August 17th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s mayor addressed the use of sirens at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the Board of Works and Safety. He said the issue had received numerous inquires from local residents.
â€śThe whole reason I put it on the agenda was because there were a lot of questions from the public as to why the tornado sirens were not put off when the big wind storm came through during Old Settlers Days,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Eleanor Jean Gordon, 86, passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. She was born November 14, 1925, in Tampa, Fla., to Arthur Gilbert Lester and Mona Lester.
Eleanor worked as an FBI file clerk during World War II, a cook at Huntertown Schools and retired from Magnavox in Ft. Wayne.
Gerald â€śJerryâ€ť M. Cowan, 82, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. Born in Fort Wayne, Jerry grew up in Whitley County and worked for International Harvester and Rea Magnet Wire, retiring in 1986.
He was a member of Leo United Methodist Church, Past Commander and Life Member of American Legion Post 409, Leo, 50 year member of Leo Lodge No. 224 F.& A.M., Mizpah Shrine, Scottish Rite and charter and life member of the Mizpah Antique Power Club.
Jerry enjoyed family gatherings, carving, woodworking, fishing and euchre.
Donna J. (Armer) Mooney, 59, resident of Tri-Lakes, and formerly of Albion, died on Monday, Aug. 13, peacefully with family by her side, at Parkview North Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Mooney had been in declining health for the last year.
She was born on Nov. 8, 1952, in King City, Calif., and was the daughter of Dorothy (Shankle) and Zelbert Lee Armer.
She graduated high school in 1971, in Paso Robles, Calif., and married Barry Mooney in June, 1973. He passed away in 2002.
CHURUBUSCO â€” There is a new town marshal in Churubusco and his name is Mike Engle.
Long-time Whitley County sheriffâ€™s deputy and recent Churubusco deputy town marshal, Engle was unanimously voted the town marshal at the town council meeting Wednesday.
The council had to find a new town marshal after Chad Fulkerson took a full-time position of school resource officer at Smith-Green Community Schools. Fulkerson tendered his resignation just moments before Engle was voted on.
Frank Kessler, council president, said the council interviewed three internal candidates.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the county adopting a golf cart ordinance,Columbia City is in the process of reviewing and making changes to its ordinance governing the alternative vehicles.
â€śThe rules and regulations, as far as the way the ordinance reads, are very similar to the county as far as the equipment and regulations over the passing years,â€ť said Police Chief Timothy Longenbaugh at the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety meeting Tuesday.
Longenbaugh said the department has received several calls about people asking questions on the city and county permits.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A public hearing is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in the Coesse Elementary School regarding a utilities study that will provide residents and property owners in that area with several options on extending water and sewer services to the community. â€śIt will also have anticipated costs along with that,â€ť said Jeff Walker, community development director of Columbia City at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitleyâ€™s town clerkâ€™s office will soon have new computers installed with a price tag of $18,847.97.
Town council members reviewed proposals from Preferred IT Group, A Plus Computers and Ricoh-USA and unanimously accepted the lowest quote from Ricoh-USA at Tuesday eveningâ€™s council meeting.
Dorothy Pastore, 79, of Bluffton, died at 3:34 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 6, 1933, in Lawton, Okla., the daughter of Ernest M. and Mildred L. (Reach) Nottingham. She married Nicholas A. Pastore on July 18, 1953. He preceded her in death on June 29, 1974. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.