November 16th, 2012
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” In light of a southwest Whitley County crash that had the potential to be disastrous, Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton advises motorists to use caution.
A pair of Whitley County Highway workers were repairing pot holes on CR 400 S. near 950 W. Thursday afternoon when a car came over a hill.
The driver, Amanda Syndram, 19, of Pierceton, slammed on the brakes, losing control on the loose gravel on the road.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In order to improve communications between departments, the City of Columbia City will soon have the ability to access digitally organized information in a Geographic Information System (GIS) via computers, tablets or smartphones.
â€śItâ€™s time, efficiency and cost savings for the city as a whole,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Mayor Daniel said the system will allow for quicker access to information which will mainly benefit departments in their daily tasks.
As a result, the system may prove to be beneficial to city residents.
Margaret Mary â€śMaggieâ€ť (Love) Clifford, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since March of 2011.
She was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of James and Mary (Traficanti) Perrella.
Raised in Fort Wayne, she attended St. Vincentâ€™s Catholic School.
On Jan. 29, 1994, she was united in marriage to James R. Clifford. They made their home in Tennessee. In 2002, they moved to rural Columbia City.
She was employed for more than 28 years at Seyfertâ€™s Foods in Fort Wayne.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A squirrel may have been the culprit in a 6,000-customer phone outage that stretched from Churubusco to Huntertown.
â€śWe think a squirrel chewed the power line, shorted it out and caused our phone line to get burned,â€ť Frontierâ€™s Construction Manager Laura Gay said.
Starting at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, â€™Busco residents were unable to make phone calls â€” but most importantly, werenâ€™t able to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
According to Gay, workers fixed the 911 section as soon as possible, and it was back up and running at approximately 7 p.m.
Phone service in Churubusco is down until further notice, according to Nixle. The 911 emergency number is inoperative in the immediate Churubusco area. Call 260-248-3181 for emergencies. Frontier has been notified.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Kent Theater sits with a nearly perfect faĂ§ade at 220 S. State St. in South Whitley, but look behind the exterior and the theater is anything but perfect.
Upon a recent inspection of the site that once housed Turning Point Church, the former theater looked much the same as it did nine months ago when a fire gutted the theater, causing the roof to collapse Feb. 18.
Debris and rubble still cover the theater seating, while parts of the structure still display blackened walls.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School senior Foster Eber wonâ€™t be watching football and eating turkey on Thanksgiving.
He will be part of an 86-year tradition â€” the Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Foster auditioned for the Macyâ€™s Great American Marching Band after watching last yearâ€™s parade.
Foster will leave Saturday to meet up with approximately 250 band members to rehearse for the parade. The marching band will perform two pieces during the event, â€śMoves Like Jagger,â€ť and a jazz number entitled â€śLazy River.â€ť
ALLEN COUNTY â€” Two men pleaded guilty to a marijuana-growing operation at Lake Everett â€” a mile northeast of the Whitley County line in Allen County.
Jason Bridges, 32, and Jarrod Vroom, 39, were arrested Sept. 8 in a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Allen County Drug Task Force and Indiana State Police, which uncovered more than 100 marijuana plants.
Allen Countyâ€™s SWAT team raided Bridgesâ€™ house and found the growing operation, along with an additional four pounds of marijuana.
Robert E. Phend, 83 of South Whitley, passed away at p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in his residence.
On Dec. 13, 1929, he was born in Columbia City, to Paul and Marie (Wysong) Phend.
He married Marjorie Johnson on July 11, 1953, who survives. Robert retired from International Harvester/Navistar in Fort Wayne.
Other surviving relatives include four children, Norma Schweigel of Columbia City; Michael E. (Sharon) Phend of Pierceton, Rebecca A. Phend of South Whitley and Rose E. Phend of South Whitley; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.