March 14th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County officials heard ideas last week on sign updates around the county â€” and got an unsuspected surprise.
At the twice-monthly meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners, Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton presented Mitch Hansel of GAI consultants of Fort Wayne.
Barton and Hansel spoke to the three-man board about federal money available for updating signage which, according to them, is required by law and must be done by Jan. 1, 2012.
â€śItâ€™s mandated, we donâ€™t have a choice,â€ť said Barton.
The championship day for Columbia City boys’ basketball began with some heart-stopping drama in the regional semifinal.
The Eagles were featured in the first of two morning games against Delta, who only two seasons ago won the same regional.
Columbia City (19-5) built up as much as a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before Delta, led by senior Jacob Bryan’s 24 points, surged back to tie the game.
Geneva E. Myers, 90, loving mother, grandmother and friend passed away quietly at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.
She was born Sept. 25, 1920 in Cleveland Township to the late Gerald R. and Jennie (Williamson) Lancaster. She spent her formative years in South Whitley and graduated from South Whitley High School.
On Dec. 5, 1949 she was united in marriage to Willard â€śBlackieâ€ť Myers. They ran the Mobil service station in South Whitley. Mr. Myers died Feb. 26, 1977.
â€śIt keeps me young and it keeps me going,â€ť says Deb Aldrich, a grandmother of nine.
What sheâ€™s referring to is dance.
Called â€śDancinâ€™ Aunt Debâ€ť by her family, she has been kicking up her heels since she was a little girl. Her mom started her in dance classes at the age of four.
She was a regular on the Ann Colone Show on WANE-TV in Fort Wayne and in 1959 performed with Gene Barry, who portrayed Bat Masterson on television, during the Shrine Horse Patrol in Columbia City.
LARWILL â€” A Victorian Italianate-style brick house, built in 1880 in Larwill was razed Thursday.
Property owner Bob Vandermark of Larwill watched as Jeff Wigent of Wigent Excavating worked the excavator making short work of the job. What was a house at 116 N. Center Street in the morning, was level ground by 5 p.m.
â€śThere was so much black mold, it wasnâ€™t worth fixing,â€ť Vandermark said.
He had purchased the house with an idea of restoration, but the mold issue changed his plans.
Jeanne A. Short, 68, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born April 20, 1942 in Connersville, a daughter of Kenneth R. and Catherine (Lunsford) Klein.
She was a member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her children, Todd Short, and Lisa Lucio; her stepmother Rosalyn Klein; four brothers, Bill Klein, Donald Klein, Kevin Klein, and Craig Klein.
Phyllis A. Nelson, 76, a resident of Dunfee, died Wednesday afternoon, March 9, 2011 in the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.
She was born Jan. 4, 1935 in Arcola, a daughter of Frank and Martha Felger Butts. Her formative years were spent on the family farm near Arcola. After graduating from the Arcola High School, she was first employed as a secretary for the Allen County Extension Office and later was the registrar at Homestead High School for 32 years.
On June 7, 1957, she was united in marriage to John R. Nelson and they have spent their married life in the Fort Wayne area.
Mary G. Yeager, 92, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Syracuse.
She was born in Columbia City Dec. 16, 1918 to the late Eldon and Maud (Egner) Barsh. She married Richard L. Yeager May 14, 1938. He preceded her in death March 31, 2001.
Mary worked 34 years at Gripco in South Whitley, retiring in 1982. She enjoyed her travels to Hawaii, bowling and playing bingo.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tuesday eveningâ€™s 4-H Inc. board meeting was the last for Kay Walter, secretary at the Whitley County Purdue Extension Office. She has voluntarily taken minutes for the organization, though the board does elect a secretary, this year being Dave Rupley.
Rupley asked what was to happen at the next board meeting and was told, â€śBring two pens.â€ť
Offers to Walter to continue her duties even after her retirement date, March 18, were met with a smile, and a polite but firm refusal.
â€śIt doesnâ€™t get much better than Kay,â€ť said Rex Eiler, boardmember.
Jason Warren Tester, 36, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at his home. Born Aug. 13, 1974 in Columbia City, he was a son of Randy Dow and Deborah Sue (Bender) Tester.
He lived in Allen and Whitley Counties, graduating from Homestead High School with the Class of 1994. An avid cook, he worked at several local restaurants. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish.