February 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â A wintry mix of freezing rain started coating vehicles, sidewalks and roadways shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service in North Webster issued this special weather statement about 8 a.m.:
WINTER MIX RAPIDLY MOVING NORTH THIS MORNING...
AN AREA OF SLEET WITH FREEZING RAIN WILL MOVE RAPIDLY NORTH TO
NEAR THE ROUTE 30 CORRIDOR BY AROUND 9 AM. WITH TEMPERATURES
HOVERING NEAR TO JUST BELOW FREEZING...RAPID ICE ACCUMULATION
ON UNTREATED ROADS WITH AN ICY MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
DRIVING CONDITIONS ON ANY UNTREATED SURFACES MAY RAPIDLY
COLUMBIA CTIY â Many members of the community are revolted at a recent animal neglect discovery in Whitley County.
Two dogs, Albos and Ruby, were taken into custody last week from the residence of Douglas Shearer at 2690 N. CR 450 E.
The animals were in poor condition, and according to veterinarians, one dog, Albos, was at least 25 pounds underweight.
Line Street Veterinaryâs Carol Hainje plans to foster Albos and the Whitley County Humane Shelter is caring for Ruby.
KOSCIUSKO CO. â A Larwill man is in critical condition after being ejected from his vehicle in a early-morning crash today.
Jeffrey Reiff, 25, was found outside his vehicle at approximately 12:36 a.m. Monday morning on Ind. 14 near the intersection of Packerton Road in Kosciusko County.
Reiff was airlifted by medical helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, in critical condition.
Reiffâs passenger, Brian Lardino, 25, of Silver Lake, was also hospitalized.
Lardino was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital in fair condition.
COLUMBIA CITY â One tournament made all the difference in Columbia Cityâs girls basketballâs season.
The Lady Eagles had been struggling with a nine-game losing streak, a difficult 2-12 record and several competitive losses in the first part of their season.
Columbia City competed in the two-day, Northridge Holiday tournament in late December â and thatâs when the tables turned.
Though the Lady Eagles fell in the first three games, the fourth game was a totally different performance.
Former Columbia City head coaches and Whitley County residents, along with two players from the county are headed to the Indiana Girls Basketball State Finals Saturday. Canterbury topped Lafayette Central Catholic, 74-50, at Crown Pointe in the semi-state game.
From left, former Columbia City head football coach Matt Furthmiller â assistant at Canterbury, former Whitko Middle School stand-out Darby Maggard, former long-time Columbia City girls basketball head coach Wayne Krieger and former Indian Springs Middle School hoopster Carly Johnson.
WARSAW â South Side knocked Warsawâs girls basketball team out of the state tournament Saturday night.
The Lady Archers beat the Lady Tigers on their own court, 47-44, at the semi-state game.
Warsaw finished the season 24-2, with only one regular-season loss to NorthWood.
Columbia City and Whitko both faced Warsaw earlier in the season, with the Lady Wildcats nearly handing the Lady Tigers their first loss of the season.
Whitko played a competitive 53-45 game against Warsaw in South Whitley.
In Columbia Cityâs match-up, the Lady Eagles fell 60-29 at Warsaw.
Marjorie June Wetzel, 85, formally of rural Smith Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne.
Surviving relatives include a son, Robert (Peggy) Wetzel; granddaughters, Christina (Stephen) Peterson and Sherry (Douglas) Adams and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-granddaugter, Abigail Susan Adams.
Michael John Tartaglia, 85, a resident of rural Columbia City, passed away at 6:04 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Although he had been hospitalized recently, his death was unexpected.
Mr. Tartaglia was born in Chicago on June 2, 1927, a son of Guseippe and Maria (Coppola) Tartaglia, and spent his formative years there.
As a young man he served with the Merchant Marines during World War II, and was later married in Chicago Dec. 19, 1953, to Jeannine M. Hopkins.
Patricia Elaine Myers, 76, a resident of Wolf Lake, died at 9:16 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she had been transported from Parkview Noble Hospital.
She was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Tazwell County, Illinois, a daughter of the late Merrill and Dorothy J. (Pierce) Wallace.
She began her schooling in Illinois. She continued her grade schooling at South Whitley. She completed her education at Wolf Lake High School graduating in 1954.
She was a U. S. Postal worker for 33 years, retiring as the Postmaster at Wolf Lake in 1991.
Jo Ellen Adams McConnell, 74, died at 11:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at her home with her caring family surrounding her.
She was born Jan. 13, 1939, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, a daughter of James DuPont and Clarice Vivian (Mink) Adams.
A Whitley County native, she graduated with the Class of 1957 from Columbia City High School, where she participated in speech, band, and was editor of âThe Eagleâ school newspaper.
Jo Ellen graduated from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964, with a B.A. degree in Spanish.