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May 14th, 2013

SENTENCED: Damron handed 10 years for meth

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Larwill woman received her sentence for a pair of meth-related crimes in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Stephanie Damron, 27, was sentenced to 10 years at Whitley County Jail, with six to serve and four suspended, for manufacturing methamphetamine and dealing in methamphetamine, both Class B felonies.

Damron pleaded guilty in April. As part of a plea agreement, four other charges from the same arrest in December were dismissed.

ANGEL: Memorial grows hope

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Honoring the departed with something living — that’s what family members came out to do Saturday at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Columbia City.

The garden is located in front of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home on Countryside Drive. However, it is maintained by Columbia City’s chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

After the death of their daughter, Betsy Jane, Ben and Betsy Gates founded the compassionate friends in 2001. Now the group works to support those who have lost family members with grief support and healing through group discussion and special events.

TAX INCREASE: County raises Cumulative Capital rate

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s County Council voted unanimously to raise the Cumulative Capital tax rate for next year.

Currently, the rate is 1.62 cents. The council approved raising the rate to three cents. With the increase, approximately $400,814 will be raised in property tax revenue. A large portion of the funds are set for bridge repair.

During discussion, Councilman Bill Overdeer discussed using an incremental increase over a period of years. However, immediate needs within the county’s facilities motivated the one-time increase.

May 13th

Spinning at the Market

May 13, 2013

Jan Meyers creates natural fiber yarn on her spinning wheel.

Meyers is one of more than 50 vendors at the Farmers Market held around the Whitley County Courthouse each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Truck hit by bullet while traveling I-65

May 13, 2013

BROOKSTON (AP) — Indiana State Police say troopers are investigating a pickup truck being shot while driving on Interstate 65 near Lafayette.

Police say three people were inside the truck when it was hit Sunday evening while northbound approaching the Indiana 18 interchange about 15 miles north of Lafayette.

No one was injured.

Police say the bullet went through the passenger-side door window and out the rear window behind the driver.

Market’s opening day

May 13, 2013

Deb Wade dressed as a World War I “donut girl” to commemorate the Salvation Army’s 76 anniversary in Whitley County.

“Donut girls” visited the front lines during the war to deliver the fried treats to servicemen as a way to show their support.

At the Farmers Market, Salvation Army representatives passed out free doughnuts as a way to show their gratitude for the county’s support of the nonprofit.

Wind farm to expand turbines: Success after Whitley Co. ordinance stifled construction

May 13, 2013

BLUFFTON (AP) — The developer of a proposed wind farm in northeastern Indiana is increasing the number of turbines it wants to install as part of a $336 million complex on about 37,000 acres of land.

Apex Wind Energy of Charlottesville, Va., will present its new design to local officials next month and says it expects construction to begin by the end of the year.

The design is a change from the 87 turbines on 18,500 acres that Apex initially proposed, an area newspaper reported.

Crash kills baby, injures 4 children

May 13, 2013

NOBLE COUNTY — An 8-month-old boy was killed and four other children were injured in a vehicle accident Saturday.

According to area media, the car crashed into a tree near the Noble-Elkhart County line Saturday when the driver swerved to miss an animal that ran out into the road.

The driver, Angelica Ibarra, 39, of Ligonier, was cited for not having a license and other violations.

Police said Ibarra drove straight through a curve, slid sideways and struck a tree on the rear passenger side of the vehicle.

Ibarra was not injured, but Gael Ibarra, 8 months, died from his injuries.

Lady Wildcats fall to Heritage

May 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Saturday dawned cold and damp, and the Whitko softball team had trouble warming up against the visiting Heritage Lady Patriots.

After working out of a first inning jam, the Lady Wildcats gave up seven runs in the top of the third inning. Despite a late-game effort the Lady Wildcats fell in a non-conference matchup by an 11-2 score.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, the Lady Patriots strung together two singles and a walk to load the bases against the home standing Lady Wildcats.

Col. City splits weekend matches

May 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s girls tennis team split two matches this weekend, beating Peru and falling to Mishawaka Marion.

The Lady Eagles took a strong 4-1 advantage over Peru, dropping their only loss in the No. 2 singles match.

Celine Rongos won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets. In No. 3 singles, Adriana Brown took a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

The No. 1 doubles pair of Macie Hinen and Sydney Ford took a 6-0, 6-2 win. Alaina Beckner and Breanna Hicks won the No. 2 doubles match by a 6-4, 6-2 score.

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