David Michael Hockgeiger, 63, of Columbia City, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 18, 1950, in Mt. Carmel, Ill., a son of George and Betty (Woods) Hockgeiger. His formative years were spent in Mt. Carmel. He completed his education at Mt. Carmel High School.
He loved his job as a grounds superintendent of golf courses, working throughout Illinois and Indiana, lastly at Eagle Glen Golf Course since 2006.
His enjoyment came spending time with grand babies, playing guitar and driving his car.
Dennis Ross Londt, 60, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after a lengthy illness at the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis.
He was a graduate of Central Noble High School and Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne with a bachelorâ€™s degree in Medicine.
He was a medical technologist MT/ASCP and worked in laboratories in Indiana, Ohio and Texas.
He was born in Wolf Lake, to the Howard E. Londt and Dorothy Walker Londt who both preceded him in death.
His brother, Edward (Jane) Londt lives in Huntertown and sister Peggy (Chris) Wegenka lives in Fort Wayne.
Earl Strickland, 60, of Columbia City, went home to be with the Lord at 4:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his residence. Born on April 7, 1953, in Loris, S.C., he was the son of Lester Hampton and Flauda (Todd) Strickland.
In 1972, he married Vickie Fletcher in Columbia City. From 1984-2003 Earl worked as a property manager in Stuart, Fla.
North Carolina was then home until 2006, when he returned to Columbia City. He loved to deer hunt in addition to fishing at Big Lake, Gilbert Lake, and the ocean.
Larry A. Heeter, 69, of South Whitley, died at 2:38 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, where he was admitted the Friday before.
He was born Sept. 24, 1944, in Huntington, a son of Max and Geneva (Stetzel) Heeter. As a young boy his family moved to Wisconsin. As a teenager, he moved to North Manchester and graduated from Manchester High School.
He was employed at Farmerâ€™s Grain Elevator, Whitley Manufacturing for nearly 15 years and Wabash Valley.
He was a former volunteer fireman for South Whitleyâ€“Cleveland Township Fire Department.
The Peabody Radio Theatre Players presented â€śThe War of the Worlds Christmas Special,â€ť a mixed parody of H.G Wells â€śWar of the Worldsâ€ť and Clement Mooreâ€™s â€śTâ€™was the night before Christmasâ€ť at the Columbia Cityâ€™s Library Saturday night. Pictured (front in brown sweater) is Jacob Kemery as Announcer and cast members. Kemery is also a contributing writer of the dramatization.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Jackie Hakeâ€™s final day as the executive director for the Whitley County Council on Aging is quickly approaching.
After 18 years of service, Hake will retire officially at the end of December. Itâ€™s been a bittersweet announcement, as Hake leaves with numerous fond memories of her years spent with the senior center.
â€śI have had the chance to sit in my position and watch so many great things happen here,â€ť Hake said. â€śThis has been my life. Although I am ready to retire, itâ€™s hard to say goodbye.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools took steps to complete its end-of-year financials at last weekâ€™s meeting.
WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf approached the Board of Trustees last Monday, requesting its approval of several financial projects to end the year.
The board first approved a reduction-resolution for the 2014 budget.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What began as a violation of the county junk ordinance has evolved into court-ordered clean up with additional investigations pending.
Whitley County Commissioners worked with health and safety officials to declare the property of Thomas Ebetino, located at County Road 400 South, in violation of the junk ordinance and the home was deemed unsafe for several reasons.
Kendallville Ââ€” The Columbia City Boysâ€™ Basketball team traveled to Kendallville to open the Northeast Hoosier Conference season by taking on the East Noble Knights.
The Eagles put on a first half shooting clinic hitting 75 percent of their field goal attempts including eight shots from behind the three-point arc building a 17 point lead on their way to a 61-50 win.
The game started out as a battle behind the arc with Columbia Cityâ€™s Mason Coverstone matched up against East Nobleâ€™s Brandon Nichols and Michael Sharp.
LAGRANGE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys basketball team dropped a 65-55 contest to Prairie Heights Friday night.
The Eagles had a 31-24 advantage at halftime, but Prairie Heights outscored â€™Busco 41-24 to steal the win from the Eagles.
Churubusco was led in scoring by Brent Simmons with 22 points, followed by T.J. Campbell with 15.
Campbell hit 5-of-9 3-pointers for the Eagles in his 15 points.
Simmons was Churubuscoâ€™s leading rebounder with nine, followed by Corey Sarrazin with five and Garrett Simmons with three.