February 14th, 2012
Light snow is falling across Whitley County this morning, Valentine's Day.
Whitley County had recorded about two inches of snow by 5 a.m. Freezing drizzle is also adding to already slick road conditions.
Local roads are snow-covered and slick. Stopping at intersections or trying to slow in a hurry will be nearly impossible until road conditions improve. A very small number of slide-offs and minor non-injury accidents have happened in the region.
LIGONIER â Betty J. Minnick, 83, of Ligonier, formerly of North Webster and Syracuse, died at 2:24 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 10, 1928, in Larwill, to Cecil H. & Rachel Ann (Friend) Paulus.
She was married on Nov. 23, 1946, in North Webster to Harry E. Minnick Jr. who survives.
HUNTINGTON â Jack P. Barlow, Sr., 70 of Huntington, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at The Heritage of Huntington.
He was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Detroit, a son of William Henry and Lena Mae (Harlow) Barlow.
He was united in marriage to Rebecca J. Bedwell on Jan 19, 1962, in Livonia, Mich. She survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Jack P. Barlow, Jr. of Huntington; a daughter, Kimberly J. Wood of Huntington; a sister, Virginia L. Tappan of Mio, Michigan; two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William C. Barlow.
COLUMBIA CITY â Argyle E. Beard, 88, of rural Columbia City, went to be with our Lord at 12:50 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Millerâs Merry Manor.
He was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Richland Township, a son of Dalton and Ruth (Coyle) Beard.
He completed his education at Larwill High School with the class of 1942.
He was a farmer, truck driver, custodian at Thorncreek Township School from 1952 until 1965 and a delivery and service man for Skelgas from 1965 until 1982 when he retired.
He then delivered flowers for Carriage House Flowers for many years.
COLUMBIA CITY â Joseph D. Shaffer, 80, of rural Columbia City, passed away peacefully at 11:23 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at his home with his family at his side.Â
Joe was a veteran from the German occupation to the Korean War.Â
He retired as a tool and die maker from Tokhiem Corporation after 44 years and continued farming.Â Â
Joe is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 61 years, Stella; four daughters, Penny Shaffer, Pam (Carl) Emley, Paula (Ellis) Sturgill and Polly (David) Cox; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.Â
COLUMBIA CITY â The wind discussion will soon be making its way from the lower level conference room of the Whitley County Government Center â where the Whitley County Plan Commission meets â to the main conference chambers of the Whitley County Commissioners one floor up.
The commissioners spoke briefly last week with Plan Commission President Brandon Forrester about a potential timetable in regard to when the commissioners may have the wind turbine ordinance in front of them.
MARION â Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team held on for a win Saturday afternoon at Marion after the Giants made it a one-possesion game with two minutes left to play. The Eagles walked away with their 12th win of the season, 71-66.
Four of the five Columbia City starters had double-digit scoring with senior Matt Rethlake leading the team offensively for the first time this season with 18 points. Daniel Woll posted a double-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal. Drew Benedict (17) and Derek Hinen (11) also scored in double digits.
FORT WAYNE â Three Whitley County wrestlers traveled to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Saturday for the IHSAA Semi-State competition, hoping to qualify for a trip to Bankerâs Life Fieldhouse and the IHSAA Individual State Finals Wrestling Tournament.
Local firefighters battled a garage fire Friday afternoon at 3321 W. Keck Rd. near Loon Lake. According to the Whitley County GIS site, the home is deeded to James and Linda Hale. Firefighters received the call at approximately 12:30 p.m. and the fire was marked âunder controlâ by 1:05 p.m. Richland Township, Thorncreek Township and Noble County firemen all responded to the scene. Above, Thorncreek Firemen Chad Jahn, left, and Ken Smith, center, along with a Noble County fireman, right, get ready to advance into the burning building.
MONROE â Coming off an opening round sectional win over South Adams Tuesday, Churubuscoâs girls basketball team traveled to Adams Central High School to play the hosting Lady Flying Jets in its second round
The Lady Eagles knocked off their opponent, 31-24, and will head back today to face Fort Wayne Bishop Luers for the sectional championship.
âIâm proud of our girls for sticking together and giving us a change to win a sectional,â said âBusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich.