April 4th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” City officials are responding to several letters in The Post & Mail accusing the city police, and in particular one mayoral candidate, of waste of government funds.
Letters submitted to the newspaper referenced a perceived misuse of a city police vehicle by mayoral candidate Gary Parrett.
The letter writers M.K. Meeks and local attorney Terry Smith accuse Parrett of driving a police car to his local restaurant while on sick leave from the police department.
Margaret L. Menzie, 100, of Pierceton, went to be with the Lord at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Grace Village Healthcare Center, Winona Lake.
The daughter of Carl and Cleo Earnhart, she was born March 12, 1911 in Cromwell. She married Howard Menzie Oct. 21, 1947 in Fort Wayne. He preceded her in death in 1995.
Margaret grew up on a farm near Pierceton. She lived nearly her whole life in the Pierceton area. She graduated from Pierceton High School and also attended Cummins School for elementary school, which was a one-room school northeast of Pierceton.
Michael R. Downs, 65, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 12:43 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.
He was born Nov. 3, 1945 in Fort Wayne, a son of Archie O. and Clara M. (Wells) Downs.
The surviving relatives include his wife Patricia (Fitch) Downs; two sons, Nicholas Downs and Dustin Downs; and a sister, Melody Plummer.
Eleanor E. Galligher, 83, a former resident near Wolf Lake and widow of Kenneth H. â€śBudâ€ť Galligher, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
She was born in Fort Wayne July 29, 1927, a daughter of Ellsworth and Grace O. (Brinkman) Galbreath.
Among the surviving relatives are her children, Judy Reed, Linda Mason, Barbara Molessa, Karen Nuttle, Patricia Oswald, Kenneth Galligher, Michael Galligher and Steven Galligher.
William L. Kimmel, 80, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, in the emergency room at DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn.
He was born in Noble County May 14, 1930, a son of George A. and Effa (Owen) Kimmel. He served with the United States Army.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Bonnie L. Leazier; four daughters, Lee Ann Schortgen, Lisa Nicole, Lynn Patrick and Lori Krueckeberg; three sisters, Barbara Rider, Midge Marshall and Lalia Hand.
SOUTH WHITLEY — In the bottom of the seventh inning and the winning run on third base, the last thing Blackford expected was for Josh Smith to steal home.
Tied 2-2, Smith did just that breaking for home plate in game one of Whitko baseball’s doubleheader at home Saturday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Renovation of the 25-year-old kiddie pool, along with a new liner for the Burnworth Pool, were discussed at Monday eveningâ€™s park board meeting.
According to the poolâ€™s documented history, the last major renovations to the kiddie pool were in 1982, when cracks were repaired and drainage improved.
Green said he has received two different quotes on repairing the kiddie pool, with one quote at $3,500 to repair the liner only, and a second quote for $27,000.
Michael E. (â€śMickâ€ť or â€śMikeâ€ť) Hazen, 70, a lifelong resident of Whitley County, died Thursday, March 31, 2011.
Mr. Hazen was born June 21, 1940 to Chalmers and Mildred Hazen. For 38 1/2-plus years he was employed at the General Electric Company in Fort Wayne.
Georgianna Karst, 95, of Columbia City, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 11:15 a.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Dec. 9, 1915 in Kendallville, she was a daughter of Clayton and Laura (Cramer) Castator.
She graduated from Huntington Schools, Huntington County. On May 8, 1937, she married Frank L. Karst. In addition to being a homemaker, she worked at Blue Bell and Whitley County Hospital in housekeeping as an assistant, sterilizing linens and instruments for 15 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When it comes to a major road renovation in Columbia City known as the State Route 205 Project, Columbia City officials say there are no easy answers because there arenâ€™t any answers of any kind at the moment.
â€śYou just donâ€™t know the complexities,â€ť said Jeff Walker, Columbia Cityâ€™s Outside Operations Officer.
Mayor Jim Fleck said the process, which began more than seven years ago with complaints by residents of poor visibility entering and leaving Morsches Park, is multi-faceted.
â€śItâ€™s kind of like learning to play the game of basketball during the game,â€ť he said.