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Lochner-Goff initial hearing continued

September 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The initial hearing for former Whitley County Chamber of Commerce President Sara Lochner-Goff scheduled for Monday in Whitley County Superior Court has been continued.
According to a superior court official, the initial hearing has been rescheduled for Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. in the same court.
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Old downtown newspaper building set for renovation by local law firm

September 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – The downtown landmark building may be 100 years old, but it’s getting a new lease on life.
Local law firm Myers, Tison, Hockemeyer & McNagny, LLP will be renovating and moving into the historic and former Post & Mail newspaper building, located at 116 N. Chauncey St., directly across the street from the post office.
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Jeep Jam slated for Oct. 8

September 19, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — With the sixth-annual off-road Jeep Jam slated for Oct. 8 at the residence of Tom and Pam Kessie, Tom Kessie updated the South Whitley Town Council on the popular event at the board’s regular meeting this week.
“Every fall, my family hosts an Indiana Disabled Veterans Benefit at our place on Whitley Road and it’s a jeep benefit,” Kessie said.
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S. Whitley updated on sewer project

September 19, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — With Phase II of the waste water treatment facility project quickly approaching, project manager David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink provided a schedule update at this week’s meeting of the South Whitley Town Council
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Years later, Winter the dolphin’s story still inspires, helps

September 19, 2011

Editor’s note: Columbia City resident Katrina Simpkins, age 12, the daughter of Patrick and Maria Simpkins, is the direct inspiration for “Dolphin Tale,” a major motion picture opening Friday, Sept. 23 across the nation – and at Bones Theater in Columbia City. Florida newspaper reporter John Barry has written extensively about the cathartic, inspiring relationship between Katrina and Winter, a dolphin with a prosthetic tail. Readers will become more aware of this special family film – and its Northeastern Indiana connection – as publicity for the movie accelerates in coming days.
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Kaydence Yahr, infant

September 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Kaydence Jaymes Yahr, infant daughter of Karl J. and Andrea (Pfleghaar) Yahr of Fort Wayne, was stillborn at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne Friday, September 16, 2011.
She is survived by three sisters, Theresa E., Melissa A. and Samantha R. Yahr; her grandparents, Janice Yahr of Crawfordsville and Jim and Alice Pfleghaar of Jordan, Minn.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church, 2465 W Keiser Road, Columbia City with Rev. David Mommens officiating.

Verona Harmeyer, 89

September 19, 2011

Verona Harmeyer, 89, a long-time resident of Lake Township died at 12:04 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Fort Wayne Dec. 23, 1921, a daughter of Charles D. and Clara (Linnemeier) Schaefer.
On Jan. 24, 1942, she was married in Fort Wayne to Fred Harmeyer, who preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1976.
She was also preceded in death by two sons Kenneth F. Harmeyer in 1976 and Richard Harmeyer in 2004; by a sister Eleanor Emenhiser; and by a brother Karl Schaefer.

James Parrett, 44

September 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — James Michael Schrader Parrett, 44, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.
He was born Sept. 5, 1967 in Whitley County, a son of James LeRoy and Mary Magdalene (Thompson) Schrader.
His formative years were spent in Columbia City.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1987.
In the fall of 1987, he joined the U.S. Army. He spent most of his service time at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas.
After returning to Columbia City, he had been employed as a welder.
He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church.

Benton Gates Jr, 81

September 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Benton E. Gates Jr., 81, of Columbia City, a prominent local attorney, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2011 at his home.
He was born Nov. 9, 1929 in Fort Wayne, a son of Benton E. and Mary Jayne (Sample) Gates.
His formative years were spent in Columbia City where he graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947; then the University of Michigan in 1951 where he played on the freshman football team in 1947.
In 1954, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He was a member of the Barristers Society while at the University of Michigan.

Alice Hyser, 71

September 19, 2011

Alice Ann “Annie” Hyser, 71, of Columbia City, died at 9:32 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at the Parkview Whitley Hospital emergency room.
Born on Dec. 7, 1939 in Waynedale, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Alice (Laier) Stephens.
A Whitley County resident for the majority of her life, she graduated from Larwill High School with the class of 1957.
She went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.
On June 11, 1969, she married Kenneth Hyser in Parisburg, W.Va.

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