May 18th, 2012
Buna C. Head, 97, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, died at 12:21 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Parkview Oaks in Columbia City.
She was born July 28, 1914, in Huntington County, a daughter of Arthur C. and Mary Ann (Shidler) Myers.
On June 21, 1953 she married Harry W. Head.
He preceded her in death Nov. 18, 1974.
Surviving relatives include her daughters, Nancy Murphree of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Marilyn â€śSusieâ€ť Koker of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Helen E. â€śGeneâ€ť Lahr, 93, of rural Columbia City, died Friday morning, May 18, 2012, at Renaissance Village.
She was born Sept. 21, 1918, in Garrett, a daughter of John F. and Florence (Ladig) Osterman.
In 1936, she married Floyd Ervin Hall. He died in 1944.
On May 21, 1945, she married Lester E. Lahr.
He died Sept. 28, 1995.
Surviving relatives include two children, Carol Gillum and Robert Lahr, all of Churubusco; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a brother, Martin Osterman of Fort Wayne.
Beverly (Cowles) Smith-Pullen, 81, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at her home on her beloved Shriner Lake.
Born Oct. 17, 1930, in LaOtto, she was the daughter of Ed and Eleanor (Walda) Cowles.
She attended South Side High School, Fort Wayne.
She married John R. Pullen in 1975 and lived most of her life in Allen and Whitley counties.
Bev worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne for more than 25 years and was a member of Elex Club, Zion Lutheran Church and United Community Travelerâ€™s of America.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Helen Marie Williams, 84, of rural Columbia City, died at 12:24 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Wednesday.
She was born June 26, 1927, in Monroeville, a daughter of Cecil E. and Carol L. (Dager) DeWert. She completed her education at Monroeville High School.
On Nov. 11, 1949, she was united in marriage to Thomas J. Williams Jr.
From 1953 until 1978 they made their home at Blue Lake before moving to Colorado for two years. In 1980 they returned to the rural Columbia City area.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jessie Maxine Romine, 87, of Columbia City, died at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since July 2011.
She was born April 4, 1925, in Branch County, Mich., a daughter of Ray and Delilah (Hulse) Brown. As a teenager, her family moved to Auburn. She graduated from Auburn High School.
Following her high school graduation, she worked for Warner Gear for three years, the principal at Auburn High School. She also worked at Royal Industries for three years.
With I-READ3 results coming in electronically about a month ago, school superintendents in Whitley County were pleased with student performance on the test.
â€śItâ€™s a difficult high stakes test for a third grader to take,â€ť said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS). â€śOur teachers, parents and administration were pleased with the results.â€ť
The Indiana State Department of Education now requires third graders to take the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (I-READ3) test.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After 35 years of being an educator, Bob Hoke is retiring.
Hoke has been in education most of his life, and most of it was spent right here in Whitley County Consolidated Schools. He has been the principal of Northern Heights Elementary School for the last 10 years.
â€śMy educational experience all began in kindergarten,â€ť said Hoke. â€śI grew up on a farm in Goshen and after high school went to Ball State University.â€ť
Hoke began his teaching career at Goshen Middle School teaching seventh, eighth and ninth grade students.
Robert Nobbe, above, of Connersville, takes a look at one of his many insulators that he will have for sale at the Columbia City Insulator, Bottle & Antique Show today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center. This brown giant insulator is from Montana. Robert, along with his wife, Darleen, have been coming to this show for at least 20 years. The couple has collected insulators for 45 years.
LARWILL â€” With the U.S. Postal Service proposing sharp cutbacks to hours of operation, more than 13,000 post offices across the country may experience changes to office hours in the future. For Whitley County, this could mean changes at the post office in Larwill.
â€śThe plan last year was that we had 3,700 post offices under review for possible closure,â€ť said spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service Mary Dando.
â€śThe strategy that was announced last week was that we keep them open.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local police are investigating a student at Indian Springs Middle School, after 40-60 students were reportedly stabbed with a sewing needle.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, four reports came in Thursday evening about the crime.
â€śThe school sent out a letter that said 40-60 students got poked by the needle,â€ť WCSD Det. Chuck Vogley said.
Kim Porter, the aunt of a 7th-grade student at ISMS, said her 13-year-old niece was afraid to report the student.