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January 24th, 2013

John Walter, 59

January 24, 2013

John G. Walter, 59, a Columbia City native, died at 3:21 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born Dec. 19, 1953 in Columbia City a son of John M. “Jack” and Betty Jean (Strouse) Walter.
A lifelong resident of Columbia City until 2009, he graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
He was employed at Harvester, Essex, Don Ayres Trucking and Wal Mart.

EMERGENCY SURGERY: Gall bladder surgery for Ind. first lady interrupts Gov.'s plans

January 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After spending time in Columbia City Wednesday night, Ind. Gov. Pence cancelled a trip to southern Indiana and all appointments for Thursday.

The governor's office says Indiana first lady Karen Pence is having emergency gall bladder surgery Thursday after experiencing abdominal pain a day earlier.

Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks says Karen Pence is having the operation at an outpatient surgery center in Indianapolis. Brooks didn't immediately have other details about the surgery but expected to provide an update later Thursday.

REJECTION: Medical board turns down Dr. William Hedrick's settlement offer

January 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — A proposed settlement by Dr. William Hedrick was rejected by the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana in a hearing Thursday morning, according to area media.

Dr. Hedrick, of the Centers for Pain Relief in Northern Indiana, offered to give up his license to practice medicine for two years and voluntarily be on probation for four subsequent years.

Seven people died while under the care of Dr. Hedrick. He also reportedly billed Medicare $100 million between January 2010 and August 2012. Hedrick was paid out $7 million.

HOOPSTER ADVANCES: Lickey takes second at district

January 24, 2013

A local girl is moving on to the Indiana State Elks Hoop Shoot contest after placing second at district Saturday. Brooke Lickey (third from right) is the lone local hoopster to advance to state. Pictured, from left, Keaton Wilson, Peru Lodge; Brayden Bontrager, Kendallville Lodge; Branson Rheinhard, Bluffton Lodge; Brooke Lickey, Columbia City Lodge; Beth Stroop, Kendallville Lodge; Kelcie Thomson, Wabash Lodge.

GOVERNOR VISITS: Pence touts region at round table

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was in Columbia City Wednesday and touted his Roadmap for Indiana and praised regional economic activity at a business roundtable at Iotron Industries.

The governor complimented the northeast corner of Indiana, stating the region was a great example for the state.

FROSTY SUNRISE: Temps below 10 degrees

January 24, 2013

A colorful sunrise illuminates footprints in the snow in Whitley County Thursday morning. Though the sunrise looked warm, temperatures were below 10 degrees at 9 a.m. on Thursday. After several days of sub-freezing temperatures this week, relief is in sight, as temperatures are expected to reach 55 degrees Tuesday.

BUS BUY: WCCS to purchase five

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School Board of School Trustees approved the purchase of five new buses for the district at Monday’s meeting.

Total cost for the five buses was $339,698. There were three Starcraft activity buses purchased for $132,108 and two 78-passenger buses purchased for $207,590. The 78-passenger buses replace two 72-passenger buses that were 13 years old, and the three activity buses that were replaced were either 14 or 12 years old. Buses are not allowed to be traded in until they are at least 12 years old.

NEW OFFICER: CCPD hire in final steps

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Police Department is one step closer to hiring a new police officer.

Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh gave the update at Monday’s meeting of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety.

The board assisted the department in interviewing the final three candidates for the police officer position. The new officer will be the 18th member of the force and will fill the position of a departed officer.

Longenbaugh added that the police force would also like to add three reserve officers and is currently reviewing applications for those positions.

FINANCIAL STATUS: Treasurer updates commissioners

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s treasurer gave the county commissioners an update on finances at Tuesday’s meeting.

Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges came before the commissioners as they convened their annual Finance Committee meeting. Hodges gave financial information to the board on the county’s investments. The commissioners reviewed the county’s financial records and then unanimously voted to continue the current investment policies but to give Hodges latitude to work with the finances.

TODAY IN SPORTS

January 24, 2013

Here are the sports headlines in Thursday's issue:

Lickey takes second at district

No. 7 I.U. pulls away from Penn St.

'What would you do' Te'o tells Couric

Aldridge has 27 and Blazers beat Pacers

Latest NCAA scandal comes from headquarters

 

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