November 27th, 2012
CHURUBUSCO â The town of Churubusco gathered together at the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 205 to watch the townâs Christmas tree light up.
Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl organized the affair to promote holiday togetherness for the town.
âWe are hoping to make this an annual event,â said Sade-Bartl. âWe needed something here to kick off the holiday season. I think this works out just fine.â
Santa made his entrance on a fire truck complete with flashing lights.
Zane Sade, a Churubusco High School graduate, serenaded the crowd with a Christmas carol.
LARWILL â A 41-year-old Larwill-area man was taken into custody Monday evening following a five-hour stand-off with police involving an alleged suicide attempt.
Jeremy Todd Gutherie was charged with pointing a loaded firearm and incarcerated at Whitley County Jail on $100,000 bond. His initial court appearance is set Dec. 3 in Whitley Superior Court.
A detailed report of this incident is on page A3 of today's print edition of The Post & Mail, Whitley County's daily newspaper.
John E. Meyers, 55, of Whitley County, died at 11:07 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since May.
He was born May 1, 1957, in Fort Wayne, a son of Edward T. and Alice F. (Maguire) Meyers.
His formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Northrop High School and received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in Lafayette.
Alex James Trabert, 23, passed away at approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the scene of an accident in Indianapolis.
Born March 24, 1989, in Columbia City, Alex had been residing in Franklin for the past year.
He is survived by his parents, Walter Richard and Carla Jeanne (Coonrod) Trabert, Jr. of Columbia City; brothers, Jason Trabert of Columbia City, Bryan Trabert of Ballwin, Mo. and Eric Trabert of Muncie; grandparents, Walter and Julia Trabert, Sr. of Columbia City and Gilbert L. Coonrod of Harlan.
Ronald Lee Coolman, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his home.
Born Aug. 26, 1943, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Donald Ray and Mary Lou (Raber) Coolman.
As a child he lived in Indiana, Arizona and California and he spent his adult lifetime in Roanoke and Whitley County areas. He attended Columbia City Joint High School.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964-68 during the Vietnam War.
INDIANAPOLIS â A 2007 Columbia City High School graduate was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Indianapolis early Saturday morning.
Alex Trabert, 23, died after he was struck by a Toyota Camry on North Shadeland Avenue near 74th Street.
According to Indianapolis media, a 23-year-old woman was arrested on the preliminary charge of failure to stop after an accident causing death.
According to police, the suspect, Morgan Mannix, Kansas City, Miss., fled the area after hitting Trabert, who was pronounced dead on the scene.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Lighted Christmas Parade featured floats, reindeer, dogs, music and Santa Friday.
At the end of the parade route, Santa initiated the lighting ceremony at the Courthouse before taking up residence in his house on the Courthouse Square.
Columbia City High Schoolâs Marching Eagles played Christmas carols while children waited in line to see Santa.
COLUMBIA CITY â With ice-covered roads and snowy conditions expected to come along with winterâs chill, Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball said she is pleased to know weather information can be received by local residents in an instant â through the Nixle Community Information Service.
CHURUBUSCO â At a short meeting Wednesday, town council members learned of an inevitable rate increase for insurance.
Council member Mark Conrad explained the Physicians Health Plan (PHP) rate increase and discussed what the change would mean for town employees.
Physicians Health Plan is an insurance group provider that provides town employees with health care coverage.
The proposed PHP increase would be 17 percent. Council President Frank Kessler said in light of the increase, the town would most likely keep the current insurance plan.
COLUMBIA CITY â As the economy continues to struggle, Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Executive Director David Sewell said revitalization and economic development concerns are growing.
Sewellâs department provides planning, zoning and building services to the county.