September 28th, 2012
CLAYTON, Mo. â€” A former Columbia City resident will be sentenced Monday in a Missouri court for stealing at least $25,000 from a trust designed to protect the assets of his parents.
Larry G. Mueller, 62, is scheduled to be in St. Louis County Circuit Court in Clayton, Mo. at 8:45 a.m. Monday on a charge of theft, a Class B felony.
The charge is for the theft of more than $25,000, but those close to the case estimate the alleged crime involved more money.
Mark Alan Runyan, 51, of Albion, passed away at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne at 10:40 a.m.
Born on October 18, 1960, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of James F. and Mary J. (Albert) Runyan.
He lived in Fort Wayne all of his life until 2004, when he moved to High Lake.
He graduated from Wayne High School with the class of 1980.
He was disabled for many years. He loved his cat Snowball, was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing cards.
Geraldine Frankle, 93, of Warsaw, passed away at 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.
On July 17, 1919, she was born in Akron to London and Florence (Bunnell) Imhoff.
She married John Frankle Jan. 6, 1942, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. John preceded her in June 13, 1985.
She has been a resident of Warsaw since 1948. She graduated from South Bend Beauty School. Geraldine was a piano teacher for more than 50 years, retiring in 1999.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the Election Supervisor Jessica Hockemeyer, absentee voting hours will soon be available to registered voters at the courthouse.
â€śThere is in office voting, voting by mail and a traveling board,â€ť said Hockemeyer.
The hours for absentee voting at the clerkâ€™s office, located in the courthouse at Room 18 on the second floor, are Oct. 9-12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 15 to Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Dazzlers is a special needs cheerleading team in its second season.
Coach Vanessa Bills decided to offer cheerleading to special needs students so they can â€śexperience the uniform.â€ť
The cheerleaders have various disabilities and varying degrees of speech and movement capabilities. Bills said that there are some challenges when working a cheer routine around those handicaps, but the participants grow in confidence and become more vocal and more mobile.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Columbia City/South Whitley utility agreement close to finalization, Columbia City officials said they are looking forward to providing contracted electrical support to the town.
â€śEverything is worked out and everybody seems happy,â€ť said Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone at Tuesdayâ€™s Columbia City Common Council meeting.
â€śSo we are responsible for South Whitleyâ€™s maintenance assuming they agree. All indications are they want to get this completed.â€ť
Steven Wayne Mort, 50, of Pierceton, passed away at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at South Bend Memorial Hospital as the result of an automobile accident. He was born on April 6, 1962, in Columbia City, the son of Rex D. and Mary Jane (Tenney) Mort.
He spent his lifetime in the Pierceton area graduating from Whitko High School with the class of 1981, where he excelled in basketball, baseball and football.
LaWontta â€śSueâ€ť Hively Weeks, 70, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Sue was a resident of Claypool where she resided with her husband, Larry Weeks, who survives.
She was born on April 12, 1942, in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Thomas A. and Georgia M. (Kelham) Hively.
She spent her formative years growing up on their dairy farm and enjoying her horse, Buttons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Autumn Art Festival was held earlier in September around the courthouse square with vendors and patrons commenting on the success of the event.
Trudy Miller-Longhenry has been the eventâ€™s coordinator for seven years. After this yearâ€™s festival, Miller-Longhenry â€śpassed the paintbrushâ€ť to the Whitley County Humane Society.
â€śI will still be involved next year. Iâ€™ll be behind the scenes,â€ť said Miller-Longhenry. â€śI want to see the festival succeed, so I am willing to help them out.â€ť
GROVERTOWN â€” A former Whitko High School athlete and Pierceton resident was killed Wednesday on his way to see a PGA golf event.
Steve Mort, 50, died at 9:59 a.m. at South Bend Memorial Hospital following a collision with a semi hauling a wind turbine propeller. Mortâ€™s brother, Tim, was also involved in the crash.
The vehicle Mort was in failed to stop and lodged underneath the trailer of the semi and both brothers were trapped inside their vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency crews.