January 26th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new slate of officers was installed for the new year at Mondayâ€™s Columbia City Parks Board meeting. Officers include Mark Ellis, president; Terry Baker, vice-president; Mauri Bordner, secretary; and Dennis Warnick and Keith Nickolson (replacing Kelley Sheiss), members. Mark Green is the park director.
First order of business for the new year was discussion on a membership-based dog park in Patriotic Park as a committee was formed in November including Barbara Miller, Deb Lawrence, Mary Ann McClusky and Dr. Colleen Quinn, D.V.M. of the Columbia City Veterinary Hospital.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Every small town has a few unoccupied buildings, but buildings in the South Whitley downtown area which are empty or utilized as a warehouse have town council members concerned. One building in particular is owned by Mavis Whitehead which appears to be a warehouse inside and a potential fire waiting to ignite, according to town officials.
CHURUBUSCO â€” It took 22 rounds of words to name Jaeden Roussey Whitley Countyâ€™s Spelling Bee Champion Wednesday.
He is 10 years old and a son of Selda and Rod Roussey. He is in the fifth grade at Coesse Elementary School.
The word Roussey won on was â€śmiso,â€ť which means a food paste made of soybeans, salt and usually fermented grain, used especially in Japanese cooking.
Winning second place was Samuel Rickerd, a fifth grader at South Whitley Elementary School and son of Mark and Sarah Rickerd.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Clinton Brown, Jr., 69, of Columbia City, died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
He was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Memphis, Tenn., a son of the late Clinton and Melissa (Laird) Brown.
Surviving relatives include two sons, John Brown, Columbia City and Clinton Brown III, Phoenix; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Almeda Tasker, Chicago and Mildred Shegog, Memphis, Tenn. and a brother, Donald Brown of Memphis, Tenn.
AVILLA â€” Helen S. Jetmore, 101, a resident of Avilla and widow of Charles Jetmore, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
She was born Nov. 2, 1910, a daughter of Lewis Maynard and May (Dull) Sapp.
Among the surviving relatives are two nephews, Ren Sapp of Elkhart and James Bowman of Fort Wayne; and two sisters-in-law, Anna Jetmore of Huntertown and Lois Jetmore of Fort Wayne.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrickâ€™s Cemetery near Arcola with Chaplain Tom Novy, officiating. Interment will follow.
Virgil V. â€śJuniorâ€ť Shirey, 74, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at 9 a.m. in his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. Junior, as he was best known, was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Warsaw to Virgil C. and Freda (Jontz) Shirey.
He was a 1955 graduate of Mentone High School.
On April 20, 1957, in Columbia City, Junior and Marilyn Anderson were married.
They would share almost 55 years of marriage. Over the years they lived in Bourbon, Warsaw and presently at Palestine Lake.
Lois J. Preston, 89, of Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she was admitted on Oct 19. She was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Whitley County, a daughter of William Thomas and Ione J. (Tucker) Perry.
While she was in the second grade, her family moved to a farm in Dekalb County from the Coesse area.
She graduated from Butler High School.
On Aug. 31, 1940, she was united in marriage to Arthur Thomas Preston. They made their home in Fort Wayne until September, 1947, when they moved to their home in Columbia City.
Mr. Preston died Sept. 12, 1993.
Joel Kenneth Kimmel, Sr., 69, formerly of Columbia City, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at his home in Peoria, Ariz.
Born Jan. 8, 1943, he was the son of Lois L. (Spaw) and Charles R. Kimmel in Fort Wayne.
A Vietnam veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps two tours during his 13 years of service from 1960-1973.
He worked as a lathe operator at Deister Machine Company in Fort Wayne where he retired in 2001.
Mr. Kimmel spent most of his life in Fort Wayne and Columbia City until moving to Arizona in 2002.
His first marriage was to Sharon L. Buckles on Aug. 31, 1965 in Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s the end of January, but Keith Nickolson is ready for softball season.
â€śIâ€™m dreaming of the sound of the crack of the bats and the smell of the dirt,â€ť said Nickolson.
He and the other Columbia City Parks Department Girls Softball board are gearing up for 4,000 people to be at Morsches Park on opening day, May 5.
Though it may seem like a long way away, registration begins Feb. 1 and runs through March 17.
A thin coat of freezing rain in Whitley County Thursday morning is making for hazardous driving conditions, particularly on county roads, sidestreets and parking lots.
Conditions were expected to improve dramatically by 9 a.m.
Nonetheless, all schools in Whitley County are closed.
Pedestrians should be especially careful on sidewalks, curbs and parking lots.