February 11th, 2015
OSSIAN â€”â€ťThatâ€™s why we have a halftime,â€ť said Columbia City Head Girlsâ€™ Basketball Coach Amy Shearer after the Lady Eaglesâ€™ 61-46 opening-round sectional win over the Heritage Lady Patriots Tuesday night.
Down three and shooting only 21 percent from the field at halftime, the Lady Eaglesâ€™ locker room adjustments unleashed a third quarter offensive and defensive barrage on the Heritage Lady Patriots, turning a three-point halftime deficit into a 14-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Dec. 7, 1920 â€” Feb. 8, 2015
Rose Mary Louise Koldewey, 94, of Columbia City, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.
Born Dec. 7, 1920, in Allen County, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Louise Schoppman and was a member of St. Peterâ€™s Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth Koldewey and Sharon (Steve) Hostetler; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her husband Paul H. Koldewey in 1996.
Sept. 15, 1940 â€” Feb. 5, 2015
Roger Don Snyder of Steelville, Mo. was born Sunday, Sept. 15, 1940 in Pontiac, Mich. to George William Snyder and Alma Alice Simpson Snyder. He passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 at the age of 74.
Roger attended school in Columbia City, then entered the United States Navy where he served our country in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged from Sasebo, Japan. He spoke fluent Japanese.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new candidate joined the municipal ballot in the final hours, creating a contested race in the Southeast Distrcit Columbia City Common Council seat.
The seat is currently held by two-term incumbent Nicole Penrod (R), who is running for reelection.
Billy Reffitt (R), filed for candidacy Friday morning â€” the deadline was at noon.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team defeated Heritage in the opening round of sectional play on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles will move on to face Mississinewa in the semi-finals on Friday night. See Page A12 for more coverage of the game. Above, Macie Hinen drives to the basket.
The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently selected the Whitley County Family YMCA as their February 2015 Chamber Business of the Month. Chamber and YMCA representatives gathered to celebrate the award on February 3. The award was given in recognition of the Yâ€™s commitment to children through the creation of the Armstrong Early Learning Center as well as its ongoing role to champion wellness in the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A teacher, businesswoman, gardener, mother and wife, Margaret Malcolm has been an active member of the Columbia City community since 1976.
Last week, Malcolm filed for candidacy for the Southwest District of Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council.
Malcolm was born and raised in Muskegon, Mich. and became a Columbia City resident in 1976.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s girls basketball teams are preparing for sectional play this week.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls travel to Norwell to face Heritage in the opening round tonight at 7:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A sentence has been passed down on Monday to Jennifer McGuire, Whitley Countyâ€™s former auditor, who admitted to stealing more than $100,000 in county funds.
McGuire was ordered to serve 5.5 years in the local correctional facility, with suggestion from the court that she be placed on work release.
As part of her sentence, McGuire also has to make full restitution of stolen funds, as well as investigation costs.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said he feels the sentence was appropriate.
March 5, 1953 â€” Feb. 9, 2015
Gary L. Kirkman, 61, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:38 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at his home. Born March 5, 1953 in Des Moines, Iowa, he was the son of Gerald L. and Ruby E. (Gerhart) Kirkman.
He graduated from Des Moines Tech High School with the Class of 1972. Gary worked at Des Moines General Hospital for 28 years and Babes Restaurant in Des Moines. He enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola items and watching Soaps and wrestling.