February 1st, 2013
Here are the sports headlines in Friday's issue:
County grapplers prep for regional meet
Col. City wins final regular-season game
Sectionals begin for Lady Eagle swim team
Whitko girls win on senior night
Carl E. Becker, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 12:31 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born May 7, 1923, in Pulaski County, he was the son of Peter and Matilda (Moise) Becker.
He graduated from Winamac High School with the Class of 1941. Carl served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943-46.
Rosalie Steller, 85, passed away Jan. 9, 2013, at The Citadel Care Center in Mesa, Ariz.
Rosalie was born to Lezeth and Justice Bennett Jan. 22, 1927, in South Whitley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Garland and Jim Bennett and her husband, Robert.
Surviving relatives include her older brother, Chuck (Vesta) and their extended family; her sisters, Lavona Shelley and her extended family and Phyllis Joann Beck and her family.
Marshall County â€“ An investigation conducted by the Indiana State Police landed a Lakeville woman behind bars. Tuesday, state police were notified that a resident of Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Plymouth was the victim of an alleged theft. Police were informed that a resident had discovered one of their credit cards was missing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Excitement may center around Drewâ€™s and Johnsonâ€™s new-found leadership of Coupled Products LLC, but with the purchase of the business, owners also inherited a picket line.
Now into month 20, the amount of workers on strike has decreased from 29 to 21.
Although strikers declare unfair labor practices, Drew said Coupled Products has an â€śexcellent workforce in the plantâ€ť and â€śdedicated employeesâ€ť who will support the company.
However, from the picket line, workers are not so supportive.
Whitley Countyâ€™s wrestlers are prepping for the regional competition Saturday at Carroll High School. Pictured, Whitkoâ€™s Greg Newman tries to turn Northropâ€™s Logan Aldrich in the 113 pound finals.
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.