July 11th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The beginning of the 88th annual Whitley County Fair, packed with fun, food and competition, is only a few days away.
The fair begins Friday and runs through July 19 at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
â€śItâ€™s a perfect way for us to cultivate and teach our kids life lessons,â€ť said Whitley County 4-H Clubs Inc. President Cathy Heritier.
Without the support of the local community, Heritier said the fair would not be available to the public for free.
Elizabeth June Earnhart, 95, of South Whitley died at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was admitted Saturday. She had been a resident at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester since November, 2011.
She was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Noble County, a daughter of J. Stanley and Mabel (Koher) Himes.
At age eight, the family moved to South Whitley where she attended school. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1934.
Martha Louise Ostler, 93, of Frankfort, died at 10:10 p.m. July 9, 2012, at Wesley Manor Health and Retirement Center.
Born at home north of Frankfort on Union Road, April 19, 1919, she was the daughter of Herman and Lena Beatrice (Culbertson) Johnson.
She married Aaron Jesse Ostler on Aug. 1, 1940, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1996.
Douglas H. Trotter, 65, a resident of Fort Wayne, died at 4:05 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Trotter was born Dec. 26, 1946, in St. Louis, Mich., a son of Harvey and Audrey (Wittum) Trotter.
Surviving relatives include his wife Anita; two children, one brother, one sister and two granddaughters.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 8611 Mayhew Rd., Fort Wayne, with Dr. Rex Person, officiating.
COLUMBIA CITY Â â€” Eight-year-old Sammy Varga may wear a cape when pretending to be a super hero, but to his family and neighbor, Angie Cotter, he is a hero.
Sunday morning, Sammy was outside when he saw smoke coming from the Cotter residence.
â€śI told my dad that they must be cooking a lot of bacon because there was a lot of smoke,â€ť said Sammy.
Kim and Tad Varga are the parents of Sammy. Kim said that she was very proud of her son.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Holzinger Seed won the major division tournament 2-1 with a walk-off RBI by Devin Baker.
Holzinger Seedâ€™s minor division team also won and finished the season with a 19-0 record. Photos from that game will appear in Fridayâ€™s edition of The Post & Mail.
In girls lob ball, Matco Tools took the title Tuesday night. Photos from the girlsâ€™ game will appear in Thursdayâ€™s edition of The Post & Mail.
The girls major and minor divisions will complete their seasons Friday night at Morsches Park with championship games scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY Â â€” Located high on a hill off Bus. U.S. 30, The Lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope to those who find themselves in the darkness of lifeâ€™s troubles.
Michelle Woodard is a case manager at The Lighthouse. She said The Lighthouse is more than just a homeless shelter.
â€śWeâ€™ve been labeled as a homeless shelter and I guess in some ways we are, but we offer so much more than a roof over their heads. It is really our mission to not only help people get back on their feet, but to provide healing in areas of their life that brought them here in the first place.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A fun and healthy fundraiser known as Zumbathon provided a hard workout for a good cause Saturday. The fundraiser was held at the First Church of God Gymnasium.
Pat Mossburg, the religious communities director for the Whitley County Salvation Army, said the Zumbathon was held for â€śA Sole Purposeâ€ť â€” a program to help money for new school shoes and backpacks for local children in need.
â€śWe are about half way to our goal,â€ť said Mossburg. â€śWeâ€™ll probably keep collecting monetary donations through mid July.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Board of Commissioners chair Don Amber announced today the county-wide ban on open burning, which includes the use of fireworks, would be extended another week.
â€śI heard a forecast that we could get rain (during the weekend) so weâ€™ll see,â€ť said Amber.
The extension of the ban will take the prohibition up to the next meeting of the commissioners.
The current ban was set to expire today at 1 p.m.
Whitley County followed the lead of other counties and the city of Columbia City in banning open burning when it issued an executive order June 25.