January 5th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gun permit applications are still on the rise in Whitley County, as both Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department and the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department tripled their applications in December.
In December 2011, the WCSD had 29 total gun permit applications. In December 2012, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the department has completed 93 applications.
Though the shooting has stirred talks of gun control laws, WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said he doesnâ€™t think citizens need to fear any immediate restrictions.
Columbia City's boys basketball team topped Bellmont by 40 points Friday.
Sue C. (Ford) Jarvis, age 71, of Columbia City, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born April 14, 1941, in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Garnet R. and Donna L. (Hammitt) Ford.
She graduated from Arcola High School, Arcola, with the Class of 1959. She retired from Verizon (previously GTE and General Telephone) after 47 years of service. She was a dedicated member of IBEW Local 723.
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.