Archive - 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Eighth grade students are âMinding their businesses.â
For the first time, Churubusco Junior High School students are taking part in a Project Based Learning (PBL) situation entitled âMind Your Business.â
Math teacher Jennifer Galloway heads up the program.
âI took a PBL workshop and the other teachers came aboard,â said Galloway.
Teaching the English part of the project is Vanessa Wyss. Rod Strayer teaches social studies and Laura Foss teaches the scientific method of the PBL project.
âWe have 96 students working on this project,â said Galloway.
Evelyn Juanita Combs, 78, a former resident of Garrett, died at 6:37 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Harriman, Tenn., a daughter of Henry and Bertha (Cook) Hyde.
Three husbands preceded her in death Floyd Cottrell, Doler Bevis, and Wilburn Combs.
The surviving relatives include her children, Margaret Christlieb of Churubusco, Pat Rowe of Spencerville, Richard Cottrell of Auburn, Zelda Mayers of Woodburn, and Doler Otis âDobâ Bevis of Garrett; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â Carol R. Gambrell, 75, a resident of Columbia Township, died peacefully at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at her home following a long battle with cancer.
She was born on Oct. 18, 1936, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Sherman and Martha Mercerschmidt Noll.
Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne, where her family owned a grocery store.
She graduated from North Side High School and received her nursing degree from the Parkview School of Nursing in 1958.
COLUMBIA CITY â Delores Coyle Mathews, 83, of Columbia City, died at 10:50 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at her home. She had been in failing health.
She was born Nov. 7, 1928, in Milwaukee, a daughter of the late John and Josie (Ellington) Main.
Her formative years were spent in Wisconsin. She moved to Indiana at the age of 22, locating in Syracuse and then North Webster before moving to Columbia City in 1959.
She was employed in the laundry services of Whitley County Memorial Hospital for four years and then Bondflex Rubber for 24 years as an inspector. She retired in May of 1989.
COLUMBIA CITY â Mary A. Kitson, 96, of Columbia City, died at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the home of her daughter.
She was born July 2, 1915, in Whitley County, a daughter of the late Orson Andrew and Mary Elizabeth (Roberts) Carmin.
She graduated from Larwill High School in 1934.
Following her graduation, she worked at the former Blue Bell, Columbia City.
On Feb. 12, 1938, she was united in marriage to Eugene Kitson. Mr. Kitson died Jan. 21, 1985.
They were the owners of Columbia Dairy until 1971, after which they started a vegetable and fruit farm north of Columbia City.
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ Without scoring a single field goal in the fourth quarter, senior Logan Irwin and junior Alex Stoddard combined for 46 points in Whitkoâs 72-52 win over Wabash Friday.
Stoddard scored 10 of the Wildcatsâ 21 first quarter points, while Wabash only tallied 11.
Whitkoâs defense held the Apaches to 11 points again in the second period while Stoddard and Irwin combined for 14 of the âCats 18.
The Wildcats built on their 39-22 halftime lead in the third quarter with nine points from Irwin, four from Stoddard and four from Gabe Powell.
CARROLL â The year-end wrestling tournament kicked off this weekend with all three Whitley County Schools competing in the Carroll Sectional.
Overall points determine only one team to move on to regionals; a fourth place finish or better on an individual level sends a matman to the next round.
Since 1993, the three schools have accounted for 12 of the 19 team wins at Carroll, including a run of eight straight by Columbia City.
Carroll, who claimed the title in six of the other seven years, won its own sectional with a point total of 187.50.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City rising star Olivia Shearer is headed to the Elks Hoop Shoot state finals.
Shearer won her age division (10-11-year-olds) on Saturdayâs regional at Indian Springs Middle School.
She shot 20-for-25, good for her first-place finish.
The young hoopster has a break before competing at the state finals on Feb. 24 at New Castle.
Shearer said she practices shooting nearly every day with her mom, Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer.
She is also involved in a league at Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, playing two games a week.
NEW HAVEN â Columbia Cityâs girls basketball team began the 2011-12 season expected to finish at the bottom of the conference.
Lady Eagle Head Coach Amy Shearer had different plans for the team, making the teamâs goal to prove the polls wrong.
âWe were not going to finish last in the conference, that was a big goal for us after the polls came out,â Shearer said.
With Saturdayâs 55-34 win over New Haven, Col. City finished the season 3-4 in the NHC, good for a fifth-place finish out of eight teams.
ALBION â The Churubusco Lady Eagle basketball team, fresh off a win over South Adams that broke an eight-game losing streak, traveled to Northeast Corner Conference foe Central Noble with the two-fold intent of extending their own winning streak and keeping the 0-17 Lady Cougars winless.
It took every minute of regulation and four minutes of overtime for âBusco to accomplish both feats in a come-from-behind 49-45 win.