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December 21st

WONDERLY SENTENCED: Man accused in death of baby girl gets 10 years

December 21, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who was arrested on drug charges and accused of neglecting a dependent will serve 10 years behind bars.
Travis A. Wonderly, who along with Janel M. Creech was blamed for the death of Creech’s 5-month-old daughter, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to manufacturing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
On Monday, Wonderly was sentenced by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to 10 years in prison, to be fully served.
A Jan. 3 incident occurred resulting in the death of five-month old Taylor Creech.

SMITH-GREEN SCHOOLS: CES touts collaboration

December 21, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Teachers at Churubusco Elementary School will combine talents with seven other schools for an evening of development to begin the new year in education.
CES Principal Shellie Miller announced the Indiana Department of Education will be in attendance on the Professional Resources learning event on Jan. 19 at CES.
“This is a proactive way for all of us to gain more insight on our ever-changing educational programs,” said Miller.
In other school news:
•Churubusco Junior Senior High School had a jeans drive that raised $500 for a local family.

BREAKING NEWS: City department heads announced

December 21, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City will have a new police chief beginning in 2012.
Det. Tim Longenbaugh, a former Columbia City Common Council member and 15-year veteran of the city’s police force, was named by Mayor-elect Ryan Daniel to replace current Chief Mike Petersen.
Longenbaugh represents the city’s only new department head.
“After a fairly lengthy application and interview process, I have chosen eight individuals who have the skill set and proactive foresight to lead these departments,” said Daniel.

December 20th

DEERSLAYERS: Indiana park deer hunts make inroads on Hoosier habitat recovery

December 20, 2011

Controlled deer hunts at state park properties are achieving the intended result of habitat recovery, but analysis of information collected this year indicates deer numbers remain above desired levels at many locations, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Volunteer hunters harvested 1,546 deer during four days of controlled hunts at 21 state parks in November.

That’s only the 10th highest total in 18 years of state park hunts, but resource biologists say harvest numbers alone have limited value in determining success.

EXCLUSIVE: Santa reveals last chances to see him in Columbia City before he makes his big road trip 'round the world

December 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – Hours to visit Santa Claus in his cottage on the Whitley County Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City have been established for coming days.
The Jolly Old Elf’s cottage is located on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square. Assistants will be on hand to snap photos and they will be available for purchase.
Hours this Friday are 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and Christmas Eve Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

POLY-WOOD IN SYRACUSE: Outdoor furniture manufacturer to grow in Kosciusko County

December 20, 2011

SYRACUSE - Poly-Wood, Inc., a manufacturer of outdoor furniture, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2015.

The company will invest $2.78 million to expand production operations and purchase a 25,000 square-foot facility and add a 35,000 square-foot addition on the company's current Kosciusko County campus. The new production operations, which include plastic lumber extrusions and furniture manufacturing, are slated to be operational later next year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS: $100,000 grant awarded to Passages, Inc.; 21 additional non-profits benefit Whitley County Community Foundation

December 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – The Whitley County Community Foundation awarded one of its largest grants ever Monday afternoon.
Passages, Inc. was awarded $100,000 to convert the former Lehmberg Medical Building on North Oak Street into a state-of-the-art Creative Learning Center designed to provide optimal services to Passages’ clients.

December 19th

SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS: Rostochak to serve 25 years of three-decade sentence for molesting

December 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A former Richland Township fire captain will serve 25 years of a 30-year sentence for child molesting.
Ronald. A Rostochak, a former Richland Township fire captain, appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday after a 12-member jury found him guilty of child molesting, a class A felony, on Nov. 17.
His fate was in the hands of Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, who sentenced him to 30 years in prison, with 25 years to serve.
Rostochak was originally charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child molesting.

ABOVE THE TREE TOPS: Bald eagle spotted

December 19, 2011

An American bald eagle flies above the treeline Monday around noon near a wooded area at the vicinity of CR 150 N. between Johson Road and CR 550 East.

BILL PATRICK: Former Whitko hoops coach afforded distinguished honor

December 19, 2011

Former Whitko basketball Coach Bill Patrick, right, was inducted to the school's Wall of Fame Friday night. The Hall of Fame coach was presented a memento of the induction by current Whitko Coach Rob Irwin.

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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