June 21st, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â A death at a residence on Ind. 205, originally believed to be suspicious by police, was ruled a suicide after further investigation.
Kathy Gregory, 47, was found dead at 1920 S. Ind. 205 Tuesday night after medics and firemen were called to the scene of a fall.
First responders found Gregory unresponsive with a gunshot wound.
The case was investigated by Whitley County Coroner Scott Smith, Sheriffâs Detective Chuck Vogely and Crime Scene Investigator Randy Dellinger.
COLUMBIA CITY â Haley Richter can âflyâ in the pool. Literally.
Richter will be competing in the Olympic trials Monday in Omaha, Nebraska in the 100-meter butterfly.
She qualified by meeting the qualifying time (101.99) by just a fraction of a second, 1:01.5.
Though Richter said she doesnât expect to place in the top two to make it to the Olympics, sheâs excited about the experience.
âItâs going to be so fun. Iâm so excited,â Richter said.
Richter said sheâs seeded around 80th place. Her time, 101.5, wouldâve been good for the world record in 1974. The record in â74 was 101.88.
Kathy Marie Gregory, 47, a resident of rural Columbia City and a native of Churubusco, died at 8:57 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at her home.
Ms. Gregory was born on June 14, 1965, in Goshen, a daughter of Norman G. and Linda (Alfrey) Gregory.
The surviving relatives include two children, her parents, a brother, two sisters, and six grandchildren.
Private graveside services will be held at the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco. Interment will follow. At the request of the family, there will be no public calling hours.
Stanley George Walter, 83, of Columbia City, died at midnight on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Life Care Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.
Born Feb. 22, 1929, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Willard M. and Gertrude (Mayland) Walter.
He attended Churubusco High School. On April 18, 1953, he married Rilla Jane Harroff in Angola. Throughout his lifetime, he lived in DeKalb, Whitley and Allen counties.
His employment included Kendallville Foundry, Johnson Brotherâs Farm, Walmart of Auburn and Schneider National and Morgan Drive Away.
COLUMBIA CITY â College Choice 529 is the name of the state of Indianaâs plan to help parents and students prepare for the high costs of a college education.
Jodi Golden, executive director of the Indiana Education Savings Authority (ESA), was the speaker at the latest Rotary Club meeting.
She was introduced by Rotarian Dick Buchanan, who is a member of ESAâs board of directors.
Goldenâs main focus was to inform the group of the benefits of the College Choice 529 program.
She started off by giving the current statistics of the realities of a college education in todayâs numbers.
â˘ FOOD, CRAFT, AND MERCHANT VENDORS; RIDES, GAMES, AND CONCESSIONS until 10 p.m., at the park
â˘ OPENING CEREMONY, entertainment stage
â˘ ROYALTY INTRODUCTIONS, entertainment stage
â˘ JUNIOR KARAOKE COMPETITION, entertainment stage
â˘ DOOR PRIZE DRAWING, entertainment stage
â˘ ADULT KARAOKE COMPETITION, until 10 p.m., entertainment stage
â˘ RAFFLE DRAWING (must be present), entertainment stage
PIERCETON â The Whitko Community School Corporation school board met Monday night to hear a host of requests to approve various personnel changes.
Included in those requests was the motion to approve the resignation of Rob Irwin as the athletic director effective July 1, which the board did grant.
In other personnel changes, the board approved the transfer of Stephanie Campbell from Pierceton Elementary School, where she was previously an office assistant, to the position of art assistant for both Pierceton and South Whitley Elementary Schools.
COLUMBIA CITY â With a campaign appreciation breakfast Tuesday, the United Way discussed upcoming changes and encouraged agencies to meet the new executive director of the United Way of Whitley County (UWWC), Cindy Baker.
Baker has only been on the job for two and a half weeks, and while she admits there is much for her to learn, she believes her compassionate nature will lead the way.
âI donât have to be an expert on the United Way, I have to be passionate about the United Way, and I have to be passionate about the people in this community that we serve,â said Baker.
COLUMBIA CITY â Due to dry conditions and a lack of rain, Columbia City recently issued a burn ban, but the County Commissioners said it is unlikely the county will see a similar ban.
Amber said in a situation such as this, the commissioners leave the decision up to the nine fire chiefs in the county to make the determination. Amber said he spoke to the president of the Whitley County Fire Association before the meeting, and he did not want a ban.
âThatâs not to say there still arenât dangers out there,â said Amber.