanied by City Soul, an instrumental group directed by Carolyn Hindbaugh.
Here are the headlines in Monday's issue:
Former bishop's death impacts Col. City
Columbia City show choir opens season
Town sees interest in renewal
Ex-Navy SEAL died pursuing his passion
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Despite a very cold and snowy start to February in Northeast Indiana, the sage of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a morbidly obese groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his den Saturday morning, did not see his shadow and therefore proclaimed an early spring for the entire nation.
Thus prophesied a Pennsy oracle woodchuck on the oddest of holidays: Groundhog Day.
Below is a feature column penned by Zak Lantz, editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper, about the groundhog fame of his hometown.
Punxsutawney -- this is my town