February 23rd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Dense fog that started as light icy precipitation in Northern Indiana is descending and spreading across Whitley County.
Icy roads north of Whitley County caused traffic accidents early today, while the pea soup fog is rapidly causing visibility issues across the area.
Motorists and pedestrians are advised to take special precautions until conditions improve.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Gasoline prices in Whitley County surged 25 cents overnight to $3.69 a gallon, causing Thursday morning consternation for local motorists.
Questions abound for tight-budgeted citizens who have been told to brace for $4 per gallon prices by Memorial Day â€“ and perhaps $5 this summer.
As if on cue, the White House is scheduled to address American gas prices later Thursday.
ALBION â€” Kathryn Joan Secrist, 72, of Albion, passed away at 6:48 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
She was born Jan. 24, 1940, in Plymouth, the daughter of Richard Max and Pearl Irene (Tracy) Burgh.
A former resident of Mentone and Goshen, she moved to Merriam 24 years ago.
She attended Etna Green High School and was a housewife and homemaker.
She was a member of Curbside Cruisers, Fort Wayne, Route 30 Car Cruisers, Columbia City and Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.
Pete N. Miller, 73, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Villages Hospital in The Villages Fla.
Born Nov. 8, 1938, in Daviess County, Pete worked as a self employed home building contractor for 42 years.
He was a member of The Chapel, Home Builders Association and Blackhawk Ministries.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ruth M. Bowser, 86, formerly of Washington Township, died at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since 2007.
She was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Munising, Mich., a daughter of Harley E. and Sallie (Riley) Adair.
As a sophomore in high school, she moved to the Chicago area with her brother.
She graduated from Walter High School in Chicago in 1943. After graduation she moved to Fort Wayne.
Dean L. Jines, 72, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born March 7, 1939, in Wabash, he was the son of Leslie T. Jines and Anna (Ridenour) Brooks.
He was raised in Wabash County where he graduated from Wabash City Schools.
From 1956-1962, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
On May 10, 1958, he married Vonnie L. Boardman in Wabash.
In 1973, he and his family moved to Whitley County, moving to Auburn in 1990 and Fort Wayne in 1993.
He returned to Columbia City in 1997.
Fredrick J. Harroff, 72, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at his home.
Born Sept. 16, 1939, in Churubusco, he was the son of Herbert Theodore and Bethel Marie (Pennington) Harroff.
A Whitley County resident most of his lifetime, he attended several high schools and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.
On Dec. 17, 1963, he married Sherry Lindell Williams in Albion, Noble County.
He worked as a warehouseman for 30 years at Food Marketing, Fort Wayne.
He was a member of the Churubusco American Legion Post #157.
Berniece E. Rex, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:35 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born Oct. 21, 1918, in Noble Township, she was the daughter of John L. and Sophia E. (Fankhouser) Young.
She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the class of 1936.
On Jan. 21, 1939, she married Luther E. Rex in Noble Township.
A Noble County resident most of her lifetime, she and her husband lived in Muncie between March, 1939 and April, 1942.
Before her marriage, she was employed for two years by the former Blue Bell, Inc.
ARCADIA, LA â€” A celebration of the life of Ben Simmers will be from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at his residence for family and friends.
Ben was born April 28, 1938 in Whitley County.
He entered into rest Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Shreveport, La.
Ben was retired from Ball-Foster Glass Manufacturing Company after many years of faithful service.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he proudly served his country.
Ben was a graduate of Columbia City High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Bernice Simmers, and granddaughter, Emily Simmers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Col-umbia City Rotarians hosted 120 bidders at its annual scholarship auction Saturday night at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center, raising more than $21,000 at the Hawaiian-themed banquet.
The top single purchase of the evening was a week of leisure at a condominium in Naples, Fla., provided by Don Armstrong. Candice and Barry Yeakle were top bidders for the get-away.