March 20th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” High school softball is a game dominated by pitching and solid defense behind the plate.
When a team loses its ace All-Northeast Hoosier Conference pitcher and its All-NHC catcher, normally the other teams in the conference would be licking their chops in anticipation of this yearâ€™s season.
But that may not be the case this year, as the Columbia City squad still returns a senior-laden team full of experience.
Last year, the Lady Eagles posted a 19-9 overall record including a 7-0 sweep of the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Bernetta Seifert Welling, 74, departed this life to be present with Christ (II Corinthians 5:8) Monday, March 18, 2013, at 7:17 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne where she was admitted Tuesday, March 12.
She was born Nov. 2, 1938, near Wind Ridge, Pa. to Charles and Dorothy (Hartley) Seifert and raised by her grandparents, Wilford and Louella Hartley. Her formative years were spent in Greene County, Pa., graduating from West Greene High School, Rogersville, Pa.
Phil L. Glassley, 93, of Columbia City, and formerly of South Whitley, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at The Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Aug. 23, 1919 in South Whitley, he was the son of Russell and Winifred (Shriver) Glassley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1937. He married Eulah Mae Hornaday July 4, 1939. She passed away April 19, 1973.
He married Peggy L. (Rex) Glassley Oct. 13, 1973. They lived in South Whitley until 1980 when they moved to Tri-Lakes. In 1998 they moved to their present home in Columbia City. Peggy passed away Dec. 2, 2012.
Phyllis J. Monesmith, 76, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Born in LaGrange County, Phyllis worked with Dana Corporation in Churubusco for 29 years, retiring in 1997. Her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her number one priority. She loved antique collecting and old-time county music.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tri-Lakes residents could possibly see an increase in their sewer bills starting in June.
Expensive sewer repairs and rising maintenance costs have led the Tri-Lakes Sewer District to visit the idea of increasing rates .97 cents.
According to the District Administrator Carol Martin the average sewer bill will increase from $37.88 to $38.85 for Phase I customers. Phase II customers, on average, will see a new amount of $51.40.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Chuck Zumbrun has been farming off and on for nearly 40 years. He recently swapped farming notes with a visiting farmer from Australia.
As a fourth-generation farmer, Zumbrun connected through social media with Bryan Granshaw, a third-generation farmer from Queensland, Australia.
The two were able to come together to share ideas about soil sustainability and management through the concept of companion cropping.
Editorâ€™s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and will be highlighted during the next week. One student will be selected by The Post & Mail as the overall Leaders of Tomorrow.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Colton Geiger is a senior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School and The Post & Mailâ€™s pick as runner up in the Leaders of Tomorrow search.
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CHURUBUSCO â€” Last yearâ€™s season may not have turned out the way that Churubuscoâ€™s baseball team was hoping for, but this seasonâ€™s team returns a strong nucleus from that squad and looks to improve on last yearâ€™s 7-24 record.
The Eagles graduated pitcher Austin Geoprich, who was 3-3 on the season and batted .278.
Also gone from the Churubusco lineup are infielder Alan Meeks, a .374 hitter who also had 13 stolen bases, and Adam Boggess, who batted at a .278 clip with 21 RBI from his left field position.
Leon Braden Alter, 105, of North Manchester, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Timbercrest where he had been a resident since 1984.
He was born Feb. 24, 1908, in Forest, a son of Leander Clinton and Anna Grace (Braden) Alter. He graduated from Forest High School in 1927, and Purdue University in 1933, with a degree in agriculture education.
Richard Roscoe Hatton, 54, a lifelong resident of Bear Lake, died at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his home.
He was born Feb. 1, 1959, in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Central Noble High School in 1978.
He was employed for more than 20 years at Dexter Axle.
His lifetime memberships included North America Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club.