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May 14th, 2013

ANGEL: Memorial grows hope

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Honoring the departed with something living — that’s what family members came out to do Saturday at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Columbia City.

The garden is located in front of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home on Countryside Drive. However, it is maintained by Columbia City’s chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

After the death of their daughter, Betsy Jane, Ben and Betsy Gates founded the compassionate friends in 2001. Now the group works to support those who have lost family members with grief support and healing through group discussion and special events.

TAX INCREASE: County raises Cumulative Capital rate

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s County Council voted unanimously to raise the Cumulative Capital tax rate for next year.

Currently, the rate is 1.62 cents. The council approved raising the rate to three cents. With the increase, approximately $400,814 will be raised in property tax revenue. A large portion of the funds are set for bridge repair.

During discussion, Councilman Bill Overdeer discussed using an incremental increase over a period of years. However, immediate needs within the county’s facilities motivated the one-time increase.

May 13th

Spinning at the Market

May 13, 2013

Jan Meyers creates natural fiber yarn on her spinning wheel.

Meyers is one of more than 50 vendors at the Farmers Market held around the Whitley County Courthouse each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Truck hit by bullet while traveling I-65

May 13, 2013

BROOKSTON (AP) — Indiana State Police say troopers are investigating a pickup truck being shot while driving on Interstate 65 near Lafayette.

Police say three people were inside the truck when it was hit Sunday evening while northbound approaching the Indiana 18 interchange about 15 miles north of Lafayette.

No one was injured.

Police say the bullet went through the passenger-side door window and out the rear window behind the driver.

Market’s opening day

May 13, 2013

Deb Wade dressed as a World War I “donut girl” to commemorate the Salvation Army’s 76 anniversary in Whitley County.

“Donut girls” visited the front lines during the war to deliver the fried treats to servicemen as a way to show their support.

At the Farmers Market, Salvation Army representatives passed out free doughnuts as a way to show their gratitude for the county’s support of the nonprofit.

Wind farm to expand turbines: Success after Whitley Co. ordinance stifled construction

May 13, 2013

BLUFFTON (AP) — The developer of a proposed wind farm in northeastern Indiana is increasing the number of turbines it wants to install as part of a $336 million complex on about 37,000 acres of land.

Apex Wind Energy of Charlottesville, Va., will present its new design to local officials next month and says it expects construction to begin by the end of the year.

The design is a change from the 87 turbines on 18,500 acres that Apex initially proposed, an area newspaper reported.

Crash kills baby, injures 4 children

May 13, 2013

NOBLE COUNTY — An 8-month-old boy was killed and four other children were injured in a vehicle accident Saturday.

According to area media, the car crashed into a tree near the Noble-Elkhart County line Saturday when the driver swerved to miss an animal that ran out into the road.

The driver, Angelica Ibarra, 39, of Ligonier, was cited for not having a license and other violations.

Police said Ibarra drove straight through a curve, slid sideways and struck a tree on the rear passenger side of the vehicle.

Ibarra was not injured, but Gael Ibarra, 8 months, died from his injuries.

SERVICE A PRIVILEGE: Loft named The Center’s outstanding volunteer

May 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Chris Loft, 28, is a body mechanic by day and a youth mentor by night.

He doesn’t view himself as anything extraordinary, but to The Center for Whitley County Youth, Loft is an outstanding volunteer.

At the annual benefit cook-off for The Center, Loft was awarded one of the Volunteer of the Year Awards.

“I am at The Center almost every day,” Loft said. “I have the luxury of working a job that allows me to be there shortly after school to volunteer. I don’t see it as an obligation, but a privilege to invest in the lives of these students.”

FARMERS MARKET: Opening day grows interest

May 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Farmers Market opened its season Saturday to brisk temperatures and overcast skies.

Last year, the market opened a week earlier and experienced colder-than-normal temperatures. Pushing the start of the market back a week, Market Master Chris Lilly hoped the weather would cooperate.

Lilly said that although the temperatures weren’t ideal, the first Saturday of market season was a success.

INVESTIGATION PROGRESSING: Body found in woods I.D.’d as drug felon

May 13, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — More information is coming forward about the man who was found dead in a wooded area Wednesday.

Dillon Warner, 22, was identified Friday as the body found by a property owner in eastern Whitley County.

Warner, a convicted drug felon, may still have been alive had his court hearing last month had a different outcome.

The Allen County judge spared Warner prison time — which may have been more of a death sentence.

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