(May 31, 2013) -- Whitley County Emergency Management Agency has advised the county of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Whitley County until 10 a.m. Saturday.
Update at 9:40 p.m.: The watch remains in effect. A large cell is coming to the county from the west in the next half hour. Citizens are cautioned to be prepared for high winds.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Edman Michael Anthony Lis, 55, formerly of Chicago, will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake, Ill. Monsignor Daniel Hermes will be the celebrant. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Ill.
The visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of prayers at 11 a.m., at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake.
Concerning a new aquatics facility to replace Burnworth Pool after it closes in 2014...
Nadia Rhodes, 8, made use of South Whitley‚Äôs newest playground, Adventure Mania, Thursday.
The new equipment was installed and open to children to utilize last week.
Adventure Mania is the second phase of the town park renovation. Doodle Bug Village, also in South Whitley‚Äôs town park, was erected over the last several years.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Passages, Inc. is offering a Summer Youth Enrichment Program which will begin on June 10.
The program consists of two four-week sessions designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities who attend a Whitley County middle or high school to practice and enhance their academic, social and vocational skills in a structured and fun environment.
The participants will be offered local field trips to Morsches Park including the splash pad, The Humane Society of Whitley County and Paige‚Äôs Crossing.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ American Legion Post 98 in Columbia City hosted a ceremony Memorial Day to honor local men and women who have fallen serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Deceased members of American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 5582 from the past year were memorialized.
They were Adrian R. Beers, Phil Glassley, Teddy R. Hare, Jack Kessie, Phillip L. Lundblad, Jack Moore, Chester Napier, Talbert W. Pittenger, Marquis Reid Jr., Robert Sandager, William H. Smith, Herman P. Stuersel, John Boggess, Earl McEntire, Tony Treece and Bobby Turner.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Rotary Club hosted, State Police Officer Brian Bills at its Tuesday meeting.
Although Bills‚Äô main job is that of a state police officer for Indiana, he is an advocate for the rejuvenation of Camp Whitley. Bills started his involvement in Camp Whitley by just offering a gun-safety program to campers prior to them being active on the rifle range. This is just one of a host of activities offered at the camp.
As school came to an end for Whitko Community School Corporation, an unexpected visitor was found on the premises of Whitko High School.
A large snapping turtle was camped out on the lawn at WHS, and Joe Jackson, head custodian for the school, took on the challenge of removing the turtle from the property.
The turtle had made its way to the front of the building, but it was uncertain where it came from.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man who pleaded guilty to burglary was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Charles Rector, 18, pleaded guilty last month to burglary, a Class B felony. He was sentenced by Judge James Heuer to six years at the Whitley County Jail, with three years to serve and three suspended.
At his hearing last month, the state dismissed a charge of theft upon accepting his guilty plea to burglary.
Rector‚Äôs admission of guilt was ‚Äústraight up‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ that is, it was not part of a plea agreement. This left Heuer with a 6-to-20 year sentencing range.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Great things are happening for businesses in challenging times.
That is the opinion of U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman. The Republican representative of Indiana‚Äôs third district was in South Whitley Wednesday and visited Shindigz, among other stops.
Stutzman lauded the work of the company.
‚ÄúThis is my first visit here,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThere are 450 jobs, and here in the district that is always important.
‚ÄúJobs are the number one focus of what we do in Washington.‚ÄĚ
Stutzman was quick to point out that times have been difficult lately for companies.