January 9th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A woman accused of felony neglect of a dependent in connection with a local sex abuse case pleaded guilty this week in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Joy D. Hughes, 38, of Kendallville, was to stand trial next week, but pleaded guilty to child neglect by abandonment, a Class C felony.
Hughes will be sentenced Feb. 3. Her attorney is Brad Baber.
According to a representative from the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office, Hughes agreed to a plea arrangement which gives her a fixed period of incarceration of five years.
â€˘ War veterans - 10 a.m.
The Korean War Veterans Association IN Chapter One will meet Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Eagles #248, 4940 Bluffton Rd. in Fort Wayne.
Lunch will be served after the meeting. Friends and spouses are always welcome and urged to come.
â€˘ Patriots meeting - 7 p.m.
An informative meeting is planned to help the community sort out health care options.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Area elected officials are anxiously waiting to hear how legislators at the Indiana Statehouse will respond to Gov. Mike Penceâ€™s plan to eliminate a certain tax.
Extinguishing Indianaâ€™s Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT) is one item on the agenda for lawmakers this session. The tax is placed on business equipment and machinery, and generates more than $3 million each year across the county and more than $1 billion annually for the state.
From the county
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Columbia City High School has flooded several times in the past five years due to rain, the school flooded again Wednesday, but this time for a different reason.
A six-inch water main broke, partially flooding the basement of CCHS Wednesday morning.
Though school was closed due to poor road conditions from Sundayâ€™s snow storm, custodial staff were still at the school, and Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor said personnel caught the problem.
Jack LeRoy Kneller, age 88, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:46 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home.
Born Sept. 9, 1925, in Columbia City, he was the son of Lester D. and Demaris (Hosler) Kneller.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County and attended Columbia City High School.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On Feb. 14, 1948, he married Carol â€śDarleneâ€ť Miller in Syracuse. He retired from State Farm Insurance Company. He was a former member of American Legion Post 98, Columbia City, and currently was a member of Post 253, North Webster.
Mary Boone, 90
Dec. 22, 1923 â€” Jan. 5, 2014
Mary Deborah Boone, 90, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born Dec. 22, 1923, in Sharpsville, she was the daughter of James Irvin and Rose Adeline (Gossett) Davis.
Mrs. Boone was raised in Kokomo, but spent most of her adult lifetime in Terre Haute and moved to Columbia City to be with her daughter in 2012.
Neil Edward Stahl, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. Born Sept. 9, 1928, in Wells County, he was the son of Howard and Lida (Hoover) Stahl. He grew up in Ossian and lived most of his adulthood at Tri-Lakes. In 1950, Neil married Marie Katherine Hines in Ossian.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor, Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Sherriff have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.
A â€śWATCH Level 2 Travel Advisoryâ€ť has been issued at 5pm until further notice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Advanced Disposal will make one pass only throughout the Columbia City Jan. 25 beginning at 6 a.m. to pick up discarded Christmas Trees. Residents are asked to have trees out by the curb for pickup.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three days after Winter Storm Ion came to the area, road conditions were still poor in Whitley County Wednesday morning, as there were several reported crashes and slide-offs.
â€śPeople think they have traction and the road is glazed in ice,â€ť Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said. â€śItâ€™s been so cold they canâ€™t use salt to help break up ice.â€ť
Gatton said the Sheriffâ€™s Department had eight reported slide-offs from 4:30 to 8:30 a.m.