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July 6th

Tyler Andreas, 17

July 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Tyler A. Andreas, 17, of Columbia City, died suddenly on Sunday, July 3, 2011 due to a previously unknown heart condition.
He was born Oct. 18, 1993 to William and Michele Andreas.
He had just completed his junior year at Columbia City High School where he was an active student, playing on the football team as a corner back, wide receiver, and running track.
He served as treasurer for both the Key Club and the National Honor Society. He was an academic tutor and loved his community and served as a volunteer for many various charitable events.

Evelyn Short, 84

July 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Evelyn Annette Short, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:05 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City, after a long illness.
A daughter of Hobart Murphy and Zella (Newberry) Murphy, she was born June 3, 1927 in Clinchco, Va.
She spent her formative years in West Virginia.
On Feb. 26, 1949, she married William T. Short in Clintwood, Va. They settled in this community on Sept. 7, 1962.
She worked for Dana Corp. in Churubusco for three years. In 1983 she went to work for Sroufe MFC., in Ligonier retiring in 1988.

Pauline Dreyer, 88

July 6, 2011

FORT WAYNE — Pauline M. Dreyer, 88, of Fort Wayne, died at 7:49 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 12, 1922 in Washington Township to Carl S. and Minnie E. (Hunziker) Dreyer.
She is survived by her nephew, Steven C. (Hazel) Walker of Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Josephine Walker.
Visitation will take place at Memorial Chapel on the campus of Lutheran Life Villages, Fort Wayne, Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 2 p.m.

Mildred Becker, 82

July 6, 2011

Mildred A. Becker, 82, of Fort Wayne, died at 10:40 p.m., Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Renaissance Village, Fort Wayne.
She was born Aug. 30, 1928, to the late Daniel and Loutish (King) Ross.

Jerry Easterday, 65

July 6, 2011

HUNTINGTON — Jerry E. Easterday, 65, of Huntington, died Sunday July 3, 2011 at 7:05 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
He was born Nov. 17, 1945 in Whitley County, to Kenneth R. and Eileen (Minnick) Easterday.
He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Easterday of Goshen; his mother Eileen Easterday of South Whitley; a brother, Jack of Fort Wayne, four sisters Bonnie Watson of South Whitley, Mary Kinney of South Whitley, Belle Snyder of Fort Wayne and Diane Kramer of Columbia City.

July 1st

Middle schooler is mayor for a day

July 1, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A Whitko Middle School student got to do something many adults can’t do. He was “Mayor for a Day” in Columbia City Wednesday.
Christian England, 12, a sixth grader, spent the morning with Mayor Jim Fleck and became honorary mayor.
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Longtime pastor steps down from the pulpit

July 1, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — When he was a boy, Jim Clifford’s grandfather once told him he had the “shoulders of a preacher.”
Those words proved prophetic when Clifford, with the support of his wife Barbara, took the pulpit at Laud Christian Church and delivered sermons for 42 years.
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Longtime lumberyard stalwart hangs up bolt counter after 44 yrs.

July 1, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — For 44 years Rose Hunter has been working with nuts and bolts up to her ears.
Thursday she gave up all of the inventory when she officially retired from Morsches Builders Mart.
“I worked with three generations of the Morsches family. There was Paul Senior, Paul Junior, his brother Bob and now Franz,” Hunter said.
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S. Whitley board OKs scaled down festival

July 1, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Fall Festival committee members Ronda and Craig Sroufe attended the town council meeting on Tuesday evening requesting that a portion of State Street be closed on September 18 for the annual car show.
“You probably heard, we are not doing a whole (fall) festival this year, but we are still planning on a car show on Sunday, September 18,” Ronda Sroufe said. “We would need this road closed from 7 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m.”
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County Highway Where do we go from here?

July 1, 2011

Editor’s Note: The following is the final part of a three-part series profiling the operations of the Whitley County Highway Department.
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COLUMBIA CITY — Theoretically, the strength of any organization is dependent on its leadership.
For the past two years, that has been a proven fact during the tenure of Michael Barton as director of the Whitley County Highway Department.
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