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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.

CHRISTMAS WEEK SIGHTING: Bald eagle spotted in Whitley County northeast of Columbia City

December 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A bald eagle was spotted between CR 550 E and Johnson Road on CR 150 N Monday at mid-day. It wasn't a partridge in a pear tree, but it was a visual Christmas present for those who observed it.

Rural Columbia City yard glows brightly

December 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Gene and Sandy Hoover have been lighting up their property on Airport and Etna roads for the holidays since 1997. The display that covers nearly one acre gets bigger and better each year.
Gene begins the annual ritual during the last week of October.
It takes a lot of extension cords and when in storage it takes two 40-gallon totes to store them.
The Hoovers store the hundreds of displays and lights in the walk-in attic over their two-car garage. But Gene ran out of room in the attic and had to buy a 10’ x 10’ storage shed.

County deputies nab two men after drug deal

December 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Two area men were arrested Saturday after a drug deal in northwest Whitley County.
At approximately 2 p.m., Noah Beck, 24, of Warsaw and Robbie Ramsey, 29, of Yoder, were arrested by Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputies after a citizen complaint of possible drug activity.
According to a press release from the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office, the informant alleged that a large cash transaction had occurred and that such transactions had occurred on prior occasions.

Patrick enshrined in Whitko's Wall of Fame

December 19, 2011

Former Whitko Head Basketball Coach Bill Patrick, right, was inducted in Whitko’s Wall of Fame Friday night. He is presented a memento of the induction by Whitko Head Coach Rob Irwin. Patrick, current head coach at Tippecanoe Valley, brought his team of Vikings to South Whitley to pick up a win against his former team, in the gym he spent 24 years coaching in.
As a Whitko coach, Patrick was 19-3 against Tippy Valley.
In 2008, Patrick was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

December 18th

PATRIOTIC PUPILS: A daily duty thoroughly enjoyed

December 18, 2011

Doing their daily American and Hoosier duty are Andrew Hall and Rylee Gardner. Each day these fourth-grade students at South Whitley Elementary School raise the United States and Indiana flags and every day they lower them. Hall and Gardner have learned the proper way to fold the flags. They both feel honored to do this task, they said.

WHITLEY GOP coup: Congressional leader, gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence to keynote Lincoln Day Dinner here

December 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, a Republican candidate for governor and national political figure, has been secured as the keynote speaker for the Whitley County Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at a date to be determined, according to Matt Boyd, Whitley County GOP chairman.
Further details will be announced later.
“This is an honor to be hosting one of the few principled congressmen we have,” said Boyd.

December 16th

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: Keith and Frances Nicodemus will celebrate seven decades of bliss on Christmas Day

December 16, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — He took one look at her and knew she was going to be his bride.
What Keith Nicodemus didn’t know was that Frances would be his bride for 70 years.
Keith and Frances were skating at the Happy Valley Roller Rink in Columbia City but didn’t know each other.
“I was with Eldon Anderson and I told him that girl was going to be my wife,” said Keith.
Eldon told him he was crazy.

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