April 18th, 2013
John Riley Hicks, 77, of Larwill, passed away at 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his daughterâs home in Warsaw. He departed this life to be with the Lord and his beloved deceased wife, Wilma. Born Sept. 29, 1935, in Prestonburg, Ky., he was the oldest son of Ell and Allie (Shepard) Hicks.
College and career coaching was offered to students from all three Whitley County high schools yesterday. The event was part of a state-wide initiative, College Success Coalition. Connecting students with community leaders, education representatives and career coaches, the day was geared to help high school juniors make better choices.
BOSTON (AP) â Investigators poring over photos and video from the Boston Marathon have an image of a potential suspect in the deadly bombing but do not know his name and have not questioned him, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.
The news came with Boston in a state of high excitement over a possible breakthrough in the case and conflicting information over whether a suspect was in custody. Police and reporters converged on the federal courthouse in the afternoon.
CHURUBUSCO â A dominating performance by Churubuscoâs boysâ track team and a solid win by the girlsâ squad gave both Eagle teams wins over visiting Northeast Corner Conference foe Fremont. The boysâ team broke the century mark, racking up 119 points to 12 for the visitors, while the girlsâ squad posted a 75-55 win on a cold blustery night.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Churubusco man, who was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine with his brother, received the same sentence as his sibling in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Ben Greer, 30, was arrested in November on six meth-related charges. He pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine and, as part of a plea agreement, the other counts were dismissed.
Greer was sentenced to 10 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections, with eight to serve and two suspended. His brother Andrew received the same sentence, except his will be served at the Whitley County Jail.
BOSTON â âI didnât comprehend what was going on.â
Shelby Krider, 2003 Columbia City High School graduate, was across the street from the first explosion during the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon.
âMy friends and I go to the marathon every year,â Krider said. âWe know a few people who are charity runners, and we were waiting for them to come to the finish line.â
Krider said she was in the stands on Boylston Street, near the finish line, when she heard the blast.
CHURUBUSCO â Residents of Whitley Countyâs Smith Township and Noble Countyâs Green Township saw their property taxes increase from last year to this year.
This was due in part to the building project currently underway at Smith-Green Community Schools.
Since tax reports sent to residents only show tax rates from the previous year, what they may not have realized is their rate did not go higher than the rate in 2011.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Remembrance, awareness and prevention were key focal points at last nightâs candlelight vigil held at the Whitley County Courthouse.
Residents from across the county gathered at the Courthouse to remember and pray for children affected by abuse and neglect.
Pinwheels and battery-operated candles were passed out to those present. That state of Indiana designated April 16 as an annual remembrance day, and being that this was the first year, participation from all counties was encouraged.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs girls tennis team made quick work of Whitley County rival Churubusco Monday night.
The host Columbia City team took a definitive 5-0 win.
Celine Rongos set the tone for Columbia City, topping her âBusco opponent, Cheyenne Conner, by a 6-0, 6-0 score.
In No. 2 singles, Kennedy Slavicek beat Churubuscoâs Audrey Gierscher 6-1, 6-0.
The No. 3 singles match was slightly more competitive, as Churubuscoâs Madi Cook put up a 6-4, 6-4, fight against the winning Lauren Rivas.
COLUMBIA CITY â Ryan Kerschner hit a grand slam, but it still took extra innings for Columbia City to beat Churubusco Monday.
Columbia City defeated âBusco by a final of 6-5 in eight innings.
Kerschner may have had the big blast, but it was Jordan Bickle who had the winning one, doubling in the bottom of the eighth to bring home Travis Herbst and end the game.
The grand slam came in the bottom of the first inning and gave Columbia City a 4-1 lead. Churubusco had scored in the top of the first off of a sacrifice hit by Brent Simmons, which scored Logan Harris.