March 30th, 2011
COESSE â For someone who bets on horses, the odds of twin foals being born alive and healthy to a healthy mare are staggeringly slim. Most websites say 1 in 10,000 are twin pregnancies and only 9 percent of those are carried to term.
But in Coesseâs Conley and Koontz Equine Hospital, a 16-year-old Paint/Pinto mare named Lilâ Miss Boutique, âTiki,â beat those odds, delivering a colt and a filly over the weekend.
Delbert (Dean) Weilacher, 67 of North Hollywood, Calif., passed away March 8, 2011 at Northridge Hospital in Northridge, Calif. of complications from pneumonia. He was born March 5, 1944 to Delbert and Grace (Manago) Weilacher in Fort Wayne.
Edith J. Beard, 99, of Columbia City, died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Millerâs Merry Manor where she had been a resident since April 2005.
She was born Nov. 26, 1911 in Whitley County, a daughter of William R. and Elsie (Fisher) Hively. Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township where she attended the Hoops School. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
On Sept. 29, 1928 she was united in marriage to Alva C. Beard. They made their home in Larwill until 1942 when they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Beard died Feb. 12, 1982.
COLUMBIA CITY â A second arrest has been made in connection with the explosion of a suspected meth lab in a rural Whitley County mobile home park that killed a woman in December of last year.
Joshua B. Angus, 25, of Fort Wayne was arrested and charged Monday with four counts stemming from the Dec. 3, 2010 explosion that killed 24-year-old Alecia Stine at Miami Village Trailer Park on Old Trail Road east of Columbia City.
A second man, Wade Burns, was charged in February.
Joseph M. Fulk, 91, a former resident of Churubusco, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the home of his son in New Haven.
Mr. Fulk was born May 11, 1919 in Mattoon, Ill., a son of Joseph William and Lilly Leota (Johnson) Fulk.
He served in the United States Army during World War II. He married Genevieve Louise Thompson who preceded him in death.
The surviving relatives include his children, Marleen Green, Judy Helfrich and David M. Fulk; and a sister, Violet Louise Heath.
Ron Lee Geyer, 63, of Columbia City, and formerly of Florida passed away at 9:43 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born July 2, 1947 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Raymond Evan and Eldora Marie (Bieberich) Geyer.
Patricia L. LaFevor, 65, of rural South Whitley, died at 10:20 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted March 12.
She was born July 26, 1945 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Robert J. and Ellen S. (Fearnow) Gebhart. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from Central Catholic High School.
On Sept. 14, 1968 she was united in marriage to Roger L. LaFevor. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1974 when they moved to rural South Whitley. Mr. LaFevor died March 22, 2008.
COLUMBIA CITY â The floor of the walk-in cooler at the county jail needs a sprucing up, according to the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department.
Deputy Marcus Gatton appeared before the Whitley County Commissioners last week to report on needed repairs to the coolerâs floor, which is part of the jailâs original 1986 construction.
âBack in January, the jail received a health warning,â said Gatton.
âWe have three months to rectify it.â
According to Gatton, the floor of the walk-in cooler is rusty and uncleanable.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Police Department is hoping to get a new K-9 vehicle.
Officer Tim Pittenger and Chief Mike Petersen addressed the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Friday afternoon about the need to replace the current Ford Expedition with a new model.
Pittenger presented the board with a list of pros and cons between replacing the existing vehicle with another sport utility vehicle and changing gears to a Dodge Charger.
âAll the equipment that I have in my 2005 Expedition would be able to be put right into a 2011 Expedition,â Pittenger said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâs Board of School Trustees were treated to a comprehensive presentation on science as itâs taught to elementary school students corporation-wide.
At the boardâs regular school board meeting March 21, a contingent of science teachers representing several elementary schools in the district, gave a slide show and presentation called Science in the WCCS Elementary Schools.
Nancy Bridegam started the presentation off by discussing textbooks and the curriculum.