November 15th, 2012
SOUTH WHITLEY â Kent Theater sits with a nearly perfect faĂ§ade at 220 S. State St. in South Whitley, but look behind the exterior and the theater is anything but perfect.
Upon a recent inspection of the site that once housed Turning Point Church, the former theater looked much the same as it did nine months ago when a fire gutted the theater, causing the roof to collapse Feb. 18.
Debris and rubble still cover the theater seating, while parts of the structure still display blackened walls.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High School senior Foster Eber wonât be watching football and eating turkey on Thanksgiving.
He will be part of an 86-year tradition â the Macyâs Thanksgiving Day Parade. Foster auditioned for the Macyâs Great American Marching Band after watching last yearâs parade.
Foster will leave Saturday to meet up with approximately 250 band members to rehearse for the parade. The marching band will perform two pieces during the event, âMoves Like Jagger,â and a jazz number entitled âLazy River.â
ALLEN COUNTY â Two men pleaded guilty to a marijuana-growing operation at Lake Everett â a mile northeast of the Whitley County line in Allen County.
Jason Bridges, 32, and Jarrod Vroom, 39, were arrested Sept. 8 in a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Allen County Drug Task Force and Indiana State Police, which uncovered more than 100 marijuana plants.
Allen Countyâs SWAT team raided Bridgesâ house and found the growing operation, along with an additional four pounds of marijuana.
Robert E. Phend, 83 of South Whitley, passed away at p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in his residence.
On Dec. 13, 1929, he was born in Columbia City, to Paul and Marie (Wysong) Phend.
He married Marjorie Johnson on July 11, 1953, who survives. Robert retired from International Harvester/Navistar in Fort Wayne.
Other surviving relatives include four children, Norma Schweigel of Columbia City; Michael E. (Sharon) Phend of Pierceton, Rebecca A. Phend of South Whitley and Rose E. Phend of South Whitley; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Daniel James Howard, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at his home. Born June 25, 1943, in Warsaw, he was the son of James Boyce and Helen Lucille (Fisher) Howard.
He graduated from Warsaw High School with the Class of 1961.
After graduation, he honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He earned an Associateâs degree from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis. On Sept. 5, 1965, he married Ouida Sue Crum in Kossuth, Miss.
Jill Rene (Kuckuck) Weeks, 58, of Columbia City, passed away Nov. 8, 2012, at her home.
She was born Sept. 24, 1954 in Whitley County, daughter of Edgar and Dorothy (Nierman) Kuckuck.
SOUTH WHITLEY â An error in the amount of $160,000 has caused South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey to scratch his head.
Clerk Treasurer Bob Gould informed the council at Tuesdayâs meeting of the error. âThere are erroneous numbers in the computer system that showed we had $160,000. We didnât have that money. I donât know where that dollar amount came from.â
Gould said when he discovered the error, funding categories needed to be redistributed and the $160,000 had to be deducted from various spending accounts.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council is reviewing an ordinance that may help to fill the old Scottâs building, located on the corner of Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive.
The council is working to offer incentives to promote growth in that area to aid businesses that might consider the building.
âThe building has been sitting vacant for five to six years now, and we know there is some very good potential for it,â said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitleyâs Town Council approved the minutes from its Oct. 25 meeting, where the council moved forward with the townâs new energy contract with Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
The contract will replace the existing relationship with Duke Energy, saving the town of South Whitley an estimated $110,000 a year.
In other council business, Waste Managementâs contract for sludge hauling is soon to be expired.