(Dec. 11, 2013) â€” Whitley County Emergency Management reported that roadways are slick and snow covered. Officials urge drivers to be careful when traveling and adjust vehicle speed as necessary. More snow is expected throughout the day and into the evening hours.
Janet Hinenâ€™s class at Little Turtle Elementary School showcased idioms for students and parents Tuesday. Each child chose an idiom to act out or to create a costume to illustrate their chosen idiom.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Teenagers from Columbia City United Methodist Church will be raising funds to cover the expense of a missions trip to Haiti in 2014.
A holiday bazaar will give the youth group the opportunity to sale kettle corn and hold a raffle to financially support their cause.
Santaâ€™s Helperâ€™s Market will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Van Buren Event Center, 301 W. Van Buren St., in downtown Columbia City.
Dale N. Alles, 87, of Roanoke passed away at 3:47 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
He was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Whitley County, a son of Philip and Freida (Ness) Alles.
Survivors include three sons, a son-in-law, six daughters, a brother, a sister, 23 grandchildren and 21 great -grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington.
Lt. Col. Robert L. Walker, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 2013, at his home in Columbia City.
Born Dec. 25, 1920, in Huntington, he was the son of Leslie A. and Elsie M. (Ramsey) Walker.
Raised in Huntington, Robert graduated from Huntington High School with the Class of 1938, and began working at Caswell-Runion.
On Jan. 14, 1942, he married Juanita Glenn Welches in Fort Wayne. Bob and Juanita lived in Fort Wayne until they bought a farm near Tri-Lakes in 1954, raising their family there until moving to Columbia City in 1992.
Carl A. Reaser, 62, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Born Feb. 26, 1951, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Ferdinand W. Reaser and Elda P. (Johnson) Price.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in September of 1968. After his training, he was sent to Da Nang Vietnam where he was wounded. After his recovery, he was stationed in South Korea and German before being discharged in September of 1974.
Dr. Larry Lamar Blue, 83, of Lewisville, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center.
Dr. Blue was born July 31, 1930, in Fort Wayne, to Lawrence Elnathan Blue and Snelda Hoffman Blue.
Larry served his country in the U.S. Army after he finished high school. Following his military service, Larry received a bachelorâ€™s degree in statistics from Manchester College in Indiana, a masterâ€™s degree in education from Ball State University and a doctorate in education from Indiana University where he also worked as a professor.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Children of all ages were welcomed at the South Whitley Community Public Library Saturday for a chance to greet Santa and meet a few four-legged helpers.
Reindeer pranced into the library to allow children a chance to learn about how the reindeer help Santa deliver presents to children on Christmas Eve.
â€śThe only way the reindeer can fly on Christmas Eve is if Santa chooses them and sprinkles them with magic dust,â€ť said Joni Cripe of Animal-Grams.
Cripe brought Poinsetta, a miniature pony, and Holiday, a reindeer, to visit the children along with Saint Nick.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Housing county inmates is becoming a challenging obstacle for both the Whitley County Jail and the Work Release Center.
Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake told County Council members that the Work Release Center was full and the jail was near capacity.
â€śWeâ€™re going to have to do something,â€ť Rethlake said. â€śI donâ€™t know if that means adding another wing off the back of the jail or what. We might even have to consider a wing off of Work Release as well.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners are keeping a close eye on a class-action lawsuit filed against the county and several other counties in Northeast Indiana.
At a recent meeting, Commissioners heard an update on the situation from County Attorney Dan Sigler.
Legal action was initiated after Lawrence M. Bickel was arrested and held longer than 48 hours before appearing in court for arraignment.
According to Indiana statute, an inmate must be brought before the judge for an initial court appearance within 48 hours of being arrested without a warrant.