Rista Jane MacDonald, 72, of Warsaw, died at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the home of her mother, Juanita Krider, where she had been staying for the last two years due to failing health.
She was born Oct. 7, 1941, in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Clyde LeRoy and Juanita J. (Friend) Krider Sr.
Her formative years were spent in Collins. She graduated from Churubusco High School.
In 1953, she began working at Rogers as a meat cutter, retiring from Kroger in 2003.
Sue Rose Grossman Marker, 74, formerly of South Whitley, died at 1:53 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Millerâs Merry Manor, Huntington, where she had been a resident since April 2003.
In 2000, she became a resident at Peabody Home in North Manchester.
She was born March 18, 1939, in Allen County, a daughter of William Byron and Marian Emelyn (Enos) Bollinger.
A lifelong resident of South Whitley until 2000, she graduated from South Whitley High School and Manchester College.
On Sept. 27, 1958, she was united in marriage to David E. Grossman. Mr. Grossman died Aug. 11, 1989.
Joyce M. Bair, 90, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at The Oaks, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 9, 1923, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late J.W. Hiscutt and Edith Gilbert.
She was a cosmetologist, electrologist and electro pigmentation practitioner. She was a member of Gethsemaine Luthearn Church.
Surviving relatives include her niece, Brenda Bogess of Churubusco; brothers, Frank C. Hiscutt of Fort Wayne and Judson A. Hiscutt of Largo, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leo E. Bair.
CHURUBUSCO â Leadership Whitley County (LWC) traveled to C & A Tool in Churubusco for its November session focusing on diversity and inclusion.
The morning kicked-off with a trust activity involving blindfolds and specific activities.
This icebreaker provided an opportunity for class members to reconnect, build trust among each other and recognize non-verbal cues.
Following a debriefing of the exercise, LWC participants provided informative reports on their county tour experience conducted in October.
Twelve members of Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority, and guest National Patroness Rene Erickson, gathered at the home of Kris Richey for a holiday âFestival of Favorites.â
The Social Committee of Richey, Mary Lou Fries, Jerilyn Geiger, Myra Schmidt, Janelle Smith and Sandy Whiteleather planned and hosted the event. A Swiss raclette dining experience with favorite foods was featured.
COLUMBIA CITY Â â Agricultural Museum President Don King recently accepted a âgenerousâdonation for the Shelter House Restoration Fund from Jared Bennett, a representative of Memcor Inc. of Huntington County.
The Shelter House, a historic building located on the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds, was in need of restoration, but lack of funds initiated a donation call out.
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY â Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate a shooting that occurred near Barbee Lake, in Kosciusko County at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene and another man was also shot, but suffered non-life threatening injuries after what police believe was a domestic dispute.
Barbee Lake is located less than 20 miles from Columbia City, south of North Webster.
The shooting occurred at EMS B-10 Lane north of Pierceton off Ind. 13.
COLUMBIA CITY â Officials announced the winners of Columbia Cityâs lighting contest this week.
While participation in the contest was down this year, City Councilman and contest judge Dan Weigold said the city still has many decorated homes.
âThere were a few less participants this year,â Weigold said. âI think itâs due to a combination of things â a late Thanksgiving and poor weather. At the same time, there are still some very beautiful homes.â
This yearâs top home has been a winner in the past. Taking overall honors was Mike Christie, whoâs decorations stood out from the rest.
COLUMBIA CITY â Most Whitley County residents are accustomed to hearing how government officials work on their behalf.
However, the holiday season found county officials working to give back to residents in tangible ways.
For the last 10 years, county employees have participated in a campaign to collect pocket change. The money raised goes to supply Christmas gifts and items needed for families struggling through the holiday season.
CHURUBUSCO â Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees officially approved an agreement that will provide a School Resource Officer (SRO) for the district.
SGCS entered into an agreement with the town of Churubusco and the Churubusco Police Department at the recommendation of Superintendent Galen Mast.
Chad Fulkerson has updated his SRO training and met all of the requirements to be the SRO for the district.
Half of his salary will be provided by a Department of Homeland Security Grant the district received, which totals slightly more than $20,000.