July 16th, 2012
Laura K. Slagal, 59, of Columbia City, died at 5:05 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Columbia City.
Born on Dec. 2, 1952, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Franklin DeWayne and Betty Jean (Harrison) Nickolson.
She was a lifelong Whitley County resident. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1971.
On Aug. 9, 1974, she married Rex L. Slagal at St. Matthewâ€™s United Methodist Church, Columbia City.
Olga Martha (Paschka) Buesching, 98, who lived a long, industrious and eventful life, journeyed to heaven on Sunday, July 15, 2012.
She was reunited with her devoted husband Fred â€śFritzâ€ť Buesching, her recently departed daughter, Nancy Tucker and son-in-law Bob Tucker.
Born on Jan. 3, 1914, in Fort Wayne to Theodore and Anna (Schlink) Paschka, she graduated from Luther Institute (now Concordia Lutheran High School) and worked as a bookkeeper at a local business in the early 1930s.
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂâ€” Economic uncertainty has had most businesses on a roller coaster of financial ups and downs. That would lead most entrepreneurs to think twice before making the leap into a new business, but for Steve Beers and his family a small business was the ride they were looking for.
Masters Hand BBQ, with operations in Columbia City, is a company that provides barbecue sauces, rubs, mustards and more in a gluten free, high-fructose corn syrup free, all natural product.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After more than a month of shadowing Mayor Ryan Daniel, 21-year-old Zach Taylorâ€™s internship ended Friday, proving to be an informative task.
â€śItâ€™s been an eye opening experience,â€ť said Taylor. â€śAt school we always talk about the state and federal level, and how elections work at that level or how government runs at that level. On a local level itâ€™s not about being a democrat or being a republican, itâ€™s about doing whatever it takes to get the job done.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as of Thursday, 36 counties in Indiana are designated as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme drought.
Other than Whitley County, the following counties in Indiana are include: Allen, Gibson, Marshall, St. Joseph, Carroll, Grant, Martin, Spencer, Cass, Greene, Miami, Steuben, Crawford, Howard, Noble, Sullivan, Daviess, Huntington, Orange, Vanderburgh, DeKalb, Knox, Perry, Wabash, Dubois, Kosciusko, Pike, Warrick, Elkhart, LaGrange, Posey, Wells, Fulton, Lawrence and Pulaski.
Columbia City hosted a tennis camp, teaching young netters the basic skills of the game.
Pictured above, front row, from left: Isabelle Kreienbrink, Ingrid Matchett, Maycee Nix, Sydney Korte, Jasmine Nix, Mattie Dahms and Emma Waugh.
Second row: Grace Cotter, Alaina Rongos, Jessica McFarland, Kristen Baker, Danielle Reust, Lydia Morgan, Rachel Steinbacher, Hannah Wolfe and Coach Celine Rongos. (Not pictured Kiah Myers).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s not every day an athlete gets a call to participate in the Olympic Trials.
But for former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber, itâ€™s only fitting.
Ranked as one of the top 24 long jumpers in the nation, Eber performs at the Olympic level. She got the call just hours before she was expected to jump.
She got up the next morning to get on a plane and fly to Omaha, Neb.
Athletes had 48 hours prior to the event to declare if they were going to compete in the trials, leaving Eber restless until she got the news.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, Columbia City Common Council member Ben Romine said he talked to a couple business owners downtown, and they wondered if the city would ever consider moving Old Settlers Days out of downtown.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said this is not the first time he has heard this, as some downtown business owners have strong opinions on the subject.
â€śThere have been discussions Iâ€™m sure through many many years about that,â€ť said Daniel. â€śObviously, itâ€™s a decision as to the placement of Old Settlers that is up to the Old Settlers committee.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Encourager, gracious, positive, hard worker, giver, community and childrenâ€™s advocate, husband, father, grandfather, manager and gardener. These are just some adjectives describing one of the hardest working educators in Whitley County.
Ralph Bailey retired from being a superintendent at Whitley County Consolidated Schools in 1991 after 23 years of service, but hasnâ€™t stopped working since.
Bailey, 84, was selected as interim superintendent at Smith-Green Community Schools for the second time July 2, after a surprise resignation from Steve Darnell, whoâ€™s last day was June 29.
Patricia A. Horn, 74, of Columbia City, died at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at her residence. Born on Jan. 3, 1938, in Warsaw, she was the daughter of Maurice and Helen (Hively) Fancil.
She graduated from Warsaw High School and married Billy D. Horn on July 17, 1958, in Warsaw. Pat spent her lifetime in Warsaw, Fort Wayne and Columbia City.
She first worked at Magnavox for 10 years, then was an assembler for Dana Corporation for 12 years and worked part-time for 15 years for Class Act Cleaners. She was a member of Warsaw Church of God.