May 10th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Approximately one in six Americans lives with some sort of disability.
Often those disabilities impact the individual in ways that non-disabled don‚Äôt even think about.
Like getting gas.
A task most people take for granted and usually accomplish in less than five minutes can take a disabled person 30 minutes to do.
With full-service filling stations few and far between, there is a program that provides assistance for disabled motorists.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Contrary to rumors circulating, Whitley County Salvation Army director Pat Mossburg, the local organization is alive and well.
‚ÄúNothing has changed; we‚Äôre still here,‚ÄĚ Mossburg said this morning.
She said that over the weekend, she had gotten several e-mails asking her if the local Salvation Army was closing its doors.
Mossburg said the Salvation Army is not leaving the community and is stronger than ever and doing the most good in Whitley County.
Whitko batter Jenna Gross swings for contact at home Monday against Rochester. Gross and the Lady Wildcats suffered a 7-2 loss to the Lady Zebras.
Martha Jean (Ramp) Blessing, 81, died Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Golden Living Center Brandywine in Greenfield.
Born Feb. 22, 1930 in Columbia City, she was a daughter of the late Ira and Eva R. (Johnson) Ramp.
Survivors include three daughters, Janet Shanahan, Pam Galen and Julie Cain; a sister, Nancy Stamper; and two brothers, Richard Ramp and Bill Ramp.
Graveside services were held May 4 at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson, Ind.
Rosetta B. Mercer, 90, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Rex P. Mercer, died at 9:34 a.m. Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Hartford City Nov. 4, 1920, a daughter of William B. F. and Isabell (Emery) Boothby.
The surviving relatives include her daughters, Rosalie Adams, Ruth Mercer and Rita White; a daughter-in-law, Joan Mercer of Big Lake; two special daughters, Marilyn Nickelson of Fort Wayne and Priscilla Scott of Marion.
Lowell A. Schaefer, 55, a native of Fort Wayne and formerly of Boulder, Colo., passed away at 9:20 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2011 at Regency Place in Fort Wayne.
He was born in Fort Wayne May 10, 1955, a son of Marvin F. and Mildred (Gerbers) Schaefer.
The surviving relatives include a son Evan Michael Schaefer of Boulder; his siblings, Linda Schaefer, Leroy Schaefer, Larry Schaefer, Leona Schaefer and Loren Schaefer.
Betty A. Faylor, 89, of Columbia City, died at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester where she had been a resident since April 2010.
She was born Nov. 2, 1921 in Aboite Township, Allen County a daughter of Carl L. and Hazel M. (Truman) Klaehn. She completed her education at Central High School in Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ An error in calculation has made it necessary for a company contracted by Whitley County to make a second presentation.
Thomas Payne, director of marketing for Border Energy, appeared before the Whitley County Council last week to give an update on his company‚Äôs efforts to save the county money on its energy bill.
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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety received word last week that a brand-new sewer lift station, dinged up by an excavator during installation, is fully repaired and ready to be put in the ground.
‚ÄúThe repair has been made and meets the repair action plan,‚ÄĚ said City Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker on Friday.
‚ÄúThere was no real damage, it was more of a cosmetic and aesthetic issue than anything else. I‚Äôm pleased with how it turned out.‚ÄĚ