Archive - Mar 2011
Delbert (Dean) Weilacher, 67 of North Hollywood, Calif., passed away March 8, 2011 at Northridge Hospital in Northridge, Calif. of complications from pneumonia. He was born March 5, 1944 to Delbert and Grace (Manago) Weilacher in Fort Wayne.
Edith J. Beard, 99, of Columbia City, died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since April 2005.
She was born Nov. 26, 1911 in Whitley County, a daughter of William R. and Elsie (Fisher) Hively. Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township where she attended the Hoops School. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
On Sept. 29, 1928 she was united in marriage to Alva C. Beard. They made their home in Larwill until 1942 when they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Beard died Feb. 12, 1982.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A second arrest has been made in connection with the explosion of a suspected meth lab in a rural Whitley County mobile home park that killed a woman in December of last year.
Joshua B. Angus, 25, of Fort Wayne was arrested and charged Monday with four counts stemming from the Dec. 3, 2010 explosion that killed 24-year-old Alecia Stine at Miami Village Trailer Park on Old Trail Road east of Columbia City.
A second man, Wade Burns, was charged in February.
Joseph M. Fulk, 91, a former resident of Churubusco, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the home of his son in New Haven.
Mr. Fulk was born May 11, 1919 in Mattoon, Ill., a son of Joseph William and Lilly Leota (Johnson) Fulk.
He served in the United States Army during World War II. He married Genevieve Louise Thompson who preceded him in death.
The surviving relatives include his children, Marleen Green, Judy Helfrich and David M. Fulk; and a sister, Violet Louise Heath.
Ron Lee Geyer, 63, of Columbia City, and formerly of Florida passed away at 9:43 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born July 2, 1947 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Raymond Evan and Eldora Marie (Bieberich) Geyer.
Patricia L. LaFevor, 65, of rural South Whitley, died at 10:20 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted March 12.
She was born July 26, 1945 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Robert J. and Ellen S. (Fearnow) Gebhart. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from Central Catholic High School.
On Sept. 14, 1968 she was united in marriage to Roger L. LaFevor. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1974 when they moved to rural South Whitley. Mr. LaFevor died March 22, 2008.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The floor of the walk-in cooler at the county jail needs a sprucing up, according to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Deputy Marcus Gatton appeared before the Whitley County Commissioners last week to report on needed repairs to the coolerâ€™s floor, which is part of the jailâ€™s original 1986 construction.
â€śBack in January, the jail received a health warning,â€ť said Gatton.
â€śWe have three months to rectify it.â€ť
According to Gatton, the floor of the walk-in cooler is rusty and uncleanable.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Police Department is hoping to get a new K-9 vehicle.
Officer Tim Pittenger and Chief Mike Petersen addressed the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Friday afternoon about the need to replace the current Ford Expedition with a new model.
Pittenger presented the board with a list of pros and cons between replacing the existing vehicle with another sport utility vehicle and changing gears to a Dodge Charger.
â€śAll the equipment that I have in my 2005 Expedition would be able to be put right into a 2011 Expedition,â€ť Pittenger said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees were treated to a comprehensive presentation on science as itâ€™s taught to elementary school students corporation-wide.
At the boardâ€™s regular school board meeting March 21, a contingent of science teachers representing several elementary schools in the district, gave a slide show and presentation called Science in the WCCS Elementary Schools.
Nancy Bridegam started the presentation off by discussing textbooks and the curriculum.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For several years now, the members of FFA have been trying to relay the idea that the organization is not just about being a farmer any more.
Last weekâ€™s presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees was no exception.
Following opening ceremonies conducted by the groupâ€™s parliamentary procedure team, members of the organization made a presentation called â€śWho Are We?â€ť