March 8th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While many voters will be heading to familiar polling locations in May for the primary elections, some will be venturing toward unfamiliar scenery to do their voting.
The Whitley County Election Office is making some changes this year to reduce the number of locations and workers available to the public. Several polling locations will be combined, including in South Whitley, Cleveland Township and Smith Township.
â€śWeâ€™re very excited about this,â€ť said Clerk of Courts Debbie Beers. â€śWeâ€™re going to save the county some money while making things better for the voters.â€ť
Fluffy the cat cautiously looks out from the side of a barn before jumping down to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather Tuesday afternoon.
CHURUBUSCO â€” There is a new police officer in Churubusco. Mike Engle was approved to replace former Town Marshall John Hart, who retires from police work March 19. The Churubusco Town Council unanimously approved Engle to begin full-time duties March 19.
In new business, the council approved a new Churubusco FaĂ§ade Grant Program. â€śThis is a program connected with the Main Street Project,â€ť said Frank Kessler, council president. With the grant a total of $25,000 is available for Churubusco businesses to apply for grants.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Council addressed several fiscal concerns at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, including those involving county employees.
The Assessorâ€™s Office requested budgeting to hire a new employee to join the office staff. The move comes on the heels of County Assessor Angie Heathâ€™s news that she would be taking a leave of absence from May through October of this year.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” J. Pauline Gottschalk, 83, died at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since March of 2009.
She was born March 14, 1928, in Madison County, a daughter of Arte O. and Mabel M. (Cloud) Ice.
Her formative years were spent in Summitville.
She graduated from Summitville High School.
On Oct. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Lester H. Gottschalk.
They made their home on a farm near South Whitley. In 1979, they moved to their home in South Whitley. Mr. Gottschalk died Feb. 17, 1980.
Turtle Days Fish Fry
set for Friday
CHURUBUSCO â€” A Turtle Days Fish Fry fund raiser will be held March 9 at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 157.
All you can eat is $8, dinner is $7 and sandwiches are $5. Carry-out is available. All proceeds will benefit the Turtle Days Festival.
to host fry
ALBION â€“ Cornerstone Christian School, located at 4304 S. Oak St. in Albion, will hold a Tenderloin and Fish Fry Saturday, March 10 from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Danny Dwayne Morgan, 66, of Bluffton and formerly of Naples, Fla., died at 1:47 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at his residence.
Mr. Morgan was born in Muncie on July 4, 1945, to Paul Earnest Morgan and Mary Alice Knapp Morgan.
He married Debborah Lynn Cowan in Beaufort, S.C., on Sept. 30, 1966. She survives in Naples, Fla.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Lawrence â€śLarryâ€ť W. Pressler, 62, of Columbia City, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born March 19, 1949, in Wabash, a son of Larry G. and Betty (Stark) Pressler.
His formative years were spent in South Whitley.
He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1967. He then attended Sams Technical Institute, Indianapolis.
On June 19, 1971, he was united in marriage to Melanie J. Kyler. They made their home in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” RenĂ©e Gilberte Juilette Surget Stewart, 96, of Columbia City, died at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at her daughter Alice Kinzerâ€™s home in Beaverton, Ore. where she had resided since 2010.
She was born July 21, 1915, in Chailland, Mayenne, France, the fifth child of Louis and Marie-Louise Surget.
Her formative years were spent in Paris, where she attended and graduated as a lab technician from Scientia-Private School in Paris in 1937.
ALBION â€” James M. â€śJimâ€ť Earnhart, 83, well known Noble County farmer and a resident of rural Albion, passed away at 12:19 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville following a lengthy illness.
He had been taken to the hospital from his home earlier in the day.
Mr. Earnhart was born March 12, 1928, in Kosciusko County, a son of Arby Nelson and Mary (Doke) Earnhart, and moved to Green Township in Noble County as a child with his parents.
He spent his formative years on the family farm there and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947.