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June 14th, 2012

James Strong, 64

June 14, 2012

James Strong, 64, of Churubusco, died at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born June 6, 1948, in Fort Wayne, a son of Cecil and LaVon (Disler) Strong.
His wife, Frances, and his father, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother, LaVon Strong, one brother, six stepchildren, one niece and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul D. White officiating.

Jon Gaff, 54

June 14, 2012

Jon Lynn Gaff, 54, of Columbia City, formally of Green Township, died at 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Gaff was born on Aug. 16, 1957, in Columbia City, a son of J. Lincoln and Juanita (Decker) Gaff.
Survivors include mother, Juanita LaVon Gaff, of Columbia City, one daughter, one son and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, one brother and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Saturday at 1 p.m., with Pastor Brad Fredrickson, officiating.

SUPER DADS: Mullett keeps kids at the top of the list

June 14, 2012

Editor’s note: The following is the second of a four part series in honor of Father’s Day.

COLUMBIA CITY — As the director of Eagle Tech Academy (ETA), Brady Mullett has a lot on his plate.

Some might remember Mullett as a student in the very halls in which, as an adult, he now works. Born and raised in Columbia City, Mullett attend middle school in the Marshall building.

Now Mullett is a father to Emily, eight, Daniel, six, Allison, four and Isabelle, one.

COOLING OFF: Columbia City's Splash Pad

June 14, 2012

Skyler Tucker, left, sprays his cousin, Zoey Egner, right, with a water bottle Tuesday at Columbia City's Splash Pad in Morsches Park.

Heckman wins Tinkham’s Run

June 14, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY —Nearly 100 runners of all ages negotiated a hilly and challenging course through the woods and hills of Camp Whitley last Saturday in the 2012 Tinkham’s Run 5K.

The run is held annually as a fund-raiser for Camp Whitley.

Kevin Heckman finished in 20 minutes to claim first place overall. Taking first place among the female runners was Caitlyn Chastain, who ran the course in 22:57.

The youngest finisher, four-year-old Taylor Bock, finished the course in 43:48, just one second ahead of her mother, Julie Bock.

June 13th

MEMORY LANE: Local woman visits car she once saw in Indy

June 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — When local 80-year-old Barbara Craig picked up the paper one morning she saw a photo of a vintage Indy car she had not laid eyes on in years.
In the article with the photo, Barbara read that STAFCO, Steel Tank and Fabricating Corporation, was to host the refurbished Kennedy Tank Indy car for a day.
Venturing to reconnect with her past, Barbara visited STAFCO June 5 to see the car.
“It’s in perfect shape,” said Craig. “They even wanted me to get in it.”

ZONING REQUEST: City council approves change

June 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council approved a request for an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance on second reading at its meeting Tuesday.
“As you remember, this is in regard to SDS Communications out on West Lincolnway, changing it from an Ag setting from a house to a business,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel to the council.
David Sewell, executive director of the Joint Planning and Building Department, was present, representing the Columbia City Plan Commission with the request.

Cavs’ Scott Kreiger changes sides

June 13, 2012

FORT WAYNE — With four state titles and 14 years under his belt as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Canterbury, former Columbia City High School Hoopster Scott Kreiger announced yesterday that he would be the boys coach for the Cavs.

As the girls coach, Kreiger was 251-88. He won state titles in 2008, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘12. This season, he was the Indiana Girls All-Star team’s coach.

Eber wraps up renowned career

June 13, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber finished an illustrious career in track for Purdue as the Boilermakers’ top long jumper in the school’s history.

Eber’s name has filled both the indoor and outdoor seasons’ record books, including four Big Ten Titles in the long jump. She was recently named Second-team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association along with teammate Dani Bunch.

June 12th

SUPER DADS: Slavich is a parent with a servant’s heart

June 12, 2012

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a four part series in honor of Father’s Day.
COLUMBIA CITY — John Slavich is known as one of the faces of the Whitley County Community Foundation, but to his five children he is known as “Dad.”
This father is somewhat of a “super dad.” Having two teenage kids in his 50’s will make him a superhero to any young parent.

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