COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who was arrested on drug charges and accused of neglecting a dependent will serve 10 years behind bars.
Travis A. Wonderly, who along with Janel M. Creech was blamed for the death of Creechâ€™s 5-month-old daughter, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to manufacturing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
On Monday, Wonderly was sentenced by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to 10 years in prison, to be fully served.
A Jan. 3 incident occurred resulting in the death of five-month old Taylor Creech.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Teachers at Churubusco Elementary School will combine talents with seven other schools for an evening of development to begin the new year in education.
CES Principal Shellie Miller announced the Indiana Department of Education will be in attendance on the Professional Resources learning event on Jan. 19 at CES.
â€śThis is a proactive way for all of us to gain more insight on our ever-changing educational programs,â€ť said Miller.
In other school news:
â€˘Churubusco Junior Senior High School had a jeans drive that raised $500 for a local family.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City will have a new police chief beginning in 2012.
Det. Tim Longenbaugh, a former Columbia City Common Council member and 15-year veteran of the cityâ€™s police force, was named by Mayor-elect Ryan Daniel to replace current Chief Mike Petersen.
Longenbaugh represents the cityâ€™s only new department head.
â€śAfter a fairly lengthy application and interview process, I have chosen eight individuals who have the skill set and proactive foresight to lead these departments,â€ť said Daniel.
SYRACUSE â€” Columbia City Head Basketball Coach Chris Benedict went into Tuesday nightâ€™s game at Wawasee without having lost a game there since 2004.
That didnâ€™t change Tuesday, with the Eagles beating the Warriors 73-64 on their home court.
Last year Columbia City won two sectional games in Syracuse, the beginning of the teamâ€™s semi-state appearance.
The game was filled with double-digit lead changes and the biggest point spread came in the final minute, after six Eagle free throws; neither team was going down without a fight.
Jean S. Langohr, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at her home.
Born Dec. 8, 1920 in Fountain County, she was the daughter of Grover Courtland and Oveta (Abolt) Smith.
Following her graduation from Newtown High School, she continued her education at Indiana University in Bloomington.
On May 6, 1939, she married Robert Walter Langohr in Louisville, Ky. She lived in California while her husband was serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Audra M. Hatch, a resident of Churubusco and wife of Walter L. Hatch, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the family home.
She was born in Fort Wayne, a daughter of John Alva and Iva (McCullough) Powell.
On May 29, 1945, she was married in Columbia City to Walter L. Hatch.
Controlled deer hunts at state park properties are achieving the intended result of habitat recovery, but analysis of information collected this year indicates deer numbers remain above desired levels at many locations, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Volunteer hunters harvested 1,546 deer during four days of controlled hunts at 21 state parks in November.
Thatâ€™s only the 10th highest total in 18 years of state park hunts, but resource biologists say harvest numbers alone have limited value in determining success.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Hours to visit Santa Claus in his cottage on the Whitley County Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City have been established for coming days.
The Jolly Old Elfâ€™s cottage is located on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square. Assistants will be on hand to snap photos and they will be available for purchase.
Hours this Friday are 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and Christmas Eve Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
SYRACUSE - Poly-Wood, Inc., a manufacturer of outdoor furniture, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2015.
The company will invest $2.78 million to expand production operations and purchase a 25,000 square-foot facility and add a 35,000 square-foot addition on the company's current Kosciusko County campus. The new production operations, which include plastic lumber extrusions and furniture manufacturing, are slated to be operational later next year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The Whitley County Community Foundation awarded one of its largest grants ever Monday afternoon.
Passages, Inc. was awarded $100,000 to convert the former Lehmberg Medical Building on North Oak Street into a state-of-the-art Creative Learning Center designed to provide optimal services to Passagesâ€™ clients.