November 21st, 2012
Consumers say they will be out in full force on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, "Small Business Saturday," to support the small businesses that fuel the U.S. economy, create jobs and keep communities thriving.
Of the tens of millions of Americans familiar with Small Business Saturday, 67 percent are planning to â€śshop smallâ€ť on Nov. 24 (44% said they shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday in 2011), according to the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.
According to police scanner traffic, Whitley County has had multiple crashes in the last hour.
Dense fog is creating hazardous road conditions and many area schools have closed.
Use caution when traveling.
The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has a dense fog advisory, remaining in effect until 11 a.m. this morning.
According to the weather service, a dense fog advisory means visibility will frequently be reduced to one quarter mile or less.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two Churubusco brothers appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for an initial hearing after a search warrant turned up drugs at their residence last week.
Benjamin, 30, and Andrew Greer, 28, were arrested on methamphetamine and marijuana charges after the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team (ERT) searched their home at 7755 E. CR 150 N. on Nov. 15.
According to a case report by the Whitley County Drug Task Force, before the search, ERT officers witnessed Andrew throwing items out of the upstairs window onto a lower roof.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Like a fresh wound, the memory of Anthony Wagnerâ€™s death is a sensitive and raw memory for Travis Leon â€” even after a decade has past.
Wagner, of South Whitley, and Leon, of Fort Wayne, were childhood friends and found themselves in the 293rd National Guard Division of Indiana in 2002.
Wagner joined the National Guard in 2001, a little more than a month after his 21st birthday. Leon was right behind him.
Private First Class Wagner received notice in October of 2002 that he had been activated and would be leaving the states to serve in Iraq.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After taking a break to plan his retirement, newly elected Whitley County Consolidated School board member Bill Tucker said he is ready for a second go-around.
â€śIâ€™m humbled by the support the community has given me, and Iâ€™m anxious to get back on the board,â€ť said Tucker.
Tucker first served as a WCCS Jefferson Township board member seven years ago, when he was approached by board members and asked to consider the job.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A Fort Wayne fireman was laid to rest at Churubuscoâ€™s Riverview Cemetery Saturday, after he was killed in the line of duty last week.
Fireman Mark A. Haudenschild II, Washington Township (Allen County), was killed after the tanker he was driving flipped over en route to a grass fire.
More than 1,000 people attended the funeral â€” firemen and fire trucks from every department in Whitley County were in attendance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Christmas carols wafted through Indian Springs Middle School Saturday.
Members of Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s show choirs, City Heat and City Lights, performed for patrons at their annual holiday bazaar, Yuletide Treasurers.
The event was a fundraiser for the choir program and featured a large assortment of vendors.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Every two years, Whitley County bridges are inspected to ensure the existing structures are safe for use.
Currently, the county is working to hand over the plans for a bridge repair project located at CR 600 N. west of 450 E.
â€śItâ€™s the only one that we have left on the list thatâ€™s fracture-critical,â€ť said Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester.
According to Forrester, the bridge is 23 and a half feet in length and width and nearly 40 years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eggnog, pumpkin pie, cookies and candies â€” itâ€™s enough to make anyoneâ€™s mouth water. The holiday season isnâ€™t complete without the tasty treats that come with parties and get-togethers. However, the weight gained during the months of November and December can make some don more than their gay apparel.
To combat bulging bellies, Whitley County YMCA is offering a holiday edition of its annual challenge, Whitley Weighs In.