January 27th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Galen R. â€śJohnnieâ€ť Johnson, 82, of Columbia City, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
He was born Sept. 28, 1929, in Huntington County, a son of the late Andrew and Cornelia (Bauer) Johnson.
His formative years were spent in Washington Township.
He graduated from Washington Center High School in 1947.
He began his work career with Salisbury (Dana) Axle, Fort Wayne for 10 years and then began work with Columbia Dairy as a local dairy delivery man for 10 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Having not met since Jan. 3, the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety conducted business Tuesday, hearing from department heads and addressing public issues.
All departments signed off on, and the board approved, the permit for the Annual Autumn Art Festival. The event will be held Sept. 8, and will be a one-day event. This will be the festivalâ€™s 11th year.
Chauncey Street between Market and Van Buren streets will be closed.
CHURUBUSCO â€” The Churubusco Lady Eagles basketball team honored its seniors in prime fashion Thursday night with a 49-23 win over South Adams.
Churubusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich said seniors Heather Monk, Haliegh Gross and Morgan Young have all made powerful contributions in their four years with the Lady Eagles.
Monk led â€™Busco in scoring with 12 and Gross chipped in nine points of her own.
â€śIt was nice to see the three seniors, on their special night, step up and play a great game,â€ť Perlich said.
CHAMBER ECONOMIC FORECAST
COMING FEBRUARY 1
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ A popular favorite with the Whitley County Chamber, Jim Oâ€™Donnell joins the organization again this year to take a good look at what the economy has done and what the â€śforecastâ€ť will be.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In an ongoing series of presentations given to the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees, known as â€śCelebrate Success,â€ť teachers and administrators provide updates and outlines of how a particular school is doing.
Last week, Northern Heights Elementary School Principal Robert Hoke spoke of several programs and activities the school uses to help ensure success for both students and staff.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new slate of officers was installed for the new year at Mondayâ€™s Columbia City Parks Board meeting. Officers include Mark Ellis, president; Terry Baker, vice-president; Mauri Bordner, secretary; and Dennis Warnick and Keith Nickolson (replacing Kelley Sheiss), members. Mark Green is the park director.
First order of business for the new year was discussion on a membership-based dog park in Patriotic Park as a committee was formed in November including Barbara Miller, Deb Lawrence, Mary Ann McClusky and Dr. Colleen Quinn, D.V.M. of the Columbia City Veterinary Hospital.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Every small town has a few unoccupied buildings, but buildings in the South Whitley downtown area which are empty or utilized as a warehouse have town council members concerned. One building in particular is owned by Mavis Whitehead which appears to be a warehouse inside and a potential fire waiting to ignite, according to town officials.
CHURUBUSCO â€” It took 22 rounds of words to name Jaeden Roussey Whitley Countyâ€™s Spelling Bee Champion Wednesday.
He is 10 years old and a son of Selda and Rod Roussey. He is in the fifth grade at Coesse Elementary School.
The word Roussey won on was â€śmiso,â€ť which means a food paste made of soybeans, salt and usually fermented grain, used especially in Japanese cooking.
Winning second place was Samuel Rickerd, a fifth grader at South Whitley Elementary School and son of Mark and Sarah Rickerd.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Clinton Brown, Jr., 69, of Columbia City, died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
He was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Memphis, Tenn., a son of the late Clinton and Melissa (Laird) Brown.
Surviving relatives include two sons, John Brown, Columbia City and Clinton Brown III, Phoenix; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Almeda Tasker, Chicago and Mildred Shegog, Memphis, Tenn. and a brother, Donald Brown of Memphis, Tenn.
AVILLA â€” Helen S. Jetmore, 101, a resident of Avilla and widow of Charles Jetmore, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
She was born Nov. 2, 1910, a daughter of Lewis Maynard and May (Dull) Sapp.
Among the surviving relatives are two nephews, Ren Sapp of Elkhart and James Bowman of Fort Wayne; and two sisters-in-law, Anna Jetmore of Huntertown and Lois Jetmore of Fort Wayne.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrickâ€™s Cemetery near Arcola with Chaplain Tom Novy, officiating. Interment will follow.