February 16th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â âThere are no pending charges on the Walgreens robbery at this time,â Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said today. Contrary to other area news sources, no charges have been filed in connection to the robbery at the Walgreens in Columbia City last week.
Reports said that Troy and Nichole Fritz of Fort Wayne were arrested in connection to the local heist.
âMr. and Mrs. Fritz were charged with separate charges than our robbery,â Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. âNo paperwork has been filed from our department through Allen County.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Michael Barton has been dealing with gravel roads for over 30 years.
Heâs still getting the same calls. âMost phone calls this time of year deal with gravel. We try to work on that between snow periods,â Barton said.
Barton said at this time of year, frost is getting under the ground and roads are saturated with either rain or snow that has melted.
According to Barton, that is the perfect mixture for creating potholes on gravel roads.
COLUMBIA CITY â âLet Me Call You Sweetheart,â âLittle Arrowsâ and âUnforgettableâ were just some of the tunes flowing through The Oaks during itâs annual Valentineâs Day party Tuesday. The social room was packed with nearly all the residents at The Oaks.
They clapped, sang and shouted as Jay Fox entertained with an old-fashioned accordion for nearly an hour and his wife Patrice sang along.
Helen Arter was named Valentineâs Day Queen 2012. The queen received a crown and roses. The first runner-up was Viola Baker. She received a teddy bear.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High School senior, Michaela Thomas, will be competing at the state level of the Distinguished Young Women Program (DYW), formally known as Junior Miss. Thomasâ name replaces 2011 winner, Cassandra Petrie.
Pamela Thompson, co-coordinator of the Whitley County franchise of the DYW, will join Thomas on her trip to Kokomo as she becomes the countyâs 48th representative to attend the competition.
âShe is a joy to work with,â said Thompson.
COLUMBIA CITY â Being the next American Idol is an extreme long shot. But Churubuscoâs Alex McDowell took that shot and auditioned in front of the three judges for the popular television show.
He and three of his friends made their way to St. Louis during the summer of 2011 and say they had a great time during the grueling audition process.
âMy friends and I are all in the Ball State Singers Glee Club and we heard about the auditions being in St. Louis, so we traveled there,â said McDowell.
Gerald R. Mansdorfer, 76 of Liberty Township, passed away at Hospice of Hamilton on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at 10:06 a.m.
He was born in Jefferson Township on Jan. 26, 1936, the son of Marguerite and Raymond Mansdorfer.
Gerald was a quality assurance supervisor for the Department of Defense for 27 years.
He was a member of Jefferson Chapel Methodist Church.
On Sept. 16, 1956, Gerald married Donna (DeBolt) Mansdorfer.
James L. Lawrence, 73, of Whitley County, died on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Pensacola, Fla.
He was born July 19, 1938, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of the late Richard and Florence (Lytle) Lawrence.
He was a devoted Christian and member of the St. Johnâs Lutheran Church Lake Township. He was a humble man and his strong faith led his life.
We will never forget his solitary love for his family. The Air Force veteran was a crew chief while stationed in France.
COLUMBIA CITY â Ruth O. Ross, 94, of Columbia City, passed away at 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Millerâs Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born Feb. 9, 1918, in Jelloway, Knox County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Charles E. Birkhold and Onata Zoe (Snellenberger) Birkhold-Jeffery.
She graduated from Paulding High School, Ohio with the class of 1936.
On Jan. 6, 1936, she married Francis W. Ross in Hillsdale, Mich.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team turned the tables against Homestead Tuesday night.
Unlike the Eaglesâ first meeting with Homestead in late December, when they fell to a 16-0 deficit in the opening minutes, Columbia City scored the first points and had the lead at halftime.
Despite the improvements, the Eagles still fell to the undefeated Spartans, 65-55, Tuesday in Columbia City.
Homestead beat the Eagles by 18 points in their first meeting, after taking out their starters for much of the second half after taking a 32-12 lead.
Paul Herron, 85, long-time fireman in Union Township, died Wednesday. In addition to being a firefighter, he was a World War II veteran.
Columbia City firemen Zeb Ballard, Jeff Herendeen and Chief Tom LaRue stand respectfully as the funeral procession passes by.