February 18th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Voters in Columbia City will choose between three mayoral candidates in the Republican primary this May.
Banker and current city council member Don Sexton, police officer and restaurant owner Gary Parrett and Ryan Daniel, who previously worked as the Northeast Community Liaison for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), are all seeking the Republican nomination from voters this spring.
Arthur L. Ramsey, 75, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco and well-known area businessman, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. He had been in declining health for some time and had entered the nursing home in January.
Mr. Ramsey was born in Fort Wayne March 25, 1935, a son of Amos Edward and Hilda Erma (Gomoll) Ramsey, and spent his formative years there. As a young man he served with the U.S. Navy, and was married Dec. 15, 1956 to Marilyn M. Myers. The couple lived in Fort Wayne for a period until moving to Churubusco in 1966.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the sale is still not final, preliminary plans are under way for use of the Lehmberg Building in Columbia City by Passages, Inc.
The non-profit was named as buyer of the former hospital property at last weekâ€™s meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
Attorney Peter Mallers of Beers, Mallers, Backs and Salin of Fort Wayne appeared before the three-man board Feb. 7 and announced that the building, located at 333 North Oak Street and owned by Whitley Memorial Hospital, Inc., will be sold to Passages, Inc.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A two-car collision in Whitley County Thursday afternoon claimed the life of a Mississippi woman and critically injured a Churubusco woman, according to police.
The crash occurred just before 5 p.m. on U.S. 33 west of Churubusco near County Road 700 North, police said.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, a vehicle driven by Ryan Harter, 33, of Fort Wayne, crossed the center stripe and struck a Jeep driven by Teresa Trainer, 49, of Waterford, Miss.
Trainer was pronounced dead at the scene.
WARSAW — The Indiana high school boys’ swimming and diving sectional at Warsaw started with a school record performance for the Columbia City Eagles and ended with Eagle swimmers qualifying for Saturday’s 9 a.m. finals in every event including several swimmers with legitimate shots at sectional titles.
Connie J. Lewis, 69, of Greenfield, passed away Feb. 16, 2011 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.
She was born April 2, 1941 in Marion County, a daughter of the late Max and Guinevere (Collingwood) Lewis.
Survivors include a sister, Marcia Ann Cole and a brother, Steve Lewis.
Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Condo and Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Danny Cury officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to service. Burial will follow at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson.
Online condolences can be made at www.condoandson.com.
Paul L. Johnson, 73, of Albion, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 at Goshen General Hospital in Goshen, after being ill for the past five months.
He was born Jan. 15, 1938 in Noble County to the late Lyman and Edna (Firestone) Johnson. He was a lifetime resident of Noble County.
On Nov. 16, 1958 at St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church in Albion, he married Rhonda Tucker. She survives in Albion.
Mr. Johnson was a Corrections Officer for Chain Oâ€™ Lakes and retired from there after 17 years of service. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Plan Commission looked at three proposals Wednesday night of companies willing to draft the countyâ€™s ordinance for wind energy.
LCL Planning, Inc., RWR Armstrong & Associates, Inc. and Ground Rules, Inc. each submitted proposals and quotes for the task of drafting a wind energy ordinance for the county.
With three members absent (George Schrumpf, Dave Schilling and John Johnson), the commission voted 6-0 to give Ground Rules, Inc. the nod.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s first comprehensive plan in more than 20 years is one step closer to reality.
A short-handed Whitley County Plan Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to allow the planâ€™s authors to create a fourth version of the document and present it to the panel in next monthâ€™s meeting for possible adoption.
â€śWeâ€™ll prepare Draft D as quickly as possible,â€ť said Brad Johnson of Ground Rules, Inc., the consulting firm that has created and revised the document over the past several months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Fort Wayne man escaped serious injury Wednesday when he was side-swiped by a semi tractor-trailer on U.S. 30 west of Columbia City.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Donald Gotsch, 55, of Fort Wayne, was traveling east on U.S. 30 near County Road 300 East when a semi tractor-trailer driven by Jason Roberts, 37, of Marble Hill, Mo. changed lanes and shoved Gotschâ€™s vehicle into the guardrail.