February 3rd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Heavy fog gripped Whitley County roadways about 5 a.m. Friday, making morning travel hazardous. Visibility was well under one-quarter mile in spots.
Motorists are advised to factor in the fog with their travel plans early Friday.
Conditions were expected to steadily improve by 9 a.m.
The fog was leaving behind a picturesque coating of hoar frost on the landscape.
Staff & wire reports
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The general consensus in Whitley County, Indiana is if six more weeks of winter is like this ... then bring it on!
A very mild winter has been experienced locally to date, and this week's temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees above normal adds to early spring fever.
Most of the groundhog oracles today were pointing to an early springtime, but at least one was predicting 6 more weeks of "winter."
Lions put final touches
on Saturday fry fund raiser
TRI-LAKES â€“ The Tri-Lakes Lions Club is hosting a Fish & Tenderloin Fry as a fund-raising activity Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The all-you-can-eat dinner, beverage and dessert will be at the Tri-Lakes Lions Hall, located on Colony Avenue, just east of Shriner Lake and near the south side of Round Lake.
â€śWe are asking that people bring canned food items to be donated to support a local food pantry in Columbia City,â€ť noted Lion Larry Weiss.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Already a part of the ever-advancing New Tech Network, Eagle Tech Academy (ETA) is still finding ways to break new ground. On Wednesday and Thursday, ETA hosted the National New Tech Leadership Residency, a workshop for New Tech directors, administrators and staff members who will be opening New Tech schools next year.
ETA is the first school to host the conference during its inaugural year. According to Principal Brady Mullett, approximately 50 individuals are attending, representing half of the roughly 28 schools beginning programs next year.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball seniors took the court for the last time at home Wednesday night against Triton. Unfortunately, the Lady Wildcats didnâ€™t walk away with a victory, falling to the Lady Trojans, 55-45.
Whitkoâ€™s six seniors â€” Karissa Olinske, Micaela Sylvester, Katee Reiff, Lynsi Hicks, Cassie Jones and Megan Zumbrun â€” combined for 36 of the Lady â€™Catsâ€™ 45 points.
Sylvester, Reiff and Jones are all four-year varsity letter winners and Olinske has three years of experience.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Common Council typically meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. The meeting, which usually would have been scheduled for Jan. 10 did not happen, as the Mayor, council members and even the clerk-treasurer were away trying to become better leaders for the city. They were attending the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Conference in Indianapolis.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s most volatile hot-button issue for the past year or more has been wind energy â€” to embrace the possible arrival of 400-foot-high wind turbines or tell the companies who market the wind harnessers â€śno thank you, we donâ€™t want them.â€ť
While both sides of this heated debate have been represented through the myriad public hearings and committee meetings, it appears the squeakiest wheel in the debate is about to be lubricated more thoroughly than a wind turbineâ€™s gearbox.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Luise Barbara Germann Pook, 95, passed away peacefully Friday night, Jan. 27, 2012, at home. She was born Feb. 11, 1916, in Cleveland, a daughter of the late Dr. Albert F. O. Germann, Sr. and Ida Helene (Meinke) Germann.
A graduate of Cleveland East High School in 1933, she attended Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University from 1933-36.
After moving to South Whitley and helping start her fatherâ€™s business, she completed her bachelorâ€™s degree at Manchester College in 1940.
Mary E. Grant, 90, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully with her loving family near her on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born April 23, 1921, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Joseph and Bertha Ann (Bush) Sheets.
Raised in Columbia City, she resided in Larwill, Blue Lake, Smith Township, South Whitley and Indianapolis with son Barry Graves, before returning to Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Olga Wilson, 81, of Columbia City, died at 10:24 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since Nov. 12, 2011.
She was born Aug. 28, 1930, in Chicago, a daughter of Bert and Albertina (Anderson) Fahlstrom. Her formative years were spent in Chicago.
On July 15, 1950, she was united in marriage to Lester F. â€śRedâ€ť Wilson in Chicago.
They moved to Columbia City in 1960. Red preceded Olga in death on April 26, 2006.
She enjoyed bowling and golf, participating in several leagues.