June 6th, 2012
The moon shines bright in the sky Saturday evening.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board approved a computer lease proposal at their work session Monday.
Anne Plunkett, technology director, said while the schools usually buy computers, there are other ways to obtain the equipment needed.
â€śWe are hoping that leasing may be a viable alternative for that,â€ť said Plunkett.
Due to state requirements for online testing, the amount of equipment needed to meet those requirements has significantly increased.
WCCSâ€™ current laptops are four years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Mondayâ€™s County Council meeting, Michael Barton, highway department superintendent, gave an update on the departmentâ€™s sealing program that started Tuesday.
â€śJohnson Road will be the first road we start on,â€ť said Barton. â€śWeâ€™ll actually get primed in the morning and start sealing.â€ť
Barton said the department would also go down to 800 S., 700 E. and a few other roads in the area.
The department is working to go back over all the roads they double sealed in 2009-10.
As far as working on single seals, Barton said there are about 70 miles of road.
Earl J. McEntire, 85 of Northwest Allen County, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at his residence.
He was born March 12, 1927, a son of Meril and Nina (Willour) Carpenter.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann (Ulrich) McEntire; three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel, 415 N. Lee St., Markle.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel with Pastor Tom Oâ€™Brien officiating.
Interment will be at the Markle Cemetery.
Matthew â€śPeteâ€ť J. Hill , of Columbia City, passed away at 9:29 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Hill was born on Feb. 19, 1972, in Fort Wayne, a son of Max and Judy (Oliver) Hill. He spent his formative years in Columbia City.
He enjoyed time spent with his children and they admired his strength and bravery during his illness. Brenden will miss watching the Steelers with his dad. Maddie was the apple of his eye.
John J. Pease, of Bluffton, passed away at 2 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at River Terrace Estates.
John was born on Oct. 4, 1924, in Wells County, to Lester R. Pease and Evelyn D. (Speheger) Pease. He married Esther L. (Ginter) in Wells County on April 14, 1946. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2001. John married Phyllis (Barnett) Langel in Adams County on Sept. 24, 2002, and she survives.
John was a graduate of Bluffton High School. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran having served our country from July 29, 1943, to Jan. 24, 1946, in the European Theater.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Masonic jurisdictions have recognized the sons of Masons who join the fraternity by giving them the title of Lewis.
Strangely, this is a custom that has remained unpracticed in the United States. This year marks a change in the Masons, or at least in Indiana and in Columbia City.
Two families have bestowed the Lewis Award on their sons.
Recently, the Jerry Yagel and Cliff Schlatter families presented the Lewis Award to their sons.
Jerryâ€™s son, Bob, presented the Lewis Award to his son Justin Yagel. Witnessing the event was Tim Yagel, cousin, and Jesse, uncle.
David A. Graves, 69, of Roanoke, Ind., passed away at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 19, 1942, in Allen County, he was the son of Deloss S. and Donna Belle (Swing) Graves-Gillam.
Mr. Graves graduated from Roanoke High School with the class of 1961. He was a lifetime resident of Roanoke, except for the time he served in the U.S. Air Force from May, 1961-1965.
Larry Robert Bills, 76, of Columbia City, died at home at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012. Born on April 21, 1936, in Whitley County, he was the son of Charles Alfred and Thelma Odetta (Campbell) Bills.
A lifelong Whitley County resident, he attended Troy Center Grade School and Larwill High School.
He married Carolyn A. Miller in Fort Wayne on Jan. 21, 1961. She died in 2008.
Brown to serve as Whitley County Chamber of Commerce executive director
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce announced today the selection of Doug Brown to serve as the organizationâ€™s new executive director.
â€śFormer general manager of a local printing company and previous publisher of The Post & Mail newspaper, Brown brings great business experience and community connectivity to the position,â€ť said the county chamber in a press release.