January 28th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The number of students across the state using the free and reduced-price lunch program is on the rise, and area schools are no exception.
More than 31 percent of Whitley County students needed help getting a meal in 2013, down from 32 percent in 2012. Even though Whitley County had a lower percentage of students in the program compared to other Indiana Counties, the percentage is drastically on the rise compared to 2009 when the percentage was less than 25 percent.
Patrick Ryan Wesseler, 31, of Straughn, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born June 17, 1982, in Richmond, to Jamie and Susan (Singer) Wesseler.
Patrick graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 2001 and received his bachelors degree in communications from the University of Southern Indiana in 2006.
He was a well known on-air radio personality, most recently as â€śBig Pâ€ť on Evansville radio 103GBF. Patrick enjoyed competing in martial arts, watching movies, and writing stories and screenplays.
Lucille L. Lickey Staples, 97, formerly of Columbia City, died Sunday morning, Jan. 26, 2014, at Munroe Regional Hospital in Ocala, Fla.
She was born Jan. 17, 1917, in Washington Township, a daughter of Harmon and Opal (Miller)Lickey. Lucille graduated from Washington Center High School in 1937.
On March 27, 1938, she was united in marriage to William Donald Staples at the Eberhard Lutheran Church. They always made their home in Columbia City including their summer home at Big Cedar Lake. In 1984, they began spending their winters in Florida. Mr. Staples died April 1, 1988.
Harold E. â€śBussâ€ť Alexander, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Parkview Oaks where he was admitted on Nov. 27, 2013.
He was born April 10, 1931, in Whitley County, a son of Harry C. and Beulah B. (Juillerat) Alexander. His formative years were spent in Washington Township. He completed his education at Washington Center High School.
In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Africa and Greenland during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954 with a Medal of Valor.
Kevin Mark Grant, 60, a resident of South Whitley, died at 7:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, where he had been a patient for the past two weeks.
He was born on Jan. 25, 1954, in Battle Creek, Mich. a son of the late Elmer Leon and Elsie May (Edwards) Grant.
Katie Bolander, 10, of Columbia City, sleds near her house after the snow fell Saturday. Cold temperatures are in the forecast for the remainder of the week with a chance of snow showers throughout.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Whitley County EMA advises that the travel warning level expired at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The travel restrictions level remains in effect until further notice, which means essential travel only.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of dealing prescription drugs will have a bench trial Tuesday in Whitley County Circuit Court, winter weather permitting.
Carrie L. Hammons, 37, of Columbia City, was arrested in late June of 2013 and given two charges of dealing in a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance. Her bench trial Tuesday will begin at 9 a.m. Her attorney is Robert W. Love.
Regardless of bitter cold temperatures and inches upon inches of snow, postal carriers push through the winter weather to deliver mail to Whitley County residents. Pictured, Troy Jagger, a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, delivers mail on Washington Street in Columbia City Saturday. Sunday, the price of stamps increased to 49 cents to cover what the department says is a growing revenue loss for letter and mail delivery.
ALBION â€” Cornerstone Christian School has announced the second quarter Honor Roll. The Pastorâ€™s Honor Roll is between 94 to 100 percent of the children.
Second & third graders
Fourth & fifth graders