November 18th, 2011
Lena E. Runkle, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away Nov. 16, 2011, at Coventry Meadows.
She was born on Thursday, Dec. 18, 1919, in Montpelier.
She was the daughter of the late John Andrew Fitch and the late Julia (Weinrich) Fitch.
She married Nelson D. (Pete) Runkle on Nov. 13, 1937.
He preceded her in death in 2007.
She attended First Missionary Chuch. Mrs. Runkle worked a number of years at W.T. Grant and K-Mart .
She especially enjoyed her family, pets and flowers.
Dorothy E. Cunningham, 84, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at 2:03 a.m. at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born April 25, 1927 in Allen County, she was the daughter of Edgar L. and Leona R. â€ťMaryâ€ť (Pike) Heinkel.
On June 29, 1957, she married James L. Cunningham.
Survivors include her daughters, Debbie R. Minich and Carolyn Cunningham both of Fort Wayne; Theresa L. Luke of Altha, Fla.; sisters and brother, Celeste Saalfrank of Fort Wayne; Edgar L. Heinkel, Jr. of Fort Wayne; Cecile Dills of Mississippi; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Catherine C. Gilbert, 68, of South Whitley, died at 2:29 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Sycamore Village, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident for the past three years.
She was born Feb. 4, 1943, in Wabash County, a daughter of Victor and Ruth (Tschantz) Walter.
Her formative years were spent in North Manchester. She graduated from North Manchester High School in 1961.
On Aug. 29, 1965, she was united in marriage to Donald D. Gilbert. They have always made their home in Whitley County moving to their farm in 1972.
A four-year-old Larwill girl has died at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
User fees for Churubusco Turtle Days posed by Churubusco's Town Council may place the venerable June festival in jeopardy. Will there be a 2012 Turtle Days?
Story in Friday's Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local man was convicted of a Class A felony, child molesting, Thursday night after a four-day jury trial.
Ronald A. Rostochak was accused of the crimes in 2009 and has since delayed his fate.
Check out Friday's edition of The Post and Mail for an in-depth story on the details of the trial.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City police officer and area firemanâ€™s house caught fire Thursday night.
Kenny Smith, master patrolman for the CCPD and a long-time fireman for Thorncreek Township, was on police duty when his home caught fire just around 11 p.m.
The officerâ€™s wife, Julie Smith, was on-duty as a Whitley County dispatcher and took the 911 call from her son.
Smith said he rushed home at 185 W CR 200 N and was able to save two of three cats. He then changed from his CCPD uniform to his fire gear to assist in extinguishing the fire.
Rose McClain, 88
Dec. 3, 1922 â€” Nov. 15, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rose E. â€śRosieâ€ť McClain, 88, of Columbia City, died at 9:13 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at her home.
She was born Dec. 3, 1922 in Terre Haute, a daughter of Floyd and Pearl (Stultz) King.
She graduated from Otter Creek High School in North Terre Haute and completed her education at Ravenscroft Beauty College.
On June 5, 1941 she married William Woodruff Collyear.
They made their home in Indianapolis before moving to Columbia City in 1942. In 1943, they moved to a farm in Columbia Township.
Mr. Collyear died July 19, 1957.
COLUMBIA CITY - The mother of a 17-month-old infant who died was sentenced Monday.
Brittany N. McConnehey, 24, was charged with reckless homicide, a class C felony, in the death of her daughter June 13.
McConnehey was sentenced to five years, with three years serving time and two years of probation.
McConnehey and the child's father, Jesse E. McIntosh, 25, were both charged.
McIntosh was sentenced to in October to four years in jail with two years to serve and two years probation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ One thing was crystal clear at the Whitley County Plan Commission meeting held Wednesday: The â€śpro-windâ€ť and â€śanti-windâ€ť groups are still miles apart.
Specifically, 5,000 feet apart.
The steering committee formed to fact-find submitted its report to the commission; both sides of the issue are represented and were given the opportunity to speak on its respective group's behalf.
One thing agreed upon was that an ordinance â€“ one way or another in regards to wind farming â€“ is a necessary thing.