January 4th, 2013
Richard H. â€śDickâ€ť Johnson, 81, of South Whitley, died at 5:33 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was admitted Monday following a stroke.
He was born Sept. 25, 1931 in Speedway, a son of K. Harold and Mary P. (Phillips) Johnson.
At the age of five, the family moved to South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1949.
Patricia Joy Gates, 80, of Columbia City, passed away Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013, at University Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 1, 1932, in Whitley County, to the late Carl and Loretta (Armel) Bridegam.
Patricia graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1950. She retired from Parkview Whitley Hospital where she worked in the cafeteria. She was also a member of the Whitley County Home Demonstration Club and Tri-Lakes Baptist Church.
Helen M. (Deck) Potter, 92, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at The Oaks in Columbia City. She was born Nov. 21, 1920, in Fort Wayne.
Helen was a homemaker that loved caring for her family. She loved playing the piano and singing.
Helen was a member of Salvation Army Church and a life member of the D.A.V. Womenâ€™s Auxiliary.
Many Columbia City residents, such as Zach Miner (above), are carrying out their New Yearâ€™s resolutions at Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA. Working to turn resolutions into lifestyle changes, Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA will hold its annual fitness contest, Whitley Weighs-In. The event is in its seventh year and promotes weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals. Special monthly challenges will accompany the contest for the first time. The Post & Mail will have full event details in Mondayâ€™s edition.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two incidents, one in September and one in December, caused the Columbia City Police Department to re-evaluate policies and internal protocol.
Monday, Dec. 3, a loaded gun magazine was found on the ground near Columbia City High School. This caused the school to go into a lockdown status briefly that day.
Although the situation was accidental and resolved without incident, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said the department has made changes to prevent such an event from happening in the future.
Howard LeRoy Hinton, 83, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013 at Norwood Nursing Center in Huntington. He was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Fairmount, the son of the late Oral and Estia Marie (Zentemyer) Hinton.
Howard attended Anderson High School and was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Marines. He later earned a degree in engineering during his 40 year career with General Motors as a Journeyman/Millwright.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Although the county has seen several inches of snowfall and below-freezing temperatures, ice on area lakes and ponds is still thin.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, lakes and ponds may appear to be ideal for winter recreation, but caution is still necessary when venturing out onto the ice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a hot and dry year across the Midwest in 2012. Northeast Indiana and Whitley County were no exceptions to that trend.
Michael Sabones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in North Webster, said 2012 was at or near record-setting for heat. The drought was brought on, in part, by the warm winter in 2011-12. The slow-melting snow pack is what helps with the soilâ€™s deep moisture.
This absence contributed to the drought.
Here are the headlines in Friday's Post & Mail:
Local Police Comment on Gun Magazines and Hit Pedestrian
2012 Weather Was Hotter and Drier
DNR Discusses Dangers of Ice Covered Lakes
Donnelly Sworn In
COLUMBIA CITY â€” New Yearâ€™s Day met local politicians with a ceremony to officially begin their terms.
On Tuesday elected officials gathered at the Whitley County Courthouse for the swearing-in ceremony.
Among those officials being sworn in were Don Amber and Tom Rethlake as county commissioners; Bill Overdeer, Paula Reimers and Tom Western as members of county council; Laurell Hodges took office as treasurer; in the position of surveyor was Ron McNeal and Randy Dellinger took office as the countyâ€™s coroner.