February 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gas prices typically rise in the spring, and 2013 should be no exception.
What makes this year different from others is the timing. Instead of waiting for spring, pump-price increases have already begun.
The price of crude oil has risen in the past six weeks.
It currently sits at $95.93, up more than $10 from the period just before Christmas.
This accounts for a rise at the pumps, which normally does not occur until the early part of spring as travel is anticipated to increase.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitley United Methodist Church hosted an American Red Cross (ARC) Blood Drive Wednesday in memory of Ellie Olivia Walter and Emma Grace Hindbaugh.
â€śThey are now angels in Heaven with wings to carry our prayers to God,â€ť said event coordinators. â€śEllie and Emma both passed away too soon.â€ť
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.
Editorâ€™s note: During the next few weeks, The Post & Mail will be highlighting several graduates from Whitley County that were once deemed â€śLeaders of Tomorrowâ€ť in a 2007 special publication.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 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 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Prosecutorâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śThat was my passion, showing hogs at fair,â€ť he said. â€śI showed hogs for 10 years.â€ť
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.
â€śNothing went right this fall,â€ť Geiger said. â€śI couldnâ€™t get (my animals) bred.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Crooked Lakeâ€™s nature preserve has recently added two additional tracts of land.
Indianaâ€™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 Ownersâ€™ Association.
FORT WAYNE â€” 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.