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April 11th, 2011

Martha Kessler, 77

April 11, 2011

Martha E. Kessler, 77, of Churubusco died at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born May 19, 1933 in Noble County, she was a daughter of Ernest and Evelyn (Stewart) Graves.
She attended school in Wolf Lake. On July 4, 1953 she married Robert Lee Kessler in Churubusco. She was a homemaker and mother, raising their two daughters.

Ruby Peoples, 89

April 11, 2011

Ruby L. Peoples, 89, of Fort Wayne, widow of Wayne Peoples, died Friday, April 8, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Cleveland Township, a daughter of the late Rollo and Dessie (Tyner) Steele.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Sudan Interior Missions (SIM). Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

Sylvia Solt, 73

April 11, 2011

Sylvia Sue Solt, 73, of Lakeland, Fla. passed away Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla. Born April 14, 1938 in Angola, she was a daughter of Lawrence Larry and Avis (Hall) Murbach.
Besides her mother, survivors include her husband, Rollyn LeRoy Solt; daughters, Jo Lyn Hensley and Lu Ann Solt; sisters, Carolyn Roach and Linda Murbach.
At Mrs. Solt’s request there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be private at a later date.

Elizabeth King, 97

April 11, 2011

Elizabeth Hollis King, 97, of Hamilton, Mont. died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Marcus Daly Hospice in Hamilton. She was born Nov. 13, 1913, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Arthur C. Hollis and Mabel Gardiner Hollis. Her parents and grandparents were from Hartford City, Ind. and her parents, older brother and sister had moved to the dry Albuquerque climate for her mother to recover from tuberculosis. Elizabeth’s grandmother and grandfather, both medical doctors, would go back and forth from Indiana to New Mexico to oversee the recovery of their daughter-in-law.

City sidewalk program announced

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City residents will have an opportunity to spruce up the walkways in front of their homes, thanks to a program being launched by the city.
Mayor Jim Fleck announced the Columbia City Sidewalk Enhancement Partnership Program for 2011.
Fleck said the city will partner with residents for a 50/50 match on public sidewalks.
“It really, actually works out to be more like 60/40,” Fleck said, adding that the city assumes the cost of eliminating debris, “which is an expense.”

Earthquake drill to prepare residents for 'what if'

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Local government agencies and schools, as well as some businesses, will be joining organizations throughout the Midwest in a coordinated drill for earthquake preparedness.
“It’s just preparing for the ‘what if,’” said Cathy Broxon-Ball of the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security.
Broxon-Ball said the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, which will be observed in Indiana April 19 due to conflicts with ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) testing, will involve all three school corporations in Whitley County.

Former Congressman: Americans need Constitution education

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A former U.S. Congressman is taking it upon himself to educate his countrymen on the document that helps keep the country democratic.
And, he says, most Americans have a lot to learn.
“We must become educated,” said John Hostettler, who served the 8th U.S. Congressional District from 1995 to 2007 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hostettler spoke at a recent meeting of the Whitley County Patriots.
The former legislator formed a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching citizens about the U.S. Constitution.

Updated aerial photos one goal for G.I.S. department

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The head of Whitley County’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Department is constantly trying to stay one step ahead of advancing technology in order to make his office a vital tool for the entire county.
GIS Coordinator Dan Weigold briefed the Whitley County Board of Commissioners last week about the variety of roles his department plays throughout the county.
“The state is looking at doing another flyover,” said Weigold, who explained that GIS departments use aerial photography on a daily basis.

WCCS teacher contract up for vote by board

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A special meeting has been scheduled for the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees in order to possibly ratify an agreement with the local teachers union.
“We’ve been working on contract negotiations and we reached settlement, we hope,” said Corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor today.
“We set (the meeting) up in order for the board to ratify the agreement.”
O’Connor said the teachers are expected to approve the agreement today, leaving only the school board signatures remaining.

Errors plague Eagles opener at Concordia

April 11, 2011

   FORT WAYNE — Saturday’s baseball game between the Columbia City Eagles and the Concordia Cadets was definitely not the season home-opener that new Columbia City head coach Zac Bireley had  hoped for.  
   First of all, wet conditions on the Columbia City field forced a move to Concordia’s field at Zollner Field.  Second, seven Columbia City errors led to a 9-2 loss to the Cadets.

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