COLUMBIA CITY â By the numbers, Whitley County had an increase in new citizens during 2012. There were 225 births in Whitley County in 2012, as of Dec. 18. That is an increase compared to 188 in 2011 and 185 in 2010.
âI think a lot of that was because of the new ob/gynâs at the hospital,â said Joann Miller, office administrator of the Whitley County Health Department.
The number of deaths held steady compared to previous years, with 229 as of Dec. 18, compared to 234 and 233 in the previous two years.
Dian Ruth Wrightsman, 59, of rural South Whitley, died at 2:56 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Saint Johnâs Hospital, Anderson, where she was admitted Christmas Day while visiting family. She had been suffering from cancer.
She was born Oct. 23, 1953, in South Bend, the only child of James William and Evelyn (McClellan) Moore.Her formative years were spent in Albuquerque, N.M. and Daytona Beach, Fla. The family then returned to the Jimtown area.
Columbia City's boys basketball team is hosting Munster tonight at 8 p.m.
Both teams are 8-0 and Munster is ranked No. 5 in the state by the Associated Press.
Elsa Marie Rodriguez-Kahn, 50, of Fort Wayne, was called home after a courageous battle with cancer Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at home with her family by her side. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church.
She worked at G.M. in the human resources department as a benefits representative.
âEverything we ever needed to know you instilled in us. Thank you, mom,âsaid her children.
Columbia Cityâs girls basketball team competed in the first day of the Northridge Holiday Tournament Thursday.
The Lady Eagles dropped both games, falling to 59-54 to Andrean in the opening game and 58-44 to Portage in the afternoon session.
Pictured, Macie Hinen drives in a game earlier this season.
Editorâs note: The following is the fourth of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â Dustin, 37, and Amanda, 31, Petrosky are the parents of a growing family in Columbia City. They are expecting for the fifth time â from China, that is.
The Petroskys have built their home around children adopted through the stateâs foster program and now through an international adoption.
âMy heart is breaking for orphans in China,â Amanda said.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Residents of a southeast Whitley County home escaped the burning house without injury, but left their home heavily damaged.
The house, which was located between County Roads 300 and 400 E. on Ind. 114, was damaged by a fire which began in the chimney Thursday morning at 8 a.m.
Firefighters from Jefferson, Columbia and Washington townships in Whitley County responded to the blaze at 3391 E. Ind. 114, along with departments from Allen and Huntington Counties.
Christian James Yahr, infant son of Vicar Karl and Andrea Pfleghaar Yahr, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Childrenâs Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Christian was born Oct. 11, 2012, in Kansas City.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Theresa, Melissa and Samantha, all of Columbia City; his grandmothers, Alice Pfleghaar of Jordan, Minn. and Janice Yahr of Daytona Beach Fla.; his aunts, Sara Pfleghaar of Shakopee, Minn. and Kim (Phil) Cordova of North Platte Neb. and several cousins. Â
Charles E. Burelison, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at his home. Born April 20, 1931, in Eaton, he was the son of Elmer Virgil âJackâ and Lillian Esther (Mumaugh) Burelison.
He attended Northside High School, Fort Wayne and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On July 14, 1951, he married Barbara A. Middleton at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne and they have always lived in Whitley County. For 35 years he worked at Dana Corporation, Churubusco.
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Beatles wrote a song about it. Teenagers dream about it. Vacations begin and end with it. Driving a car. For Paul Gates, 83, of Columbia City, driving was a pleasure. Gates remembers his first car, a 1932 Chevy bought in 1947.
âCars were a lot different back then,â Gates said. âThey were fast enough. Now a days these cars can go way too fast.â