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February 4th, 2013

STANDOFF ENDED: Officers stormed bunker; child is safe

February 4, 2013

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — 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.

JOHN D'ARCY: Former bishop’s death impacts Col. City

February 4, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — The news of Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy’s death had a trickle-down effect which was felt by Columbia City parishioners.

“It was a hard blow,” said Mary Ann Schaefer, a member of St. Paul of the Cross, Columbia City.

“When we heard of his cancer, it was sad. He was still as active as he could be,” Schaefer said.

D’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.

ON THE MOVE: Town sees interest in renewal

February 4, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Reinvigorating South Whitley is a priority for the town’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 town’s recreation, economic state and attractions.

LIGHTS AND HEAT: Columbia City show choir opens season

February 4, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City High School’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 Heat’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.

IN THE HEADLINES

February 4, 2013

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

EARLY SPRING: Punxsutawney Phil predicts winter to be short

February 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – 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

February 3rd

WEATHER ADVISORY: Snow forecast for the area

February 3, 2013

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from Sunday at 5:18 p.m. through Monday.

A round of accumulating snow is expected to develop late Sunday night and continue into Monday.

February 1st

BOOK SALE: Peabody Library book sale going on now

February 1, 2013

Peabody Public Library is holding a book sale today and Saturday.
Thousands of books will be on sale, including children’s books, cookbooks, paperbacks and books from many other categories, each priced at $1 or less.
The sale will run until 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit www.ppl.lib.in.us.

MOLESTATION CASE: Pressler's meth charges on hold

February 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of dealing in methamphetamine had his court appearance pushed back due to other charges.

Dean Pressler, 39, of Larwill, was arrested in December for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. He was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for those counts.

GIVING BLOOD: Whitley Co. donates

February 1, 2013

Chris Jones, of Columbia City, donates blood at the Columbia City United Methodist Church Thursday afternoon. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile conducted the visit. All who donated were treated to Girl Scout cookies.

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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