February 16th, 2011
Naaman E. Van Meter, 38, of Larwill, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at Goshen General Hospital in Goshen. He was born Aug. 31, 1972 in Warsaw to Thomas E. and Judy E. (Carey) Van Meter.
Survivors include his parents; five sisters, Hope Lightner, Rebekah Eisner, Elanna Moeller, Christine Van Meter and Larissa Phillips; one brother, Ryan Van Meter; and grandparents, Larry and Hulleta Carey.
After an exit earlier than they expected, Columbia City girls’ basketball got some good news Monday to lift the spirits of four Lady Eagle seniors.
The Northeast Hoosier Conference announced its all-conference teams for the 2010-11 season. Among them, Columbia City (12-10, 1-6) landed four starters within the various team selections.
For first-year head coach Amy Shearer, it’s some comfort at the end of a 12-10 season.
Donna M. Bitting, 87, formerly of South Whitley, died at 7:39 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at her home in Goshen.
She was born May 21, 1923 in Wabash County, a daughter of Walter V. and Cleo D. (Hite) Yentes. She attended school in Urbana and graduated from Laketon High School in 1941.
In 1951 she was united in marriage to Ralph Judy. They made their first home in North Manchester, moving to South Whitley in 1953. Mr. Judy died in 1966.
In 1967 she began working at Whitley County Memorial Hospital and in 1969 she moved to Columbia City.
Doris E. Pittenger, 86, of Columbia City, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since December 2006.
She was born Jan. 13, 1925 in Huntington, a daughter of Charles M. and Julia (Yanko) Carroll. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where she completed her education.
On Nov. 16, 1941 she was united in marriage to Richard W. Pittenger. They made their home in Oakland, Calif. moving to Lake Tahoe in 1955 until 1980 when they returned to Columbia City. Mr. Pittenger died in 1991.
Richard L. â€śJinglesâ€ť Waikel , 74, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Born in Ft. Wayne, Richard retired as a brick mason after 46 years with Local 4 Indiana and Kentucky. He was an avid fisherman in Columbia City and Tarpon Springs.
Mary Helen Dellinger, 72, of Columbia City, died Saturday, at 9:44 a.m. Feb. 12, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born July 6, 1938 in Monroeville, she was a daughter of Paul L. and Angnes L. (Wagner) Gramelspacher.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In an effort to continually improve the townâ€™s park facilities and recreational programs, the Columbia City Park Board has created a public survey in order to seek the communityâ€™s input.
â€śWe appreciate the publicâ€™s use of the parks facilities â€” we encourage it,â€ť park board president Kelley Sheiss said at the January monthly meeting. â€śAnd in doing so, we are trying to provide the best facilities with the resources we have available at this time with a limited budget.â€ť
LARWILL â€” Chief Inspector Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department was in attendance at the Larwill Town Council meeting last Thursday to provide updates on the property located at 202 North Center Street.
The property was evacuated last spring due to several violations of the townâ€™s unsafe building ordinance.
Owner of the unsafe structure is Ralph Fitch, who has been represented by Katrina Osterman
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners approved the countyâ€™s first Commissioners Tax Certificate sale at its regular meeting last week.
Tim Rushenburg, representing SRI Incorporated spoke to the commissioners about the sale, which will be held online in June.
â€śIt seems like the internet sale is the way to go,â€ť said Commissioner Don Amber.
Rushenburg told the three-man board his company would receive 15 percent of the total proceeds for a â€śliveâ€ť sale and only 10 percent of an internet sale.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several new appointments to county boards were announced to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners last week.
David Sewell, Whitley Countyâ€™s Building and Planning Department Executive Director, contacted the commissioners regarding a recommended new member to the countyâ€™s Board of Zoning Appeals.
â€śI would like to recommend Tim Denihan as a citizen member of the Whitley County Board of Zoning Appeals,â€ť said Sewell in a letter to the three-man board.