October 1st, 2010
The green van with “Work Crew” on the side of it has been a common sight in Whitley County for the last decade, but now it’s time for a change.
With help from the Whitley County Probation Department, Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office and Columbia City, a new van will be in the hands of the work crew supervisors.
With budgets getting ever tighter, the work crew has increasingly become a benefit to governments.
For 2007 and 2008, Whitley County had a total of 15 deaths from overdoses of prescription medication.
In just the first nine months of this year, the county was already passed that mark with 17 deaths from prescription medication overdoses.
“We’re in a public health epidemic,” Whitley County Coroner Scott Smith said.
Just a few decades ago, the income in Northeast Indiana was nearly even with the national average.
Now, workers in this 11-county area make only about 78 percent of the national average.
That’s a trend a new local campaign will focus on in hopes of getting it reversed, and it’s all about education.
Cheryl Ann (Sheppard) Loughlin, 62, of Newport Beach, Calif. and formerly of Warsaw, passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 in Newport Beach, of ovarian cancer which was diagnosed in 2007.
She was born Jan. 27, 1948 in Indianapolis to Eugene Gilbert Sheppard and Helen Faye (Bales) Sheppard, and was raised in South Whitley, Indiana. She was married to Michael B. Loughlin, who survives. They were divorced in 1979.
Joan N. Swing, 80, of South Whitley, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since July 2008.
She was born March 9, 1930 in Huntington, a daughter of Russell and Pauline (Burman) Smith. She graduated from Huntington High School.
On April 24, 1949 she was united in marriage to Dick C. Swing. They made their home in Roanoke until 1952 when they moved to South Whitley.
Brayden Carlos Silvestre, five months, died unexpectedly at 5:44 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. He was a son of Carlos and Brandy (Platt) Silvestre.
COLUMBIA CITY — Not only did the Columbia City Lady Eagles face a heartbreaking five-game loss to East Noble Thursday night, but six senior Lady Eagles walked off the court for one of the final times at Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium.
“We fought hard, they just fought a little harder,” Lady Eagles head coach Trish Hinen said.
FORT WAYNE — A windy afternoon greeted area boys’ tennis teams as they opened the postseason Thursday.
The weather wasn’t the only thing both Columbia City and Whitko had to battle in the Homestead sectional, however.
Both facing a state-ranked opponent, the tennis season ended for Whitley County squads with 5-0 losses.
Columbia City boys’ soccer honored its senior class Wednesday night in a home win over Garrett 10-0. Six Eagle seniors in all were recognized. Front row, from left: Matt Marty, Austin Porter. Back row: Tyler Peterson, Jordan Esterline, Devin Rice, Grant Wood. The Eagles have two more games before wrapping up the regular season.
Six weeks into the Indiana High School football season someone has to ask it.
Is this the best season ever for Whitley County football?
Think about it. Between the three local high school squads, Columbia City, Churubusco, Whitko, only two losses stand against 16 wins.
Not to mention one of those losses is to the other when Columbia City renewed its rivalry against Whitko with a 30-0 win earlier this season.