July 12th, 2012
Rolland B. Gipson, 75, of Ossian, died at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at his daughterâs home in Ossian where he had been living since October, 2011.
He was born July 7, 1937, in Litchfield, Ill., a son of Carl R. and Gladys (Kettlekamp) Gipson. His formative years were spent in Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City High School.
On Aug. 12, 1966, he married Patricia Collinsworth. They have always made their home in Whitley County.
He was employed 25 years at American Hoist and Derrick in Fort Wayne and retired from No Sag in Kendallville in 1999 with 15 years of service.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Master Gardeners will present garden seminars Tuesday, July 17 at the Ag Museum at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
Available seminars include:
CHURUBUSCO â Members of Smith-Green Community Schools showed their concern for students with disabilities during the public work session Monday night.
Greg Wehling from Moake Park Group showed the board the final architectural drawings for a proposed building project.
Wehling explained the $6 million project which includes a new cafeteria for the elementary school, five new classrooms, ADA bathrooms, a new special needs classroom and a new security system at the main entrance at CES.
CHURUBUSCO â Ralph Bailey took charge of the board meeting at Smith-Green Community Schools Monday. The board asked Bailey to be interim superintendent July 2 at a special meeting after the surprise departure of Steve Darnell June 29.
Bailey is a long-time educator who served for many years at Whitley County Consolidated Schools and since retirement has been interim superintendent at many schools in northeast Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â Business and community leaders in Whitley County were âlocked upâ for an hour jail sentence Tuesday to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The fundraiser was held at Paigeâs Crossing in Columbia City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allison Eckert, fundraising coordinator, said the sheriffâs department was helping to pick up people and drop them off at Paigeâs Crossing.
âThey âarrestâ them and bring them in, and some people decide to turn themselves in just depending on what their schedules are,â said Eckert.
COLUMBIA CITY â The beginning of the 88th annual Whitley County Fair, packed with fun, food and competition, is only a few days away.
The fair begins Friday and runs through July 19 at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
âItâs a perfect way for us to cultivate and teach our kids life lessons,â said Whitley County 4-H Clubs Inc. President Cathy Heritier.
Without the support of the local community, Heritier said the fair would not be available to the public for free.
Elizabeth June Earnhart, 95, of South Whitley died at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was admitted Saturday. She had been a resident at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester since November, 2011.
She was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Noble County, a daughter of J. Stanley and Mabel (Koher) Himes.
At age eight, the family moved to South Whitley where she attended school. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1934.
Martha Louise Ostler, 93, of Frankfort, died at 10:10 p.m. July 9, 2012, at Wesley Manor Health and Retirement Center.
Born at home north of Frankfort on Union Road, April 19, 1919, she was the daughter of Herman and Lena Beatrice (Culbertson) Johnson.
She married Aaron Jesse Ostler on Aug. 1, 1940, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1996.
Douglas H. Trotter, 65, a resident of Fort Wayne, died at 4:05 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Trotter was born Dec. 26, 1946, in St. Louis, Mich., a son of Harvey and Audrey (Wittum) Trotter.
Surviving relatives include his wife Anita; two children, one brother, one sister and two granddaughters.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 8611 Mayhew Rd., Fort Wayne, with Dr. Rex Person, officiating.
COLUMBIA CITY Â â Eight-year-old Sammy Varga may wear a cape when pretending to be a super hero, but to his family and neighbor, Angie Cotter, he is a hero.
Sunday morning, Sammy was outside when he saw smoke coming from the Cotter residence.
âI told my dad that they must be cooking a lot of bacon because there was a lot of smoke,â said Sammy.
Kim and Tad Varga are the parents of Sammy. Kim said that she was very proud of her son.