COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThat was probably the sickest feeling Iâ€™ve had in law enforcement,â€ť K9 handler Tim Pittenger said.
Pittengerâ€™s police dog, Stryker, went missing Tuesday afternoon, but was found Wednesday morning in Allen County, at least eight miles from home. One of the Columbia City Police Departmentâ€™s investments was stranded in Tuesday nightâ€™s thunderstorm, and ended up in a goat pen on Hathaway Road.
â€śMy husband and I were getting ready to leave and I saw him in the pasture,â€ť Arani Wentland said. â€śThe goats were all lying around him.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the announcement of new ownership for Coupled Products LLC, Columbia City, questions have been raised as to the changes President Jonathan Drew and Director of Operations Tina Johnson might implement.
More than five years after a split from the then-bankrupt Dana Corporation, Coupled Products LLC was sold to Michigan-based TJD Industries. The manufacturing company makes fluid routing products for the automotive industry.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Attendance is important, and a presentation made at the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees meeting Monday emphasized that.
WCCS superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor said the board is an agency of the state and is required to enforce attendance.
Currently, there is a policy in the school district for attendance enforcement. If students have difficulty maintaining their attendance, there are steps the district takes to help with the problem.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Sears Hometown store is moving this week.
The retail outlet is relocating from its previous location on Connexion Way to Plaza Drive, in the former Fashion Bug space in Town & Country Shopping Center.
Though the move is taking place this week, Sears will not be closed, as customers are able to visit the new store anytime.
The transition comes after the previous owner, Dave Meineke, left the business, Winter said. Winter said Sears is currently looking for an owner, and is in the beginning stages of finding one.
These are the sports headlines in Thursday's issue:
Wrestlers prepping for regional
No. 3 Indiana rolls past rival Purdue
Hibbert, Pacers beat Pistons
Dr. Phil: Te'o was victim of hoax
Biedscheid leads Notre Dame past Villanova, 65-60
These are the headlines in Thursday's issue:
Stryker and Pittenger reunited
Coupled products responds to strikes
Sears moves to new location
Cheryl Marie Targgart, 63, a resident of Churubusco and wife of Dan Targgart, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Mrs. Targgart was born April 11, 1949, in Beech Grove, a daughter of the late Rev. Richard E. and Mabel V. (Morehead) Kistler.
Surviving relatives include her husband, three children, two brothers, three sisters and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blue River Church of the Brethren with Pastor Craig Alan Myers officiating.
Columbia City and Columbia Township firemen responded to a house fire at 1090 S. CR 50 E. late Tuesday night. The blaze was spotted at approximately 10:30 p.m., and was under control in less than an hour. The four occupants, including home-owner Jameson Barnes, of the house escaped uninjured, but three pets were killed. Above, Columbia Township firemen look for fire in the ceiling of the homeâ€™s front porch. Columbia Township Fire Chief Jim Bohnstedt said the cause has not been determined. Bohnstedt said the house sustained at least $30,000 damage, and is most likely not a total loss.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Creating new memories is what inspired Tim Holmes, of Churubusco, to reopen Papaâ€™s Place restaurant.
â€śSomeone told me they would love their kids to be able to experience Papaâ€™s Place,â€ť said Tim. â€śThose kids who are now parents remember coming to Papaâ€™s after school, having bread sticks and hanging out. That generation was really the last to get to do that. I am glad to offer that experience to todayâ€™s teens.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Carnival roller coasters rarely provide such sudden changes.
Weather in northeast Indiana has known many extremes in the month of January. Below-zero wind chill greeted the area a week-and-a-half ago, and Tuesday greeted citizens with record-warm temperatures.
Fort Wayne had a low temperature of 44 degrees Tuesday. This is the new record for warmest low temperature of the day. The previous mark was 43, set back in 2006.