February 15th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ruth O. Ross, 94, of Columbia City, passed away at 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born Feb. 9, 1918, in Jelloway, Knox County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Charles E. Birkhold and Onata Zoe (Snellenberger) Birkhold-Jeffery.
She graduated from Paulding High School, Ohio with the class of 1936.
On Jan. 6, 1936, she married Francis W. Ross in Hillsdale, Mich.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team turned the tables against Homestead Tuesday night.
Unlike the Eaglesâ€™ first meeting with Homestead in late December, when they fell to a 16-0 deficit in the opening minutes, Columbia City scored the first points and had the lead at halftime.
Despite the improvements, the Eagles still fell to the undefeated Spartans, 65-55, Tuesday in Columbia City.
Homestead beat the Eagles by 18 points in their first meeting, after taking out their starters for much of the second half after taking a 32-12 lead.
Paul Herron, 85, long-time fireman in Union Township, died Wednesday. In addition to being a firefighter, he was a World War II veteran.
Columbia City firemen Zeb Ballard, Jeff Herendeen and Chief Tom LaRue stand respectfully as the funeral procession passes by.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Signature Giving is taking applications for the Signature Giving Vocational Scholarship.
Whitley County high school seniors who are seeking a vocational degree or certificate are encouraged to apply.
Applications are available at Columbia City High School, Whitko High School, and Churubusco High School and are due by April 21, 2012.
Some of the criteria the selection committee is requesting are: 2.5 GPA or higher, career goals, where you see yourself in five years, and how your future profession/ career will benefit the community of Whitley County.
Light snow is falling across Whitley County this morning, Valentine's Day.
Whitley County had recorded about two inches of snow by 5 a.m. Freezing drizzle is also adding to already slick road conditions.
Local roads are snow-covered and slick. Stopping at intersections or trying to slow in a hurry will be nearly impossible until road conditions improve. A very small number of slide-offs and minor non-injury accidents have happened in the region.
LIGONIER â€” Betty J. Minnick, 83, of Ligonier, formerly of North Webster and Syracuse, died at 2:24 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 10, 1928, in Larwill, to Cecil H. & Rachel Ann (Friend) Paulus.
She was married on Nov. 23, 1946, in North Webster to Harry E. Minnick Jr. who survives.
HUNTINGTON â€” Jack P. Barlow, Sr., 70 of Huntington, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at The Heritage of Huntington.
He was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Detroit, a son of William Henry and Lena Mae (Harlow) Barlow.
He was united in marriage to Rebecca J. Bedwell on Jan 19, 1962, in Livonia, Mich. She survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Jack P. Barlow, Jr. of Huntington; a daughter, Kimberly J. Wood of Huntington; a sister, Virginia L. Tappan of Mio, Michigan; two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William C. Barlow.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Argyle E. Beard, 88, of rural Columbia City, went to be with our Lord at 12:50 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor.
He was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Richland Township, a son of Dalton and Ruth (Coyle) Beard.
He completed his education at Larwill High School with the class of 1942.
He was a farmer, truck driver, custodian at Thorncreek Township School from 1952 until 1965 and a delivery and service man for Skelgas from 1965 until 1982 when he retired.
He then delivered flowers for Carriage House Flowers for many years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Joseph D. Shaffer, 80, of rural Columbia City, passed away peacefully at 11:23 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at his home with his family at his side.Â
Joe was a veteran from the German occupation to the Korean War.Â
He retired as a tool and die maker from Tokhiem Corporation after 44 years and continued farming.Â Â
Joe is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 61 years, Stella; four daughters, Penny Shaffer, Pam (Carl) Emley, Paula (Ellis) Sturgill and Polly (David) Cox; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.Â
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The wind discussion will soon be making its way from the lower level conference room of the Whitley County Government Center â€” where the Whitley County Plan Commission meets â€” to the main conference chambers of the Whitley County Commissioners one floor up.
The commissioners spoke briefly last week with Plan Commission President Brandon Forrester about a potential timetable in regard to when the commissioners may have the wind turbine ordinance in front of them.