Douglas E. Lewis, 65, of rural Columbia City, passed away quietly at home, surrounded by his loving family at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. He had been battling cancer.
He was born Feb. 24, 1948 in Huntington, a son of the late Bob E. and Doris Jean (Bitzer) Lewis.
He was raised in Huntington attending Horace Mann Elementary School and graduating from Huntington High School in 1966. He completed his apprenticeship to become a journeyman tool and die maker in Fort Wayne.
Verlin E. ‚ÄúBuck‚ÄĚ Gamble, 76, of Whitely County, passed away at his home at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Born April 28, 1937, in Whitley County, he was the son of Omer E. and Opal (Edgington) Gamble.
Buck was a lifetime resident of Whitley County. He graduated from Washington Township School with the Class of 1955.
On Nov. 24, 1956, he married Delores Ilene Alexander in Columbia City. He worked at Anderson Shroyer in Columbia City before working 25 years as a UPS delivery driver, retiring in 1992.
(Monday, Dec. 16, 2013) -- Smith-Green Community Schools, Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Whitko Community Schools are all on a two-hour delay.
Snow and cold temperatures start off the week after Whitley County experienced snow accumulations of almost 10 inches in some areas.
Today's highs will be in the lower 20's in the afternoon with some accumulating snowfall late this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday. We could see 1 to 2 inches of snowfall in the area.
Today: Partly sunny with light snow.
Winds: SE 5 mph
Due to the weather, Columbia City's boys basketball game at Marion tonight has been postponed. A make-up date is expected to be announced sometime next week.
Several games and events are being cancelled or postponed tonight, as the area is expected to accumulate several more inches of snow throughout the day.
Whitko Schools have postponed all activities for this evening. Churubusco's boys basketball game has also been postponed, with a make-up date of Dec. 17 announced.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ An early deficit was too much for Churubusco‚Äôs girls basketball team to overcome.
West Noble got off to a hot start in its 65-51 win over the Lady Eagles Friday. The Lady Chargers roared out to an 11-0 start in the first quarter.
From that moment on, ‚ÄôBusco only scored three fewer points than the host-Lady Chargers. However, the early gap would prove insurmountable.
West Noble‚Äôs 11-0 run to open the game turned into a 19-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Chargers had the score out as far as 31-12 at halftime.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After close games, many coaches don‚Äôt speak very highly of the opposing team.
It was quite the opposite for Norwell‚Äôs Head Coach Eric Thornton, when he spoke of Friday night‚Äôs game against Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball team.
‚ÄúColumbia City‚Äôs not going to give up,‚ÄĚ Thornton said.
If effort heart could win the game, the Lady Eagles could‚Äôve walked out of the gym with a second conference win Friday night.
Unfortunately, though, Norwell (5-1) held on through a roller coaster fourth quarter to win, 50-46, and pick up its first Northeast Hoosier Conference win.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Although the holiday shopping season was cut short by a late Thanksgiving, there is still time for packages to be shipped to military personnel.
The U.S. Postal Service has detailed shipping dates listed by region on its website www.usps.com.
Little tokens of appreciation, such as cards and notes of appreciation, are welcomed by those serving the country and removed from family during the holidays.
Columbia City High School‚Äôs music department hosted its annual holiday concert Thursday night. Pictured are members of Columbia City‚Äôs show choir.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Red kettles are almost as popular of a sight during the holiday season as Santa.
Salvation Army kettles are placed at various retail locations around the county in an effort to raise funds for the nonprofit.
Money collected during the nationwide campaign goes toward helping those in need through a variety of programs.
The national fundraising goal is $3 million, which according to the Salvation Army‚Äôs website, the organization has only reached 31 percent in its efforts.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A pair of men are accused of committing a burglary and theft in Churubusco.
Nicholas A. Coslet, 20, of Fort Wayne, and Cruz T. Johannsen, 22, of Fort Wayne, were charged with burglary, a Class B felony, and theft, a Class D felony. Both pleaded not guilty and are due back in court in January.
The victim lives in rural Churubusco. Case reports state he told investigators he arrived home from working third shift Dec. 2 at 7 a.m. He fell asleep on his couch and awoke at 2 p.m. At that time, he noticed a number of items missing.