COLUMBIA CITY â€” Heâ€™s undoubtedly the most popular teacher at Churubusco Junior Senior High School and while on top, heâ€™s retiring.
Gary Smith knows when to exit, stage left.
â€śIâ€™m on the top of my game and I know this is the right time to retire,â€ť said Smith, a social studies teacher.
Smith took over at CJSHS when long-time teacher Paul Daily retired 22 years ago.
Smith served four years in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Indiana University in 1980.
Jan M. Lambert, 78, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Fort Wayne.
Born in Redkey, he graduated from Muncie Central High School.
Jan worked as a electrician with General Electric for 42 years, retiring Jan. 1, 1997.
Surviving are his wife, Becky S. Lambert of Fort Wayne; daughter, Cathy (William) Howard of Columbia City; daughter, Debra (Tim) Minnick; son, Michael Lambert of Tennessee; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents Lloyd M. and Madge Cedora Lambert, a son, Scott Lambert and brother Lloyd Kent Lambert.
Mary Lois (Goble) Larson, 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Mary Lois was stubbornly determined not to give up her fight for recovery and planned to return to Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City, Minn. where she had recently began a physical therapy program.
Mary Lois lived winters in Fort Myers, Fla., and resided in Shell Lake, Wisc. in the summer months.
She loved visiting the Lindstrom, Minn. area where she and her husband, Harry T. Larson, raised their family.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Edna Ruth Draper, 93, formerly of South Whitley, died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw where she was admitted on Tuesday evening.
She was born May 10, 1918, in Wabash County, a daughter of Harley and Edna (Johnson) Tait.
Her formative years were spent in Somerset.
She graduated from Somerset High School.
On Sept. 18, 1940, she was united in marriage to James Calvin â€śJ.C.â€ť Draper.
Hundreds of calls are coming in to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) confirming the email scam using the Better Business Bureauâ€™s name and logo continues to proliferate across North America, even to some overseas addresses.
Most of the emails carry the famous BBB torch logo and come with the subject line â€śComplaint from your customers.â€ť
The emails have a link or an attachment containing malicious phishing malware that steals information, often with devastating results.
INDIANAPOLIS â€“ As hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers hit the road for the holidays, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Indiana State Police (ISP) are reminding motorists to plan ahead and check on road conditions before heading out.
Before leaving home
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Following a year of debate, discussion and disagreement, the new Emergency Medical Services contract between Whitley County and Parkview Hospital has been signed.
Monday, Sigler presented the returned contract from Parkview to the commissioners at the board meeting.
â€śAfter being reviewed and re-reviewed, commented on and re-commented onâ€¦ â€¦I have the three documents that make up the EMS agreement, Iâ€™m happy to say,â€ť Sigler said.
The first document is the Emergency Medical Services Program Agreement (EMSPA), which outlines the primary terms of the contract.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Math students at Indiana Springs Middle School planned, designed and presented an architectural project called Restaurant Possible this week. The program is loosely-based on the popular Food Channel show â€śRestaurant Impossible.â€ť
Math teachers Jill Baker and Cathy Rowe wanted to teach math content that included dimensions and scale.
The project culminated with a scale floor plan including the kitchen, rest rooms, waiting areas and an eating area.
OSSIAN â€” Columbia City boys and girls swim teams visited Norwell High School Tuesday and came away with mixed results.
The boys team remains unbeaten in dual meets, winning by a score of 96-81.
The girls fell to the Lady Knights, 97-83.
For the boys, Brandon Davis, Kyle Mertz, Devin Moore and Logan Woollweever finished less than four seconds behind the first came in 200-yard medley team at 2:01.18.
Another Eagle team took fourth. Nathan Koch, Carson Miller, Robert Owen and Jacob Weber combined for a time of 2:17.33.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Shannon Lynn Bisel, 39, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:38 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at her residence.
Born Jan. 27, 1972, in Glendale, Ariz., she was the daughter of Paul D. and Coral Lee (Luken) Rambo.
Raised in Glendale, Ariz., she moved to Iowa until moving to Fort Wayne.
She has resided in Columbia City for the past 8 years.
She graduated from Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa, Iowa with the class of 1990.
On Sept. 29, 2007, she married Mark Edward Bisel at Eagle Quest Church in Columbia City.