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December 22nd

George W. Atkinson, 78

December 22, 2014

Arrangements pending
George W. Atkinson, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Arrangements are pending at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Please check the Tuesday paper for visitation and funeral times.

Corwin ‘Corky’ Draper, 94

December 22, 2014

Aug. 15, 1920 - Dec. 17, 2014
Corwin A. “Corky” Draper, 94, of Huntington, passed away at 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at The Heritage of Huntington.
Corwin was born Aug. 15, 1920 in Huntington, a son of Joseph A. and Edith C. (Dinius) Draper.
He was united in marriage to Margaret K. Weiford on July 17, 1943 in Huntington. His wife survives. Additional survivors include four children. He was preceded in death by a brother.

Joan ‘Smoke’ Heinley, 84

December 22, 2014

April 22, 1930 - Dec. 20, 2014
Joan A. “Smoke” Heinley, 84, of Columbia City, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Heritage of Huntington where she had been a resident since January 2011.
She was born April 22, 1930 in the Linvill Hospital in Columbia City, a daughter of Virgil E. and Ethel M. (Schinbeckler) Heinley. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School and attended college in Kentucky.
She was employed at Mullendore’s Confectionary for many years, Chamberlin Products for over 10 years and Viking Inc. for 14 years.

Michael J. Cook, 70

December 22, 2014

Oct. 20, 1944 - Dec. 19, 2014
Michael J. Cook, 70, of Auburn, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.
He was born Oct. 20, 1944 in Columbia City, Ind. a son of Wave Eugene and Marilyn Virginia (Mossburg) Cook. His formative years were spent in Union Township, Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and was the 1963 Honor Blanket recipient. He continued his education at Butler University where he played football for a year.
On Sept. 12, 1966 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged Sept. 11, 1972.

THREE IN A ROW: Lady Eagles drop; now 8-3

December 22, 2014

KENDALLVILLE — The Columbia City girls’ basketball team started the season with and 8-0 run. Now the Eagles find themselves in the midst of another streak, as they dropped their third game in a row — this one a 71-54 loss to the East Noble Lady Knights, Saturday in Kendallville.
For the last several games the Lady Eagles have struggled from the free throw line, on Saturday that problem continued early. In what would be a very physical contest the Lady Eagles went to the free throw line 10 times in the first quarter but were only able to connect on four, as the Knights took an early lead.

DELIVERING BIG: Toys for Tots program served more than 200 local families this season

December 22, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Thursday afternoon marked a special time for the children in Whitley County as the season’s generous giving culminated in a tremendous outpouring of Christmas Day gifts with the delivery of more than 200 Christmas present toy bags thanks to the service and dedication of the Toys for Tots program.
“People have been so generous with all of their donations this year,” said Whitley County Toys for Tots Program Coordinator Tiffany Murphy.

December 21st

MUSICAL MUSEUM: Ultra-rare square-piano adorns Whiltey County Museum parlor

December 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In the parlor of the Thomas R. Marshall home that serves as the main building of the Whitley County Historical Museum, there sits a piece of Hoosier history, an imposing piece of furniture that most visitors simply pass off as a short spinet piano.
Listed as a “parlor piano,” the piano is actually, technically called a Chase Square-Grand piano.

December 20th

SAFE & HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Smith & Sons Funeral homes wish you Merry Christmas

December 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County's venerable Smith & Sons Funeral Home, caring and trusted since 1851, and its Smith & Sons Miller Chapel in South Whitley, wish "safe and happy holidays" to all.

The landmark Smith & Sons Funeral Home is located at 207 N. Main St. in Columbia City (244-7601) and the Miller Chapel is located at 208 N. Maple St. in South Whitley (723-5221).

The funeral homes' toll-free phone number is 1-800-225-9264.
The website for Smith & Sons is :

A MERRY GOOD TIME: Exotic Nails & Hair proclaims best wishes to all

December 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Exotic Nails & Hair, located at 801 E. Van Buren St. in Columbia City, is hoping all will have "A Merry Time!" this holiday season.

"Here's hoping the season brings you much warmth, love and joy," wish those at Exotic Nails & Hair. "Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas time and a safe and Happy New Year!"

Evening appointments are always available at Exotic Nails & Hair. Just call 260 244-5080.

ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS: Vardaman Insurance offers its best

December 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – "We hope the holidays bring you much warmth, love and happiness!" That's the wish from Vardaman Insurance, 244 Frontage Rd., in Columbia City.

An agent for Erie insurance, Vardaman Insurance can be reached at 260 248-8201 and offers the very best in auto, home, business, life, health and high risk insurances.

Even Santa is insured with Vardaman Insurance, just in case The Jolly Elf has an incident dropping down your chimney!

Columbia City's Parks Department's Valero Junior Golf Tour played Monday at Eagle Glen Golf Course...
Whitko's 10-and-under baseball travel team advanced to the second round of semi-state play where...
Columbia City's volleyball team competed in the Hoosier Open Thursday and Friday at Bishop Dwenger....


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