April 5th, 2013
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second of a multi-part series on the growing problem of methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though many experts say AMCâ€™s hit television series â€śBreaking Badâ€ť is a fairly accurate portrayal of methamphetamine dealing in the Southwest U.S., the drug market is nearly the opposite in Whitley County.
The television show, staged in New Mexico, illustrates interactions and relations with Mexican drug cartels, along with high-level business operations in dealing meth.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” There were 350 listings of homesteads in Whitley County that were not verified as of tax bill time.
For these individuals, they will now have a higher tax bill to pay if they do not clarify with the auditorâ€™s office.
Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire said the biggest problem could be how long it takes for the person to realize that there is an issue.
Marylin A. King, 73, of Columbia City, died at 3:46 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was admitted Saturday.
She was born October 24, 1939 in Kosciusko County a daughter of A. Ralph and Opal (Wolfe) King. Her formative years were spent in the Larwill area. She graduated from Larwill High School in 1957. She attended Indiana University, Bloomington.
She began her working career with General Electric, Fort Wayne. Moving to Colorado, she became a journeyman carpenter. She then joined Conoco, Denver, becoming a number one chemist, retiring in 1999.
Lovella â€śLucilleâ€ť Maxwell, 90, of Osgood, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison. She was born at Delmar in Pulaski County, Ky. on Nov. 25, 1922 the daughter of Zeno and Clyda Floyd Sharp.
She was married to James Dunagan on Dec. 24, 1940 and he preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 1958. In 1963, she married Harry Maxwell and he preceded her in death on March 1, 1997.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ With Opening Day for Major League Baseball this week, it was only fitting that a former National League player â€śtoe the rubberâ€ť at the Columbia City Rotary Club.
Carl Erskine, who is from Anderson, came and spoke to the Rotarians at their last meeting.
Erskine starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1948-1956, and moved west to L.A. with the team in 1957, finally retiring in 1959.
He finished with 122 wins in his career. He tossed a pair of no-hitters and was on the first Dodger team to ever win the World Series (1955).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Columbia Cityâ€™s first hire in 10 years may be new to the department, police work is nothing new for Jonathan Stoffel.
Stoffel, 22, has been surrounded by law enforcement work for much of his life.
His father, Terry Stoffel, is currently serving his first term as Huntington Countyâ€™s Sheriff. Terry was a Huntington City Police officer for 20 years, and was the chief for eight years.
Jonathanâ€™s sister, Whitney, has spent the last six years as a Huntington PD officer.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a multi-part series on the growing problem of methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ice. Glass. Crank. Crystal. Junk. Poop. Speed.
What could these words possibly have in common? Theyâ€™re all nicknames for the same chemical â€” methamphetamine.
With the number of meth labs in the state of Indiana more than doubling in the last five years, many citizens have to ask themselves â€” are we safe?
Most meth-related injuries come from the making, or â€ścookingâ€ť of the drug.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two juveniles injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash on Easter Sunday are in good condition.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., two 17-year-old girls from Whitley County were riding together on an ATV across an open field in southwest Whitley County.
According to Darren Reed, Indiana Conservation Officer, Shannon Kincaid and Nicole Karrer went through a rough, washed out spot in the area of 3899 S. CR 400 W.
The impact from the washout caused Kincaid to bounce from the driverâ€™s seat, over the handlebars, and onto the ground in front of the vehicle.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s council approved a tax abatement for proposed improvements Tuesday.
PDQ Workholding, LLC was granted a 10-year deduction for the personal property improvements. The resolution passed 7-0.
County Councilman Bill Overdeer said he was happy with what PDQ has done so far.
â€śThe redevelopment commission unanimously approved the 10-year abatement and I would move the council approve this,â€ť he said. â€ś(PDQ has) been pretty successful in the past three years. I am proud of them and all they have been able to do and are glad to have them here.â€ť
Inez Sickafoose, 94, a lifelong resident of Cleveland Township, Whitley County, died at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester where she had been a resident since March 2011.
She was born May 2, 1918 in Cleveland Township, a daughter of the late Clarence and Vada (Pence) Plattner. She attended Krider Grade School and then graduated from South Whitley High School in 1936.
She was united in marriage to Gale C. Sickafoose Sept. 9, 1939. They made their home on a farm south of South Whitley. Mr. Sickafoose died Dec. 30, 2007.