March 9th, 2012
CHURUBUSCO â Mabel Fisher, 89, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Etna Green, passed away at 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at her home.
She was born Jan. 3, 1923, in Chicago, a daughter of John and Rose (Herman) Fisher.
Survivors include a sister, Catherine Fisher of Fort Wayne.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin Fisher.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Paul D. White, pastor of Churubusco Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
COLUMBIA CITY â Nick S. Leisinger, 24, of Columbia City, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born Feb. 27, 1988, in Waverly, Iowa, a son of Steven R. and Teresa L. (White) Leisinger.
In 1991, his family moved to Angola and later to Marion before moving to Silver Lake.
In December, 2006, Nick moved to his home in Columbia City.
He was employed at B.E. Computers and previously at Alpha Products in Elkhart.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City City Hall played host to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for a public field hearing Thursday regarding the proposed water rate increase for the city.
A public field hearing is a formal, legal proceeding. Administrative Law Judge Angela Weber presided over the meeting and Commissioner Larry Landis was on hand for IURC.
Wednesday was Nurse Sandy Kohutâs birthday but that didnât stop her from working. Kohut, center (and with a crown) is a registered nurse at Columbia City High School and still takes Eric Shepherdâs, right, temperature as Brice Aldrich, left, assists. She was queen for a day, but didnât reveal how old she turned.
COLUMBIA CITY â Residents of Whitley County who are registered to vote in their district of residence may begin absentee voting April 9. According to Jessica Hockemeyer of the Whitley County Clerkâs Office, the Election Office is now accepting applications. Ballots will be mailed out beginning on March 23.
Absentee voting will take place at the Whitley County Clerkâs Office in the courthouse at 101 W. Van Buren Street in Columbia City. The clerkâs office is located on the second floor, room 18.
COLUMBIA CITY â While many voters will be heading to familiar polling locations in May for the primary elections, some will be venturing toward unfamiliar scenery to do their voting.
The Whitley County Election Office is making some changes this year to reduce the number of locations and workers available to the public. Several polling locations will be combined, including in South Whitley, Cleveland Township and Smith Township.
âWeâre very excited about this,â said Clerk of Courts Debbie Beers. âWeâre going to save the county some money while making things better for the voters.â
Fluffy the cat cautiously looks out from the side of a barn before jumping down to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather Tuesday afternoon.
CHURUBUSCO â There is a new police officer in Churubusco. Mike Engle was approved to replace former Town Marshall John Hart, who retires from police work March 19. The Churubusco Town Council unanimously approved Engle to begin full-time duties March 19.
In new business, the council approved a new Churubusco FaĂ§ade Grant Program. âThis is a program connected with the Main Street Project,â said Frank Kessler, council president. With the grant a total of $25,000 is available for Churubusco businesses to apply for grants.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Council addressed several fiscal concerns at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, including those involving county employees.
The Assessorâs Office requested budgeting to hire a new employee to join the office staff. The move comes on the heels of County Assessor Angie Heathâs news that she would be taking a leave of absence from May through October of this year.
SOUTH WHITLEY â J. Pauline Gottschalk, 83, died at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since March of 2009.
She was born March 14, 1928, in Madison County, a daughter of Arte O. and Mabel M. (Cloud) Ice.
Her formative years were spent in Summitville.
She graduated from Summitville High School.
On Oct. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Lester H. Gottschalk.
They made their home on a farm near South Whitley. In 1979, they moved to their home in South Whitley. Mr. Gottschalk died Feb. 17, 1980.