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Archive - Mar 2012

March 8th

PRIMARY VOTING: Absentee voting scheduled

March 8, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Residents of Whitley County who are registered to vote in their district of residence may begin absentee voting April 9. According to Jessica Hockemeyer of the Whitley County Clerk’s Office, the Election Office is now accepting applications. Ballots will be mailed out beginning on March 23.

Absentee voting will take place at the Whitley County Clerk’s Office in the courthouse at 101 W. Van Buren Street in Columbia City. The clerk’s office is located on the second floor, room 18.

PRIMARY POLLING: Locations merging for county benefit

March 8, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While many voters will be heading to familiar polling locations in May for the primary elections, some will be venturing toward unfamiliar scenery to do their voting.

The Whitley County Election Office is making some changes this year to reduce the number of locations and workers available to the public. Several polling locations will be combined, including in South Whitley, Cleveland Township and Smith Township.

“We’re very excited about this,” said Clerk of Courts Debbie Beers. “We’re going to save the county some money while making things better for the voters.”

PHOTO: 'Spring'-ing with mischief

March 8, 2012

Fluffy the cat cautiously looks out from the side of a barn before jumping down to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather Tuesday afternoon.

NEW BLOOD: 'Busco hires new police officer

March 8, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — There is a new police officer in Churubusco. Mike Engle was approved to replace former Town Marshall John Hart, who retires from police work March 19. The Churubusco Town Council unanimously approved Engle to begin full-time duties March 19.

In new business, the council approved a new Churubusco Façade Grant Program. “This is a program connected with the Main Street Project,” said Frank Kessler, council president. With the grant a total of $25,000 is available for Churubusco businesses to apply for grants.

MAKEOVER COMING: Council approves courthouse maintenance; more

March 8, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Council addressed several fiscal concerns at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, including those involving county employees.

The Assessor’s Office requested budgeting to hire a new employee to join the office staff. The move comes on the heels of County Assessor Angie Heath’s news that she would be taking a leave of absence from May through October of this year.

Pauline Gottschalk, 83

March 8, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — J. Pauline Gottschalk, 83, died at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since March of 2009.
She was born March 14, 1928, in Madison County, a daughter of Arte O. and Mabel M. (Cloud) Ice.
Her formative years were spent in Summitville.
She graduated from Summitville High School.
On Oct. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Lester H. Gottschalk.
They made their home on a farm near South Whitley. In 1979, they moved to their home in South Whitley. Mr. Gottschalk died Feb. 17, 1980.

MARK YOU CALENDAR: Civic and school events dot the calendar

March 8, 2012

Turtle Days Fish Fry
set for Friday
CHURUBUSCO — A Turtle Days Fish Fry fund raiser will be held March 9 at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 157.
All you can eat is $8, dinner is $7 and sandwiches are $5. Carry-out is available. All proceeds will benefit the Turtle Days Festival.

Cornerstone
Christian School
to host fry
ALBION – Cornerstone Christian School, located at 4304 S. Oak St. in Albion, will hold a Tenderloin and Fish Fry Saturday, March 10 from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

March 7th

Danny Morgan, 66

March 7, 2012

Danny Dwayne Morgan, 66, of Bluffton and formerly of Naples, Fla., died at 1:47 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at his residence.
Mr. Morgan was born in Muncie on July 4, 1945, to Paul Earnest Morgan and Mary Alice Knapp Morgan.
He married Debborah Lynn Cowan in Beaufort, S.C., on Sept. 30, 1966. She survives in Naples, Fla.

Lawrence Pressler, 62

March 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Lawrence “Larry” W. Pressler, 62, of Columbia City, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born March 19, 1949, in Wabash, a son of Larry G. and Betty (Stark) Pressler.
His formative years were spent in South Whitley.
He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1967. He then attended Sams Technical Institute, Indianapolis.
On June 19, 1971, he was united in marriage to Melanie J. Kyler. They made their home in Columbia City.

Renée Stewart, 96

March 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Renée Gilberte Juilette Surget Stewart, 96, of Columbia City, died at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at her daughter Alice Kinzer’s home in Beaverton, Ore. where she had resided since 2010.
She was born July 21, 1915, in Chailland, Mayenne, France, the fifth child of Louis and Marie-Louise Surget.
Her formative years were spent in Paris, where she attended and graduated as a lab technician from Scientia-Private School in Paris in 1937.

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