Local UPS man retires after 33 years
No white beard is visible and his choice of color for his attire is more brown than red, but Shawn Slocum is unquestionably Santa. And not only at Christmas but every day.
Slocum will be hanging up the brown suit this year, though, retiring after 33 years with United Parcel Service (UPS). His last work day, fittingly, is today â€” Christmas Eve.
He began with UPS in 1978 as a sorter loader, working his way up sorting packages, washing and spotting vehicles inside the facility according to Steve Miller, delivery supervisor.
On his way home from the store after Christmas last year, Gene Hoover of Columbia City called his sister.
â€śYouâ€™ve got to help me, I have an addiction,â€ť he said. His truck was so full he couldnâ€™t see out the back window.
And what was the truck filled with? Christmas decorations.
Every year for the last 10 years, Hoover has decorated his yard with Christmas decorations, lights, figurines, inflatables, a projector shining scenes on the house, anything he can find at those after Christmas sales.
Some people choose a profession which will allow them to make a difference in the world. Others make a difference by choosing to â€śbloom where they are planted.â€ť
Renea Farnbauch is one of the bloomers.
Anyone visiting the Columbia City McDonalds may get a shock initially as they hear one of the ladies at the cash register yell out, â€śNext victim!â€ť
When this is followed by â€śHow may I mess up your order?â€ť one canâ€™t help but smile.
Farnbauchâ€™s caustic wit and fearless humor has gained her a following, and those who work with her are the first to sing her praises.
Franklin Geiger, 96, a lifelong farmer in Green Township in Noble County, passed away at 2:32 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 following a brief illness.
He was born March 2, 1914 in Noble County, a son of Herschel and Leona (Eberly) Geiger. He and his wife, Lenora Ellen (Fulk) Geiger, would have been married 70 years Feb. 27, 2011.
Survivors include his wife, Lenora Ellen; two daughters, Joan Young and Janice Parquet; and a son, John F. Geiger.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sugar Grove Church of God, with Pastor Timothy Grable, officiating.
Virginia Owen, 93, a resident of Albion and widow of Clarence Owen, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.
Mrs. Owen was born Sept. 20, 1917 in Whitley County, a daughter of Frank and Clara (Gebert) Deutsch, and moved as a child with her parents to Collins. She attended the Collins Grade School, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1935.
Morris W. Darley, 92, formerly of South Whitley, died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at the Peabody Home, North Manchester where he had been a resident since September 2008.
He was born Dec. 6, 1918 in Midland, Mich., a son of Ralph William and Marie (Morris) Darley. As a young boy, his family moved to South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School and continued his education at Manchester College and Purdue University.
Norman W. Graves, 86, of Columbia City, died at 5:12 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he was admitted Friday.
He was born Aug. 29, 1924 in Laud, a son of William Henry and Susan Rhoda (Smith) Graves. His formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. He was educated in the Jefferson Center High School and the Police Academy in Bloomington.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One of Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s tenants in the Marshall Community Building is moving out.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor read a letter to the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees Monday night from Robert Huffman, Executive Director of Region 8 Education Service Center, which had its headquarters located in Columbia City for more than five years.
â€śIt is with a degree of sadness that I find myself writing this letter to you,â€ť wrote Huffman.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees joined hands with a host of other school districts in sending a message to the state legislature â€” and the board did it with the stroke of the pen.
At its regular meeting Monday, the board signed a resolution that had been presented to the panel earlier this month, drafted by the John Glenn School Corporation and addressed to Indiana lawmakers.
The Walkerton-based school corporation drafted a resolution to Indiana lawmakers and sent letters to WCCS and other districts around the state.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” This was obviously not the sort of early Christmas present the Columbia City Eagle boysâ€™ basketball team was looking for.
The visiting Wawasee Warriors got out early and then used a big third quarter to hand the host Eagles a 66-48 loss Tuesday night.
The Eagles trailed 38-31 at halftime, but the visiting Warriors went on a 17-4 run in the third quarter to put the Eagles in a 55-35 hole.
â€śThey (Wawasee) are a difficult team to play against when coming from behind,â€ť Columbia City Coach Chris Benedict said.