November 13th, 2013
Phillip R. Kessie, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at his home surrounded by family.
Born Aug. 27, 1954, in Whitley County, he was the son of Gerald R. and Barbara R. (Amendt) Kessie.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County. He graduated from Whitko High School with the Class of 1972, which was the first class to graduate from the new high school.
On May 29, 1999, he married Victoria J. Hileman in Columbia City.
Donna K. (Keisling) (Anglin) Wilburn, 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:21 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born Feb. 28, 1949, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Albert and Viola M. (Stock) Keisling.
She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1967. In high school, she was active in the band and show choir. On March 27, 1993, she married Connie J. Wilburn in Columbia City.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Ruth I. Billings, 85, of Noble County, died at 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at her home.
She was born June 23, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Edward August and Margaret Pauline (Boland) Gosda.
Surviving relatives include four children, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, and a sister.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Vickie J. (Lee) Kirkwood, 59, of Anderson went to be with the Lord Nov. 10, 2013, at St. Vincentâs Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born Aug. 1, 1954, in Noble County, to Lennis Lee and Donna Bell (Winebrenner) Cearbaugh.
She was a waitress at various restaurants in Columbia City and Anderson, where she lived since 1991.
Charles E. Macy, 82, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 8:08 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
Mr. Macy was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Richmond, a son of Oscar and Mary (Hamilton) Macy.
He moved to this area as a child with his parents, and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1951.
As a young man he served with the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict, and was married in Noble County on Oct. 11, 1952, to Patricia L. Halsey.
GARRETTâ A young girls basketball team trying to get its bearings on the first night out ran into a hot scorer, and team.
Churubuscoâs girls basketball team fell to Garrett Tuesday, 69-40.
The Lady Railroaders were led by senior Brandi Dawson, who scored 31 points overall, including 14 in the first quarter.
The defeat spoiled the coaching debut for Churubuscoâs Dustin Beucler, who had his first game at the helm of the Lady Eaglesâ varsity squad.
ALBION â Whitkoâs girls basketball team opened its season with a 12-point win Tuesday night at Central Noble.
The Lady âCats took a 66-44 victory to begin the season on the winning side.
Though Whitko Head Coach Brandon Bradley said the beginning of the game âwasnât necessarily pretty,â falling to a 17-10 deficit at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats rallied to take a 27-26 lead at halftime.
Whitko alternated defenses in the third quarter to catch Central Noble off-guard in the third quarter, extending the lead.
COLUMBIA CITY â Maintaining the Whitley County Courthouse is a full-time job.
In fact, when factoring in the County Government building in addition to the needs at the Courthouse, the maintenance responsibilities require two full-time jobs and two part-time jobs.
Recently County Commissioners and County Council members considered adding another person to the list to focus on maintenance at the Whitley County Jail and corrections facilities. However, after reviewing the amount of work needed on a regular basis, county leaders decided to an additional employee was not necessary.
COLUMBIA CITYâ A Columbia City man who partnered with his son in methamphetamine manufacturing received a 10-year sentenced to the Whitley County Jail Tuesday.
Jay Greer, 56, will serve six of those 10 years at the jail for assisting in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony. The other four years of the sentence will be served on probation. Judge James Heuer hoped Greer would be able to apply for work release as soon as he was eligible.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Itâs been five years in the making, but the end result is two new playgrounds in South Whitleyâs town park.
A dedication ceremony was held Tuesday night in the town hall, which overlooks the newly erected Adventure Mania, a playground designed for older children.
The project began with Doodlebug Village, an interactive playground for younger children, which saw fundraising efforts by some of the students at South Whitley Elementary School.
Chairing the project was Park Board member Katey Till, a stay-at-home mother and South Whitley resident.