March 11th, 2011
Phyllis A. Nelson, 76, a resident of Dunfee, died Wednesday afternoon, March 9, 2011 in the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.
She was born Jan. 4, 1935 in Arcola, a daughter of Frank and Martha Felger Butts. Her formative years were spent on the family farm near Arcola. After graduating from the Arcola High School, she was first employed as a secretary for the Allen County Extension Office and later was the registrar at Homestead High School for 32 years.
On June 7, 1957, she was united in marriage to John R. Nelson and they have spent their married life in the Fort Wayne area.
Mary G. Yeager, 92, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Miller‚Äôs Merry Manor, Syracuse.
She was born in Columbia City Dec. 16, 1918 to the late Eldon and Maud (Egner) Barsh. She married Richard L. Yeager May 14, 1938. He preceded her in death March 31, 2001.
Mary worked 34 years at Gripco in South Whitley, retiring in 1982. She enjoyed her travels to Hawaii, bowling and playing bingo.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Tuesday evening‚Äôs 4-H Inc. board meeting was the last for Kay Walter, secretary at the Whitley County Purdue Extension Office. She has voluntarily taken minutes for the organization, though the board does elect a secretary, this year being Dave Rupley.
Rupley asked what was to happen at the next board meeting and was told, ‚ÄúBring two pens.‚ÄĚ
Offers to Walter to continue her duties even after her retirement date, March 18, were met with a smile, and a polite but firm refusal.
‚ÄúIt doesn‚Äôt get much better than Kay,‚ÄĚ said Rex Eiler, boardmember.
Jason Warren Tester, 36, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at his home. Born Aug. 13, 1974 in Columbia City, he was a son of Randy Dow and Deborah Sue (Bender) Tester.
He lived in Allen and Whitley Counties, graduating from Homestead High School with the Class of 1994. An avid cook, he worked at several local restaurants. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish.
Patricia Ann ‚ÄúPatty‚ÄĚ Nicodemus, 57, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. Born in Wolf Lake, May 29, 1953 she was a daughter of Roderick C. and Martha Jane (Friskney) Johnson.
Richard V. ‚ÄúRV‚ÄĚ Reed, 86, former principal of Whitko High School, died at his home in South Whitley at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011. He had been in failing health.
He was born Oct. 5, 1924 in South Bend, a son of Vern W. and Mary (Tyndall) Reed. His formative years were spent in Spencerville and he graduated from St. Joe High School. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture/chemistry. He completed his masters of education degree at Ball State University.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Multiple scheduling conflicts have prompted the Whitley County Plan Commission to change the date of its next meeting.
The board will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of the Whitley County Government Center.
The commission normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
In March, however, Cathy Gardner of the county‚Äôs Building and Planning Department said there were multiple conflicts involving board members who would be unavailable.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A local company with a history of philanthropy is helping Whitley County fight drug crime.
Members of the Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department arrived at Steel Dynamics, Inc.‚Äôs Columbia City plant on Thursday to take possession of custom-made trailer for use by the county‚Äôs drug task force.
According to Sgt. Bill Brice with the Whitley County Drug Task Force, Steel Dynamics donated the trailer to the county for use on the scenes of methamphetamine labs.
Half a point is all that separated Columbia City girls’ track and field from history in 2009.
Coming off a dominating sectional championship in 2010, the Lady Eagles are setting out for another shot at history.
“We want to win, for the first time ever, two sectionals back-to-back,” Columbia City head coach Bob Fahl said. “We’ve never done it and we’ve got the right group to be able to do that.”
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Danny Gater, at 18, is hardly the ‚Äúking‚ÄĚ of his own ‚Äúcastle,‚ÄĚ but he‚Äôs working on becoming the master of his domain and when it comes to his immediate goals, he plans to keep his ego in ‚Äúcheck‚ÄĚ and not ‚Äúpawn‚ÄĚ his preparation off on anyone else.
The overabundance of chess terms is another way of saying that the Columbia City High School senior is preparing to return to the national stage in hopes of yet another chess trophy.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm studying and trying to improve,‚ÄĚ said Gater Thursday afternoon while moving chess pieces at his dining room table.