August 1st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A mother and son accused of selling chemicals to make methamphetamine pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
Melodie Meyer, 39, and Robert Barnett 22, both of Columbia City, were arrested July 24 for unlawful sale of a precursor and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
Both crimes are Class D felonies, which carry a minimum period of 6 months of incarceration and a maximum sentence of three years.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will be selecting a new member for its Board of Trustees Monday.
WCCS will hold a work session Monday at 5:30 p.m. At that time, potential board members will be interviewed and a decision is expected.
A vacancy came up for the WCCS board when board member Chris Bechtold resigned to take a teaching position in the district. Teachers in the district are not permitted to be board members.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With summer ending and a new school year soon to begin, high school marching bands are starting to rehearse.
Whitko Marching Pride, with about 30 members for the 2013-14 school year, has been working on their show this week, and will continue next week during the annual band camp.
The camp is dedicated to the learning the yearâ€™s marching band showâ€”the music and drillâ€”for eight hours a day, every day, usually for a week.
Three pieces of music, which run for a total of about seven minutes, must be memorized by the band members.
iming to provide more job opportunities for those with a criminal history, took effect in Indiana July 1.
House Enrolled Act 1482 was designed for individuals to have criminal convictions removed from their record. One hope accompanying the law was to increase potential employment for those with a criminal record.
However, according to Whitley County Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl, it is not the content of the law, but the implementation, that has been a problem during its first month on the books.
South Line Street has been closed for several projects this summer. Water main work is being done below the surface, and above ground work is being done on sidewalks, curbs and repaving the street. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the street will be closed intermittently between now and the end of August. The mayor hoped the project would be finished before the end of the month, but some of the work is dependent on contractor schedules, so he was unsure of a finish date. â€śWe know this can be frustrating for our residents,â€ť Daniel said.
Barbara J. Bloemker nee Denzel, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Barbara served more than 30 years as a volunteer and past president of the Parkview White Cross Auxiliary,
She enjoyed crafts, making candy and baked goods to share with others.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An event to support The Lighthouse Shelter has been slated for a new date.
Originally the Day On the Lake tour of Loon Lake was planned for Aug. 17 at 3 p.m., but due to a conflict in scheduling, the event has been moved to Aug. 10 at 4 p.m.
In addition to the date change, the pricing has been adjusted as well.
What was originally a $35 per person excursion is now $25 per person.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Various colleges and university honored Whitley County students for their academic success.
Recognition went to:
Ellen L. Hazelet, daughter of Bruce and Kathleen Hazelet, 3651 S. Washington Rd, Columbia City, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deansâ€™ list for the spring semester 2012-13. She is a sixth year majoring in pharmacy.
The deansâ€™ list includes students who attain a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 grading system.
Anna Bulmahn, who played for Churubuscoâ€™s girls tennis team last spring, takes advantage of nice weather Tuesday to hit the ball around at Churubuscoâ€™s town park.
This week is the IHSAAâ€™s official moratorium week, and no organized sports are allowed to practice until Monday.
M. Irene Smith, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday July 30, 2013, at Millers Merry Manor.
Born Aug. 28, 1921, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Avery M. and Florence (Kiser) George.
She attended Grace Elementary School and graduated from Jefferson Center High School with the Class of 1940.
Irene was a lifelong Whitley County resident, worked on the family farm and was also a homemaker. She was a member of the Oak Grove Church of God in Columbia City.