June 29th, 2012
Ruth M. Zollinger, 89, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Hamilton House.
Born June 25, 1923, in Ft. Wayne, Ruth worked at L. S. Ayresâ€™ Tea Room. She was a member of St. Patrickâ€™s Catholic Church in Ft. Wayne and loved baking Christmas cookies.
Marquis Jr. Reid, of Columbia City, died at 2:56 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since April.
He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Richland Township, a son of Mark H. and Lena M. (Hoffert) Reid.
He attended Larwill High School.
He entered into the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 1944, serving in the European Theater.
He was honorably discharge on Sept. 30, 1945. He returned to the area.
On Dec. 29, 1944, he married Ruth C. Fosnaugh. They made their home in Richland Township.
Betty J. Boggs, 83, a resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the family residence in Green Township following an extended illness.
Mrs. Boggs was born in Smith Township on May 14, 1929, the daughter of Orlando and Lela N. (Shlater) Geiger. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco area and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947.
Barbara S. Wilt, 76, of Fort Wayne, died at 11:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Life Care Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.
Born April 27, 1936, in Noble County, she was the daughter of Chester J. and Jennie (Smith) Boggs.
She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the class of 1954. On July 3, 1963, she married Lanny K. Wilt in Fort Wayne, and they have always lived in Noble County.
For 31 years she worked for Dana Corporation, Churubusco, where she retired in 1994. She was a member of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Storms with hail and winds of up 91 mph moved through northern Indiana on Friday afternoon, leaving thousands of businesses and homes without power.
In Columbia City, the powerful winds toppled trees on the Courthouse Square and made a shambles of tents and carnival attractions along the downtown midway for its annual Old Settlers Days celebration.
Trees, branches and power lines were torn down by the gusty system that struck about 2:30 p.m. Crews were busy throughout Whitley County assessing and repairing the damage.
Haylee Whisler, 2, takes a bite out of her brotherâ€™s elephant ear at the Old Settlerâ€™s Days Festival in downtown Columbia City Thursday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney is dispelling any speculation on whether recent suspension of fireworks by county and city government officials is legal.
â€śThis office has been made aware that the Whitley County Commissioners have imposed a ban on burning and on fireworks pursuant to their authority,â€ť said Prosecutor Matt Rentschler in a letter Thursday.
The countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners issued a ban on open burning, to include fireworks, on Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Scorching, hot temperatures covered most of the nation yesterday, with the Whitley County area at temperatures above 100 degrees.
Michael Sabones, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service station in North Webster, said while they did not have an official report in for Whitley County, he estimates the county reached around 104 degrees.
Sabones said although todayâ€™s temperatures will be almost 10 degrees cooler, it will still be hot.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With Old Settlers Days nearing its end, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh, assured the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday that his and other city departments will be working hard to make sure things go smoothly.
â€śSaturdayâ€™s going to be a real busy day here in Columbia City with the parade and the Highland Games out at the 4-H grounds,â€ť said Longenbaugh.
Longenbaugh said he has an officer who will be working the Highland Games, and nearly everyone else will be concentrating on Old Settlers and the parade that takes place tomorrow.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh told the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday he is hopeful another block of construction on Line Street should be ending soon.
â€śUp on Line Street, we are continuing to get sidewalks in place,â€ť said Cearbaugh. â€śWe just want to thank our guys for the great work they are doing on that.â€ť
Cearbaugh said he hoped construction on the 200 block would be completed by the end of this week.