November 12th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The holiday season might be full of family meals and festivities, but how can families cope when they look around the dinner table and notice a chair is left empty?
Sharon Brockhaus is a grief facilitator and certified funeral celebrant with DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, Columbia City, and the chapter leader for The Compassionate Friends, an organization devoted to helping others work through the loss of a loved one. For the past seven years, Brockhaus has served grieving families. The need to serve came after the loss of her son, Justin.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” â€śItâ€™s not something you expect to hear when you come from small-town Columbia City where itâ€™s so quiet.â€ť
Anna Prickett, 23, a Columbia City High School graduate was less than two miles away from the explosion in Indianapolis that killed two people and rendered entire blocks uninhabitable.
â€śThe blast was so loud,â€ť Prickett said. â€śAnd the power sent a rush of air through our apartment windows, strong enough to blow the blinds up and rattle items in the kichen.
â€śMy first thought was thunder, but the blast of air didnâ€™t make sense.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball team faced its second Whitley County rival in two days Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats fell to the Columbia City Lady Eagles Friday, but defeated Churubuscoâ€™s Lady Eagles 28-23 Saturday in a breast cancer fundraising event.
Whitko is back in action Saturday at Southern Wells and Churubusco hosts Lakeland Christian Tuesday.
After Whitley County experienced sun and temperatures in the 60s this weekend, snow flakes are falling. At approximately 9:19 a.m., the National Weather Service confirmed precipitation for the area in the form of snow.
Tomorrow's forecast shows sunny skies and a high of 39 degrees.
Judith Hosler, age 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the Heritage, Huntington.
Born on May 24, 1927, in Noble County, she was the daughter of Reverend Valmont and F. Beryl (Weeks) Fry.
She has lived in Whitley County her entire life and attended Columbia City High School for 10 years and received her GED later in life.
On January 12, 1947, she married Kenneth C. Hosler in Columbia City. She worked at Blue Bell and Columbia Products, Columbia City, before she and her husband opened Hoslerâ€™s TV Store.
Martha J. Reid, 76, of Columbia City, died at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Friday.
She was born Dec. 27, 1935, in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Thomas H. and Helen E. (Cole) Carter. Her lifetime was spent in Whitley County and Pierceton, for 16 years, where she completed her education.
On July 19, 1952, she was united in marriage to Robert J. Reid. In 1959, they moved to their home on Loon Lake. Mr. Reid died July 19, 1994. Since August 1995, Martha has made her home in Columbia City.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” A massive explosion sparked a huge fire and killed two people in an Indianapolis neighborhood where about three dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, authorities said Sunday. The powerful nighttime blast shattered windows, crumpled walls and could be felt at least three miles away.
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: SOUTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TODAY TO 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45
MPH. WINDS SHOULD DIMINISH BY LATE EVENING.
The strong southerly winds will increase Whitley County temperatures to around 70 degrees Sunday afternoon.
A cold front passing through late this evening will bring with it steadily dropping temperatures and precipitation -- including possible snow showers Monday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the holidays draw near, alcohol-related arrests are on the rise.
But this is no surprise to police, as the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department saw a 58 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2011, and 33 percent in 2011 during the holiday months.
â€śI donâ€™t know what to attribute that to, but itâ€™s pretty staggering,â€ť WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said. â€śIt could be because of extra time off for the holidays or due to the holidays in general.â€ť
Gatton said the county also has an increase in suicide attempts in November and December.