May 23rd, 2013
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority welcomed National Vice President Norma Roth, Zeta Chapter, to its May meeting.
The meeting was held in the home of Jerilyn Geiger.
Roth conducted inspection of the chapter. She distributed paper and pencils and asked members to write about three things.
First, she asked the group to think about the art that brought them into Sigma Eta. Second, she asked the group share its history or activity with that art.
Finally, she asked what experience has stood out concerning that art.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mary Raber Elementary Schoolâ€™s second-grade students invited first graders and kindergarteners to attend an Arbor Day program held recently at the school.
Parents and grandparents were invited to attend the celebration as well.
The event began with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel reading a proclamation declaring Arbor Day in Columbia City.
The second-grade students entertained the crowd with songs, poems and jokes concerning trees.
A benefit breakfast was recently held for Isaac Rentschler.
Pictured is Ian (center) accepting the proceeds from the breakfast on behalf of his brother, Isaac.
Appearing for the check presentation is his mother, Kristine.
Presenting the check on behalf of the Columbia Township Fire Department is Assistant Chief Michael Schrader.
NORTH WEBSTER (AP) â€” Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department F.A.C.T. team members have released the names of the four school bus drivers in yesterdayâ€™s crash along State Road 13 north of the town of North Webster.
A school bus slammed into the back of another one, setting off a chain-reaction crash involving four buses in northern Indiana, leaving about 50 middle and high students with non-serious injuries and one driver seriously injured.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Concerns have risen recently over the need for citizens to keep their yards free of junk and other debris.
The southeast part of Columbia City has been an area of concern for the enforcement of the cityâ€™s ordinance.
With residents coming before the Board of Works with arguments for and against the regulations, a neighborhood meeting will be held Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. to address the issue.
The meeting will be held at the Gospel Land Ministries Christian Center on 605 Douglas Ave.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Debates over public right of way were heard at Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Whitley County Commissioners.
Representatives from PDQ Workholding, LLC spoke of the desire of the company to dig fiber optic cable between two of its buildings to enhance communication between the two locations.
County Engineer Brandon Forrester expressed concern about the fiber cable being run underground in the public right of way.
â€śIf someone tears up the fiber, but itâ€™s in the public right of way, then whoâ€™s responsible?â€ť he asked, explaining the dilemma.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man already sentenced to jail time in Kosciusko County received his sentence in Whitley County Monday.
Jeremiah Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary and being a habitual felony offender, which allows for sentencing enhancements. He was sentenced to eight years for burglary, with a four-year enhancement for the habitual offender.
He received a 10-year sentence in Kosciusko for crimes in that county.