January 17th, 2011
Betty Jean Krom, 81, a resident of South Whitley, died at 10:10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City where she had been a resident since Friday.
She was born July 13, 1929 in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of Manuel and Elma (Gaerte) Smith. Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township and she attended Thorncreek School.
She was first employed at Dana for 12 years and later Lyle Electric from 1980 until 1990.
Kristina L. Carpenter, 37, of Columbia City, died at 1:49 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born May 31, 1973, she was a daughter of Glen E. and Margaret M. (Carpenter) Scoles.She served in the Indiana National Guard.
Survivors include her mother; daughters, Britnee Ballard, Amber Billman and Kristlen Carpenter; son, Dustane Ballard; brothers, Gary Carpenter and Paul Carpenter; and granddaughter, Kaylyn Cameron.
Carl Marrs, Jr., 86, of San Diego, Calif. passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at Grossmont Gardens Health Care Center in San Diego. He had been in failing health for several years.
He was born June 30, 1924, a son of Carl and Vada (Weaver) Marrs of Pierceton. He graduated from Larwill High School in 1942.
He was married to June Anderson of Washington Township Jan. 12, 1946. Nine months later they moved to San Diego where he worked for Smith Brothers Machine Shop for 39 years until he retired.
Sharon Kay Roberson, 61, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She had been seriously ill for the past two weeks.
Ms. Roberson was born in Wolf Lake Dec. 24, 1949, a daughter of Ralph and Madeline (Rosenogle) Roberson. She was a lifelong resident of Eel River Township and graduated with the first class from Carroll High School in 1969.
Jerry L. McGuire, 62, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 4:19 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at the family residence in Smith Township. Although he had been in failing health since October, his death was unexpected.
Mr. McGuire was born March 15, 1948 in Wolf Lake, a son of Carl and Pauline (Weidman) McGuire. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1966, and was a lifelong resident of the Churubusco area.
Stephen L. Barton-Hunley, 23, of Fort Wayne died at 4:14 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at his residence in Fort Wayne. Born Oct. 26, 1987 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Sam L. Hunley and Barbara D. Brenneke.
Harold O. Fairchild, Sr., 74, widely acquainted area contractor and a resident of rural Columbia City, passed away at 6:07 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He had been a patient there since Monday after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home.
Mr. Fairchild was born Nov. 15, 1936 in Huntington County, a son of Herbert R. and Myrtle L. (DeWitt) Fairchild. As a child he moved with his parents to rural Allen County. He spent his formative years there, and graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1955.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Plan Commission will be taking public input on the latest draft of its long-range blueprint prior to its monthly meeting Wednesday.
Draft B of the countyâ€™s Comprehensive Plan will be the focus of an open house from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Whitley County Government Center. prior to the 7 p.m. start of the plan commission meeting.
Planners have been developing the new guide for land use and development over the last year, working with Ground Rules, Inc., a consulting firm.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In a continued effort to enhance communication between Indiana teachers and state education officials, the Indiana Department of Education launched The Educator Learning Link (TELL) Ambassadors program last week.
The program, introduced Wednesday, is getting mixed reactions from local superintendents.
â€śI think it appears the Department of Education seems to be reaching out to the local level and thatâ€™s a positive thing,â€ť said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools.
Two of Whitley County’s very own have been honored in the most recent list of spots in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Both Jenny (Eckert) Zorger and Fred Fields hailed from Huntington North High School and it’s as Vikings that put them among the best Indiana has in the basketball world.
A senior in 1986, Zorger took her team to a sectional title and 25 years later was named to the 2011 Women’s Silver Anniversary Team.