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January 6th, 2011

WCCS could streamline kindergarten

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation is eyeing increased demand for all-day kindergarten.
The result of the school system’s study, according to Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor, is some of the corporation’s elementary school’s won’t have half-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.
“We’re having a shift at our schools from parents wanting the children in a half-day program to parents wanting their children in a full-day program,” said O’Connor at the regular meeting of the corporation’s Board of School Trustees Monday night.

Baby's death still under investigation

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — While police and investigators are still putting together the case relating to the death of a five-month-old girl Monday morning in Columbia City, health officials and the Indiana State Police are saying the child was likely exposed to methamphetamine.
The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney’s office still is not releasing any information on the death of Taylor Lynn Creech who was rushed to Parkview Whitley Hospital Monday from her home at 730 Camden Drive where she was pronounced dead.

Larwill to become home of manufacturer

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A custom molding company that hopes to increase its share of the medical device marketplace is relocating to Whitley County.
Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. made the announcement official Tuesday after appearing before the Whitley County Council requesting a tax abatement for its new property in Larwill.
“They’re closely tied to the medical device industry,” said Alan Tio of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.

County agrees to dedicated Internet provider for office

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Recorder’s office will be changing Internet service providers.
Former Recorder Rosemary Brown approached the Whitley County Commissioners in December about needing more bandwidth.
She told the Commissioners that everything her department records goes to an off-site server where the data can be accessed and certain purchases of documents can be made.
“We have documents coming and going and by sharing with all the other departments, it slows everything down,” said Brown Tuesday.

WCCS makes move to meet earlier in the day

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees changed the time of its regular bi-monthly meeting Monday night.
The board voted unanimously, 8-0 (Steve Hively was absent) to change the time of the regular meeting from 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The board meets on the first and third Mondays of each month.
The board discussed possible ramifications of the earlier time.
“The only thing I can see is that (5:30 p.m.) takes us traditionally through the dinner hour, when people sit down to supper,” said board member Tim Bloom.

January 5th

Maurice Pfeiffer, 88

January 5, 2011

Maurice L. Pfeiffer, 88, passed away at home Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.  Born in Fort Wayne March 2, 1922, he was a son of Fred and Jessie Pfeiffer. 
He served the country as a Marine in World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He retired from Navistar in 1983 after 36 years.  He was a member of the New Haven Masonic Lodge 740, Waynedale O.E.S. 600, Shrine, American Legion Post 330 and Trinity English Lutheran Church.

Vivian Fidler, 89

January 5, 2011

Vivian Louise Fidler, 89, a resident of rural Churubusco for the last 28 years, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.
Born Dec. 20, 1921 in Conneaut, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Albert Burr and Mary Elizabeth (Connell) Bruner. She was united in marriage to Theo “Jack” Fidler, and he preceded her in death in 2000.
Survivors include her daughter, Jacklyn L. Norris; a son, Robert Fidler; and a brother, Melvin Bruner.

James Briggs, 96

January 5, 2011

James S. Briggs, 96, formerly of Columbia City, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 in Dayton, Ohio. He had been a resident of Bethany Village Retirement in Dayton.
He was born Feb. 21, 1914 in Smith Township, a son of Roland Earl and Mable (Stemen) Briggs. He attended Collins School and graduated from Columbia City High School.
On Oct. 24, 1936 he was united in marriage to Crystal Bonetha Larue. They made their home in Columbia City for many years. They resided in Arizona for many years during their retirement. Mrs. Briggs died March 23, 2002.

William Frederick, 83

January 5, 2011

William Dale Frederick, 83, Rapid City, S.D. died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 at Golden Livingcenter in Bella Vista, S.D. He served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged and was married to Mary Delores Frederick who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Puckett and Jacqueline Roe.

Maryann Brenkus, 99

January 5, 2011

Maryann A. Brenkus, 99, a resident of rural LaOtto, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 in the Millers Merry Manor Nursing Center in Garrett.
She was born in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Herbert and Anna (Lweue) Reiling. She was married to Jule Jeanmougin, who preceded her in death and later married to Al Brenkus who also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Joan Ostermeier and a sister, Dorothy Redwinski.
Honoring Maryann’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Disposition of the ashes will take place at a later date.

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