July 12th, 2013
Donald Afton York, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born Oct. 16, 1929, in Puyallup, Wash., he was the son of Wilmer York and Betty (McGaughy) York.
He graduated from Nashua High School in Montana with the Class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the war, he moved to Columbia City to marry Marilee J. Heil April 5, 1953. He worked for Blue Bell for 26 years and retired from Essex Wire and Cable in 1992.
Roger A. Long, 55, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:46 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born April 25, 1958, in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Junior Long and Rita F. (Jenkins) Long.
Surviving relatives include his five children, sister and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. with an 11 a.m. funeral service at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, 350 S. Ind. 13, Pierceton.
Guy H. Wilson, 84, of Mattawan, Mich., passed away at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Rose Arbor Hospice Home, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Surviving relatives include his wife, June E. Wilson; son, Guy A. Wilson and daughter, Dawn A. (W. Rodney) Stienagel.
Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A full obituary will appear in Saturdayâ€™s paper.
The Fort Wayne Franchise 18U baseball team won the Diamond Play Tournaments Rose Hulman Classic June 23.
The team won six of its seven games and beat the Indy Nitro in the final game, 9-3.
Columbia City Rotary Club recently donated $1,110 to Camp Whitley.
Presenting the check is Rotarian Gene Smith (left).
Accepting the check on behalf of Camp Whitley is Brian Bills.
The Rotary Club recently served pizza to the campers at Camp Whitley as a way to support the summer camp program.
WARSAW â€” Hannah Schaefer, a Columbia City High School student, will appear in the Wagon Wheelâ€™s production of â€śThe Pirates of Penzanceâ€ť Saturday at 1 p.m. Schaefer will play the character Mabel in the first act of the musical.
Tickets are on sale until Saturday at www.wagonwheeltheatre.org, at 2515 E. Center St., Warsaw, or by calling toll-free 866-823-2618.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and free for Wagon Wheel season ticket holders.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Chapter AARP met July 2 at the Woodlands Senior Center. Vice President Martha Meier presided. She opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag followed by a prayer given by Phyllis Swick.
Celebrating a birthday this month is Joann Hinen.
The health report by Swick was a continuation from last month, "How to Age-Proof your Brain.â€ť
The suggested ways to keep a brain young and healthy included:
â€˘ Spice up your food
â€˘ Find your purpose
â€˘ Get a social life
â€˘ Reduce your risks, e.g. high blood pressure
â€˘ Check for any vitamin deficiency
COLUMBIA CITY â€”Boomerang Backpacks is the name of a new program for food distribution for elementary aged students in Whitley County.
At Tuesdayâ€™s Rotary Club meeting, Columbia City Rotarians learned of the program and how it helps children.
The mission of the program is to alleviate hunger over weekends, decrease health related sicknesses due to hunger, and help children improve their ability to concentrate.
The technique involves sending children home from school for the weekend with a backpack full of food, given to them at their school.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Fort Wayne man had his pretrial release revoked by a district judge due to his alleged role in thefts in Whitley County.
Dax Shephard, 42, was a member of a motorcycle gang that was indicted for racketeering in November.
He was released under court supervision.
However, his pretrial release was revoked due to alleged thefts in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Health concerns were not enough to keep a man out of jail who was convicted of home improvement fraud.
Wearing a back brace, and walking very slowly, George A. Martin appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday and received a five-year sentence for home improvement fraud, a Class C felony.
Judge James Heuer ordered Martin to serve one year of that sentence at the Whitley County Jail, two on home detention, and the last two on probation.
Martinâ€™s attorney, Jill Gonzales, argued health concerns were too great for her client to spend any time behind bars.