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April 1st, 2011
CHURUBUSCO â€” Approximately a dozen people attended the unveiling of the Churubusco Downtown Action Plan presentation Wednesday evening at Churubusco High School.
The action plan is the result of months of studies and surveys of the town and its residents, conducted by Hyett Palma Associates for the Indiana Downtown Project.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Acting on a tip, Columbia City police raided a local hotel last Friday and arrested three 18-year-old men and two juveniles for alcohol and drug-related offenses.
The tipster told police there was underage drinking and drug use at a Columbia City hotel.
Officer Ken Smith and Narcotics Sgt. Robert Stevenson arrived at the hotel at about 7:45 p.m. and discovered about 12 people in a pair of hotel rooms.
The officers arrested Thomas McKnight, 18 of Columbia City, Derik Jon Runyon, 18 of Columbia City and Coyan Tyberius Frederick, 18, also of Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As she has done for years, Melody Thompson dons her brown uniform each evening and prepares to start her work day. By the time her shift is over, she will have traveled from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis and back again.
And, each day she strives to maintain another element of that routine which is to make that trip without a traffic accident.
Thompsonâ€™s driving record as a semi driver, or â€śfeeder driverâ€ť with the United Parcel Service is not just stellar, her company would call it noteworthy.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Whitley County Historical Society annual banquet Wednesday evening at the Brownstone Cafe in South Whitley brought three new members onto the board: Pat Heinbaugh, Wendi Barnett and Chris Hockemeyer. Dennis Warnick, president of the organization, filled out the slate to continue for another term.
Anna Rhoades was surprised to be given the Volunteer of the Year award for coming in every Wednesday for â€ś20 years or so,â€ť she said, and organizing the filing for the historical society.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As a local factory prepares to close its doors, management and the rest of the workforce decided to make a positive statement on the way out.
â€śThrough a sad time, weâ€™re doing something positive for the community,â€ť said Mary Ritter, the administrative assistant at Eaton Hydraulics, which is closing as of today.
The company agreed to give the 16 soon-to-be displaced employees a chance to bid on various items of company property, and in turn would donate the proceeds to the local United Way.
The Whitley County Historical Society has brought such noteworthy historical figures as President Lincoln and Jefferson Davis back from the past, and they have done it again, in the person of former President Theodore Roosevelt.
Wednesday eveningâ€™s meeting concluded with reenactor Gib Young doing a portrayal of Teddy complete with top hat and pince-nez glasses perched on his nose.
Chuck Jones introduced Roosevelt giving an idea about the time that he lived, specifically the year 1915.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Not very many people can say that receiving news of an accident involving their car while parked in a parking lot could turn out to be a good thing, but Columbia City High School senior Trevor Maggart can.
As a surprise on Wednesday afternoon The Whitley County Community Foundation announced that Maggart has been named the 2011 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar from Whitley County.
The full-ride scholarship has been presented each year since 1998 to at least one Whitley County student and in addition to covering the cost of tuition includes a stipend for books.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Linbeth Doggendorfâ€™s voice was barely audible as she gushed about the daughter she lost more than a year ago.
Her testimony could barely be heard in a courtroom with bad acoustics, compounded by her soft-spoken nature and muffled further by the sobs of friends and family.
â€śItâ€™s turned our world upside down,â€ť she said. â€śNothing is the same. Everythingâ€™s not right anymore.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A second arrest was made this week in connection with the explosion of a suspected meth lab in a rural Whitley County mobile home park that killed a woman in December of last year.
Joshua B. Angus, 25, of Fort Wayne was arrested and charged Monday with four counts stemming from the Dec. 3, 2010 explosion that killed 24-year-old Alecia Stine at Miami Village Trailer Park on Old Trail Road east of Columbia City.
A second man, Wade Burns, was charged in February.
COESSE â€” For someone who bets on horses, the odds of twin foals being born alive and healthy to a healthy mare are staggeringly slim. Most websites say 1 in 10,000 are twin pregnancies and only 9 percent of those are carried to term.
But in Coesseâ€™s Conley and Koontz Equine Hospital, a 16-year-old Paint/Pinto mare named Lilâ€™ Miss Boutique, â€śTiki,â€ť beat those odds, delivering a colt and a filly over the weekend.