February 28th, 2014
Laddie L. â€śLaddâ€ť Slavicek, 80, died at 10:44 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City, after becoming suddenly ill at his residence.
He was born in St. Joseph, Mich. May 17, 1933, the son of Anton and Anna (Josek) Slavicek.
Ladd grew up in a large family in the St. Joseph area graduated from St. Joseph High School with the Class of 1951, where he played football and basketball.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War.
He married Jeannine J. Swank March 26, 1966, at St. Joseph Trinity Lutheran Church.
Wathina Ilene Bentz, 87, of Columbia City, died at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at University Park Nursing Center in Fort Wayne, where she had been a resident since 2010.
She was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Whitley County, a daughter of Joseph and Orpha (Anderson) Coy. She spent her formative years in the Wolf Lake area.
On Oct. 24, 1942, she was united in marriage to Verlin Bentz. They made their home in Allen County later moving to the lake areas in Whitley County. Mr. Bentz died Jan. 6, 2013.
Roderick Allison King, 83, of Columbia City, died at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born Oct. 3, 1930, in DeKalb County, a son of the late Harold and Henrietta (Packer) King. His formative years were spent in Butler. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1948.
He served as a reservist for the U.S. Navy.
On Nov. 29, 1981, he was united in marriage to Rhonda Konoloff. They made their home in Columbia City.
A pest decimating ash tree populations in northeast Indiana has been the emerald ash borer (EAB).
Will the harsh winter kill this menacing pest? Will Mother Nature finally aid us in wiping out this threat?
As I have said in recent articles, letâ€™s not be quick to assume that a harsh winter means the end of all the insect pests we deal with.
Some mortality has probably occurred in some insect populations, but certainly not in all.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Sixteen Churubusco Elementary School students participated in the Circle the State with Song Festival for Area 2 Feb. 15, at IPFW.
Circle the State With Song is a program sponsored by the Indiana Music Educators Association, which takes place at various venues throughout the state during the month of February.
Students, who are nominated by their music teacher, learn six songs prior to the Festival.
They then spend the day at the festival site rehearsing with students from other schools under the direction of a guest conductor.
Dean Houser (right), martial arts and self-defense instructor, works with Falicitie Browning, a teen from Prairie Heights, on tactics that could protect her in an violent situation. Dressed in protective gear, Steve Zorn, of Personal Safety Unlimited in Warsaw, portrays an attacker for the benefit of a workshop held Saturday.
Participants in the 2014 Churubusco Cheerleading Camp recently had a chance to show their accomplishments to the community. The campers joined the Churubusco High Schoolâ€™s cheerleading squad in a performance at halftime of the recent boys basketball game between Churubusco and Fairfield. The campers had just one practice to prepare for the performance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It seems as though every week another Fort Wayne restaurant is being closed by the health department, whether it be from cockroaches, rodents or reports of illness.
According to Whitley County Environmental Health Food Specialist Mary Ann McClusky, there havenâ€™t been near as many issues locally as other areas have reported.
Wednesday, Duffâ€™s Bar in Columbia City was closed by the Health Department, in need of extra cleaning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, members of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force do not want violence awareness to stop.
â€śFebruary is our time to focus on dating violence, but that doesnâ€™t mean that we shouldnâ€™t do what we can to help teens all year long,â€ť said Natalie Lewis, WCDVTF president. â€śDomestic and dating violence happen in our area in every month, in every season. Itâ€™s something we should be aware of all the time.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” An extra half hour of school and two Saturdays are part of the plan for Smith-Green Community Schools to make up missed snow days for the 2013-14 calendar year.
Superintendent Galen Mast said the proposed plan came from the Discussion Team, which sought feedback from the SGCS community through surveys.
A total of 529 surveys were completed, and Mast said they were influential in the final decisions made.