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December 23rd

Two teens take steps to earn Eagle Scout

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Perseverance and dedication paid off for two Whitley County young men Saturday.

Joe Becker and Kable Coyle were sworn in as Eagle Scouts at Grace Lutheran Church in the presence of friends and family.

To become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of scouting, both boys were required to complete a rigorous list of requirements, including earning more than 21 merit badges, complete a service project and serve in a position of authority.

Children of all ages anticipate Christmas

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — No matter how big or how small, how short or how tall, and no matter the color of hair or the shoes they wear — children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Saint Nick tonight.

As the hours count down and the night draws near, anticipation builds as children wonder when the big guy will appear.

While Santa’s sack is stuffed with toys, coal awaits for naughty little girls and naughty little boys.

How does one ensure a present will be received? Bend your ear to these children who know exactly what Santa’s list can bring.

Candy tradition keeps spirits bright

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Christmas Eve, firemen with the Columbia City Fire Department will partake in a tradition spanning 125 years.

The holiday candy and orange give-away is one way the fire department serves the community. The event will be held Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Whitley County Courthouse and is open to all children.

The department raises funds throughout the year to purchase enough candy for each child to have a one-pound bag of candy and oranges.

Douglas Radke

December 23, 2013

Douglas Scott Radke passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
Born Feb. 7, 1959, he was the son of Michael G. and Shirley M. (Middleton) Radke.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Debbie Radke of Hot Springs, Mont.; siblings, Todd Radkle of Columbia City, Amy Jo Hoffmeier of Ossian, Michael E. Radke of Florence, Al. and Chad Radke of Columbia City; children, Tara Hodges of Columbia City, Josh Radke of Wilson Creek, Wash. and Wakie Ulman of Moses Lake, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.
A family memorial service will be held in the spring.

David Hockgeiger, 63

December 23, 2013

David Michael Hockgeiger, 63, of Columbia City, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 18, 1950, in Mt. Carmel, Ill., a son of George and Betty (Woods) Hockgeiger. His formative years were spent in Mt. Carmel. He completed his education at Mt. Carmel High School.
He loved his job as a grounds superintendent of golf courses, working throughout Illinois and Indiana, lastly at Eagle Glen Golf Course since 2006.
His enjoyment came spending time with grand babies, playing guitar and driving his car.

Dennis Londt, 60

December 23, 2013

Dennis Ross Londt, 60, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after a lengthy illness at the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis.
He was a graduate of Central Noble High School and Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne with a bachelor’s degree in Medicine.
He was a medical technologist MT/ASCP and worked in laboratories in Indiana, Ohio and Texas.
He was born in Wolf Lake, to the Howard E. Londt and Dorothy Walker Londt who both preceded him in death.
His brother, Edward (Jane) Londt lives in Huntertown and sister Peggy (Chris) Wegenka lives in Fort Wayne.

Earl Strickland, 60

December 23, 2013

Earl Strickland, 60, of Columbia City, went home to be with the Lord at 4:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his residence. Born on April 7, 1953, in Loris, S.C., he was the son of Lester Hampton and Flauda (Todd) Strickland.
In 1972, he married Vickie Fletcher in Columbia City. From 1984-2003 Earl worked as a property manager in Stuart, Fla.
North Carolina was then home until 2006, when he returned to Columbia City. He loved to deer hunt in addition to fishing at Big Lake, Gilbert Lake, and the ocean.

Larry Heeter, 69

December 23, 2013

Larry A. Heeter, 69, of South Whitley, died at 2:38 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, where he was admitted the Friday before.
He was born Sept. 24, 1944, in Huntington, a son of Max and Geneva (Stetzel) Heeter. As a young boy his family moved to Wisconsin. As a teenager, he moved to North Manchester and graduated from Manchester High School.
He was employed at Farmer’s Grain Elevator, Whitley Manufacturing for nearly 15 years and Wabash Valley.
He was a former volunteer fireman for South Whitley–Cleveland Township Fire Department.

The War of the Worlds

December 23, 2013

The Peabody Radio Theatre Players presented “The War of the Worlds Christmas Special,” a mixed parody of H.G Wells “War of the Worlds” and Clement Moore’s “T’was the night before Christmas” at the Columbia City’s Library Saturday night. Pictured (front in brown sweater) is Jacob Kemery as Announcer and cast members. Kemery is also a contributing writer of the dramatization.

Hake prepares to say so long

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Jackie Hake’s final day as the executive director for the Whitley County Council on Aging is quickly approaching.

After 18 years of service, Hake will retire officially at the end of December. It’s been a bittersweet announcement, as Hake leaves with numerous fond memories of her years spent with the senior center.

“I have had the chance to sit in my position and watch so many great things happen here,” Hake said. “This has been my life. Although I am ready to retire, it’s hard to say goodbye.”

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