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September 21st

Gwendolyn Braden, 84

September 21, 2011

Gwendolyn Braden, 84, of Ft. Wayne, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.
She was born Nov. 22, 1926 in Kosciusko County.
Gwen worked at Raytheon for more than 22 years, retiring in 1991.
She enjoyed planting flowers and visiting with friends at the American Legion.
She is survived by her son, Steven (Rita) Cornelius of Columbia City; sister, Marcella Travelbee of Columbia City; grandchildren, Nichole Firestine and Rudy Tamez, both of Fort Wayne, Robert Stanley of Dublin, Ohio and Matt (Sandra) Tamez of Butler; son-in-law, Lester Thomas; and two great-granddaughters.

Jerry Geiger, 66

September 21, 2011

Jerry Allen Geiger, 66, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born June 17, 1945 in Columbia City, he was the son of Russell J. and Margaret E. (Hazen) Geiger.
A lifetime resident of Columbia City, he graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1963.
On June 18, 1966 he married Cheryl Doty in Columbia City where they established their home. In 2003, he retired from Navistar with 30 years of service. His memberships included Eagles Lodge #1906 and the UAW Local 57.

R. Ray Slaughter, 78

September 21, 2011

R. Ray Slaughter, 78, died Aug. 21, 2011 in Harlingen, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters Sheri Sales, Sandra Roberg, both of Des Moines, Iowa and Connie Thunem, Littleton, Colo.; stepdaughters Sonia Ward, Angola and Jeannette Harris, Claypool; stepsons Randy Miles, Charleston, Mo. and James McKnight, Waterloo, Ind. and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Richards Restaurant banquet room at Times Corner in Fort Wayne.

September 19th

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.

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