October 19th, 2010
The Whitley County Commissioners have added the exclamation point to the now week-old ban on open burning in the county.
On Monday afternoon, the three-man board signed a Declaration of Limited Local Disaster Emergency, Open Burn Ban.
The declaration states â€śa state of emergency exists in the county.â€ť
The commissioners declared â€śa countywide burn ban affecting certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current drought conditions.â€ť
A series of burglaries occurred in Columbia City over the weekend, according to city police.
The Columbia City Police Department said Monday it had reports of four burglaries or attempted burglaries which occurred between 2 and 5 a.m. Friday morning.
In three of the cases, suspects entered the homes and in all four cases, the occupants of the houses were home at the time of the crime.
â€śIt was a situation where the weather played a factor,â€ť said Capt. Brian Anspach of the city police department.
Last year, Toys for Tots provided nearly 700 Whitley County children with a toy for Christmas.
That number will likely increase this year, said Pat Mossburg, director of the Salvation Army which provides registration service for the program.
â€śThere is definitely still a need in this community,â€ť Mossburg said.
Collecting toys and making sure they are received by children who would otherwise not get a toy for Christmas is a big task and one that gets its start in early November, long before anyone is really thinking too much about Christmas.
The process starts with applications.
A Florida man drowned Monday when the lawn mower he was driving rolled into a pond.
Leroy Herbert Thomas, 72, Avon Park, Fla. was mowing around a pond at the residence of his son, Brian on Old Trail Road, when according to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the lawnmower, he was driving tumbled down a steep bank and into the water.
Thomas was trapped under the mower and drowned, according to Whitley County Deputy Coroner C. Taron Smith.
â€śHe just got too close to the edge of the pond,â€ť said Smith.
Monday marked two weeks until the first Indiana high school wrestling practice.
That same day, the Columbia City program also found out its was without a head coach.
At Whitley County Consolidated Schools board meeting Monday, two-year coach Jeff Slain had his resignation approved by school board members.
Slain replaced former head coach Randy Kearby in 2008.
Columbia City athletic director Geoff Penrod confirmed the resignation was turned in early last week by Slain.
This time a year ago, Veterans Marathon officials weren’t sure what they had with the inaugural 26.2 mile run throughout Whitley County.
After roughly 400 runners came out in mid November in 2009, small improvements are being made for an estimated field that race director Gary Bird expects to more than double in its second year.
“We definitely picked up where our issues were,” Bird noted. “We’ve addressed those for this year and made some changes.”
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first of three articles looking at renovation projects at Richland Township churches.
If you check out the number of churches in Richland Township on the Whitley County Historical Museum website, there are only three listed: The Larwill Wesleyan Church, the Larwill Methodist Church and the New Hope Wesleyan Church.
All three churches are located in one of the least populous townships of Whitley County and, according to census records, had more citizens in 1890, than any year since.
Fran Pierce, 78, of Columbia City, died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 at her home.
She was born March 21, 1932 in Arkansas, a daughter of John and Clemmie (Lumpkin) Petty. As a young girl, her family moved to Pendleton, Ind. She graduated from Pendleton High School.
On May 15, 1952 she was united in marriage to Norman N. Pierce. They made their home in Columbia City. Mr. Pierce died March 26, 1988.
She was employed in the guidance and business offices of Columbia City Joint High School, as well as the gift department of Keltsch Pharmacy and later Dorothyâ€™s Hallmark.
Jeffery L. Morris, 53, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at his home.
Mr. Morris was born in Columbia City Sept. 25, 1957, the oldest son of Ronald E. and Marna (Smolek) Morris. He was a lifelong resident of the Churubusco community, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1976.
For the past 12 years he had been employed at Wal-Mart on Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne.