August 7th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â A banner year for cancer research was cause for celebration for Whitley Countyâs Relay for Life participants and chair persons.
After its annual event, held in June, the fundraiser exceeded its goal by $7,000 â raising a total $31,132.
Team leaders, volunteers and participants gathered last night to applaud the countyâs efforts and to brainstorm on the 2014 relay.
âI canât imagine doing this without you,â said Cathy Cronin, the eventâs chairman. âWords fail me. I canât thank you all enough. This was a fantastic year, and I am looking forward to next year.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A man who attempted to escape from the Whitley County Jail last year pleaded guilty Monday.
Charles E. Norris, 29, of Cromwell, was booked at the jail last November on a probation violation and other charges.
On Dec. 7, 2012, he attempted to escape from the jail. He used a shank â a make-shift knife made from the sharpened end of a toothbrush â and held it to the throat of another inmate.
Norris demanded the keys and said he would harm the other inmate. Jail officials refused to relent, and Norris was eventually subdued.
SYRACUSE â Columbia Cityâs girls golf team opened the fall sports season in Whitley County on the road against Wawasee Tuesday night at Maxwelton Golf Course.
With official practices beginning Friday, the Lady Eagles only had two practices to prepare for their first match, falling to the Lady Warriors in a 20-stroke match, 197-217.
Macenzie Lane led the Lady Eagles, shooting a 49, followed by Cheyenne Johnson who scored a 56.
Allison Yoder shot a 58 and Sydney Ford finished off varsity scoring with 62 strokes.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools board members had the opportunity to meet the candidates aspiring to fill a vacant seat at their meeting Monday.
The board position opened up after former member, Chris Bechtold, resigned due to his new position as a teacher within the district. The newly-appointed board member will be voted in at the next WCCS board meeting, and will finish out Bechtoldâs term â through Dec. 31, 2014.
COLUMBIA CITY â A cause of death has been determined for an Albion man who died at Steel Dynamics Inc. Monday night.
First responders were called to the factory, located south of U.S. 30 between County Roads 700 and 800 East, for an injured man, Jeffery A. Flory, 44, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday.
Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger determined after an autopsy Tuesday that he died from blunt force trauma, with multiple internal injuries.
Though details of Floryâs death arenât availble, Dellinger said the death was determined to be accidental.
Twenty children attended Summer Art Camp at the Peabody Public Library last week.
The children spent half of the class outdoors exploring and observing the wetland area behind the library. The other half was spent inside drawing plants and animals that can be found in and around ponds.
During the week, the children learned to draw moths, treefrogs, woodchucks, Northern water snakes and thistles. The class was instructed by Joni Walker.
HUNTINGTON â Brian Menzie, of Pierceton, has been named a Huntington University student ambassador for the 2013-14 school year.
These Front Line Foresters will serve by hosting Foundation Breakfasts, participating in Prayer Ministry luncheons, hosting Homecoming and Family Weekend events, welcoming the Board of Trustees to meetings and showing appreciation to donors with thank you calls and letters.
COLUMBIA CITY â Children are getting ready to go back to school, but for Whitley County kids, there was a chance for some summer fun before the school bell rings.
A block party was held by churches and organizations throughout the county to bring the community together for one more summer function.
In addition to face painting, sno cones, cupcakes and games, children could receive free school supplies.
Whitley Countyâs Salvation Army has collected and distributed school supplies for seven years.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Noble County man perished in a fatal industrial accident at Steel Dynamics Inc. late Monday evening.
According to the Whitley County Coronerâs Office of F. Randall Dellinger, the deceased victim was identified as Jeffery A. Flory, age 44, of Albion.
The accident happened Monday night at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the Whitley County complex of Steel Dynamics Inc., located at 2800 S. 800 E, east of Columbia City.
The complete cause and manner of death is to be determined pending an autopsy, noted the office of the coroner. The investigation is continuing.
Hannah Reid, of Columbia City, swam this past weekend in the Fort Wayne City Championships Swim Meet at Helen P. Brown Natatorium.
She took first place in the 11-12 girls age group.
She placed first in the 50-yard free, first in the 100-yard individual medley, and third in the 50 butterfly.
She swam for Summer Swim Club at Arlington Park in Fort Wayne this summer.