October 29th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â While much of the east coast is buckling down for Hurricane Sandy, many states in the tMidwest will also be feeling the effects of the storm.
A wind advisory goes into effect this afternoon until Tuesday evening, and also brings the chance for snow, with highs in the mid-40s for most of the week.
Wind speeds are predicted to reach 45 mph.
While area meteorologists say the ground is too warm for accumulation, cold temperatures and rain may pose the perfect storm for the seasonâs first snow.
COLUMBIA CITY â For the past five years, Columbia City resident and Marathon store manager Dee Ellenberger has been putting her personable skills to good use, considering many of her customers to be like her family.
âMy customers are like family,â said Ellenberger. âIâve laughed a lot with them, and Iâve cried a lot with them.â
Ellenberger, 58, works at the Marathon located at Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive in Columbia City, clocking in early in the morning to prepare the store for business and working until the afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â Since TROY Center became accredited in August, the school staff has continued to secure partnerships and work with studentsâ goals, making the atmosphere a warm, caring environment.
âWeâre just trying to do a lot more future thinking,â said TROY Administrator Nicole Trier.
Trier said TROYâs first intention is to partner with schools in the area before having students apply for vouchers.
âIf a student comes to us and they want to enroll, weâre going to first see if the schools are willing to refer them,â said Trier.
COLUMBIA CITY â Haunted houses and ghost stories are a common place this time of year. Halloween can evoke spooky tales, but some stories hit close to home. There are a few urban legends that originate in Whitley County. Some are told in whispers and shared around campfires.
The circumstances surrounding these tales are not confirmed to be factual. That doesnât mean the encounters themselves are not true. Those who have faced fear down and stood toe-to-toe with Whitley Countyâs paranormal would agree â truth lies within perception.
Rachel Lila-Jane Sheets, 28, of Churubusco, passed away at 1:18 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Feb. 25, 1984 in Columbia City, the daughter of Rodney Clayton Sheets and Jane Ellen (Fry) Goldwood.
She spent her entire lifetime in Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 2002.
She was baptized and attended Oak Grove Church of God, Columbia City. She received her associates degree in cosmetology from Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne.
CHURUBUSCO â Construction work is moving forward at Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS). Fetters Construction Inc. has torn down a canopy that once covered the sidewalk in front of the building. The canopy has been a part of the schoolâs facade for decades. Now, only a small portion remains near the main entrance.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man, who was arrested back in April for allegedly leaving the scene of his girlfriendâs moped accident, is back in the Whitley County Jail on charges of domestic battery and resisting law enforcement.
According to a Columbia City Police Department report, Lyle Orr, 47, was arrested Oct. 18 after police responded to a domestic fight at 517 N. Oak St.
According to police, Orr was currently out of jail on a $38,000 bond.
COLUMBIA CITY â The City of Columbia City will be sending out an income survey to a portion of the cityâs population as it takes steps to try to secure a grant which would help pay for a Comprehensive Community Development Plan.
According to Mayor Ryan Daniel, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant would pay for approximately 90 percent of the study.
âOur comprehensive plan is a bit outdated,â said Mayor Daniel. âFur-thermore, I think having a plan of action and goals for the future â and steps to get toward that future is very important.â
KNAPP LAKE â An Elwood man was incarcerated after neighbors caught him breaking and entering a home, approximately 15 miles away from Churubusco.
In light of tonightâs sectional football game between âBusco and Elwood, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Ron Galaviz said there is no indication that the alleged crime is related to the game.
According to the Indiana State Police, neighbors saw what they believed to be a breaking an entering in progress â a call which resulted in the arrest of a 50-year-old man from Elwood.