February 1st, 2011
Updated 4:45 a.m. Wednesday - One to two inches of snow overnight and the promise of more this afternoon have closed schools in Whitley County.
Smith-Green Community Schools, Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitko Community Schools and Faith Christian Academy had all closed by 6 a.m. this morning.
Weather forecasts have upgraded our area to a blizzard warning as high winds are expected to make travel very difficult, if not impossible later today.
For years the Junior Miss pageant has given the young ladies of our community an opportunity to gain experience and confidence in front of an audience while competing for scholarship monies.
But what about the boys?
The Eagle Renaissance program, which originated last year at Columbia City High School, has seen the slight to Columbia Cityâ€™s male students and stepped up to the challenge bringing to the community the first ever Mr. CCHS Pageant.
Martha Lois Londt, 80, of Columbia City passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at 6:35 a.m. at Golden Years Retirement Home, Fort Wayne. Born June 22, 1930 in Albion, she was a daughter of Ernest Cramer and Nora Mae (Richards) Ray.
As a young girl, she attended Larwill School and completed her GED. On Dec. 16, 1978, she married Homer R. Londt in Columbia City. She was a lifetime Whitley County resident until she moved to Allen County in 2008. She worked as an inspector at Dana Weatherhead, Columbia City, where she retired with over 33 years service.
Elaine Marie Stanley, 82, of Columbia City, died at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at The Oaks Living Center where she had been a resident since Dec. 21.
She was born March 8, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio a daughter of Clarence and Renata (Buenzel) Spoerke. Her formative years were spent in Ohio. She graduated from high school in Canton.
On Sept. 6, 1952 she was united in marriage to Charles B. Stanley. They made their home at Little Cedar Lake until 1955 when they moved to a farm on 300 South.
A homemaker, she worked part-time at Culligan and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Betty Lou Boehme, 85, of Columbia City, Ind., died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at her residence on Crooked Lake. Born Sept. 1, 1925 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of George and Reve (Bowers) Kiser.
She attended the Fort Wayne public school system and worked at Magnavox for a short time until her marriage to Eugene A. Boehme Jan. 29, 1948. The couple made their home in Fort Wayne until they moved to Crooked Lake in 1981. She was a member of the Big Lake Church of God, a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary at Wolf Lake and the American Legion Auxiliary in Albion.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A trial date has been set for the former Whitley County man accused of child molesting.
Terry R. Campbell, 64, was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for a pre-trial conference.
Campbellâ€™s public defender, Brad Voelz, requested a June trial.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer set the trial date for June 7 with a final pre-trial conference slated for May 23.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City teen was charged as an adult and received a grown-up jail sentence in connection with a series of incidents in 2010.
Homer Joe Knight, 17, was charged with burglary, theft and battery and pleaded guilty in Whitley Circuit Court.
On Monday, Circuit Court Judge James Heuer sentenced Knight to a total of 10 years in jail for the offenses.
Knight received six years for burglary, a Class C felony, in connection with a break-in of Star Tire & Automotive July 26, 2010.
Heuer suspended two years of that sentence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco man accused of rape has asked for his trial date to be bumped back until June.
Bart Arnold, attorney for Kent Frenger, 40, told Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer Monday he needed additional time for discovery in the case.
Frenger was scheduled for a jury trial Feb. 8 in connection with allegedly holding a woman at knife-point before raping her and forcing her to perform a sex act on him.
Frenger is not only charged with rape, but also criminal deviate conduct and criminal confinement.
No matter what your source of weather information, the potential for a major winter storm exists.
National Weather Service officials have issued a winter storm watch from tonight through Wednesday night. During that period, the area could be blanketed with heavy snow, maybe some sleet or freezing rain and pummeled by gusty winds.
While the stormâ€™s track could shift and miss the area or dump far less snow than expected, the key is preparation, Sheriff Mark Hodges said.