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July 5th, 2013

Doris Sheets, 83

July 5, 2013

Doris R. Sheets, 83, retired co-owner of Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco and wife of Lester K. Sheets, passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at her home in Columbia City following an extended illness.
Mrs. Sheets was born Dec. 17, 1929, in Kosciusko County to Marvin H. and Cora A. (Weaver) Leedy.
She spent her formative years in Columbia City where she lived with her parents Roy and Mildred Barnes, and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947.

July 3rd

C.C. Vet wins Coaches Pitch baseball finals

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “There’s a reason they play the game.”

That old-time phrase proved true Tuesday night at Morsches Park in Columbia City’s Coaches Pitch Championship game.

Despite falling to the No. 1 seed, Trok & Krider, by an 11-4 score in the regular season, C.C. Veterinary Hospital (seeded third) pulled through for a 6-5 win to go home with the tournament title.

“We knew it would be a tough game,” Head Coach Cory Patrick said. “We’ve seen them play and they’re pretty solid.”

Funeral director earns business certification

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has renewed the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation to Randy L. Grimes, CFSP, CPC, CFC, a funeral director with DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City.

The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.

In order to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual.

Four local graduates earn scholarships from church

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Each year, for 13 years, scholarships have been given in memory of Bernice Carver by the Women’s Association of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Carver was a long-time member of the church, a teacher at Columbia City High School and a community historian.

On June 16, scholarships were awarded to four high school graduates who are congregation members.

IN COURT: Goodman receives 10-year sentence

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine Monday.

Warren Goodman Jr., 41, was arrested in April and charged with four drug-related crimes. He pleaded guilty in June to dealing methamphetamine and, as part of a plea agreement, the other charges were dismissed.

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer gave Goodman a 10-year sentence, with eight years to serve and the rest to be spent on probation. Goodman will be incarcerated at the Indiana Department of Corrections, at his request.

SHERIFF MULLS NEW DISPATCH EQUIPMENT: Commissioners, county council question $266,000 price tag

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County government leaders were hit with a very expensive surprise this week.

Surprise was the word used by Sheriff Mark Hodges to describe the need to purchase new equipment for the county dispatch center. New computers and software, along with accompanying equipment, were on the list.

“This is a financial bombshell that took me by surprise,” Hodges said.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Marker a reminder of former governor’s contribution

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Courthouse lawn has a new addition to its landscaping.

A historical marker was dedicated Tuesday afternoon to memorialize the late Indiana Governor Ralph F. Gates (1945-49).

Senator Jim Banks and Representative Kathy Heuer were on hand at the ceremony to share the impact the Gates family has had on the community.

CRISIS AVERTED: Barn fire squelched

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Firefighters from three departments quickly put out a barn fire Tuesday night in southeast Whitley County.

A controlled burn got out of control, catching one wall of a barn on fire at approximately 10 p.m. at a property north of Ind. 14, between County Roads 500 East and 600 East.

Jefferson, Union and Washington Township Fire Departments quickly made the scene and managed to put the fire out before there was major damage.

James Campbell Sr., 72

July 3, 2013

James C. Campbell Sr., age 72, of Big Lake, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Oct. 30, 1940, at his home in Noble County, he was the son of Claude W. Campbell and Betty (Gibson) Campbell.
He graduated from Indiana State School for the Deaf. On April 3, 1964, he married Barbara Sherman at Merriam Christian Chapel.
He was a machine operator for Viking Inc. for almost 40 years and retired in 2005. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed tying flies and drinking coffee at Goss Grocery with his friends.

Beatrice Linvill, 98

July 3, 2013

Beatrice V. Linvill, 98, a lifelong resident of Whitley County, died at 7:05 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since June 11.
She was born Sept. 6, 1914, in Jefferson Township, a daughter of Earl S. and Laura E. (Lower) Kaufman.
She graduated from Jefferson Center High School and was the last living member of the Class of 1932.
On June 12, 1938, she was united in marriage to Lawrence F. Linvill. They made their home in Smith Township. Mr. Linvill died April 1, 1972. In 2000, Beatrice moved into Columbia City.

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