April 13th, 2011
Columbia City â€“ The Whitley County Republican Party will host a Republican Mayoral Candidate Forum at its monthly breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at CC Deli in downtown Columbia City. Three candidates have filed for Mayor in the Primary Election on May 3 â€” Don Sexton, Ryan Daniel and Gary Parrett. All three candidates will be on hand to answer questions from the audience and discuss their platform for the position. Cost is $5 per person and includes coffee and breakfast. For more information, please contact Jim Banks at 260-579-5828.
The deadline to pay the spring installment of property taxes is May 10, according to Whitley County Treasurer Lisa Richmond.
Tax statements were mailed late last week and property owners should be receiving them soon, if they have not already.
Property tax payments can be made at the treasurerâ€™s office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, by mail or placed in the drop-box located on the north side of the Whitley County Government Center.
The treasurerâ€™s office is located on the second floor of the Government Center.
COLUMBIA CITY — Two golfers named Hazelet have gone through Columbia City girls’ golf and two have now moved on to the collegiate level.
Monday, Columbia City senior Rachel Hazelet followed the same path as her older sister. Hazelet signed her letter of intent to play women’s golf at the University of Saint Francis.
As a Lady Eagle senior, Hazelet served as head coach Jim Thompson’s No. 1 golfer and example for his future golfers.
One hundred and fifty years ago, rumblings of war were heard across the United States, and no more or less than in Whitley County.
In â€śHistory of Whitley Countyâ€ť by Weston A. Goodspeed and Charles Blanchard, 1882, a synopsis of the day that Whitley County called for its men to stand for the Union is given by Goodspeed.
On Saturday, almost 150 years to the day, a commemoration of the events will take place on the courthouse lawn at 2 p.m. presented by the Whitley County Historical Society.
Gregory W. Suelzer, 54, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday evening, April 10, 2011 in the emergency room of St. Joe Hospital. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 25, 1956 in Quebec, Canada. A son of William F. and Esther J. (Walda) Suelzer, his formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School.
He was employed over 15 years at Doswell Kover Vault Company.
Surviving relatives include his sister, Julianne (Charles) Strack of Columbia City; a niece and a nephew, Jacqueline Butcher and Adam Strack.
Martha E. Kessler, 77, of Churubusco died at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born May 19, 1933 in Noble County, she was a daughter of Ernest and Evelyn (Stewart) Graves.
She attended school in Wolf Lake. On July 4, 1953 she married Robert Lee Kessler in Churubusco. She was a homemaker and mother, raising their two daughters.
Ruby L. Peoples, 89, of Fort Wayne, widow of Wayne Peoples, died Friday, April 8, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Cleveland Township, a daughter of the late Rollo and Dessie (Tyner) Steele.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Sudan Interior Missions (SIM). Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Sylvia Sue Solt, 73, of Lakeland, Fla. passed away Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla. Born April 14, 1938 in Angola, she was a daughter of Lawrence Larry and Avis (Hall) Murbach.
Besides her mother, survivors include her husband, Rollyn LeRoy Solt; daughters, Jo Lyn Hensley and Lu Ann Solt; sisters, Carolyn Roach and Linda Murbach.
At Mrs. Soltâ€™s request there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be private at a later date.
Elizabeth Hollis King, 97, of Hamilton, Mont. died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Marcus Daly Hospice in Hamilton. She was born Nov. 13, 1913, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Arthur C. Hollis and Mabel Gardiner Hollis. Her parents and grandparents were from Hartford City, Ind. and her parents, older brother and sister had moved to the dry Albuquerque climate for her mother to recover from tuberculosis. Elizabethâ€™s grandmother and grandfather, both medical doctors, would go back and forth from Indiana to New Mexico to oversee the recovery of their daughter-in-law.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City residents will have an opportunity to spruce up the walkways in front of their homes, thanks to a program being launched by the city.
Mayor Jim Fleck announced the Columbia City Sidewalk Enhancement Partnership Program for 2011.
Fleck said the city will partner with residents for a 50/50 match on public sidewalks.
â€śIt really, actually works out to be more like 60/40,â€ť Fleck said, adding that the city assumes the cost of eliminating debris, â€śwhich is an expense.â€ť