April 11th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County has strong ties to Haiti as the local community continues to raise funds and serve on mission trips.
Amber Walker, of Columbia City, will soon be traveling to Haiti and taking with her more than 75 beaded bracelets, made by Lois Smith of Renaissance Village, for the Haitian children, and in February, a group of members of the Columbia City United Methodist Church (CCUMC) took a trip to Haiti to build new houses with the program âHomes for Haitians.â
Another group from CCUMC church will travel to Haiti in early May.
COLUMBIA CITY â According to Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh, the leaf mulch giveaway scheduled for this Saturday will not take place.
âItâs something weâve advertised for a while now, but (the mulch) is all gone already,â Cearbaugh said.
The mulch has been available to the public for a few weeks. Department personnel is on hand once a year to load the mulch for residents who bring a way to haul it away.
COLUMBIA CITY â Snow flurries late Tuesday afternoon in the area proved correct a March 29 www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll.
Sixty percent of Post & Mail Online Poll respondents predicted a cold snap and snow flurries in April â despite the record March heat wave.
Forty percent incorrectly predicted that âspring was here to stay.â
Never fear. A 70-degree warming trend is predicted for the weekend â along with April showers.
COLUMBIA CITY âChurubusco won Whitley Countyâs golf match Tuesday at Eagle Glen, beating Columbia City by seven strokes and Whitko by 52.
âBuscoâs Brad Martin was the medalist, shooting a 42 in the front nine of the par 32 course. Danny Zawlocki of Whitko wasnât far behind, finishing with a 44, the best for the âCats and good for second overall.
Four Whitley Countly linksters shot a 45 âtwo from Columbia City and two from Churubusco.
COLUMBIA CITY â An ordinance discussion came before the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday regarding the cityâs restricted animals ordinance.
Currently, part of the wording reads â.... the term ârestricted animalâ as used in this section means: poultry, horses, cows, goats, swine, sheep ...â.
Resident Robin Lahrman has requested the ordinance be changed to allow for chicken hens. Specifically, Lahrman would like to keep up to 12 of them.
âI believe that you will be responsible,â Weigold said. âBut if we open it up, will the next people be responsible?â
SOUTH WHITLEY â Edna M. Vergon, 81, formerly of South Whitley, died at 5:32 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2012, at Warrenton Health Rehab in Warrenton, Ga.
She was born Dec. 9, 1930, in Lagro, a daughter of William and Mildred (Sample) Herrick.
On Aug. 30, 1947, she was united in marriage to Charles L. Vergon.
He died Feb. 26, 1990.
Survivors include two children, Kevin Vergon of Thompson, Ga. and Tina Ryan of Golden Gate, Fla.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Roxie L. Gloyd, 62, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County and wife of Dennis R. Gloyd, died Friday, April 6, 2012, at her home.
She was born at Wolf Lake June 14, 1949, a daughter of Max G. and Lenora M. (Hawk) Gross.
On Sept. 2, 1967, she was married in Churubusco to Dennis R. Gloyd.
Survivors include her husband, Dennis; her children, Kimberly Walker and Angela Sherman, both of Churubusco, Alisa Hess and Jessica Schnellbach, both of Fort Wayne; a brother, Jerrold Gross of Churubusco; a sister, Melanie Gilbert of Churubusco; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Alfred H. Bierbaum, 96, of Columbia City, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012, at Oaks Nursing Facility.
Born April 9, 1915, in Fort Wayne, he retired after 37 years with General Electric.
He was a member of Dunfee Missionary Church.
He is survived by two sons, Edward Alan Bierbaum, of Larwill and Lawrence William Bierbaum, of Wittman, Ariz; a daughter, Janis Ann (Keith) Saggars, of Columbia City; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn E. in 2008 and parents, William F. and Emma F. Bierbaum.
Mildred L. Keel, 93, of rural South Whitley, died at 12:40 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Home, North Manchester where she had been a resident since December, 2010.
She was born Feb. 10, 1919, in Fowler, Ind., a daughter of William Warner and Leafie (Lockhart) VanDeripe.
When she was nine, her family moved to a farm southwest of South Whitley, where she has since resided.
She graduated from South Whitley High School.
On July 3, 1945, she was united in marriage to William L. Keel.
A homemaker, she worked a short time at Blue Bell. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
Clarene Reid, 65, of Ligonier, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 27, 1946, in Goshen, to Clair W. and Phyllis A. (Bitner) Archer.
On Aug. 1, 1965, in Cromwell, she married Paul A. Reid, who survives in Ligonier.