COLUMBIA CITY â€” A white day-after-Christmas created difficult road conditions across Whitley County Thursday.
A light dusting of snow hit the area after midnight. While accumulation was minimal, it was enough to make several of the countyâ€™s roads, particularly U.S. 30, dangerous for drivers.
Julie Smith of the Whitley County Sheriff dispatch center said several calls came in of drivers having slide-offs.
â€śPeople were driving too fast for the road conditions,â€ť she said. â€śU.S. 30 was really bad.â€ť
Many of those phone calls came in early Thursday morning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man arrested on drug-related charges during a spring traffic stop will stand trial early next month in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Vanness D. Oliver, 35, of Mansfield, Ohio, was arrested during a traffic stop in late April, and was charged with dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance and possession of a narcotic drug.
His trial is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2014, with jury selection at 9 a.m. and evidence beginning at noon.
Oliverâ€™s attorney is Nikos Nakos. Oliver is currently out on bond and is not incarcerated.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ M.C. Wheeler & Sons, sales, service and installation of well drilling, heating, plumbing and geo thermal, offers Merry Christmas to all.
"Have a very Merry Christmas," notes the staff of the long-time Whitley County business. "May all your hopes and dreams come true this holiday season. Many thanks for your kind patronage."
Serving Northern Indiana since 1884, M.C. Wheeler & Sons may be reached at 1-800-552-3660. The business is located at 7055 N. 350 W., Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Perseverance and dedication paid off for two Whitley County young men Saturday.
Joe Becker and Kable Coyle were sworn in as Eagle Scouts at Grace Lutheran Church in the presence of friends and family.
To become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of scouting, both boys were required to complete a rigorous list of requirements, including earning more than 21 merit badges, complete a service project and serve in a position of authority.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” No matter how big or how small, how short or how tall, and no matter the color of hair or the shoes they wear â€” children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Saint Nick tonight.
As the hours count down and the night draws near, anticipation builds as children wonder when the big guy will appear.
While Santaâ€™s sack is stuffed with toys, coal awaits for naughty little girls and naughty little boys.
How does one ensure a present will be received? Bend your ear to these children who know exactly what Santaâ€™s list can bring.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Christmas Eve, firemen with the Columbia City Fire Department will partake in a tradition spanning 125 years.
The holiday candy and orange give-away is one way the fire department serves the community. The event will be held Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Whitley County Courthouse and is open to all children.
The department raises funds throughout the year to purchase enough candy for each child to have a one-pound bag of candy and oranges.
Douglas Scott Radke passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
Born Feb. 7, 1959, he was the son of Michael G. and Shirley M. (Middleton) Radke.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Debbie Radke of Hot Springs, Mont.; siblings, Todd Radkle of Columbia City, Amy Jo Hoffmeier of Ossian, Michael E. Radke of Florence, Al. and Chad Radke of Columbia City; children, Tara Hodges of Columbia City, Josh Radke of Wilson Creek, Wash. and Wakie Ulman of Moses Lake, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.
A family memorial service will be held in the spring.
David Michael Hockgeiger, 63, of Columbia City, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 18, 1950, in Mt. Carmel, Ill., a son of George and Betty (Woods) Hockgeiger. His formative years were spent in Mt. Carmel. He completed his education at Mt. Carmel High School.
He loved his job as a grounds superintendent of golf courses, working throughout Illinois and Indiana, lastly at Eagle Glen Golf Course since 2006.
His enjoyment came spending time with grand babies, playing guitar and driving his car.
Dennis Ross Londt, 60, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after a lengthy illness at the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis.
He was a graduate of Central Noble High School and Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne with a bachelorâ€™s degree in Medicine.
He was a medical technologist MT/ASCP and worked in laboratories in Indiana, Ohio and Texas.
He was born in Wolf Lake, to the Howard E. Londt and Dorothy Walker Londt who both preceded him in death.
His brother, Edward (Jane) Londt lives in Huntertown and sister Peggy (Chris) Wegenka lives in Fort Wayne.
Earl Strickland, 60, of Columbia City, went home to be with the Lord at 4:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his residence. Born on April 7, 1953, in Loris, S.C., he was the son of Lester Hampton and Flauda (Todd) Strickland.
In 1972, he married Vickie Fletcher in Columbia City. From 1984-2003 Earl worked as a property manager in Stuart, Fla.
North Carolina was then home until 2006, when he returned to Columbia City. He loved to deer hunt in addition to fishing at Big Lake, Gilbert Lake, and the ocean.