SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Six years ago the Whitko girls basketball team decided to add Fort Wayne Northrop to the schedule in order to play a team with more athleticism. Over the first five years the Lady Bruins defeated Whitko every season. Wednesday night Whitkoâ€™s defense clamped down on a young Northrop team and turned the tide of the rivalry. The Lady Wildcats forced 24 turnovers and drew 22 fouls in a 45-34 win.
June 12, 1991 â€” Nov. 10, 2014
Kody Troylee McQueen, 23, of Huntington, W. Va., passed away on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.
He was born June 12, 1991 in Winchester, W. Va., a son of Kevin McQueen, of Columbia City and Bobbie Neely of Huntington, W. Va.
He is also survived by one sister, Jessica Ashton McQueen; one brother, Dale Hunter McQueen; grandparents, Jim and Susan McQueen; great-grandparents, Alice McQueen and Norma Sheets, of Columbia City.
He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, James McQueen Sr. and Morris Sheets; uncles, Eddie Lee and Dale Lee of Indiana.
Jan. 5, 1988 â€” Dec. 1, 2014
Derek Bradley Bridegam, 26, of Columbia City, Ind. passed away at 11:24 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on Jan. 5, 1988 in Columbia City, Derek was the son of Carl M. and Debbie (Leininger) Bridegam.
Aug. 11, 1953 â€” Dec. 2, 2014
Brenda Kay Reynolds, 61, of Columbia City, died at 11:04 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at her home.
She was born Aug. 11, 1953 in Columbia City, a daughter of Harold Frank and Dorothy A. (Barnes) Wade. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
On April 9, 1977 she was united in marriage to Larry A. Reynolds. They always made their home in the Columbia City area. Mr. Reynolds died Nov. 7, 1994.
She was employed at Magnavox, USSI and Autoliv.
Nov. 4, 1911 â€” Dec. 2, 2014
Ruth Evelyn Dygert, 103, of Thorncreek Township, Whitley County, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, 2014 at her home.
She was born Nov. 4, 1911 in Leavenworth, a daughter of James and Alzenia (Roberts) Tower. She graduated from from Leavenworth High School and DePauw University where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She taught high school English and Chemistry in LaPorte.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Angel Halsey, 27, was booked on two accounts of neglect of a dependent Nov. 24 at the Whitley County Jail. The charges stem from Halseyâ€™s alleged neglect of her two children, ages three and four-years-old, in connection with methamphetamine precursors being found at a pop-up trailer where Halsey, her two children, and her husband, Daniel Halsey were living in August.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Police with assistance from the Indiana State Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Pak-A-Sak gas station at the corner of Line and North streets early today.
At 5:10 a.m. CCPD received the report of an armed robbery from the store clerk. Two white males, both showing handguns, took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, escaping on foot.
A brightly-festooned Toy Soldier snaps a salute to Santa Claus as he made his way to his cottage, located on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City, during the big Christmas Parade last Friday. Santa will host children at his cottage throughout the month of December: Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, 5 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 7, 12 to 3 p.m.; Dec. 12, 5 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 13, 12 to 3 p.m.; Dec. 14, 12 to 3 p.m.; Dec. 19, 5 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 20, 12 to 3 p.m., Dec. 21, 12 to 3 p.m.; and Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Feb. 12, 1939 â€“ Dec. 2, 2014
Russell D. Erne, 75, of rural Pierceton, Kosciusko County, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, 2014 at his home.
He was born Feb. 12, 1939 in Columbia City, Ind., a son of Harlo J. and Dorothy Marie (Kiger) Erne. He attended West Ward School, graduated from Columbia City High School in 1957 and Indiana Wesleyan College in Marion.
His first employment was with Blue Bell. In 1961 he began working at Fort Benjamin Harrison as a clerk then enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1965.
July 30, 1969 â€” Dec. 1, 2014
Frederick William Sheets, 45, of Fort Wayne passed away at 2:38 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital. Born on July 30, 1969 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Richard C. Sheets and Patricia (Grant) Uhl.