COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Daily she is surrounded by 130,000 books at the Peabody Public Library. Now Janet Scank is retiring and may just be able to read one for herself.
Friday is Scank‚Äôs last day as director of the PPL. She will move back to her home in Bloomington. Her goal is to finish reading a book in less than one week.
For now she‚Äôll have time to read those John Michell historical novels or the English murder mysteries she longs for.
Scank may even have time to finish all of those biographies she‚Äôs been collecting from the Friends of the PPL bi-annual book sales throughout her tenure.
Virginia E. ‚ÄúJen‚ÄĚ Tippy, 83, of Columbia City, died at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since Feb. 26, 2009.
She was born March 12, 1928, in Rochester, Indiana, a daughter of Herman and Readah (Baldwin) Cleland.
She graduated from Rochester High School.
On Oct. 8, 1949 she married Jack L. Tippy.
They made their home in Angola and North Manchester before moving to Columbia City in 1970. Mr. Tippy died July 5, 1977.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco wrestling beat Eastside Tuesday night, 54-27.
Coming off Saturday‚Äôs win at the Northeast Corner Conference duals and Columbia City on Tuesday, the Eagles were eager to continue their win streak.
‚ÄúThey were ready for every match we had,‚ÄĚ Churubusco Head Coach Sam Riesen said. ‚ÄúThey showed a lot of heart and they fought all night.‚ÄĚ
The Eagles won four matches by forfeit; Jacob Ferry, Clint Bechtold, Sam Siddons and Jason Nicodemus.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County's Board of Commissioners decided this week to enter into a one-year contract with Spyglass.
Spyglass provides a research service that goes through local and long distance phone lines, fax lines, cell phone lines and internet connections to look for cost-efficiency opportunities.
The company reviews records to find out if a client is paying unnecessarily for services which either they no longer use or are being over-charged for.
Spyglass works with respective carriers who provide the service and analyzes the data to find out what if any changes can be made.
Martha L. Osbun, 83, a resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County and wife of Everett W. Osbun, passed away at 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at her home in Green Township.
She had been in declining health for some time, and had been seriously ill for the past week.
Mrs. Osbun was born in Green Township on April 2, 1928, a daughter of Earlin R. and Mary N. (McClain) Budd. She spent her formative years north of Churubusco in Noble County, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1946.
Betty L. Rubrake McKibbin, 84, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20 at Borgess Pipp Hospital in Plainwell, Mich.
Betty was born Oct. 9, 1927, to Lawrence E. and Pearl Blew Rubrake, one of the family‚Äôs 16 children.
Betty worked as a bookkeeper for C.W. Schrader Auto in Columbia City, Grace P. Pauley Clothing Store in St. Joseph and R & M Heating & Cooling in Coloma.
Betty married Dale McKibbin on July 31, 1954, and to them was born two sons, Mark (Amy) McKibbin of Plainwell and Brian McKibbin of Muskegon.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs swim team beat North Side decisively Tuesday night in Fort Wayne.
The boys team won 131-44 and the girls defeated the Lady Redskins 119-56.
Columbia City placed first in all 24 events.
Head Coach Kristen Swonger was pleased with the swimmers‚Äô finishes.
‚ÄúThe kids did pretty well,‚ÄĚ Swonger said. ‚ÄúSome of them showed a lot of improvement tonight, causing shifts to the relay teams for the next meet.‚ÄĚ
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Robert W. Craft Jr., 89, of South Whitley, died at 3:23 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was admitted on Sunday.
He was born Aug. 27, 1922, in Detroit, a son of Robert W. and Margaret (Allen) Craft. He graduated from high school in Detroit and continued his education.
On Sept. 14, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 8, 1945.
On March 3, 1954, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged March 2, 1958.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Despite rallying to get the score within five in the last four minutes, Churubusco lost to Columbia City Tuesday night, 52-43.
Whitley County‚Äôs Eagles gave the fans their money‚Äôs worth, with Churubusco cutting a 25-17 deficit into a three-point game in the third quarter.
The Eagles traded baskets in the first two minutes of the game, until Columbia City‚Äôs Brandon Gay knocked down a three to give the home team a 5-4 advantage.
Churubusco‚Äôs game plan was to alter the pace of Columbia City‚Äôs quick tempo.
Margaret (Fisher) Cavanaugh, 55, of Lafayette, formerly of Whitley County, died at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital. Born June 5, 1956, in Muncie, she was the daughter of the late Owen and Dorothy Williams Fisher.
She was a 1981 graduate of Purdue University and was a Food Services Director for 20 years.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, her granddaughter, her cat, and helping the mentally handicapped.