April 13th, 2012
Dennis Dewitt Blaugh, 61, of Loon Lake, died at 11:18 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Physicians Regional Hospital in Naples, Fla.
He was born Jan. 14, 1951, in Fort Wayne, a son of Ivan and Mary A. (Smith) Blaugh.
His formative years were spent in rural Columbia City.
Dennis graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1969.
On Nov. 23, 1985, he married Marsha Stier. They made their home in Columbia City and Naples, Fla.
He was employed at C&R Plating DBA KC Jones as CEO, making plans for his retirement in early June, 2012 with 43 years of service.
COLUMBIA CITY â Paul and Carol Burkett of Columbia City can vividly remember Elmer Zimmermanâs talk about his mother surviving the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
The presentation was held Oct. 3, 1996 at the Whitley County Historical Societyâs fall banquet at Eagle Glen Golf Course. Carol knew Elmer since her cousin, Helen (Miller) Zimmerman, married him. The Zimmermans lived in Rochester.
Although Elmer is no longer around to tell the story, Paul said he was a very good public speaker. Elmerâs mother was Bertha (Lehman) Zimmerman, born March 31, 1895, in Lotziel, Switzerland.
Smith-Green Community School Corporation is taking steps to map the right courses for its students.
During Monday nightâs board meeting, Shellie Miller, the Churubusco Elementary School principal, and Austin Couch, the Churubusco Junior Senior High School principal, explained the mapping process for each grade level and course in the âtechnical areasâ of arts, agriculture, family and consumer science, business-technology and information technology, Project Lead the Way/engineering and technology education.
COLUMBIA CITY â A local bowler made history Wednesday night; personal history, Main Bowl history and United States Bowling Congress history.
Randy Bockelman rolled 11 straight strikes. On his twelfth and final heave of his first game, he left three pins standing, giving him a final score of 297 out of a possible 300.
Though it would be difficult to say a 297 is something to be unhappy about, the score remained on Bockelmanâs mind.
âI was nervous during the first game more than anything,â Bockelman said. âI was worried I wouldnât get another chance to bowl a 300 this year.â
LARWILL â With numerous repairs at the ball diamond lift station site, a 14.3 percent sewer rate increase will soon be imposed on Larwill residents. Feminine hygiene products, baby-wipes, personal wipes and Q-tips continue to be flushed down the system by the ball diamond, accounting for the increase.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Phase II of South Whitleyâs wastewater treatment facility renovation continues to forge ahead as Project Manager David Harvey â with Fleis and Vandenbrink â presented the latest bulletin to South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday evening.
Providing a wide-range of municipal services, Fleis and Vandenbrink is the townâs engineering consultant.
With three bids received, Gerig-Ottenweller Construction was awarded the Phase II state-mandated renovation with a bid of $3,087,000 for the main project with an alternate bid of $27,000 for material revisions.
SOUTH WHITLEY â In compliance with the townâs unsafe building ordinance, the exposed south wall of the Green Parrot was repaired last June, but the vacant lot where the now-demolished Hicks and Deaton building shared a common wall continues to be an âeye soreâ in South Whitley.
Currently, blue barrels are barricading the vacant lot which is owned by Betty Deaton.
Last year, previous town council members advised Utilities Manager Dennis Eberhart and Tim Moyer Excavating to have the lot filled in and leveled.
County museumâs Titanic party April 14
COLUMBIA CITY â The results are in, and based on the 77 votes received in The Post & Mail's online poll, Indiana's longtime Sentator Richard Lugar could be enjoying his last term in the U.S. Senate.
The results of the poll showed Lugar receiving only 32 percent of the votes while challenger Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock garnered 47 percent.
Nine percent of poll takers were undecided.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs golf team fell to 1-2 Thursday night after losing to Norwell, 171-179.
The Knights had two linksters who shot a 41 on the par 36 course, and another with a 43. âYou have to give them credit to come in here and shoot two 41s and a 43,â Columbia City Head Golf Coach Andrew Thompson said. âThey played a good road match.â
Though the Eagles moved into a losing record after facing a loss Tuesday against Churubusco, their score showed improvement. Tuesday, Columbia City posted a 186, seven strokes worse than Thursdayâs score.