June 27th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śMommy, are you going to die?â€ť
Carrie Barcusâ€™ youngest daughter, Tabitha, asked the question after Barcus announced she had breast cancer.
Her battle against cancer prompted Barcus to launch an initiative that would later become law.
â€śI wanted to reach out to Indiana Senators and lawmakers to educate women about this side of breast cancer,â€ť Barcus said. â€śThere are so many women who just donâ€™t know.â€ť
Mabel B. Roebuck, 94, formerly of Columbia City, died at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at East Lake Nursing & Rehab in Elkhart where she had been a resident since May 1, 2012.
She was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Huntington a daughter of John and Ida (Sell) Voght.
Her formative years were spent in Huntington. She graduated from Clear Creek High School.
In 1935, she was united in marriage to Richard S. Roebuck. They made their home Huntington.
Mr. Roebuck died in October 1972. In 2005, she moved to Columbia City.
Kay L. Kyler, 68, of North Webster Lake, died at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at her home following an extended battle with cancer.
She was born Feb. 9, 1945, in Fort Wayne the only child of Leon E. â€śBudâ€ť and â€śMary I. (Lenox) Hamman. A native of South Whitley, she graduated from South Whitley High School. She continued her education at Indiana Institute of Technology.
On Nov. 29, 1985, she was united in marriage to Harry M. Kyler. They made their home in rural South Whitley until moving to their home on North Webster Lake 14 years ago.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s Department recently told the Whitley County Council it might return to its old radio system.
Currently on the 800 mHz system (digital), Sheriff Mark Hodges said busy signals and other difficulties might prompt his department to return to the VHF (analog) radio system.
Meanwhile, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the city has not had problems with busy signals, and it is because of what he called a wise investment.
South Whitleyâ€™s U14 softball team won the â€™Busco Bash Turtle Days softball tournament by defeating the hosts 9-2, Kendallville 9-6 and Huntington 8-2.
Pictured above is the team after the championship game.
Front row, from left: Assistant Coaches Mark Zumbrun, Paul Wilson and Mike Ferguson; Jaima Ferguson, Hanna Yohe, Andrea Snavely, Emily Jones, Micaela Zumbrun, Coaches Ed Yohe and Brian Cox.
Back row: Hannah Garwood, Autumn Wilson, Maria Patrick, Haley Yohe and Riley Insley.
Fifth and sixth graders in Whitley County 4-H went on a one-day trip Friday. They were awarded this trip through an application process and based on their 4-H achievement.
The group went to Fort Wayne and had a tour of Parkview Field including the Tincapsâ€™ dugout and visitorsâ€™ locker room. They then went to the Botanical Gardens and saw the butterfly display. Lunch was had at Coney Island. The day ended with a tour of DeBrandâ€™s Chocolate factory which included sampling the chocolate treats.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) Head Start is looking to fill open spots in its nonprofit, social service agency.
Head Start is a free, comprehensive preschool program for low-income, three-to five year old children and works to provide quality education in order to prepare children for kindergarten.
Michelle Woodard is a family advocate for CANI and a mom who recognizes the importance of early learning.
â€śThe preschool will have several openings in the fall, and perhaps even in spring, which we would like to fill,â€ť Woodard said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriff Merit Board received an update on personnel and investments at a meeting last week.
Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton, who ran the meeting in absence of Sheriff Mark Hodges, informed the board of the latest news regarding Deputy Chuck Vogely, former detective.
Gatton said Vogely accepted his discipline for a drunk-driving incident in April and was suspended.
He will return to duty July 22. Board members heard updates on interviews as well.
Members of the merit board will interview four candidates for two openings within the department.
Cassie Freewalt (left) and Chasey Weimer take a ride on The Scrambler at Tuesdayâ€™s opening night of Old Settlers Days in downtown Columbia City.
See a complete list of events on Page A3 of the June 26 issue of The Post and Mail.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Two weeks ago, South Whitley Town Manager Dave Wilkinson informed town council members that numerous utility customers were delinquent 90 days or more.
An estimated $12,000 was owed in past due electrical bills. Town Council President Tony Starkey was â€śshockedâ€ť at the escalating amount.
â€śThis is a big number,â€ť Starkey said at the June 11 meeting. â€śWeâ€™ve got to get something in place that addresses this in a uniform fashion.â€ť