August 1st, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â A methamphetamine tip turned into a bomb investigation Tuesday afternoon at Ace Hardware.
The Whitley County Drug Task Force was tipped off that Lori Sample, 46, of Albion, possessed ingredients used to make meth.
âThe original tip was for meth precursors,â Columbia City Police Capt. Tony Hively said.
While investigating the vehicle, at approximately 3:53 p.m., police found items more dangerous than meth-making materials.
âThere were bomb-making materials found inside the vehicle,â Hively said.
Gwendolyn Mae Barsh, 89, a native of Columbia City, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
She was born Sept. 22, 1922, in Columbia City, a daughter of Eldon B. and Delta Maud (Egner) Barsh. She graduated from Columbia City High School, received her nursing degree from Wesley Hospital/Northwestern University and completed certification in bookkeeping.
She married Philip Warren Barsh. They made their home in Elmhurst, Ill. Mr. Barsh died Jan. 18, 1983. Gwendolyn moved to Venice, Fla. two years ago from South Whitley.
Kacy Lynn Trick Meyer, 42, of rural South Whitley, died July 28, 2012, at Memorial Hospital, in Savannah, Ga.
She was born Jan. 10, 1970 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. to Fred Trick Jr. and Kathy (Holmes) Trick.
Mrs. Meyer was a 1988 graduate of Manchester High School, and attended the University of Alabama.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City and the South Whitley Elementary School P.T.O.
She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and attending her childrenâs baseball and softball games. She especially loved her children, nieces, and nephews.
Anna Mae Alles, 90, of Columbia City, died at 8:21 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since March 11, 2011.
She was born Jan. 21, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, a daughter of Carl H. and Martha M. (Wiemeyer) Maas. Most of her formative years were spent in Delphos, Ohio.
On June 6, 1942, she was united in marriage to Herbert J. Alles. They spent most of their married life together in Whitley County. Mr. Alles died Feb. 14, 1992.
A homemaker, her memberships include St. Catherine Nix Settlement Catholic Church and its Rosary Society.
Gladys M. White, 86, of Columbia City, died at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born Aug. 10, 1925, in Huntington, she was the daughter of Lewis W. and Louella (Hodson) Marks.
When she was eight years of age, her family moved from Huntington to Roanoke. She attended Roanoke High School.
On March 25, 1944, she married Leonard White in Tampa, Fla. Following their marriage, they moved to Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY - According to Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively, Fort Wayne's bomb squad has possession of the bomb found at Ace Hardware in Columbia City, and will dispose of it properly.
The bomb was found after a tip from a citizen about a customer buying precursors for meth.
Upon investigation, shrapnel and gun powder were found in the vehicle, along with two BB guns.
Area businesses were evacuated. Captain Hively said he cleared a 300-yard radius as a safety precaution. Columbia City was never declared in a state of emergency.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Police Department is urging Whitley County residents to avoid the area of Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware, 200 Diplomat Drive as police report locating a bomb at or near the store Tuesday afternoon.
At press time, members of a bomb squad from Fort Wayne are enroute to Columbia City to investigate as area businesses near the scene are being evacuated. More information will be provided here as it develops and a complete story will appear in the Wednesday edition of The Post & Mail
COLUMBIA CITY â The 2012 Whitley County 4-H Fair offered something for all ages, including adults, who were eligible to enter the Open Adult Show.
Winners of the 2012 show were:
Adabelle Lang, division winner
Renee Galloway, participant.
Joyce Berry, class winner; Sharon Geiger and Stephanie Zumbrun, honorable mention
Adabelle Lang, class winner; Ema Lou Rose, Marilyn Hull, Bonnie Platz, honorable mention; Elizabeth Binkley, Sue Collier, Judy Kreider, participants.
COLUMBIA CITY Â â As health officials around the state and other parts of the Midwest caution residents to be wary of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile Virus, it was announced Monday afternoon such a threat is no longer just a possibility.
âI was contacted today (Monday) by the state that Whitley County has the West Nile mosquito,â said Scott Wagner of the Whitley County Health Department.
âThey just called me today. They found pools of these mosquitoes growing at the (Columbia City) Wastewater Treatment Plant.â