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May 24th, 2013
(May 24, 2013) -- The toddler who drowned in a Whitley County pool Tuesday morning has been identified as Gilbert M. Strader, 2, of Fort Wayne. A Fort Wayne funeral home confirmed that the toddler was the son of Cole Strader and Emily Underwood of Fort Wayne.
Reports show that Strader drowned in a pool at his grandparents home, Phil and Elaine Smock, of Columbia City.
After visiting Vietnam for two weeks, Tim Davis, a Vietnam War veteran, received a heroâ€™s welcome Monday night at New Hope Wesleyan Church where he is a member.
When he originally returned home from the war in 1968, the homecoming was anything but welcoming.
However, 45 years later, Davis was ushered from Fort Wayne International Airport to New Hope Wesleyan in a motorcade of family, friends and supporters.
At the church, Davis was greeted by more supporters, as well as state and city leaders eager to show their appreciation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Betty Nelson has run enough miles to have circled the earth almost three times.
At approximately age 35, this Columbia City woman started taking her first steps to lead her on a 30-year journey including 40 marathons and more than 70,000 miles under her sneakers.
Now at age 67, she is lending her expertise and experience to Whitley County residents who want to accomplish a goal â€“ one step at a time.
PIERCETON â€” With computer malfunctions and online disconnects, ISTEP+ testing was deemed â€śa messâ€ť by Indiana lawmakers.
The state-mandated test experienced technical difficulties when testing contractor, McGraw-Hill, was unable to keep up on the demand.
Testing results have a determination on overall school performance, as well as student and teacher evaluations. With the lack of testing consistency, concerns are rising across the state on how integral the testing results can be.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Bids for trash contracts were discussed in a special meeting of the Churubusco Town Council last night.
Four bids were submitted to the council and were opened for the initial review at the last council meeting.
Among the four bidders was current contract holder National Serv-All and Whitley Environmental, current recycling contractor for the county.
Only Steve Smith, of Whitley Environmental, was present for the special meeting.
Each proposal included a three-year and a five-year option. However, Whitley Environmental offered a third choice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the recent conviction of former Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Detective Chuck Vogely for operating while intoxicated, some changes have been made in the department.
Second-shift Sergeant Jason Spencer is taking over Vogelyâ€™s position as detective.
On April 13, Vogely was arrested for drunk driving, and the sheriffâ€™s department has made a decision on the future of his career.
Vogely pleaded guilty to OWI April 15, and WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said after the court proceedings, disciplinary actions moved forward by the department.
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FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” A former University of Saint Francis athlete has been sentenced to a year in prison for his role in the rape of an incapacitated woman at a party.
Twenty-three-year-old Troy Turner apologized during an Allen County court hearing Wednesday during which he was sentenced on a sexual battery charge. An area newspaper reported Turner is the second of three men to be sentenced for the attack that happened after an alcohol-fueled house party in October 2011.
Former St. Francis football players Austin Bower and Alexander Beierwalter pleaded guilty to rape charges.
The Whitko High School Class of 2022 met for the first time Friday for the Pen Pal Picnic at Pierceton Park for the annual event.
Pictured are third graders from Mrs. Gawthropâ€™s class, Mrs. Kinneyâ€™s class and Mrs. Mohrâ€™s class at South Whitley Elementary School and Mr. Fitzsimmonsâ€™ class, Mrs. Garberâ€™s class and Mrs. Underhillâ€™s class at Pierceton Elementary School.
The students have been writing to each other all school year. They started with an introductory letter, then wrote a three-paragraph letter about what they had been doing, and ended with a postcard.
New officers were installed for the 2013-14 Whitley County Extension Homemakers May 14 at the Homemakers Spring Fling.
An apron theme was used to install the officers.
Pictured, from left, are Treasurer Sharon Hesting, Vice President Ema Lou Rose, Secretary Shelia Schilling and President Barbara Overdeer.