April 4th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ With Opening Day for Major League Baseball this week, it was only fitting that a former National League player â€śtoe the rubberâ€ť at the Columbia City Rotary Club.
Carl Erskine, who is from Anderson, came and spoke to the Rotarians at their last meeting.
Erskine starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1948-1956, and moved west to L.A. with the team in 1957, finally retiring in 1959.
He finished with 122 wins in his career. He tossed a pair of no-hitters and was on the first Dodger team to ever win the World Series (1955).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Columbia Cityâ€™s first hire in 10 years may be new to the department, police work is nothing new for Jonathan Stoffel.
Stoffel, 22, has been surrounded by law enforcement work for much of his life.
His father, Terry Stoffel, is currently serving his first term as Huntington Countyâ€™s Sheriff. Terry was a Huntington City Police officer for 20 years, and was the chief for eight years.
Jonathanâ€™s sister, Whitney, has spent the last six years as a Huntington PD officer.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a multi-part series on the growing problem of methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ice. Glass. Crank. Crystal. Junk. Poop. Speed.
What could these words possibly have in common? Theyâ€™re all nicknames for the same chemical â€” methamphetamine.
With the number of meth labs in the state of Indiana more than doubling in the last five years, many citizens have to ask themselves â€” are we safe?
Most meth-related injuries come from the making, or â€ścookingâ€ť of the drug.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two juveniles injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash on Easter Sunday are in good condition.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., two 17-year-old girls from Whitley County were riding together on an ATV across an open field in southwest Whitley County.
According to Darren Reed, Indiana Conservation Officer, Shannon Kincaid and Nicole Karrer went through a rough, washed out spot in the area of 3899 S. CR 400 W.
The impact from the washout caused Kincaid to bounce from the driverâ€™s seat, over the handlebars, and onto the ground in front of the vehicle.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s council approved a tax abatement for proposed improvements Tuesday.
PDQ Workholding, LLC was granted a 10-year deduction for the personal property improvements. The resolution passed 7-0.
County Councilman Bill Overdeer said he was happy with what PDQ has done so far.
â€śThe redevelopment commission unanimously approved the 10-year abatement and I would move the council approve this,â€ť he said. â€ś(PDQ has) been pretty successful in the past three years. I am proud of them and all they have been able to do and are glad to have them here.â€ť
Inez Sickafoose, 94, a lifelong resident of Cleveland Township, Whitley County, died at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester where she had been a resident since March 2011.
She was born May 2, 1918 in Cleveland Township, a daughter of the late Clarence and Vada (Pence) Plattner. She attended Krider Grade School and then graduated from South Whitley High School in 1936.
She was united in marriage to Gale C. Sickafoose Sept. 9, 1939. They made their home on a farm south of South Whitley. Mr. Sickafoose died Dec. 30, 2007.
Wayne E. Doty, 88, formerly of Woodburn, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City. Born in Allen County, he was the son of the late William and Minnie Doty.
He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, Ohio. Wayne was a lifelong farmer who enjoyed fishing, playing cards and winters in Florida with his late wife, Doris.
Lena L. Dorman, 95, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013. She was born May 31, 1917, to George Walter and Mary Eldora (Van Dolsen) Fulkerson.
Surviving relatives include four children, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
The funeral was 10:30 a.m. today at Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion, with Pastor Matthew Trexler officiating. Mrs. Dorman was interred in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Roger Allen Diemer, 50, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:16 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013. Born December 22, 1962, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Robert Ray and Sharon Annette (Keller) Diemer.
He graduated from Leo High School with the Class of 1980. Roger lived in Fort Wayne and Columbia City areas his entire life and worked in general construction as a plasterer. In his free time, he enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, fishing and camping.
Bobby Ray Turner, 67, of Oklahoma City, Okla., passed away at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Warr Acres, Oklahoma City. Born April 30, 1945, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Robert Turner and Mildred Elizabeth (Fletcher) Turner.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1963 and served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966. After moving away from Columbia City, he lived in Georgia and Oklahoma. He was a diesel mechanic in Georgia and Oklahoma for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ and Veterans of Foreign Wars.