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February 8th, 2013

IN MEMORY: Family bonds are thicker than blood

February 8, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley United Methodist Church hosted an American Red Cross (ARC) Blood Drive Wednesday in memory of Ellie Olivia Walter and Emma Grace Hindbaugh.

“They are now angels in Heaven with wings to carry our prayers to God,” said event coordinators. “Ellie and Emma both passed away too soon.”

Ellie passed away at 3 months old and Emma was 6 years old.

Cory and Brittany (Waybright) Hindbaugh are the parents of Emma. Surviving grandparents are Larry and Deb Waybright and Ron and Janet Hindbaugh.

Marc and Brooke (Weber) Walter are the parents of Ellie.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Education is ongoing for Hoffman

February 8, 2013

Editor’s note: During the next few weeks, The Post & Mail will be highlighting several graduates from Whitley County that were once deemed “Leaders of Tomorrow” in a 2007 special publication.

COLUMBIA CITY — Adam Hoffman, a 2008 Columbia City High School graduate, was named a Leader of Tomorrow in 2007.

Hoffman was one of 19 students recognized as future leaders. At the time, he was a junior and was in the beginning stages of his psychology education.

Mildred Sweeden, 82

February 8, 2013

Mildred L. Sweeden, 82, of South Whitley, died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her home of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 27, 1930, in White Pine, Tenn., a daughter of Arthur C. and Flora J. (Mattox) Coleman. Her formative years were spent in Tennessee.
On Oct. 3, 1949, she married J.T. Sweeden. They made their home in Windfall before moving to Summitville. Mr. Sweeden died May 14, 1978.
She was employed at Kraft Foods in Summitville, Chamberlin Products in South Whitley and retired from Seamco in South Whitley with more than 10 years of service.

Leona Uptgraft, 83

February 8, 2013

Leona M. Uptgraft, 83, a resident of Merriam and widow of William A. Uptgraft, passed away at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.
Mrs. Uptgraft was born April 20, 1929, in Allen County, a daughter of Earl and Mary (Harter) Geiger.
Surviving relatives include her six children; two daughters-in-law; three brothers; three sisters; 24 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.

PRESSLER CASE: Paternity test requested

February 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Prosecutor’s Office has issued a warrant for a DNA test in a sexual abuse case.

Dean Pressler was arrested in late December on multiple counts of sexual assault to a minor.

Case reports indicate the alleged victim had two children during the period of the alleged crimes. She stated Pressler was the father of both children, which include a child born in April of 2012 and June of 2010.

Pressler already gave a DNA sample for the younger child. He then asked that sample not be used to determine paternity of the older child.

February 7th

GROWING BUSINESS: 80/20 considers expansion, 25 new jobs

February 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Council approved a tax abatement for a potential business expansion Tuesday.

80/20, of Columbia City, was awarded the tax abatement for a potential building project. The abatement will apply for real estate ($5.5 million) and personal property ($1.3 million) and will span 10 years, if the company goes forward with the project.

By approving the tax abatement, 80/20 will receive certain tax breaks that would make the expansion more feasible for the company.

4-H — FROM HOBBY TO CAREER: Jeremiah Geiger works to make most of farming

February 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man is hoping to turn a hobby into something much more.

Jeremiah Geiger was a participant for years in the Whitley County 4-H Fair. He is still involved, but now on a different side.

“That was my passion, showing hogs at fair,” he said. “I showed hogs for 10 years.”

Currently, Geiger raises animals and sells them to students wishing to participate in the fair. The operation is small so far, but is not without its struggles.

“Nothing went right this fall,” Geiger said. “I couldn’t get (my animals) bred.”

DNR ACQUISITIONS: Crooked Lake preserve adds land

February 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Crooked Lake’s nature preserve has recently added two additional tracts of land.

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commission voted Jan. 15 to bring in the 69.5 acres, named the Crooked Lake Addition Nature Preserve, to the original Crooked Lake Nature Preserve. The area now has a total of 215 acres.

The two parcels of land were added with assistance from the Indiana Heritage Trust and the Crooked Lake Property Owners’ Association.

County wrestlers one meet away from state

February 7, 2013

FORT WAYNE — There are 11 wrestlers from Whitley County schools who are one day away from their ultimate goal.

It is semi-state weekend at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Saturday. Grapplers who managed a top-four finish at the regional meet last Saturday at Carroll earned a bid for the semi-state tournament. There will be a total of 16 wrestlers at the tournament hailing from four regionals the previous weekend. The other three regionals that feed into the Coliseum are the tournaments that were held at Goshen, Jay County and Peru.

JUST OUT OF REACH: Lady Eagles suffer loss to Carroll in first round of sectional, 65-57

February 7, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City’s girls basketball team fell on the wrong side of a back-and-forth battle Wednesday at Snider.

The Lady Eagles faced Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Carroll in the sectional opener, losing 65-57 in a closer game than the score depicts.

Until the final two minutes, for most of the game, neither team had a lead of more than five points.

There were 17 lead changes and seven ties, but foul trouble led to Columbia City’s demise, as the Lady Eagles had five players foul out in the last four minutes of play — when Carroll took the lead and didn’t give it back.

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