October 15th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Larwill woman pleaded guilty Monday to drug related charges that stemmed from a joint operation between Whitley and Kosciusko countyâ€™s Drug Task forces.
April Rogers,, 32, of Larwill, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to charges stemming from an incident in March. Rogers received a sentence of six years to be served in its entirety.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Out of seven applicants, the Whitley County Commissioners appointed Brad Wolfe to fill the vacant spot on the Whitley County Planning Commission. More information will follow in Wednesday's edition.
Evelyn J. Swartz, 84, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at her daughterâ€™s residence in Larwill.
Born June 19, 1928, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Fannie R. (Hartman) Gradeless.
A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she attended school in both Etna and Wolf Lake and graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1946.
On July 2, 1948, she married Harold L. Swartz at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
Stanley Loe, 91, of Panama City, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at a local nursing home. He was a 26-year resident of Bay County, having moved here from West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Loe was a member of First Pentecostal Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Silver Star while serving under General George S. Patton in the 80th Division. He retired from Rinker Materials as a chief estimator. Mr. Loe enjoyed fishing, golfing and square dancing.
LARWILL â€” Members of the Larwill Town Council approved the day and time for trick-or-treat at their meeting Thursday.
â€śIt will be Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.,â€ť said Clerk-Treasurer Renee Sills.
Sills said the sheriffâ€™s department is usually on patrol every Halloween as children go from door to door.
In other business:
A motion was approved to adopt the budget that has been appropriately advertised.
The new heating and cooling for the Larwill Town Hall has been tabled as the bids expired on a 30-day time limit.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After meeting with the engineer and the trail general contractor for the Blue River Trailâ€™s extension project last week, Columbia City Community Development Director Jeff Walker said slight modifications have been made to the exact routing and elevations of the trail.
â€śYou would never know because itâ€™s just a matter of inches,â€ť said Walker. â€śIt does allow us better drainage of the field, and also to save some additional trees.â€ť
LIGONIER â€” Local cross country runners competed in the West Noble Regional Saturday in Ligonier.
While 15 Whitley County harriers entered the regional, only one is advancing to next weekâ€™s semi-state meet at New Haven â€”Â Columbia City junior Samantha Roush.
Roush placed third in the girls race with a season-best time, 18:52.81.
Roush suffered a preseason injury, and Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said sheâ€™s been improving with every meet.
â€śShe was very strong, very focused, very controlled ... very good,â€ť Fahl said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Absentee voters are coming out in full swing to cast their ballots for this yearâ€™s general election.
According to the Clerk of Circuit Court, Debbie Beers, absentee voters in this yearâ€™s primary totaled only 487 voters, but with absentee voting open as of this week, the general election number is already close as it continues to climb daily.
â€śSo far this week, we have had 300 voters in the first three days,â€ť said Beers. â€śWhen the voters come out to vote, all the preparation and hard work put into running the election is truly worth it.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football seniors ended their final regular-season game with more than a Northeast Corner Conference title Friday night.
The Eagles topped (formerly) undefeated Lakeland 38-16 to win their fourth and final conference championship of their careers.
Despite taking on the only team withouth a loss in the NECC, Churubuscoâ€™s seniors modeled their familiarity as the conferenceâ€™s top dogs, holding the lead for nearly the entire game.
â€śWe knew it was going to be a big game and we were excited for the challenge,â€ť Churubusco stand-out senior Jason Nicodemus said.
OSSIAN â€” Friday night the Columbia City Eagle football squad wrapped up its regular season with a trip to Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Norwell.
A review of the game reads like the mixed coverage of a movie blockbuster ... â€śA bang-up start, with a satisfying ending, but a little slow in the middle,â€ť as the Eagles used big plays early and late to post a 26-6 win over the host Knights.
The Eagles started the game with a bang, executing a pop-up onside kick by Jose Perez that was recovered by Columbia Cityâ€™s Wayne Smith on the Norwell 38-yard line.