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June 20th, 2012

Columbia City softball awards

June 20, 2012

Seven softball players received awards at Columbia City’s awards night.

From left, Alyssa Brandt — 2nd-team NHC; Kaylee Parks — 1st-team NHC, Most Valuable Player; Megan Giffin — 1st-team NHC, Most Valuable Player; Hannah Schnorr — 1st-team NHC, Defense Award; Allie Vodde — 2nd-team NHC, Offense Award; Cassie Vodde — 1st-team All-State, 1st-team Academic All-State, 1st-team NHC, Pitching Award, Most Valuable Player, Tina Parker Award; Claire Kauffman — Mental Attitude Award.

June 19th

THREADS OF A DREAM: Woman with local ties recognizes lifelong goal

June 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – As 52-year-old Monica Koldyke Miller flipped through the 688-page book titled “Threads of Betrayal,” she knew it was more than a collection of words, characters and themes; it was a lifelong goal achieved.
The book was published earlier this year.
“It was almost indescribable to hold the book in my hands,” said Miller. “I can’t tell you how thankful I am to all those who helped me along the way.”

10TH YEAR: Honor guard marks decade of ceremonies

June 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A local veterans group is celebrating its 10th anniversary and marked the occasion June 6 with a dinner.
The Korean War Veterans Honor Guard was formed in 2002 to provide a military burial service for veterans.
“There were too many veterans passing away with no honor given for their military service, for their keeping the U.S.A. a free nation,” said co-founder and commander John Slabaugh.
“We formed the honor guard to pay honor for all deceased veterans.”

CREATING A BUZZ

June 19, 2012

A bumble bee eagerly flies from flower to flower at Morsches Park Saturday.

HUMAN RESCUERS

June 19, 2012

Five people from First Church of God in Columbia City are currently in Thailand and Cambodia. Through Destiny Rescue, an organization that helps to rescue women and children from human trafficking, the group will be helping at rescue homes and learning how Destiny Rescue helps the millions of victims of human trafficking. The group is set to return home June 25.

MISS INDIANA: CCHS graduate vies for Miss Indiana crown

June 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Kara Mawhorter, a Columbia City High School graduate and a senior at Ball State, could soon be named Miss Indiana.
Mawhorter has joined 31 young ladies to compete for the title in Zionsville, Ind. The competition begins Wednesday and will continue through Saturday when the crown is awarded.

June 18th

LIFE IN CELL: Heinous murder of child brings maximum sentence

June 18, 2012

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man who admitted to fatally bludgeoning and dismembering a 9-year-old girl he was baby-sitting just days before Christmas was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Michael Plumadore last month pleaded guilty to murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec. 22 death of Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon. Prosecutors had considered the death penalty but agreed to life in prison without the possibility of parole in exchange for the guilty plea.

Oneita Young, 68

June 18, 2012

Oneita J. Young, 68, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of David L. Young, died at 2:15 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Young was born in Wolf Lake on Dec. 1, 1943, a daughter of Archie A. and Arrena (Leitch) Weidman.
Survivors include her husband David, her mother, one daughter, one brother, one sister, one stepbrother and one stepsister and four grandchildren.

Stephen Abshire, 65

June 18, 2012

Stephen J. Abshire, 65, a resident of Columbia City and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at 3:14 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He had been seriously ill since last August.
Mr. Abshire was born March 28, 1947, in Bloomington, a son of Roy E. and Dorthea L. (Stagg) Abshire and spent part of his formative years in Brown County. He moved to Tipton as a teenager and graduated from Tipton High School in 1966.

SUPER DADS: Longenbaugh keeps a close eye on family

June 18, 2012

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

COLUMBIA CITY ­— Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh carries a new badge and sits in a new office.
After 10 years in the role of detective, Longenbaugh took the position of chief earlier this year.
Being the Columbia City police chief is a tall order for any person, but Longenbaugh’s greatest challenge is being a father to three, soon-to-be, teenagers while not allowing his job to consume every hour of his day.

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