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April 27th, 2011

Opal Longenecker, 86

April 27, 2011

Opal Longenecker, 86, of Columbia City, died at 10:20 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011 at Covington Manor Health & Rehab, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since August 2010.
She was born Aug. 6, 1924 in Eel River Township, Allen County a daughter of Clyde Franklin and Elta Edna (Disler) Longenecker. She attended the Madden School for six years, Eel River Perry School and graduated from Huntertown High School.
She made her home in Churubusco until 1972 when she moved to Columbia City. In 1997 she became a resident at Renaissance Village.

Ralph Pressler, 88

April 27, 2011

Ralph A. “Stan” Pressler, 88, of Huntington passed away at 4:17 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was united in marriage to Patricia A. Shively Feb. 27, 1954 in Churubusco. His wife survives.
Visitation is from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, with one hour of additional visitation prior the service at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Road, Huntington with Pastor Marti Lundy officiating.

Martha Wood, 74

April 27, 2011

Martha Lee Wood, 74, a resident of Washington Township, Noble County, died at 9:20 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011 in the Northridge Village and Rehabilitation Center in Albion.
Born Dec. 7, 1935, she was a daughter of J.C. and Ethel Scoby.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Walter Wood; two sons, Brian E. Wood and Leonard Wood; and a daughter, Theresa M. McClure.
A family memorial service will be Thursday at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Chaplain Bob Rollins of the Heartland Hospice officiating. There will be no visitation.

April 25th

Larwill man gets court date in Kosciusko Co.

April 25, 2011

WARSAW — A Whitley County man arrested April 6 in Kosciusko County on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine will appear in Kosciusko County Circuit Court for an initial hearing May 16.
According to court personnel, a pre-trial hearing is set for June 16.
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Citing conflict of interest, man wants new attorney

April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A suspect in the case of an exploding methamphetamine lab that killed a woman last December has rejected his public defender because of what he feels is a conflict of interest.
Joshua B. Angus, 25, asked for a new attorney in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday morning after his public defender told the court a witness in the case was a client of his.
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Trial set for meth lab suspect

April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A trial date has been set for one of the two suspects charged with drug crimes in a case that also involved the death of a 5-month-old baby girl.
Travis A. Wonderly, 22, was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for a pre-trial conference with his new attorney, Robert Gevers.
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City pays bill minus cost of damage to unit

April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety approved a pay request to a contractor engaged in installing a pair of sewer lift stations — but only made a partial payment.
The three-man board voted unanimously to pay only a portion of the pay request by Gerig-Ottenweller Contracting, LLC because a rather large issue remains up in the air.
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Residents to see hike in trash bill

April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City residents will see an increase in their trash bill.
The town’s trash committee reported to the Board of Works and Safety on Friday that the current trash contractor, Republic Services of Indiana (DBA National Serv-All) will charge the city $8.98 for trash pickup.
Residents currently pay the town $9.

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Downtown parking concerns come before board

April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Parking in downtown Columbia City was discussed Friday at the regular meeting of the town’s Board of Works and Safety.
Steve Hochstetler of the Downtown Business Association had several concerns connected to downtown parking, one of which involved the upcoming 3-on-3 basketball tournament slated for June 17-18.
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County has sandbags ready for rising water

April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — On Monday afternoon, officials at the Whitley County Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security were staying dry in the basement of the county jail, preparing for the results of an increasingly soggy county.
“We’re supposed to get one to three inches over tonight and into tomorrow,” said Cathy Broxon EMA/DHS director.
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