Archive - News Article
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.
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.
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.
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
Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Whitley County tallied 3.1 inches of snow Wednesday. Right, a wooded area on County Road 150 North near Johnson Road is blanketed with snow.
COLUMBIA CITY â The countyâs first snow storm caused a fatal crash Wednesday night on U.S. 30.A New Jersey man was pronounced dead on the scene, and two more were taken to the hospital with leg and shoulder injuries.
John Knauer, 50, of Wenonah, N.J. died after he lost control of the SUV he was driving, rolling it several times. His passengers, John Knauer Jr., 31 and Daniel Nevius, 26, escaped with non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Editorâs note: The following is the second of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â Sometimes ignoring advice can lead to interesting results. Columbia City Attorney Terry L. Smith received a piece of advice when he was early in his law practice that he obeyed at first, but has since quit following, with interesting results.
âWhen I began my practice, one of the Gates told me, ânever talk to a reporter and never express an opinion.â And I did that at first,â Smith said.
Be prepared when traveling during inclement weather....
If travel is necessary during any period of a storm, make sure to have a fully charged and functioning cell phone.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security also recommends carrying blankets, extra water, a small shovel and other items which may be helpful if a driver finds trouble on the road.
If you become stranded:
â¢Make sure to have at least a quarter tank of gas in the vehicle before leaving. This will help prevent the fuel line from freezing.
The Indiana Department of Transportation offers these hints when driving in winter weather:
â¢Accelerate gradually on ice or snow to avoid slipping and sliding.
â¢Drive slowly and carefully to avoid rear-end collisions and sliding on curves.
â¢Allow greater distance behind the car ahead. It takes more time to stop on snow and ice.
â¢Brake early, break slowly, never slam on the brakes. For cars with anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. For those cars without anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal.
â¢Avoid using cruise control.
â¢Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.