March 7th, 2011
Mary J. Shipman, 89, of Columbia City passed away at 9:45 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Sept. 1, 1921 in Provo, Utah, she was a daughter of Frank and Harriett (Richmond) Speckart.
She had been a Columbia City resident since 2009 moving from Florida and a prior resident of Provo, Utah. She graduated from Provo High School with the Class of 1939 and two years at Brigham Young University. On June 22, 1941, she married Robert L. Shipman in Provo.
Samuel W. Baxter, 80, of Warsaw, died at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw.
Born Sept. 17, 1930 in Salem, he was a son of Ben and Nellie (Walton) Baxter. He lived most of his life in the Warsaw area. He married Mary Lou Schrader June 23, 1948 in the Larwill Methodist parsonage.
He was a salesman for Whitley County Motor Sales retiring after 26 years June 1, 1995. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Warsaw and he loved his dog, Tippy.
Robert L. Adams, 93, of Sebring, Florida died on March 3, 2011. He had lived at the Palms of Sebring in Florida and was receiving Good Shepherd Hospice Care.
He was born in Van Buren Township, Putnam County, Ohio to Virgil and Ruth Adams. The family moved to Indiana in 1927 and Robert graduated from Lapaz High School, Lapaz in 1935. He married Mary E. Martin Dec. 11, 1937. They celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary just before she died March 9, 2010.
LAUD â€” Fire investigators were on the scene this morning of a house fire that destroyed a two-story home in southern Whitley County.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, a call came in at 7:36 p.m. Sunday night reporting a fire at the residence owned by Leland P. Harrington, 1696 East County Road 800 South.
Washington Township firefighters were dispatched. According to Washington Township Fire Chief Jeremy Hammel, the house was a total loss.
Hammel said the Whitley County Fire Investigation Team was dispatched this morning to investigate the cause of the fire.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An alert Columbia City policeman located a truck stolen from the front of a city residence last week.
According to Columbia City Police Department Capt. Brian Anspach, Patrolman Jeff Chapman spotted the black 1999 Dodge pickup reported stolen Thursday from a residence on Holden Road.
Anspach said Chapman was patrolling in the area of Elm and Harrison streets around 4 a.m. Saturday when he saw the vehicle and called in the license plate number for confirmation.
COLUMBIA CITY — After 5,308 passing yards and nearly every conceivable throwing record at Columbia City High School, senior quarterback Logan Rehrer as he says in his own words “ready to take it to the next level.”
Friday, the Eagles all-time passing leader announced he’s taking his talents to Indiana State University.
Rehrer joins the Division I Sycamores of the Missouri Valley Conference as a preferred walk-on.
SYRACUSE — Embroiled in their first sectional title game in five years against a Wawasee team that has had their number over the past several seasons, the Columbia City Eagles dealt out the losing to the Warriors after facing a 12-point first quarter deficit to take a nine-point lead of their own.
With the game coming down to a single possession, the Eagles needed a defensive rebound on a missed Wawasee free throw to claim the class 3A Wawasee sectional title 67-66 over the host Warriors.
GARRETT — With 3:49 left and a 32-31 lead in Saturday night’s class 2A sectional championship at Garrett, Churubusco boys’ basketball was on the verge of doing something no other team in school history had done.
However, offensive woes in the second half, where the Eagles shot 3-for-15 and scored just 11 points, helped Prairie Heights rally to deny ’Busco its first title 38-36.
SYRACUSE — When Columbia City and Whitko square off, no matter what the sport, it is always and intense affair. Friday night’s Class 3A sectional semifinal at Wawasee was no different.
The game came down to the long and the short of things, as Columbia City’s ability to hit the long range shot and Whitko’s difficulties at the free throw line propelled the Eagles to a 57-47 win.
GARRETT — It’s happened only five other times in Churubusco boys’ basketball history with each suffering the same losing effort.
With the help of a 50-32 sectional semifinal win at Garrett over the Railroaders Friday night, the Eagles sixth trip to a sectional championship game has a chance to be a first in the school’s history.
’Busco will go for its first title ever against a familiar North East Corner Conference foe it’s both lost and beaten this season.