Archive - Oct 18, 2010
Monday marked two weeks until the first Indiana high school wrestling practice.
That same day, the Columbia City program also found out its was without a head coach.
At Whitley County Consolidated Schools board meeting Monday, two-year coach Jeff Slain had his resignation approved by school board members.
Slain replaced former head coach Randy Kearby in 2008.
Columbia City athletic director Geoff Penrod confirmed the resignation was turned in early last week by Slain.
This time a year ago, Veterans Marathon officials weren’t sure what they had with the inaugural 26.2 mile run throughout Whitley County.
After roughly 400 runners came out in mid November in 2009, small improvements are being made for an estimated field that race director Gary Bird expects to more than double in its second year.
“We definitely picked up where our issues were,” Bird noted. “We’ve addressed those for this year and made some changes.”
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first of three articles looking at renovation projects at Richland Township churches.
If you check out the number of churches in Richland Township on the Whitley County Historical Museum website, there are only three listed: The Larwill Wesleyan Church, the Larwill Methodist Church and the New Hope Wesleyan Church.
All three churches are located in one of the least populous townships of Whitley County and, according to census records, had more citizens in 1890, than any year since.
Fran Pierce, 78, of Columbia City, died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 at her home.
She was born March 21, 1932 in Arkansas, a daughter of John and Clemmie (Lumpkin) Petty. As a young girl, her family moved to Pendleton, Ind. She graduated from Pendleton High School.
On May 15, 1952 she was united in marriage to Norman N. Pierce. They made their home in Columbia City. Mr. Pierce died March 26, 1988.
She was employed in the guidance and business offices of Columbia City Joint High School, as well as the gift department of Keltsch Pharmacy and later Dorothyâ€™s Hallmark.
Jeffery L. Morris, 53, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at his home.
Mr. Morris was born in Columbia City Sept. 25, 1957, the oldest son of Ronald E. and Marna (Smolek) Morris. He was a lifelong resident of the Churubusco community, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1976.
For the past 12 years he had been employed at Wal-Mart on Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne.
Robert B. Elliott, Sr., 96, a lifelong resident of Larwill, died at 12:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
He was born Dec. 13, 1913 in Larwill, a son of Bonnell and Lucy (Marchand) Elliott. He graduated from Larwill High School in 1931.
He operated the Elliott Service Station in Larwill from 1932 until 1981.
On Oct. 28, 1939 he was united in marriage to Esther Reeg. Mrs. Elliott died Aug. 25, 1984.
In Sept. 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the European Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged Jan. 24, 1946.
Barbara S. Long, 60, of rural South Whitley, died at 1:55 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She had been battling cancer since October 2008.
She was born Nov. 3, 1949 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Charles C. and Lucille V. (Smith) Fudge. Her formative years were spent in Allen County. She graduated from Churubusco High School and received her Registered Nursing degree from IPFW.
On Nov. 1, 1970 she was united in marriage to Daniel B. Long. They made their home in North Webster for a year before moving to their home southwest of South Whitley in 1971.
If Whitley County residents needed any more assurance of the need for a county-wide ban on open burning, this past weekendâ€™s activity of the countyâ€™s fire departments provided all the evidence necessary.
At least nine non-structural fires involving grass, crops, trees and brush were reported to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department from Friday through Sunday.
Smith Township firefighters responded to a fire in a harvested cornfield at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when a resident burning debris had embers catch the dry cornstalks ablaze.
MARION — Given the mix of veteran runners and talented newcomers, people have expected big things from the Columbia City girls’ cross country squad this year.
The No. 17 Lady Eagles are living up to those expectations. Saturday, Columbia City repeated their sectional winning performance, placing five runners in the top 15 finishers, including a 1-2 finish by freshman Samantha Roush and senior Renee Menzie to take the Marion regional crown run at Indiana Wesleyan University.
MARION — Fresh off a championship at the Marion cross country sectional, the Whitko boys’ team returned to the same course for regional competition. The Wildcat boys put together a solid performance, highlighted by a second-place individual finish by Brian Menzie, to place third as a team, thereby qualifying for next Saturday’s New Haven semistate.
The Wildcats, sectional winners last week, scored 80 points to take third behind Homestead, who won with 54 points and Huntington North who was second with a score of 75.