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October 15th, 2012

Evelyn Swartz, 84

October 15, 2012

Evelyn J. Swartz, 84, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at her daughter’s residence in Larwill.
Born June 19, 1928, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Fannie R. (Hartman) Gradeless.
A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she attended school in both Etna and Wolf Lake and graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1946.
On July 2, 1948, she married Harold L. Swartz at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City.

Stanley Loe, 91

October 15, 2012

Stanley Loe, 91, of Panama City, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at a local nursing home. He was a 26-year resident of Bay County, having moved here from West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Loe was a member of First Pentecostal Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Silver Star while serving under General George S. Patton in the 80th Division. He retired from Rinker Materials as a chief estimator. Mr. Loe enjoyed fishing, golfing and square dancing.

LARWILL: Trick-or-treat date, time announced

October 15, 2012


LARWILL — Members of the Larwill Town Council approved the day and time for trick-or-treat at their meeting Thursday.
“It will be Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.,” said Clerk-Treasurer Renee Sills.
Sills said the sheriff’s department is usually on patrol every Halloween as children go from door to door.
In other business:
A motion was approved to adopt the budget that has been appropriately advertised.
The new heating and cooling for the Larwill Town Hall has been tabled as the bids expired on a 30-day time limit.

TRAIL: Construction starts this week

October 15, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — After meeting with the engineer and the trail general contractor for the Blue River Trail’s extension project last week, Columbia City Community Development Director Jeff Walker said slight modifications have been made to the exact routing and elevations of the trail.
“You would never know because it’s just a matter of inches,” said Walker. “It does allow us better drainage of the field, and also to save some additional trees.”

Roush advances to semi-state

October 15, 2012

LIGONIER — Local cross country runners competed in the West Noble Regional Saturday in Ligonier.

While 15 Whitley County harriers entered the regional, only one is advancing to next week’s semi-state meet at New Haven — Columbia City junior Samantha Roush.

Roush placed third in the girls race with a season-best time, 18:52.81.

Roush suffered a preseason injury, and Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said she’s been improving with every meet.

“She was very strong, very focused, very controlled ... very good,” Fahl said.

October 13th

EARLY VOTING: 300 ballots cast in first three days

October 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Absentee voters are coming out in full swing to cast their ballots for this year’s general election.
According to the Clerk of Circuit Court, Debbie Beers, absentee voters in this year’s primary totaled only 487 voters, but with absentee voting open as of this week, the general election number is already close as it continues to climb daily.
“So far this week, we have had 300 voters in the first three days,” said Beers. “When the voters come out to vote, all the preparation and hard work put into running the election is truly worth it.”

October 12th

FOUR-PEAT: ’Busco seniors win fourth NECC title

October 13, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s football seniors ended their final regular-season game with more than a Northeast Corner Conference title Friday night.

The Eagles topped (formerly) undefeated Lakeland 38-16 to win their fourth and final conference championship of their careers.

Despite taking on the only team withouth a loss in the NECC, Churubusco’s seniors modeled their familiarity as the conference’s top dogs, holding the lead for nearly the entire game.

“We knew it was going to be a big game and we were excited for the challenge,” Churubusco stand-out senior Jason Nicodemus said.

City closes out NHC with 26-6 win

October 13, 2012

OSSIAN — Friday night the Columbia City Eagle football squad wrapped up its regular season with a trip to Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Norwell.

A review of the game reads like the mixed coverage of a movie blockbuster ... “A bang-up start, with a satisfying ending, but a little slow in the middle,” as the Eagles used big plays early and late to post a 26-6 win over the host Knights.

The Eagles started the game with a bang, executing a pop-up onside kick by Jose Perez that was recovered by Columbia City’s Wayne Smith on the Norwell 38-yard line.

Tippecanoe Valley tops Wildcats, 55-14

October 13, 2012

AKRON — Whitko closed out the regular season with a loss to the top team in the Three Rivers Conference, Tippecanoe Valley, Friday in Akron.

The Vikings won a decisive 55-14 over the Wildcats, who are now preparing for the opening round of sectionals next week, as Whitko hosts the Garrett Railroaders.

Tippy Valley came out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. Whitko’s touchdown came with 3:17 to go in the quarter with a 2-yard run by Tanner Hughes. Hughes led Whitko in rushing with 51 yards on 14 carries.

Roy Greener, 88

October 12, 2012

Roy S. Greener, 88, a resident of rural Fort Wayne and widely acquainted Lake Township farmer, passed away at 3:14 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Greener was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Lake Township, a son of Otto and Anna (McCormick) Greener, and was a lifelong resident of rural Allen County where he was engaged in farming all his life.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church-Lake Twp. and Harmony Lodge 19 IOOF in Fort Wayne

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