January 5th, 2012
Thursday's sunrise over Whitley County was visually enchanting, bouncing rays off unusually spectacular cloud formations.
WOODBURN â Churubuscoâs boys basketball team traveled to Woodlan Wednesday night to post a 71-49 win and improve the Eagles to a winning record (4-3).
âBuscoâs Josh LeFever scored 10 of the Eaglesâ 16 first-quarter points, while the defense held the Warriors to nine.
âHe (LeFever) got off on a real good roll in the first quarter,â Churubusco Head Coach Mike McBride said. âIn the first quarter we did a nice job defensively, they have some kids that shoot it pretty well and we stopped them.â
COLUMBIA CITY â At least two attempted telephone scam reports were made to local law enforcement officials Wednesday concerning a phone solicitor seeking personal information to issue âa new Medicare card.â
According to information supplied to The Post & Mail, the male phone caller informed his target that âhe was going to send out a new Medicare cardâ and needed to confirm personal information. Included was a solicitation of personal banking information.
COLUMBIA CITY â In addition to their regular duties as Whitley County Commissioners, Don Amber, Tom Rethlake and George Shrumpf will continue to serve on several committees and boards throughout the county in 2012.
All three will serve on the Board of Finance, responsible for determining how to invest monies for the year.
The trio will also be members of the Solid Waste Board.
COLUMBIA CITY â Having sworn-in Sunday and with the lay-over passed, Mayor Ryan Daniel spent the first day at his new office job Tuesday, wearing different hats throughout the day.
After rising while streets were still lit only by streetlights, the Mayor hosted a breakfast at the Eagle Nest Event Center for all city employees from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
Once finished, Daniel went to his office at City Hall to familiarize himself with his new surroundings and attend to mayoral duties.
At 5:15 p.m., Daniel had his first official meeting as Mayor, specifically with the Board of Works.
COLUMBIA CITY â Blanche Louise Nichols, 94, of rural Columbia City, died at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at her home.
She was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of Ray Jennings and Alice Berniece (Lott) Hively.
Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1935.
On June 28, 1935, she was united in marriage to Paul C. Nichols. They made their home in Thorncreek Township until 1939 when they moved to Lorane. Mr. Nichols died Oct. 18, 1952.
COLUMBIA CITY â Virginia L. Lusk-Baumgartner, 95, formerly of Columbia City and currently of Fort Wayne, passed away at 7:47 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Covington Commons, Fort Wayne.
Born June 1, 1916, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Sylvester and Elsie (Ferguson) Coleman.
She spent her childhood in Fort Wayne and graduated from Elmhurst High School with the class of 1934.
In 1947, she moved to Whitley County and in 1965, moved to Tri-Lakes. In 2001, she moved to her present address at Covington Commons in Fort Wayne.
PIERCETON â Paul Eugene Leiter, 62, of rural Pierceton, died at 6:05 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 14, 1949, in Warsaw, a son of the late, Cloyce âDickâ and Dorothy (Pernesky) Leiter.
His formative years were spent in the Warsaw and Leesburg areas. He graduated from Warsaw High School.
See the Wednesday, Jan. 4 edition of The Post and Mail for more awards photos.
COLUMBIA CITY â As the final common council meeting of 2011 wound down, former Mayor Jim Fleck and several council members took the opportunity to reflect on their terms.
Fleck talked about the work public officials do aside from attending regular meetings. He said they take a lot of calls and have to deal with a lot of disagreements.
âThere is a lot of homework and a lot of preparation that goes into the decisions that are made,â Fleck said.
Fleck said that running a city takes hundreds of people, and the end result is Columbia City is a great community.