January 8th, 2013
Whitley County Consolidated Schools are back in session after two weeks of Christmas Break. Above, students load the buses at Columbia City High School Monday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dakota Wappes never imagined his time spent with the late Bob Brittain, a debate coach at Columbia City High School, would take him to Berlin, Germany.
Wappes, a sophomore at Ball State University, is a part of the schoolâ€™s debate team and a 2011 graduate of CCHS. For the first time, he ventured outside the U.S. and competed with his teammates from BSU in a debate challenge that encompassed some 400 schools from 82 different countries.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Board of Commissioners put the finishing touches on the CEDIT proposal at the first meeting of 2013 Monday.
The plan was amended to allow $100,000 to be put toward repair work on County Bridge 10, which runs over Carter Ditch on County Road 600 N. The total cost of the project will be approximately $215,00, with the remainder of the funds coming from CUMbridge and other sources.
The Commissioners also appointed new officers for 2013. George Schrumpf was named chairman for the year, with Don Amber appointed as vice-chairman.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko students will arrive at school 30 minutes later tomorrow and each Wednesday thereafter. The new starting times for Wednesdays at all Whitko Community Schools are as follows:
Whitko High School - 8:30 a.m.
Whitko Middle School - 8:15 a.m.
Pierceton Elementary School - 8:35 a.m.
South Whitley Middle School - 8:35 a.m.
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COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Turning short-term goals in to life-long ambition is the mission behind the Whitley County YMCAâ€™s Whitley Weighs-In program.
Now in its seventh year, YMCA Executive Director Erica Miller is hoping to overhaul the health and well being of people in Whitley County with the weight loss challenge.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco man who was previously convicted of bomb charges has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to sexual misconduct charges.
Christopher Sargent, 23, accepted a plea agreement for the Class B felony in exchange for a sentence of 7.5 years, with an added 2.5 years for probation violation.
Sargentâ€™s first run-in with the police was in July 2011, when the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department was investigating a possible illegal drug case and stumbled upon a bomb at Sargentâ€™s home he rented.
Arthur L. Keister, 88, of Burr Oak, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his home. He was born April 21, 1924 in Noble County, a son of Thurlo and Venis (Winebrenner) Keister. He graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1942 and was a member of the â€™42 basketball team.
After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II with tours in Alaska and India. A farmer, he worked for International Harvestor in Fort Wayne, retiring in 1978. He loved farming and his wonderful family.
Verlin Bentz, 96, formerly of rural Columbia City, died at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at University Park Nursing and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne where he had been a resident since 2010.
He was born May 15, 1916, in South Whitley, a son of the late Oliver P. and Winnie (Walgamuth) Bentz. His formative years were spent in South Whitley.
On Oct. 24, 1942, he was united in marriage to Wathina Ilene Coy. They made their home in Allen County later moving to the lake areas in Whitley County.
James E. Bennett, 64, of Watson Drive, died Thursday evening at the William W. Backus Hospital with his family at his side.
On June 30, 1948, he was born in Columbia City, the son of Charles E. Bennett and the late Dorothy (Rock) Bennett.
James grew up in Indiana, graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and attended Purdue University for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1968, serving as a machinistâ€™s mate aboard the USS Archerfish.