November 20th, 2013
Ron and Karen Murphyâ€™s home (pictured) is one of the homes featured on The Lighthouseâ€™s Christmas Walk slated for Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. The home is located at 1176 Whitetail St. in Columbia City and is a 2,200 square-foot home with an open concept floor plan. Hardwood floors, Amish built cabinets and a unique 10-foot coffered ceiling are all showcased in this home. A handmade, homemade country Christmas motif is featured in the home. The annual event is held to raise funds for The Lighthouse, a nonprofit shelter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Getting the most bang for the countyâ€™s buck is one of the many duties for Whitley Countyâ€™s Commissioners.
When an expense category seems to be out of line, Commissioners look to see if changes need to be implemented to curb the growing cost.
This was the case at Mondayâ€™s meeting, when a discussion regarding county maintenance vehicles was heard.
Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf reminded county officials that maintenance staff are currently using their own vehicles to make trips to and from county buildings for work.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s police cars are going to take on a new color next year.
The Columbia City Board of Works unanimously approved to change from the current dark blue squad cars to white, as well as a new logo on the vehicles.
â€śWeâ€™ve had the same color and striping package on the cars for a long time,â€ť said Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh. â€śI think itâ€™s time for a change.â€ť
Board of Works member Walt Crowder agreed.
â€śChange sometimes motivates and changes people,â€ť Crowder said. â€śI think this is a positive thing.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Throughout the past decade, Columbia City High School FFA and 4-H livestock judging has slowly been building a nationally competitive program.
This program offers the community an avenue for their youth to expand themselves through evaluating livestock.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A Churubusco man died Tuesday afternoon when he crashed his vehicle after allegedly fleeing police.
At approximately 1:54 p.m., Churubusco Town Marshal Mike Engle was attempting to pull over Tristan Bender, 26, who was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed on County Road 150 N., near Johnson Road.
Police say Bender was attempting to elude Engle, when he crossed the centerline, then went off the north side of the road where his vehicle struck a tree head-on.
Police say Bender wasnâ€™t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County's Relay for Life was recognized for its fight against cancer.
The nonprofit division of the American Cancer Society held its annual 24-hour walk in June with results that surpassed the event's goals.
At a leadership conference in South Bend, the county's relay received three awards for the fundraising and awareness efforts in June.
An All American Award was presented to the county for its continuous efforts to present a relay event that captures the spirit of the Relay for Life organization and the American Cancer Society.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Helpless babies floating in a river? What a disturbing thought!But thatâ€™s exactly the idea that teens were confronted with during a two-day youth philanthropy retreat held last weekend in Angola at Pokagon State Park.
Attending the retreat from the H.A.N.D.S Foundation from Whitley County were Luke Sturtz, Taylor Daniel, Allison Conrad, and Maren Lehman.
Teens were told an African tale of babies in a river and the reactions of three community leaders.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Fourth graders from all four elementary schools within the Whitley County Consolidated Schools district recently attended Pioneer Day at the Whitley County Ag Museum.
Students visited 14 stations to learn about various aspects of pioneer life.
Thanks to volunteers, students visited a one-room schoolhouse, pioneer kitchen, maple syrup operation and milking parlor. They also heard presentations on muzzle loaders, long hunters, pioneer music, candle making, wheat weaving, corn husk dolls, pioneer laundry, sewing, pioneer toys and games, soap making and arrowheads.
Louis Salgado, 87, of Columbia City, died at 5:40 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since September 2009.
He was born March 23, 1926, in Houston, Texas, a son of Emencao and Maria (Martinez) Salgado.
On April 15, 1957, he was united in marriage to Trinidad Mendoza. They moved to Whitley County from San Antonio, Texas, and began working on the Ruby Campbell farm and in the mid 1960s to the Denzil Schrader farm and began work. Mrs. Salgado died April 16, 1992.
Isaac Moran Hyser, 5 month old son of Steven E. and Andrea (Elliott) Hyser of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 5:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.