July 9th, 2013
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.
Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair will officially begin Friday with a Dairy Show at 11 a.m. and a Goat Fitting Contest at 3:30 p.m.
Pictured is Billy Bob, a 4-H project of Kayla Schpper.
Schipper is a four-year 4-H member and is part of the Southern Showman.
Billy Bob and other farm animals will converge on the fairgrounds as early as 6 a.m. Friday.
See Tuesdayâ€™s edition of The Post & Mail for a special publication, â€śSee You at the Fair,â€ť highlighting fair events.
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.