November 23rd, 2010
Local residents have a new way to celebrate Christmas.
The lobby of the Clugston Senior Apartments is being transformed into a Christmas tree wonderland for the first-ever Walk of Trees.
More than a dozen trees from local businesses and organizations have been decorated, and visitors to the lobby will have the chance to look over the different trees, vote for the Peopleâ€™s Choice, and purchase a raffle ticket to win the tree of their choice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” America prides itself on being the country where dreams come true.
For hundreds of years, people have flocked to the United States for the pursuit of freedom, happiness and unlimited opportunities. And, perhaps the greatest American dream of all is the quest for every family to have their own home.
The Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Whitley County Women Build Program made the American dream come true for two local families as their homes were dedicated on Saturday morning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technician and the Columbia City Police Department are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday evening at Pak-a-Sak.
According to Columbia City Police Detective Tim Longenbaugh, at approximately 6:45 p.m. a white male in his late 30â€™s or early 40â€™s entered the convenience store at the corner of Line and North streets and approached the clerk. The clerk told police the man lifted his sweatshirt revealing a firearm in the waistband of his pants and demanded money.
Edna A. Duff, 84, of Columbia City, died at 8:10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 at The Oaks Living Center where she had been a resident since Oct. 29.
She was born Nov. 27, 1925 in Perry County, Ky., a daughter of Buddy and Mary Magdelene (DeBoard) Daniels. Her formative years were spent in Perry County.
On Nov. 28, 1942 she was united in marriage to Edward E. â€śMoseâ€ť Duff. They resided in Perry County area until 1963 when they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Duff died Dec. 19, 2008.
From 1963 until 1974 she was employed at Dana in Churubusco.
Her memberships included Freewill Baptist Church.
Judith Lynn Clifton, 65, of Carmel, passed away Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 at Clarian North Medical Center in Carmel with her loving family at her side. She was a non-smoker who courageously fought lung cancer for 5 1/2 years with great determination and strength. She was born while her father was away fighting for our freedom Feb. 23, 1945 to Lyle and LaVera (Harrison) Harshbarger in Fort Wayne.
Eileen M. Werling, 89, passed away Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at Coventry Meadows Nursing Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, she worked as a secretary with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 24 years.
Surviving are her sons, N. Scott Werling of Fort Myers, Fla; F. Mark Werling of Hamilton; sister-in-law, B. Ann Auginbaugh of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by parents, Ray H. and Henrietta C. Auginbaugh; husband, Frank M. Werling; and brother,
Merritt Asa Eatherton, 84, of Columbia City went quickly, but safely and peacefully home to his Lord and Savior at Parkview Whitley emergency room, Columbia City at 3:37 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.
He was born Sept. 9, 1926 in Fostoria, Ohio, a son of Asa Brayton and Nora Mae (Vanderhoff) Eatherton.
The Christmas Bureau, which served the community for decades, ended last year with the job of providing food for the needy at Christmas-time being turned over to two entities this year: Whitley County Salvation Army and Eagle Quest Church.
The two groups are now working diligently to gather donations for food for those families in need.
The Whitley County Community Foundation has promised to match up to $2,500 of donations which makes each donation given by the community worth double.
The Columbia City man arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department last week on several drug-related charges was in court Monday morning.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, faces one count each of dealing in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and controlled substances as well as failure to comply.
Weaver is also accused of possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
Weaver was in Whitley County Circuit Court on Monday for an initial hearing.
A Whitley County man and one from Wabash are both being charged with several counts related to domestic disturbances over the weekend.
Anthony A. Omelian, 23 of Churubusco and Darrell W. Grizzle of Wabash were charged a variety of crimes in two separate incidents.
Omelian was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department on Friday following a reported fight in a Churubusco trailer park.
Police were called to 6755 E. U.S. 33 and were told that the male of half of a domestic disturbance had left the scene of a physical fight on foot.