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January 4th, 2012

Blanche Nichols, 94

January 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Blanche Louise Nichols, 94, of rural Columbia City, died at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at her home.
She was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of Ray Jennings and Alice Berniece (Lott) Hively.
Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1935.
On June 28, 1935, she was united in marriage to Paul C. Nichols. They made their home in Thorncreek Township until 1939 when they moved to Lorane. Mr. Nichols died Oct. 18, 1952.

Virginia Lusk-Baumgartner, 95

January 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Virginia L. Lusk-Baumgartner, 95, formerly of Columbia City and currently of Fort Wayne, passed away at 7:47 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Covington Commons, Fort Wayne.
Born June 1, 1916, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Sylvester and Elsie (Ferguson) Coleman.
She spent her childhood in Fort Wayne and graduated from Elmhurst High School with the class of 1934.
In 1947, she moved to Whitley County and in 1965, moved to Tri-Lakes. In 2001, she moved to her present address at Covington Commons in Fort Wayne.

Paul Leiter, 62

January 4, 2012

PIERCETON — Paul Eugene Leiter, 62, of rural Pierceton, died at 6:05 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 14, 1949, in Warsaw, a son of the late, Cloyce “Dick” and Dorothy (Pernesky) Leiter.
His formative years were spent in the Warsaw and Leesburg areas. He graduated from Warsaw High School.

Churubusco volleyball awards

January 4, 2012

See the Wednesday, Jan. 4 edition of The Post and Mail for more awards photos.

January 2nd

SWEAR-INS: Reflection, changing of guard for city

January 3, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — As the final common council meeting of 2011 wound down, former Mayor Jim Fleck and several council members took the opportunity to reflect on their terms.
Fleck talked about the work public officials do aside from attending regular meetings. He said they take a lot of calls and have to deal with a lot of disagreements.
“There is a lot of homework and a lot of preparation that goes into the decisions that are made,” Fleck said.
Fleck said that running a city takes hundreds of people, and the end result is Columbia City is a great community.

Betty Stephan, 77

January 2, 2012

Betty Eileen Stephan, 77, of Huntington, died at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester.
Betty was born Aug. 26, 1934 in Huntington, the daughter of Emerson and Edith (Quinn) Rittenhouse.
She married Carl L. Stephan on July 14, 1950, in Andrews. He preceded her in death Dec. 11, 1998.
Betty farmed along side her husband in Polk Township, cooked at Kermitt’s Food Shop in Andrews and worked in production at General Tire in Wabash.
She played piano and was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Andrews.

Dorothy Brockhaus, 87

January 2, 2012

Dorothy I. Brockhaus, 87, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Edward Brockhaus, Jr., passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at 9:55 p.m. at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She had been a patient there for the past month.
Mrs. Brockhaus was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Defiance, Ohio, a daughter of John and Daisy (Boterf) Lipp.
She spent her formative years in that area and graduated from Sherwood Delaware High School in 1941.

BLASTS OF WIND AND COLD AIR: Watch for drifting

January 2, 2012

Strong winds will accompany the coldest air of the season so far.
Hold on to your trash cans and recycling bins, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are teaming up for a special treat. Spent Christmas trees put out at the curb may find their way into the middle of the road, thanks to gusty winds.
As is often the case with some of the coldest outbreaks of the winter, strong winds will add to the shock of the dramatic change in weather during the first few days of the new year.
Wind gusts of 30, 40 and even 50 mph will blast from the Midwest to the Atlantic Seaboard over the next couple of days.

December 30th, 2011

Col. City handed second loss of the season by Homestead

December 31, 2011

HUNTERTOWN — In last year’s sectional title game against Wawasee, Columbia City’s boys basketball team fell to a 10-0 deficit in the first quarter but came back to win the title 67-66
The Eagles didn’t have the same luck in Friday’s holiday shoot-out championship game against Homestead.
The Spartans jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter and Columbia City never recovered, picking up its second loss of the season, 63-45.
“It was disappointing to come out to a team that we knew was going to be good and not put our best foot forward,” Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said.

Whitko wins Peru tourney

December 31, 2011

PERU — Guaranteed to at least match the girls’ second place finish, Whitko boys basketball took the court Friday in the final game of Peru’s Holiday Tournament.
The Wildcats faced, and beat, the LaVille Lancers by a final of 64-55.
The half ended with a difference of just one point, 26-25 in favor of LaVille. At the break, Logan Irwin had 13 of his team leading 34 points.
Though keeping the score close, the Wildcats were just 7-for-29 in the first half (.241).
In the third quarter, following the fifth tie of the game (29), the Lancers scored 11 of the next 14 points.

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