January 27th, 2012
Doris Boggs had to wait awhile for her interview. Illness, a crazy start to the New Year, and a death in my family kept postponing our time together.
In typical Doris fashion, when I called to rescheduleâ€¦againâ€¦she said, â€śI was just praying and thinking about your family and the funeral ALL DAY during that awful weather.â€ť
It felt wonderful to know Doris had been prayingâ€¦but I was not surprised.
Doris was gracious, as usual, as she ushered me past her husband, Bob, and into the dining room area of her home. Bob and Doris have hung around together for a long timeâ€”65 years to be exact.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” History came alive for fifth-grade students at South Whitley Elementary School earlier this week.
Kevin Stonerock gave the students a living history lesson.
Stonerock hails from central Indiana and has given more than 3,000 presentations since 1978.
Dressed in authentic period clothing, he had a high degree of historic authenticity with attention to detail and dialect.
The students studied the mid-1700s in their history classes.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Residents of South Whitley should brace themselves for yet another electrical price increase which has been on the town council agenda recently.
Effective with March billing, consumers will notice an increase of .0022839 per kilowatt-hour in the electrical portion of their billing, which calculates to $1.42 per 500 kilowatts used.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mary Louise Zuber, 74, Columbia City, passed away at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at her residence.
She was born on July 17, 1937, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Alexander and Dorothy (Kohel) Fox.
She attended Central Catholic High School, Fort Wayne and then married Wayne A. Zuber on Oct. 16, 1954, in Fort Wayne.
She was a homemaker and lived in Fort Wayne until 1990, moving to their lake home in Wolcottville for 17 years and has lived in Columbia City the past four years.
KIMMELL â€” Stanley E. Buckles, 97, of rural Kimmell, died at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he had been admitted Wednesday.
He was born April 11, 1914, in Allen County, the only child of the late, Carlos E. and Cecelia (Lawrence) Buckles.
His formative years were spent in Washington Township, Noble County. He graduated from Wolf Lake High School.
On Dec. 25, 1940, he was united in marriage to Grace A. Coverstone. They made their home on the family farm in Washington Township, Noble County. Mrs. Buckles died June 20, 1999.
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.