November 18th, 2013
Shirley A. Sparks, 77, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, after a short illness.
Born in Jodie, W.Va., Shirley worked as a nursing assistant at the Towne House Retirement Center for 33 years caring for the elderly. She was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne.
Shirley will be remembered as a loving wife, an amazing mom and a fun â€śGran,â€ť who always went out of her way to be kind and care for those in her life.
We would like to thank Sylvia Brennan for her care and love.
Reverend George Webster Sr., 93 of South Whitley, passed away at 10:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in his residence.
On Oct. 5, 1920, he was born in Booneville, to Dallas and Elzie (Bryant) Webster.
He married Betty J. Sroufe May 7, 1941, in Sidney, who preceded him in death May 24, 1997. He then married Mary Belle Chandler on June 1, 1998, who also preceded him in death.
Garnett Bernelia Fabian, 87, passed to be with the Lord, Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
She resided most of her life in South Bend. She was born in Barbour County, W. Va., April 13, 1926, and was the daughter of the late Andrew H. Mayle and Lucille (Norris) Mayle.
Garnett was married to George B. Bojtor from 1947 until his death in 1992 and to Harold Sigmund Fabian from 2001 until his death in 2011.
Garnett enjoyed being with family and friends, music, dancing, and had a wonderful smile and sense of humor.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch made the difference in Whitkoâ€™s win against Churubusco Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats won the Whitley County rivalry game by a final of 56-52.
Churubusco had a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Consecutive steals and baskets from Whitko freshmen Brianna Cumberland and Aly Reiff cut the Lady Eagle lead to just one.
From that point, Whitko got to the line often enough to close the gap. The free-throw shooting was not perfect, but Cumberland knocked down four in a row to seal the win in the gameâ€™s final minute.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The same storm system that swept through Illinois, killing six and destroying hundreds of homes, passed through Whitley County Sunday afternoon with minor damage in comparison.
The National Weather Service predicted a 30 percent chance of tornados in Whitley County, along with much of Northeast Indiana.
Storm cells with rotation entered Whitley County, prompting tornado warnings in the northern and southern parts of the county, but fortunately for local residents, storm damage was minimal Sunday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In an effort to improve safety and save money, video teleconferencing will begin soon for the Whitley County Court Systems.
New equipment recently installed will take advantage of technology, and allow some court hearings to be held with the defendant not physically present in the Courthouse.
Among the benefits expected to be reaped are increased savings and safety.
Sheriff Mark Hodges said a great deal of time and money has been spent on inmate transportation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, has rows of shelves featuring a variety of book titles and genres.
Special designated areas highlight books for teens as well as children in hopes of engaging readers at a young age.
It is this early introduction to reading that sparked an initiative at the library, one that has parents and children committing to reading books by the thousand.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With holiday feasts to tempt the palate and challenge the waistband, the Whitley County YMCA if offering a chance to stave off the holiday weight gain.
Starting Tuesday, Whitley Weighs In, a spring health and fitness challenge, will be concentrated to am eight-week program designed to help participants stay accountable and keep holiday weight gain at bay.
The holiday weigh in is a shorter version of the traditional Whitley Weighs In challenge.
Columbia City High School had four female athletes sign to play college at Division I schools Friday.
Pictured, from left: Andrea Richter, swimming, Ball State; Kalisha Goree, volleyball, Ohio State; Gabrielle Hazen, volleyball, Northwestern and Samantha Roush, cross country and track, Indiana University.
See The Post & Mail next week for feature stories on each athlete.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Whitley County rivalry matchup between Columbia City and Whitko was a shootout â€” to say the least.
Despite back-and-fourth action between the rivals, the Lady Eagles used second-half free throws to take an 81-68 win.
While Columbia City has beaten the Lady Wildcats the last five years in a row â€” the Lady Eagles have not scored more than 80 points in any game since 2000 â€” 13 years ago.