February 7th, 2011
Back in November the plans were simple for Rob Irwin.
As head coach, it was his only purpose to get the state ranked Whitko Wildcats to a sectional championship and possibly much more.
Within the last two weeks, that purpose got benched and the focus was turned to another battle for Irwin — one that came off the court.
COLUMBIA CITY — Last week the Indiana high school basketball schedule took nearly a week off due to heavy amounts of snow fall.
Monday, Columbia City boys’ basketball had no trouble keeping pace with the top teams in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Entering the night, the Eagles remained in a two-way tie for second-place with non-other than the opponent coming to town, Norwell.
A game honoring seniors Ben Murphy and Tyler Mosher turned into a sophomore’s game for Columbia City.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A two-car collision on U.S. 33 near CR 650 East Saturday left six injured and a baby unharmed.
Authorities arrived at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday to the scene with five people trapped in their cars and one unconscious.
Four people were transported from the scene with incapacitating injuries, according to police reports.
According to Sergeant Mike Engle of the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, a Chevrolet Trailblazer was eastbound on U.S. 33 and lost control due to poor road conditions.
FORT WAYNE â€” Steel Dynamics, Inc. will host U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Ro Khanna today at the companyâ€™s corporate office in Fort Wayne.
The companyâ€™s Structural and Rail Division is located in Whitley County east of Columbia City.
Khanna will be on hand at the corporate headquarters to present the Department of Commerce Export Achievement Certificate to SDI Chairman and CEO Keith Busse.
The award is to be presented in recognition of the companyâ€™s growth of its export sales.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Current Indiana law requires county councils to approve the wording of local ballot referendums before residents can vote for or against raising property taxes to increase school operating budgets.
State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) said this state law often forces local elected officials â€” who may personally oppose the referendum â€” to appear on-record in support of property tax increases.
Banks, a former Whitley County Council member, said he plans to change that.
Rose Marie Fry, 73, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Jan. 4, 1938 in Huntington, she was the daughter of James W. and Christina E. (Baker) Lindsey.
Mildred D. Burns, 93, of Columbia City, died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at The Oaks Living Center where she had been a resident since Feb. 17, 2010.
She was born Oct. 27, 1917 in Noble County, a daughter of Charles and Nora (Stover) Rigel. She was educated in the Green Center School and later Columbia Township School after her family moved to Whitley County.
Louis E. Wuellner, 82, of Tri-Lakes, died Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital.
Born to Edgar and Gertrude (Lichtsinn) Wuellner in Indianapolis, he graduated from Butler University in 1951, and served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant JG. He worked at RCA in Pennsauken, N.J. and Marion. He retired from ITT in Fort Wayne after 29 years of service.
Harold James Morgan, Sr., 82, of Columbia City, went to walk with his Lord Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Born Dec. 6, 1928 in Green Bay, Wis., he was a son of the late Raymond and Clara Meyers Morgan.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Additional charges have been filed against a couple arrested for alleged drug offenses earlier this year.
Janel M. Creech, 36, and Travis A. Wonderly, 21 were charged Jan. 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related offenses in connection with a Jan. 3 incident that resulted in the death of Creechâ€™s 5-month-old baby girl.
On Friday, Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler filed an additional charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death against both suspects. The charge is a Class A felony.