October 17th, 2012
Semis collided on U.S. 30. and 300 E. resulting in one fatality. According to the Whitley County Sheriff's Department, one of the drivers was pronounced dead at the scene. At approximately 9:20 a.m. officials reported the driver was pinned. Union Township, Columbia Township and Columbia City Fire Departments worked to extract the driver. The Samaritan, Parkview Hospital's helicopter transport, had been dispatched to the scene. The drivers' names have not been released as of yet. More coverage on the accident will appear in tomorrow's edition of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In her early 30s, Angela Grable-Garcia may appear too young to own a real estate company, but the business runs in her blood. Grable & Associates Realty is a three-generation real estate firm serving Whitley County and surrounding areas.
In 1984, Richard Grable, Angelaâ€™s grandfather, and Steve Bohn started Bohn and Grable.
When Bohn passed away in 1986, Richard purchased his share of the business from Bohnâ€™s widow, Ruby Bohn, now Ruby Brower.
Angelaâ€™s father, Rick Grable, was waiting in the wings to jump in on the business.
Pastor John Edward Gregory, 73, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at his home.
Born Oct. 28, 1938, in Berkley County, W. Va., he was the son of Franklin Forbes and Myrtle M. (Morrison) Gregory.
He graduated with the class of 1956 from Martinsburg High School. He also graduated from Washington Bible College in Washington, D.C., completing his education with a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in 1969.
Madge L. (White) Harshbarger, 88, passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Whitley County, Madge worked as a clerk with the Indiana Department of Transportation for 11 years, retiring Sept. 1, 1986.
She was a member of Saint Joseph United Methodist Church; St. Joe United Methodist Women; Eastern Star #432; Worthy Matron in 1995; was a volunteer at a community center for two years and Parkview Seniors for 12 years.
She loved to travel with friends.
CHESTERTON â€” The Columbia City High School Marching Eagles performed at the Indiana State School Music Associationâ€™s Class B Regional competition Saturday at Chesterton High School, garnering a silver rating.
The Marching Eagles competed against 14 other bands â€” 10 of which will continue on to the semi-state level competition in two weeks.
The bandâ€™s show this year was titled â€śFlight of Fantasy,â€ť featuring music from the Final Fantasy game series composed by Nobuo Uematsu.
The bandâ€™s leader pointed out the groupâ€™s rigorous rehearsal schedule, which begins before the school year.
LARWILL â€” The spokesman for the Whitley County political group responsible for a controversial billboard that was removed Monday from a location near the Allen County line says the advertisementâ€™s new location near Larwill is even better.
David Ditton, representing the Whitley County Patriots, said the advertising company Perma Advertising based in Pierceton was asked by a representative of Steel Dynamics, Inc. on Thursday to have the billboard removed as soon as possible.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Larwill woman pleaded guilty Monday to drug related charges that stemmed from a joint operation between Whitley and Kosciusko countyâ€™s Drug Task forces.
April Rogers,, 32, of Larwill, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to charges stemming from an incident in March. Rogers received a sentence of six years to be served in its entirety.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Out of seven applicants, the Whitley County Commissioners appointed Brad Wolfe to fill the vacant spot on the Whitley County Planning Commission. More information will follow in Wednesday's edition.
Evelyn J. Swartz, 84, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at her daughterâ€™s residence in Larwill.
Born June 19, 1928, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Fannie R. (Hartman) Gradeless.
A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she attended school in both Etna and Wolf Lake and graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1946.
On July 2, 1948, she married Harold L. Swartz at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
Stanley Loe, 91, of Panama City, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at a local nursing home. He was a 26-year resident of Bay County, having moved here from West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Loe was a member of First Pentecostal Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Silver Star while serving under General George S. Patton in the 80th Division. He retired from Rinker Materials as a chief estimator. Mr. Loe enjoyed fishing, golfing and square dancing.