February 16th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County residents are finally getting some wind back in their sails ‚Äď or rather, their voice-boxes.
Following two consecutive Whitley County Plan Commission meetings closed to public discussion ‚Äď the primary focus being the ongoing wind issue ‚Äď a public hearing has been scheduled for March 21 to discuss the proposed amendment to the county zoning ordinance. Having reviewed and suggested revisions for most of the ordinance last month, Wednesday‚Äôs meeting was brief in comparison.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Though Head Coach Chris Benedict does all the play calling, look farther down the bench to see a pint-sized boy dressed in a shirt and tie at the end of the Columbia City coaching line-up.
Sam Eberly, 6, has followed the Eagles‚Äô boys basketball team closely for the last several years.
Eberly traveled with the team to the semi-state finals in the 2010-11 season and has spent most practices and every game as Columbia City‚Äôs junior ‚Äúmascot‚ÄĚ.
Sam, as a kindergartner, played in Columbia City‚Äôs youth league against 3rd and 4th graders.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúThere are no pending charges on the Walgreens robbery at this time,‚ÄĚ Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said today. Contrary to other area news sources, no charges have been filed in connection to the robbery at the Walgreens in Columbia City last week.
Reports said that Troy and Nichole Fritz of Fort Wayne were arrested in connection to the local heist.
‚ÄúMr. and Mrs. Fritz were charged with separate charges than our robbery,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. ‚ÄúNo paperwork has been filed from our department through Allen County.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Michael Barton has been dealing with gravel roads for over 30 years.
He‚Äôs still getting the same calls. ‚ÄúMost phone calls this time of year deal with gravel. We try to work on that between snow periods,‚ÄĚ Barton said.
Barton said at this time of year, frost is getting under the ground and roads are saturated with either rain or snow that has melted.
According to Barton, that is the perfect mixture for creating potholes on gravel roads.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúLet Me Call You Sweetheart,‚Äú ‚ÄúLittle Arrows‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúUnforgettable‚ÄĚ were just some of the tunes flowing through The Oaks during it‚Äôs annual Valentine‚Äôs Day party Tuesday. The social room was packed with nearly all the residents at The Oaks.
They clapped, sang and shouted as Jay Fox entertained with an old-fashioned accordion for nearly an hour and his wife Patrice sang along.
Helen Arter was named Valentine‚Äôs Day Queen 2012. The queen received a crown and roses. The first runner-up was Viola Baker. She received a teddy bear.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City High School senior, Michaela Thomas, will be competing at the state level of the Distinguished Young Women Program (DYW), formally known as Junior Miss. Thomas‚Äô name replaces 2011 winner, Cassandra Petrie.
Pamela Thompson, co-coordinator of the Whitley County franchise of the DYW, will join Thomas on her trip to Kokomo as she becomes the county‚Äôs 48th representative to attend the competition.
‚ÄúShe is a joy to work with,‚ÄĚ said Thompson.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Being the next American Idol is an extreme long shot. But Churubusco‚Äôs Alex McDowell took that shot and auditioned in front of the three judges for the popular television show.
He and three of his friends made their way to St. Louis during the summer of 2011 and say they had a great time during the grueling audition process.
‚ÄúMy friends and I are all in the Ball State Singers Glee Club and we heard about the auditions being in St. Louis, so we traveled there,‚ÄĚ said McDowell.
Gerald R. Mansdorfer, 76 of Liberty Township, passed away at Hospice of Hamilton on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at 10:06 a.m.
He was born in Jefferson Township on Jan. 26, 1936, the son of Marguerite and Raymond Mansdorfer.
Gerald was a quality assurance supervisor for the Department of Defense for 27 years.
He was a member of Jefferson Chapel Methodist Church.
On Sept. 16, 1956, Gerald married Donna (DeBolt) Mansdorfer.
James L. Lawrence, 73, of Whitley County, died on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Pensacola, Fla.
He was born July 19, 1938, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of the late Richard and Florence (Lytle) Lawrence.
He was a devoted Christian and member of the St. John‚Äôs Lutheran Church Lake Township. He was a humble man and his strong faith led his life.
We will never forget his solitary love for his family. The Air Force veteran was a crew chief while stationed in France.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Ruth O. Ross, 94, of Columbia City, passed away at 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Miller‚Äôs 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.