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August 11th

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMAN: Program touts local, national achievements

August 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — At the completion of the 57th Annual Distinguished Young Woman/Junior Miss program in Mobile, Ala. June 28, statistics of the national, state and local programs were released. A total of 314 local programs throughout America accounted for 4,124 contestants. As the 49th representative for Whitely County is Hannah Schaefer, who placed in the “Top Ten” of the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana program.
As a finalist, she won a $500 cash scholarship. At the local level Schaefer won a total of $700 in cash scholarships.

NEW PRINTERS: County to save $40,000 per year

August 11, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County Government officials have decided to change printer service companies in a move that will save the county approximately $40,000 a year. Government offices will be ending their existing contract with Advanced Printing Services and will now be contracted with Professional Office Systems a Fort Wayne-based company for printing services.

GEARING UP: 'Busco Jr. High School football in prep

August 11, 2014

The Churubusco Junior High Football team was in action Wednesday, preparing for its first game of the season at Garrett High School in Fort Wayne Wednesday, August 27.

WINTER PREP: Whitley County highway purchases two dump trucks

August 11, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY ­— With record-setting snowfall and severe weather last winter, Whitley County Highway Department officials are planning ahead for this winter with the purchase of two new dump trucks and the preparation of a third.

SIZZLE BOOM READ: Big success goes out with ‘BOOM’ for Peabody Public Library

August 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Sizzle. Boom! Read. The Peabody Public Library, in Columbia City, made learning a creative experiment with its mad-scientist-themed summer reading program. Officially ending the season this month, the summer reading program changed some of its structure to allow for more children to be involved.

POLANCO LEADS TEAM TO WIN: Col. City girls golf grabs first victory

August 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s girls golf team picked up its first win of the season Thursday, beating Northrop at Eagle Glen, 200-211. Lady Eagles Athena Arnold and Abby Polanco led the team to the win, with impressive improvements from the team’s loss in the opening match against Wawasee Tuesday.

Wendell Buntain, 79

August 11, 2014

Dec. 1934 — July 23, 2014
Wendell Buntain passed away July 23, 2014, after an 18-month battle with cancer at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces N.M.
He is survived by his wife Helen, son Greg (Patti and son Christopher), son Nick (Irene and sons Benjamin and Wilton), daughter Julie Pannell (Mike and son Matthew).
A story of Wendell’s life, along with a guest book, is available at the Baca Funeral Chapel at

Wanda Knafel, 89

August 11, 2014

April. 17, 1925 — Aug. 8, 2014
Wanda J. Knafel, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Aug. 8, 2014, in Albion. She was born April 17, 1925, to Cecil and Frances (Ozier) Phares. She married Gust D. Knafel, Jr. He preceded her in death in 1995.
She is survived by four sons, Stan (Darlene) Knafel of New Paris, Tim Knafel of Ligonier, Ted (Janet) Knafel of Columbia City and Floyd Knafel of Syracuse; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a brother, Wilton Phares of Albion and a sister, Dorothy Smith of Salem, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, Marvin Phares, in 2012.

POW WOW: Miami Indians celebrate

August 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Native American history was brought to life at the 19th Annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow held Friday through Sunday at Morsches Park, Columbia City. The pow wow featured a variety of vendors displaying crafts and Native American products.

August 10th

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: The name of driver killed in a crash has been named

August 10, 2014

NOBLE COUNTY (Aug. 10, 2014) -- The driver of Toyota, Balvinder Singh of Fort Wayne, was northbound on Ind. 9 when he failed to stop for the stop sign and flashing red light at the intersection of U.S. 6.

The car entered the intersection into the path of a Nelson Inc. box truck driven by Clara Slabaugh of Nappanee.

The driver of the truck struck vehicle in the drivers side door. The force of the crash pushed the vehicles east of the intersection and caused the box truck to roll over onto its passengers side.

On Sunday, Ackerman’s team won the Morsches Park co-ed lob ball league championship in a double...
AUBURN — “This is proof that every shot matters.” Columbia City girls golf coach Andrew Thompson...
SYRACUSE — After a 100-stroke victory Thursday, Columbia City’s girls golf team struggled through...


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