May 24th, 2013
(May 24, 2013) -- The toddler who drowned in a Whitley County pool Tuesday morning has been identified as Gilbert M. Strader, 2, of Fort Wayne. A Fort Wayne funeral home confirmed that the toddler was the son of Cole Strader and Emily Underwood of Fort Wayne.
Reports show that Strader drowned in a pool at his grandparents home, Phil and Elaine Smock, of Columbia City.
After visiting Vietnam for two weeks, Tim Davis, a Vietnam War veteran, received a heroâs welcome Monday night at New Hope Wesleyan Church where he is a member.
When he originally returned home from the war in 1968, the homecoming was anything but welcoming.
However, 45 years later, Davis was ushered from Fort Wayne International Airport to New Hope Wesleyan in a motorcade of family, friends and supporters.
At the church, Davis was greeted by more supporters, as well as state and city leaders eager to show their appreciation.
COLUMBIA CITY â Betty Nelson has run enough miles to have circled the earth almost three times.
At approximately age 35, this Columbia City woman started taking her first steps to lead her on a 30-year journey including 40 marathons and more than 70,000 miles under her sneakers.
Now at age 67, she is lending her expertise and experience to Whitley County residents who want to accomplish a goal â one step at a time.
PIERCETON â With computer malfunctions and online disconnects, ISTEP+ testing was deemed âa messâ by Indiana lawmakers.
The state-mandated test experienced technical difficulties when testing contractor, McGraw-Hill, was unable to keep up on the demand.
Testing results have a determination on overall school performance, as well as student and teacher evaluations. With the lack of testing consistency, concerns are rising across the state on how integral the testing results can be.
CHURUBUSCO â Bids for trash contracts were discussed in a special meeting of the Churubusco Town Council last night.
Four bids were submitted to the council and were opened for the initial review at the last council meeting.
Among the four bidders was current contract holder National Serv-All and Whitley Environmental, current recycling contractor for the county.
Only Steve Smith, of Whitley Environmental, was present for the special meeting.
Each proposal included a three-year and a five-year option. However, Whitley Environmental offered a third choice.
COLUMBIA CITY â With the recent conviction of former Whitley County Sheriffâs Detective Chuck Vogely for operating while intoxicated, some changes have been made in the department.
Second-shift Sergeant Jason Spencer is taking over Vogelyâs position as detective.
On April 13, Vogely was arrested for drunk driving, and the sheriffâs department has made a decision on the future of his career.
Vogely pleaded guilty to OWI April 15, and WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said after the court proceedings, disciplinary actions moved forward by the department.
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Indian Springs Middle School held its boys track awards banquet last week.
Pictured left, first row, from left: Daniel Watts, Initiative Award and Heath Atkins, Positive Attitude Award. Row two: Khale Rider, Leadership and Tim Hearld, Effort. Row three: Jake Matteson, Flexibility and Trefor Gatchell Perseverance. Not pictured: Brad Johnson, Cooperation and Flexibility and Derek Diamente, Most Improved.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs junior varsity baseball season is ending on a high note, with a win against Eastside and another broken school record.
The JV squad has broken the school record for number of wins in a single season. Mondayâs 8-7 victory over Eastside was the teamâs 17th win on the year.
After suffering a 3-2 deficit, Whitko battled back to score five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the 8-7 win.