January 4th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In addition to their regular duties as Whitley County Commissioners, Don Amber, Tom Rethlake and George Shrumpf will continue to serve on several committees and boards throughout the county in 2012.
All three will serve on the Board of Finance, responsible for determining how to invest monies for the year.
The trio will also be members of the Solid Waste Board.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Having sworn-in Sunday and with the lay-over passed, Mayor Ryan Daniel spent the first day at his new office job Tuesday, wearing different hats throughout the day.
After rising while streets were still lit only by streetlights, the Mayor hosted a breakfast at the Eagle Nest Event Center for all city employees from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
Once finished, Daniel went to his office at City Hall to familiarize himself with his new surroundings and attend to mayoral duties.
At 5:15 p.m., Daniel had his first official meeting as Mayor, specifically with the Board of Works.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Blanche Louise Nichols, 94, of rural Columbia City, died at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at her home.
She was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of Ray Jennings and Alice Berniece (Lott) Hively.
Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1935.
On June 28, 1935, she was united in marriage to Paul C. Nichols. They made their home in Thorncreek Township until 1939 when they moved to Lorane. Mr. Nichols died Oct. 18, 1952.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Virginia L. Lusk-Baumgartner, 95, formerly of Columbia City and currently of Fort Wayne, passed away at 7:47 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Covington Commons, Fort Wayne.
Born June 1, 1916, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Sylvester and Elsie (Ferguson) Coleman.
She spent her childhood in Fort Wayne and graduated from Elmhurst High School with the class of 1934.
In 1947, she moved to Whitley County and in 1965, moved to Tri-Lakes. In 2001, she moved to her present address at Covington Commons in Fort Wayne.
PIERCETON â€” Paul Eugene Leiter, 62, of rural Pierceton, died at 6:05 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 14, 1949, in Warsaw, a son of the late, Cloyce â€śDickâ€ť and Dorothy (Pernesky) Leiter.
His formative years were spent in the Warsaw and Leesburg areas. He graduated from Warsaw High School.
See the Wednesday, Jan. 4 edition of The Post and Mail for more awards photos.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the final common council meeting of 2011 wound down, former Mayor Jim Fleck and several council members took the opportunity to reflect on their terms.
Fleck talked about the work public officials do aside from attending regular meetings. He said they take a lot of calls and have to deal with a lot of disagreements.
â€śThere is a lot of homework and a lot of preparation that goes into the decisions that are made,â€ť Fleck said.
Fleck said that running a city takes hundreds of people, and the end result is Columbia City is a great community.
Betty Eileen Stephan, 77, of Huntington, died at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester.
Betty was born Aug. 26, 1934 in Huntington, the daughter of Emerson and Edith (Quinn) Rittenhouse.
She married Carl L. Stephan on July 14, 1950, in Andrews. He preceded her in death Dec. 11, 1998.
Betty farmed along side her husband in Polk Township, cooked at Kermittâ€™s Food Shop in Andrews and worked in production at General Tire in Wabash.
She played piano and was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Andrews.
Dorothy I. Brockhaus, 87, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Edward Brockhaus, Jr., passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at 9:55 p.m. at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She had been a patient there for the past month.
Mrs. Brockhaus was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Defiance, Ohio, a daughter of John and Daisy (Boterf) Lipp.
She spent her formative years in that area and graduated from Sherwood Delaware High School in 1941.
Strong winds will accompany the coldest air of the season so far.
Hold on to your trash cans and recycling bins, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are teaming up for a special treat. Spent Christmas trees put out at the curb may find their way into the middle of the road, thanks to gusty winds.
As is often the case with some of the coldest outbreaks of the winter, strong winds will add to the shock of the dramatic change in weather during the first few days of the new year.
Wind gusts of 30, 40 and even 50 mph will blast from the Midwest to the Atlantic Seaboard over the next couple of days.