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March 4th, 2013

Karen Grover, 60

March 4, 2013

Karen Sue Grover, 60, of Leesburg, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. at her residence.
She was a resident of Kosciusko County for the past 33 years. She had worked for Zimmer, Inc. of Warsaw since 1979. At the time of her passing she was working as a Polymer Molder in the Knee Division.
Karen was born June 21, 1952, in Dayton, Ohio to Paul Edward Johnson and Ella Pearl Carnahan.

RESELECTED: County Republicans reorganize but with same leadership

March 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Republicans from Whitley County held a caucus for party reorganization Saturday.

Voting for party leaders only happens once every four years, so for Chairman Matt Boyd, this was a first.

After the votes were tallied, all positions remained the same. Laurell Hodges is vice-chairwoman, Neil Hanni is treasurer, Paul Zilz is secretary and Matt Boyd continues as the chairman.

“Thank you for all your support,” Boyd said. “This has been more work than I thought, but it’s been rewarding.”

Boyd applauded the efforts of those re-elected to their positions.

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMAN: Kauffman returns from DYW state program

March 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Corinne Kauffman, Whitley County’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2013, joined high school seniors from across Indiana for DYW’s state program.

The event was held Thursday and Friday night with a myriad of talent presentations, questions, interviews and other behind the scene opportunities for the contestants.

Kauffman was received by family and friends at a reception in her honor Sunday.

Held at the Whitley County Community Foundation, Kauffman shared her week’s experiences with her supporters.

SUPPORTING SCHOOLS: Region 8 provides educational services for area students

March 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School District’s Board of Trustees heard about regional benefits in its own backyard recently.

Joshua Wenning, executive director of Region 8 of the Education Service Center, explained to the board how this regional group supports local education.

WCCS is one of 45 member school districts from 14 counties in Region 8. The office is located in Decatur.

Wenning shared the benefits for instructors, such as development workshops. He also discussed advantages for districts, such as a pooling of substitute teachers.

Mildred Judd, 93

March 4, 2013

Mildred L. Judd, 93, a resident of South Whitley, died Saturday morning, March 2, 2013, at her home.
She was born April 8, 1919, in Huntington County, a daughter of the late Avery and Florence (Keiser) George.
As a small child, the family moved to Whitley County where she spent her formative years. She graduated from the Jefferson Center High School and then attended Grace College, Winona Lake.
On March 25, 1939, she was united in marriage to Lester A. Judd. They made their first home in Thorncreek Township. In early 1952, they moved to Cleveland Township.

Michael Rucker, 64

March 4, 2013

Michael E. Rucker, 64, formerly of Columbia City, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at his home in Noble County.
He was born September 10, 1948, in Wabash, a son of Cyrus E. and Margaret J. (Lynch) Rucker. He graduated from Wabash High School and Upper Wabash Vocational School.
On Nov. 24, 1982, he married Judy A. (Bunch) Farner. They made their home in Lagro a short time before moving to Columbia City. In 1999, they moved to Sevierville, Tenn. until February 2012.

CONFESSION: Ducharme’s partner admits guilt

March 4, 2013

PLANO, TEXAS — A man who was arrested with Duane DuCharme has confessed to conspiring to launder drug proceeds.

Jason Peebles was seen with DuCharme, a Whitley County businessman, in April. The pair was spotted by investigators outside a storage facility in Plano, Texas exchanging money. Peebles gave DuCharme $500,000 in cash.

DuCharme was picked up by investigators buying a shipping box at an office supply store later that day.

STATE CHAMPIONS: Kreiger wins first title

March 4, 2013

Canterbury’s girls basketball team won the Class 1A Indiana State Title Saturday in Terre Haute. The team has five Whitley County natives.

Pictured, Columbia City High School alumnus Scott Kreiger, former Canterbury girls head coach with four state titles, congratulates his father, Wayne Kreiger, former Columbia City girls coach, on his first state title win. Wayne is a first-year head coach for Canterbury.

State champions

March 4, 2013

Canterbury’s girls basketball team won the Class 1A Indiana State Title Saturday in Terre Haute. The team has five Whitley County natives, including Larwill’s Darby Maggard.

Pictured, Maggard reaches into the stands to hug her mother, Dee Dee, after earning her second state title as a sophomore. Maggard scored 11 points in Saturday’s championship game.

March 2nd

EMMA HINDBAUGH: A life cut short by cancer

March 2, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Graceful. Strong. Warm. Caring. These are words used to describe Emma Hindbaugh, of Columbia City, who passed away Jan. 8 at the age of 6.

Having battled cancer for more than three years, Emma was sick for half of her life, but that did not diminish the impact she had on those she came in contact with.

She attended Faith Christian Academy, Columbia City, where classmates and faculty held fundraisers to offset medical expenses and rallied around Emma to cheer her on in her fight.

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