January 11th, 2012
Hazel Eloise Kemery Kotrba, 80, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Golden Living Center, Lansing, Kan.
Mrs. Kotrba was born Aug. 26, 1931, in Columbia City to parents Chauncey and Susie Kemery.
She traveled extensively in the United States and later resided in West Germany. She moved to Leavenworth, Kan., where she lived with her daughter‚Äôs family since December, 1983.
Mrs. Kotrba worked and volunteered at various places and church organizations. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Leavenworth, Kan.
Angelo L. Marcano, 48, of Fort Wayne, died at 5:22 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Cleveland.
He was born in Southbridge, Mass. Dec. 27, 1963, a son of Carlos and Felicita (Cruz) Marcano. On Oct. 15, 2006, he was married in Fort Wayne to Rebecca ‚ÄúBecky‚ÄĚ Marcano. She survives.
The Whitley County Plan Commission will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the lower level conference room of the Whitley County Government Center.
On the agenda is the election of 2012 officers, and discussion regarding the potential wind ordinance.
ANGOLA ‚ÄĒ Churubusco traveled to Angola Tuesday night and beat the Hornets 44-32 in the first round of the Northeast Hoosier Conference Tournament.
Three Eagle hoopsters scored in double digits; Chris Jones had 12, Josh LeFever chipped in 11 and Tyler Arrowsmith tallied 10. The three combined for 33 of ‚ÄôBusco‚Äôs 11 points.
With a close 8-7 score in favor of Churubusco at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles pulled away at the half, outscoring the Hornets 12-4. ‚ÄôBusco added to its 20-11 score at halftime with an 8-5 advantage in the third quarter.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Lady Eagles came out victorious Tuesday, hosting the Wawasee hoops team and winning 55-46.
Columbia City jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on the heels of a Kalisha Goree jumper and an Emily Whiteleather put-back from an offensive board.
The Lady Warriors bounced back with a trey from Kilee Knafel, one of her five 3-pointers on the evening.
Wawasee scored again to take a 5-4 lead.
Whitleather converted on an assist from Goree, who followed the helper with a jump shot to give the Lady Eagles an 8-5 lead before Macie Hinen added another two points.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) awards NFHS Citations to one athletic director from each of the eight regions the country is divided into.
Last month at the National Athletic Director‚Äôs Conference in Indianapolis, Columbia City High School Athletic Director Geoff Penrod received just such a citation for Region IV.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City Police Department‚Äôs Tim Longenbaugh moved from the detective‚Äôs office to the chief‚Äôs office last week, after Mayor Ryan Daniel chose him as the city‚Äôs new police chief.
Shortly after he learned of his new position, Longenbaugh named fellow detective Tony Hively as his Captain. Hively and Longenbaugh have been working together as detectives for Columbia City since 2002, and will now be working together to manage the CCPD.
The pair has investigated a bank robbery, numerous armed robberies, death investigations and child molesting cases.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City swim senior Cole Smith won the 50-yard freestyle race Saturday, meriting a spot on the Northeast Hoosier Conference 1st team.
Smith finished with a 22:23 time, .12 seconds faster than his nearest opponent, from Bellmont.
Fellow boys teammate Tucker Daniel was also recognized by the NHC Saturday, making the Honorable Mention All-NHC team. Daniel placed eighth in both the 200 and 500-yard free events. He also competed with the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, which both placed fourth.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď Larwill resident and former treasurer of the Union Township Fire Department Nichole Potts was in court Monday to face charges of theft, stemming from allegations that she took an estimated $28,000 from the department.
According to Fire Chief Chad Radke, Potts took over the duties of treasurer in June of 2011, when the then treasurer moved out of township.
Part of her duties were to give a monthly expense report, which Radke said were only bank totals with no beginning balances or itemized statements.
ALBION ‚ÄĒ Martha Jane Johnson, 83, a resident of rural Albion and widow of Roderick C. Johnson, passed away Sunday afternoon, Jan. 9, 2012, at the home of her son in Green Township.
Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Green Township, Noble County, on Aug. 17, 1928, a daughter of Samuel ‚ÄúArchie‚ÄĚ and Clara L. (Ott) Friskney. She spent her formative years on the family farm there, and graduated from Albion High School