January 4th, 2013
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An alleged felon requested to represent himself in court and was denied Wednesday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Terrance Ward, 31, of Lagrange, was arrested in July on six drug counts, including four felonies and two misdemeanors. Ward was previously represented by Anthony Garza, a relationship that was terminated by the court Wednesday. Ward said he wanted to represent himself.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mr. and Miss Whitley County, Skylar Campbell and Katie Barnett, were joined by the rest of the Whitley County 4-H court to help organize items at B.A.B.E. of Whitley County.
The afternoon of service was offered by the teens to help prepare B.A.B.E. for its upcoming move to a new location.
In the coming weeks, B.A.B.E. will be relocating from its white house on Main Street to a bigger building off of Line Street.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A water main in Columbia City which has had problems before broke again Monday.
The main services the subdevelopments of Eagle Glen and Irish Glen. Residents of those areas experienced low water pressure until the break was fixed.
Water Superintendant Mike Dear said the soil in the area is corrosive. This causes wear on the main and the corrosion eats at the pipe. The proposed solution will make the soil eat at the anodes, rather than the water main.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One person of the 18 charged with being at dog fighting contest on Saturday pleaded guilty to the charges brought before him in Whitley County Superior Court on Wednesday.
Excell L. Hazzard, 44, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to the charge of attending an animal fighting contest, a Class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to serve six months in the Whitley County Jail with six months of the sentence also suspended, and ordered to pay fines and serve 40 hours of community service in an animal shelter.
Kimberly Inez Rinehold, 47, of Albion, passed away in her sleep early Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at her residence.
Born May 3, 1965, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Steven B. and Cathy J. (Langohr) Heaston.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1983. She spent her adult lifetime in Albion and worked for Dexter Axle as a gauge tech, for over 25 years.
On Oct. 26, 1985, she married John A. Rinehold and he passed away in 2008.
Laurel Eugene Taylor, age 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 8:36 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born March 2, 1928, in Whitley County, he was the son of Glenn Jewel and Grace Evelyn (Traster) Taylor.
He lived in Whitley and Allen Counties all of his adult lifetime.
He graduated from Jefferson Center High School with the Class of 1945.
He served in the United States Army from 1950-52.
On Sept. 26, 1953, he married Donnabelle â€śJonnieâ€ť Wagner.
He worked for 29 years at Joslyn Steel, Fort Wayne, and retired from PTG, Columbia City.