February 3rd, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) â€” The Department of Defense is planning a mission change for Indiana Air National Guardâ€™s 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne.
An area newspaper reports the wingâ€™s A-10 jets will be replaced by MC-12 aircraft, a medium- to low-altitude, twin-engine turboprop aircraft with a primary mission is providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support directly to ground forces.
Five bases that fly the A-10 Warthogs, including Fort Wayneâ€™s, are slated to lose those squadrons as the Pentagon transitions to the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local elementary school will host international visitors who are touring the United States studying how best to educate children with autism.
Little Turtle Elementary School in Columbia City, along with Creek Side Middle School in Carmel will host the guests for the entire day Wednesday, according to a Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation press release.
Phyllis Peabody Bates Richardson, 93, passed away on Jan. 20, 2012.
Phyllis was born in 1918 to Jack and Carrie Peabody.
Following college, She married Robert C. Bates and resided in Columbia City until his death. She then moved to Arizona and married Harry E. Richardson in 1978.
Phyllis is survived by three children, Robert C. Bates of Arizona, Susan Bates Kyler of North Carolina, Joanne Bates Flynn of California, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Phyllis was preceded in death by her late husband, Harry E. Richardson. Private services were held in Arizona.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Clela Kneller Richard, 94, of Tulsa, Okla. died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in the Southcrest Hospital.
She was born Feb. 22, 1917, in Washington Township, a daughter of Sherman L. and Bertha H. (Luecke) Kneller.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Brenda Mauzy and Marsha Cochran, both of Tulsa, Okla.; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and Paul Kneller of Columbia City.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, George Kneller, Ray Kneller and Sherman W. Kneller.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ US 30 HAS BEEN REOPENED AFTER A SEVERAL-HOUR LONG CLEAN-UP BY WHITLEY COUNTY'S HAZMAT TEAM.
THE ACCIDENT INVOLVING TWO SEMIS, IN THE WEST BOUND LANE ON U.S. 30 NEAR THE ALLEN / WHITLEY COUNTY LINE.
NO SERIOUS INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN THE ACCIDENT, BUT A TRAIL OF DIESEL FUEL AND OIL WAS LEFT BEHIND THE TRUCKS AS THEY SKIDDED APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS FROM THE POINT OF COLLISION.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” U.S. 30 at the intersection of CR 800 E has been shut down after two tractor-trailers crashed.
According to police scanner traffic, one semi allegedly ran a red light.
Three patients were transported to Parkview Whitley Hospital with minor injuries.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Heavy fog gripped Whitley County roadways about 5 a.m. Friday, making morning travel hazardous. Visibility was well under one-quarter mile in spots.
Motorists are advised to factor in the fog with their travel plans early Friday.
Conditions were expected to steadily improve by 9 a.m.
The fog was leaving behind a picturesque coating of hoar frost on the landscape.
Staff & wire reports
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The general consensus in Whitley County, Indiana is if six more weeks of winter is like this ... then bring it on!
A very mild winter has been experienced locally to date, and this week's temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees above normal adds to early spring fever.
Most of the groundhog oracles today were pointing to an early springtime, but at least one was predicting 6 more weeks of "winter."
Lions put final touches
on Saturday fry fund raiser
TRI-LAKES â€“ The Tri-Lakes Lions Club is hosting a Fish & Tenderloin Fry as a fund-raising activity Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The all-you-can-eat dinner, beverage and dessert will be at the Tri-Lakes Lions Hall, located on Colony Avenue, just east of Shriner Lake and near the south side of Round Lake.
â€śWe are asking that people bring canned food items to be donated to support a local food pantry in Columbia City,â€ť noted Lion Larry Weiss.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Already a part of the ever-advancing New Tech Network, Eagle Tech Academy (ETA) is still finding ways to break new ground. On Wednesday and Thursday, ETA hosted the National New Tech Leadership Residency, a workshop for New Tech directors, administrators and staff members who will be opening New Tech schools next year.
ETA is the first school to host the conference during its inaugural year. According to Principal Brady Mullett, approximately 50 individuals are attending, representing half of the roughly 28 schools beginning programs next year.