April 30th, 2012
ALBION â€” William G. McCoy, 75, of Albion, died at 1:55 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Avalon Village in Ligonier.
He was born Feb. 27, 1937, southwest of Albion, a son of James Ralph and Freida L. (Gaerte) McCoy.
On April 17, 1970, he was married to Daisy M. Clouse. She preceded him in death on June 7, 1998.
Jesse Leroy Gibson, 70, of Columbia City, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw.
He was born Aug. 24, 1941, in Columbia City, the son of Clifford M. and Beulah M. (Zolman) Gibson.
He attended school in Whitley County and he owned and operated Gibsonâ€™s Body Shop, Columbia City.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The auditorium of Whitko High School was packed for Saturday eveningâ€™s performance of the musical â€śOnce Upon a Mattressâ€ť, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.
The musical was performed Friday and Saturday, and is the story of the matrimonial tyranny of the extremely talkative Queen Aggravain, played by Cece Cherry, concerning the marriage of her son, Prince Dauntless, played by Jordan Gregory.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It only took a couple moments for the grown-ups to learn the second-grade students at Mary Raber Elementary School knew their facts about Arbor Day.
Mayor Ryan Daniel began the assembly Friday afternoon by proclaiming it Arbor Day not only in Columbia City but around the world.
â€śArbor Day was started in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton after he took the suggestion to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture to celebrate tree planting and land preservation both here in America and the world,â€ť said Daniel.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two arrests were made in connection to a vehicle explosion Friday afternoon on Old Trail Rd. near Ind. 5.
Jason Sizemore, 34, of Warsaw is being held at the Whitley County Jail and Trever R. Hanlon, 36, Claypool is booked in Kosciusko County after their car caught fire from an active methamphetamine lab.
According to Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Det. Bill Brice, the pair were driving from Kosciusko County to Huntington when their meth lab went bad.
Witnesses say the men got out of the vehicle and grabbed a bag and put it under a tree.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man was arrested Sunday after leaving the scene of his girlfriendâ€™s accident and operating during a lifetime suspension, two felonies.
According to a witness, Lyle Orr, 46, of 517 N. Oak St. in Columbia City, allegedly drug his unconscious girlfriend off the road after she crashed her moped in the area of CR 300 E and Old Trail Rd.
â€śHe stated he witnessed a man drag a female by one arm off the roadway and into the ditch,â€ť Indiana State Police Trooper Joel Lemmonâ€™s case report said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitkoâ€™s and Columbia Cityâ€™s golf teams traveled to Wawasee Saturday for a delayed start at South Shore Golf Course after sleet covered the greens.
Fifteen teams competed in the invite, led by Warsaw with 308 strokes.
Whitko and Columbia City placed 12th and 14th, respectively.The Wildcats posted a score of 370 and the Eagles shot a 376.
Tyler Ostrom was the match-medalist with a score of 73 on the 18-hole, par 72 course.
FREMONT â€” Just 15 miles apart, the Churubusco and Central Noble baseball teams traveled over an hour to Fremont Saturday to play the Northeast Corner Conference title game.
Fending off sleet and cold temperatures, the Eagles were unable to hold off Central Noble, falling 8-5 to the Cougars.
Central Noble grabbed three runs in the top of the first inning, while â€™Busco countered with one.
The Cougars tacked on another run in the top of the second inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Central Noble tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh to take a lopsided 8-1 lead.
ROANOKE â€” A three-year old boy was killed and three other children were severely injured in a Sunday night crash on the edge of Whitley County.
At approximately 8 p.m., a Honda van containing two adults and four children was rear-ended by another Honda van at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Ind. 114, injuring four and taking the life of a three-year-old boy.
The vehicle that hit the van with the children was driven by Mya Tha Tun, 52, of Fort Wayne. Tun was arrested for operating while intoxicated causing death, after rear-ending the other van.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Saturdayâ€™s baseball double header between the Whitko Wildcats and the Southern Wells Raiders was delayed by rain, and the weather had the players and fans wondering if snow might also be a possibility.
The two games took very different routes to the same end.
In game one, the Wildcats broke on top with a big lead and then held on for a 10-6 win while in game two the host Wildcats had to come from behind several times to take a 12-9 win over the Raiders.