November 26th, 2012
Phillip Marin Dingus, 61, of Whitley County, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at 2:20 p.m. in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born Nov. 28, 1950, in Hite, Ky. to Lacy and Pauline (Shepherd) Dingus.
He has lived in Whitley County since 1963. He previously worked for Larwill Products as a wire cutter.
Bonita E. Gamble, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:13 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Jan. 9, 1923, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Homer J. and Hulda E. (Auer) Ummel.
She was a lifetime resident of Columbia City and graduated from Washington Center High School with the Class of 1941.
Marilyn M. Krom, 69, of High Lake, died at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at her home. She had been in failing health.
She was born May 14, 1943, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Herbert and Anna Mae (Maas) Alles.
Her formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
In 1966, she moved to Wilshire, OH until 1989 when she moved to Big Cedar Lake. She was employed 15 years at Noble Wire, retiring in 2005.
On Oct. 27, 2007, she married Rick L. Krom. They have always made their home together at High Lake.
Santa arrived in Columbia City with a parade of lights Friday night. See more photos of the Columbia City Christmas Parade on The Post & Mail's Facebook page.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City was on fire from the tip-off in Whitley County‚Äôs boys basketball season opener against Whitko Wednesday.
The Eagles shot 90 percent in 3-pointers in the opening half en route to a lopsided 69-26 win over their county rivals. Mason Coverstone sparked Columbia City, hitting the first of nine Eagle 3-pointers in the first half.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Smith-Green Community School‚Äôs board meeting was well attended Monday, as Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey presented his solution to the near-half a million dollars‚Äô worth of budget cuts.
‚ÄúNo one loves the person who has to make the budget,‚ÄĚ Bailey said. ‚ÄúI am the one responsible for it and I take that very seriously.‚ÄĚ
Bailey told of the months working with Business Manager Todd Fleetwood.
‚ÄúThis is nothing I‚Äôm happy about, but small schools are losing funding ‚Äď thanks to the government,‚ÄĚ Bailey said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the near future, Whitley County‚Äôs Commissioners will be meeting with Allen County Commissioners to hear what they have to say about a possible road project ‚ÄĒ coinciding with the county line.
The estimated $2.2 million project would move part of East CR 900 S., in Whitley County, to connect with Liberty Mills in Allen County.
‚ÄúThose who want it will tell you the benefit is it‚Äôs a dangerous intersection, and we need to cure that,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Early morning shoppers morphed into turkey day shoppers as many retailers offered holiday deals on Thanksgiving Day.
Black Friday was instituted to boost a stumbling economy in 1939 by Franklin Roosevelt. But this year, the sales started a day early.
Locally, Wal-Mart started its holiday shopping season at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. That led shoppers on a mission to find the best Black Friday deals to ask a difficult question: Deal with the crowds now or later?
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Speaking on behalf of all the bus drivers in Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Transportation Director Keith Kohut said the more than 750,000 miles traveled each year plays a major role in student success.
‚ÄúAs an extension of the classroom, our drivers set an example for students,‚ÄĚ said Kohut. ‚ÄúIn most cases, our drivers are the first school representative to greet the students and parents of students who ride the bus in the morning. A simple ‚Äėhello‚Äô goes a long way to helping our students start the day on a positive note.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Unemployment numbers for October are in ‚ÄĒ with Whitley County seeing a new low of 6.8 percent.
‚ÄúThis is pretty significant,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Alan Tio. ‚ÄúFrom what I understand, this is the lowest we‚Äôve seen in nearly four years.‚ÄĚ
According to the EDC, employment for Whitley County was down 7.6 percent in September of this year, making a difference of nearly one percent.
‚ÄúA one percent difference is a couple hundred people,‚ÄĚ said Tio.