April 16th, 2014
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A recently completed troop project benefited an area Boy Scout and Whitko Community School Corporation.
Lucas Schmittler, a freshman at Whitko High School, was in search of a project to complete his requirements as an Eagle Scout with Troop 85.
When he realized that the Eel River Environmental Center was left unattended near his high school, he thought it would be the perfect way to earn his Eagle Scout designation.
Robert Stangland, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:12 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, and reunited with his wife, Waundean who passed away this past September.
A life-long resident of Whitley County, Bob was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Jefferson Township, he was the son of James and Grace (Mohn) Stangland.
John M. Arter, 63, of Pierceton, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Sept. 7, 1950, in Zanesville, Ohio, he was the son of John A. and Helen A. (Rondonsky) Arter.
He graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1968 and earned an associates degree from Ivy Tech in HVAC certification and numerous other certifications earned over his lifetime.
Joshua Harold Copp, 35, of rural South Whitley, died early Monday morning, April 14, 2014, due to natural causes.
He was born July 2, 1978, in Fort Wayne, a son of Jeffrey O. and Connie R. (Johnson) Copp.
In 1979 his family moved to Osceola, from Oakbrook, Ill. In 1985, the family moved to Rehrersburg, Pa.
He graduated from Tulpehocken High School in Bernville, where he played soccer and basketball. In 1998, he returned to Indiana to live in Columbia City.
On Oct. 6, 2001 he was united in marriage to Anna R. Siegrist.
Brian Dee Weigold, 60, of Elkhart, passed away of natural causes in his home April 11, 2014. He was born April 12, 1953.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Courthouse is getting a bit of a makeover. Some of the work has been planned and other repairs have been added to the list.
When county officials approved the two-year CEDIT (County Economic Development Income Tax) plan, a new roof for the Courthouse was factored into the figures.
A roofing company has been on the roof for the past week, when weather permits.
The cost for the new roof is $67,000 and should be completed within the next few weeks.
Geraldene A Slater, 97, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:30 pm on Friday April 11, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born in Kosciusko County March 6, 1917, she was the daughter of Fred R. and L. Ruth (Harney) Jellison.
She graduated from Sidney High School, Sidney, with the Class of 1935. She lived there prior to moving to South Whitley in 1949.
She married to Stan Slater in Hillsdale, Mich. Geraldene worked for the Sidney Telephone Company as a telephone operator manager.
Raymond Perry Goble Jr., 64, a lifelong Washington Township resident, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 12, 2014.
He was born Feb. 26, 1950, in Fort Wayne, a son of Raymond P. and Mary Mildred Henrietta (Smith) Goble. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1968.
He was employed at Weatherhead for 36 years, until October 2003. From 2004 until 2009 he worked at Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware.
His church membership was with South Whitley Church of God.
SOUTH WHITELY â€” Whitko High School has named its two top students for the Class of 2014.
Valedictorian is Christina Marie Baughman.
Salutatorian is Michael Dakota Thompson.
See an upcoming issue of the Post & Mail for more on these top students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” County leaders were dealt the hard reality of just what the estimated costs are to restore the County Government Centerâ€™s basement after a flood.
When sump pumps failed to keep up with winter weather in February, water backed up into the basement, resulting in hefty expenses for clean up and repairs.
At last weekâ€™s County Council meeting, estimates were presented, and discussion was held to determine how to cover the costs.
Total flood clean up will cost the county $31,205.