November 18th, 2013
Bonnie L. Kimmel, 80, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, where she had been admitted earlier in the day. She had been in declining health for several weeks..
Mrs. Kimmel was born March 8, 1933, in Lansing, Mich., a daughter of Bernard B. and Mildred (Thomas) Leazier.
Josephine R. Hyndman, 82, of Columbia City, died at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since October 2011.
She was born Jan. 24, 1931, in Kimmell, a daughter of Jesse Howard and Hazel L. (Musselman) Davis. Her formative years were primarily spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School.
On July 14, 1950, she was united in marriage to Chester R. Hyndman. They made their home in Columbia City until 1994 when they moved to their home southeast of Columbia City. Chet died March 25, 2003.
Savannah B. Lepley, 95, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Born Oct. 13, 1918, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Lewis and Anna (Rhodes) Jones.
She graduated from Pierceton High School with the Class of 1936. After graduation, she married Guy Lepley.
Savannah worked at the Sears store off Rudisill Blvd. in Fort Wayne for more than 25 years, retiring in 1994. She is a member of Westfield Presbyterian Church and Calvary Third Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne.
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.