August 9th, 2013
Penny R. Linn, 50 of Pierceton, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
On Aug. 4, 1963, she was born to Paul and Pat (Lightfoot) Johnston in Warsaw. She was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County.
Penny was employed at DePuy until 2010 and then she was currently employed with Zimmer Inc. as an Assistant of Regulatory Affairs.
Richard ‚Äú Rich‚ÄĚ F. Taylor, 69, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at the Atwood Campground in Wolcottville.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Richard worked in the OEM aftermarket business department with Dana Corp for 43 years.
He was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. A Graduate of Parma Ohio High School and Kent State University. He enjoyed square dancing, the Saturday morning PBS TV shows, and loved spending time at the lake.
Dressers and nightstands were donated to Helpline of Whitley County by Super 8 Motel, Columbia City.
Helpline of Whitley County provides furniture and beds to those in need in the county.
Lennie Crosbie and Neil Cooper donated their trucks, trailers and time to assist in transporting the furniture to the Helpline barn at the Columbia City United Methodist Church. The furniture was made available as renovations were completed at the motel and the furniture was replaced with the building upgrades.
A golf cart was totaled when the top of a tree fell on it with people inside Wednesday at Crooked Lake Golf Course.
A storm blew in Wednesday evening, bringing straight-line winds that left many tree branches on the course.
No one was injured and Crooked Lake remains open for linksters.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Community Schools Transportation Director Keith Kohut is preparing to replace four buses in the district after approval from the Board of Trustees Monday.
Kohut was present at Monday‚Äôs meeting to inform the board that he was ready to obtain quotes for the buses, which are part of the district‚Äôs approved bus replacement plan.
All four buses are 13 years or older, including a handicap lift bus that has more than 160,000 miles on it.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Due to changes in enrollment, the budget for Smith-Green Community Schools is projected to be lower in 2014.
With the first day of school less than a week away, SGCS began work on its budget for the coming year.
Projected figures for 2014 are expected to be closer to expenditures, according to Todd Fleetwood, business manager for SGCS.
Fleetwood said the average daily membership (ADM), a headcount of students taken during the school year for the district, will be lower this year. SGCS will also receive fewer dollars per students it has.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A man who allegedly sold drugs in South Whitley had his first appearance in court Monday and pleaded not guilty.
Frank O. Hibbs, 60, of Liberty Mills, was arrested July 31 for two counts of dealing a Schedule II controlled substance.
Case reports state Hibbs allegedly made two drug deals in July, on the 2nd and the 31st. Both times, he sold to a confidential informant working for the Whitley County Drug Task Force.
The informant allegedly bought 40 pills of hydrocodone July 2 for $200 in South Whitley. A similar purchase was made July 31.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ An email blast went out to Whitley County‚Äôs Humane Society supporters last week stating Lindsay Pease, the shelter‚Äôs director at the time, was resigning.
Although the fact of Pease‚Äôs departure may have caught some followers off-guard, Mark Espich, Humane Society of Whitley County board president, said her decision to leave was given with plenty of notice.
Brian Busz (pictured) and Blane Culp placed third and fifth, respectively, in the wing class race at Miami County Speedway Saturday.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Heavy winds in a quick storm left extensive damage at a local golf course.
Crooked Lake Golf Course had several branches down, along with one tree, after a storm blew through Wednesday evening.
Even more miraculous, according to course owner Bill Schumaker, is that no one was injured.
‚ÄúThe worst part was that we had guys on the course in a cart have a top of a tree fall on them while they were in the cart,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThe cart was totaled, but they were fine.‚ÄĚ
Schumaker said he could not believe the men survived.