July 8th, 2013
Mary Jane Pressler, 82, of Columbia City, died at 8:05 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since 2011.
She was born Oct. 8, 1930, in Thorncreek Township a daughter of Riley Marion and Lola Ellen (Gause) Pressler. Her formative years were spent in Whitley and Noble Counties.
She was employed at Blue Bell, Knitting Mill in Fort Wayne and Weatherhead.
Lamerl S. Love, 86, of Fort Wayne, died at 4:05 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center where he was admitted Saturday, June 29.
He was born Jan. 14, 1927, in New Albany a son of Walter B. and Ada (Bliss) Love. In 1937, his family moved to Fort Wayne from Palmyra. He graduated from Central High School.
On Feb. 22, 1946, he was united in marriage to Dorothy B. Steele. They made their first home in Columbia City before moving to Fort Wayne. In 1970, they moved to their current home.
A veteran, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and later the U.S. Army.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Being an informed citizen is important for some Churubusco residents.
Several people regularly attend the townâ€™s council meeting twice a month.
A special meeting was called by town leaders to discuss an employee handbook, and those who faithfully attend the meetings were absent.
In spite of the townâ€™s diligence to report the session, the town residents were left uninformed about the special meeting.
At Tuesdayâ€™s regularly scheduled council meeting, public comment was allowed and the issue was voiced by those in attendance.
South Whitley Community Public Library offers a summer reading program that engages youth in hands-on learning.
Young adults have read about ancient civilizations, and at the same time crafted several items to replicate artifacts from the era being studied.
Pictured are some of the programâ€™s participants who created Mayan war masks.
Pictured, from left, are Cody Thompson (11), Librarian Shannon Langmaid, Kyle Calhoun (13) and Scott Thompson (16).
To learn more about the reading program as well as other library activities, call 723-5321.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” An abandoned house in southeast Whitley County caught fire Saturday night in Union Township.
Firefighters responded to a home at County Road 700 East and Hiler Road at 9 p.m. after dispatchers received a phone call from a passer-by who saw smoke.
According to fire scanner traffic, the house had been abandoned for several years, and was located on Steel Dynamics Inc. property.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents of Columbia City recently received an update on the quality of their drinking water.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Department released its 2013 Consumer Confidence Report. The aim of the document was to inform citizens of what precisely goes into their water.
Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear said his department is required to release this report annually.
â€śIt has the latest testing results,â€ť he said. â€śIt doesnâ€™t change a whole lot from year to year.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools will be losing a Board of Trustees member within the next month.
Chris Bechtold, one of the three board members representing the city of Columbia City, will resign because he is taking a teaching position within the district in the 2013-14 school year.
Bechtold will teach math, physics and engineering at Eagle Tech Academy this fall. As per board by-laws, he will be required to resign his position from the board of trustees.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Turtle Town, as Churubusco is affectionately referred to, is not only about growing reptiles, but it is also about a growing economy.
Last month, Churubusco Town Council members revealed that Inwelligent Healthcare, Inc., currently located on the East Coast, was looking to relocate to the town, bringing with it new jobs for the area.
â€śRight now they are forecasting about 50 employees in the first three years,â€ť Town Council President Frank Kessler said.
â€śThey could grow to need 90 in the future.â€ť
Norman A. Gray, 96, of Crooked Lake, died at 4:48 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013.
He was born April 18, 1917 in Crawfordsville, a son of the late Albert and Myrtle (Harwood) Gray.
Surviving relatives include four children, 12 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service with be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Thorn Cemetery, Ormas. Arrangements are by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Preferred memorials are to Crooked Lake Association c/o Angie Brant, 5858 E. Spear Rd., Columbia City, IN 46725.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Margaret K. Curry, 75, of Columbia City, died at 3:25 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Cyndy, following a year long battle with cancer.
She was born Oct. 27, 1937, in Sacremento, Calif. a daughter of Willie and Jane (Sasaki) Uyeki.
Her formative years were spent in California. She graduated from University High School in Los Angeles and continued her education at U.C.L.A.
In 1962, she moved to Columbia City. She worked in the insurance industry and after retirement she worked part time for 17 years at Lassus Bros.