July 8th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sequined gowns and poised stage presence was abundant at the 2014 Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program Monday night at the First Church of God in Columbia City. Taking the crown and sash as the new queen was Brooke Laux, the daughter of Randy and Debra Laux.
Camp Whitley honored its third and final week leaders Saturday. A nasty storm forced the campers and staff of Camp Whitley into the basement of the kitchen early Tuesday morning. After the storm, camp had beautiful weather for games, swimming and fireworks for the week of July Fourth. During the week, Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Bills stopped by to review gun safety, Columbia City Police Master Patrolman Tim Pittenger and his dog Stryker stopped by in the middle of the week for a K9 demonstration, and Indiana Conservation Officer Darren Reed reviewed boat safety for the campers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A special publication will be inserted in today's (July 8, 2014) paper that will feature a list of Whitley County 4-H Fair events and activities.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A request to rezone a parcel of land in order to accommodate a possible truck stop was approved at Mondayâ€™s Whitley County Commissioners meeting. Mondayâ€™s meeting was attended by concerned parties both in favor of and against the truck stop proposed for the rezoned intersection.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” Indiana conservation officers are investigating the drowning death of a 31-year-old man in a Fort Wayne lake.
Conservation officers say Adam Palm was swimming in Kekionga Lake after 2 p.m. Monday when a beach ball blew past him.
They say he attempted to swim out to retrieve the ball and began to struggle and went under water.
His body was recovered by the Fort Wayne Water Rescue Team within 30 minutes in about 10 feet of water and about 30 feet from shore.
He was pronounced dead at Lutheran Hospital.
Infant Jaxon Blackburn, 25 days old, of Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly at 9:21 a.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014.
Born June 11, 2014 at Parkview Whitley in Columbia City, he was the son of Damon Blackburn and Gabrielle Branning.
Ollie M. Shank, 86, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Wilbur L. Shank, passed away at 9:05 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She had been in declining health since Oct.
Born in Clinch County, Georgia, she was the ninth child born of 13 to William and Emma (Riberon) Chauncey. As a teenager she worked in a shoe factory in Waycross, Ga. and then moved to Jacksonville where she found employment in a cigar factory.
Infant Gracelynn Elizabeth Moyer, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born at 7:34 p.m. July 4, 2014, she was the daughter of Tanner Moyer and Annetta Lengacher.
Additional survivors are her paternal grandparents, Tim and Diana Moyer of South Whitley; maternal grandparents, Melvin and Ruby Lengacher; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral service will be private. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery.
Joe E. Williams, 64, passed away Friday at Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola. Joe was born in Wynn, Ark., Nov. 14, 1949.
Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Margie Williams of Fort Wayne a brother, a sister-in-law, two nieces, two nephews and beloved cats.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday at D. O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road with calling two hours prior.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Allen County SPCA 4914 Hanna Street Fort Wayne, IN 46806.
COLUMBIA CITY (July 7, 2014) -- Contestants participated in the 2014 Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program tonight with Brooke Laux taking the crown as queen.
See complete coverage of the event along with photos in Tuesday's edition of The Post & Mail