July 9th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Economic Development Corporation welcomed a new marketing project manager last week.
Katie Rethlake, a 2012 graduate of IUPUI and granddaughter of county commissioner Tom Rethlake, began working in the area with Schrader Real Estate & Auction Co., Inc. last year.
At the EDC, she will focus on updating the website for the development corporation and other communication projects.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Trash prices for Churubusco residents will drop by almost $4 as of August 1.
When Churubuscoâ€™s Town Council decided to renew its trash contract with National Serv-All, a five-year pricing plan allowed for the town to charge its citizens less.
In the July 3 meeting, a hearing was held for public comment on a proposed ordinance that would take effect at the beginning of August.
Several questions were asked of the town leaders for clarification on the pricing and length of contract, but as the hearing was closed, council members voted to pass the ordinance.
Remodeling work continues as the former Scottâ€™s building morphs into Dunhamâ€™s Sports.
The sporting goods retailer is slated to open in August.
Pictured are Gary Marshall, left, and Ryan Lenwell encasing an exterior column in stone.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Larwill man pleaded guilty to child molestation and two other crimes in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Dean Pressler, 40, was arrested in January and charged with child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction, possession of child pornography and confinement.
That arrest came on the heels of charges of running a meth lab, which were brought against Pressler in December of 2012.
As part of a plea agreement, Pressler admitted to molesting a child, 13 years of age, and continuing the sexual contact until the girl was 17.
Larry L. Goss, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at his residence.
Born Jan. 14, 1932, in Rochester, he was the son of Raymond and Alma (Rosborg) Goss.
He was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from Rochester Joint High School with the Class of 1951.
After graduation he proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and spent one year in Korea. He was awarded the Good Conduct, the Korean Service, and the United Nations Service Medals for his service.
Teresa Jean Gotz, 56, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Born Feb. 26, 1957, in Enid, Okla., she was the daughter of Russel B. and Jacqueline June (Spires) Gotz.
She had lived in Whitley and Allen Counties. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1975, Manchester College with a bachelor of science in 1981, Parkview Methodist School of Nursing in 1984, and a Masters of Social Work from IUPUI in 1991.
The annual Old Settlers four-mile run was held June 28 during Old Settlers Days and American Legion Festival.
Pictured are the top three runners, Elias Rojas, Ty Alles and Peter Ryan.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Peabody Public Library has released itâ€™s schedule of July events.
â€śI Dig Story Timeâ€ť for children ages 3 to 6 is every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. In July, story time themes are â€śSand Digâ€ť on Tuesday, â€śDigging Trucksâ€ť on July 16 and â€śLetâ€™s Have a Picnicâ€ť on July 23.
Join for stories, songs, finger plays and a craft.
â€śToddler Timeâ€ť meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
This easy-going group meets in the Childrenâ€™s Department and is designed for parents and their children under age three.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” B.A.B.E. of Whitley County is currently accepting photographs of babies for the 5th Annual B.A.B.E. Photo Contest held during the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
To participate, submit a 4x6 copy of children ages 0 to 5 and 6 to 8 years old by July 11.
This is one of B.A.B.E.'s annual fund raisers. Votes can be cast for a penny per vote at the fair.
A booth will be set up where voters can view photos of each contestant.
This year, voters can choose to use their debit or credit card to vote.
It was Pizza Night at Camp Whitley this Tuesday, and Columbia City Rotary Club members Gene Smith, Francis Bundy, Al Baatz, and John and Aileen Meier served up 13 pizzas to 17 campers.