May 29th, 2012
Richard Murphy, 61, of Churubusco, died at 11:07 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2012, at I.U. Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born June 17, 1950, in Fort Wayne, a son of Richard Wells and Ruth (Parker) Murphy.
He served in the U.S. Army, spending one year in Vietnam.
On July 31, 1971, he married Cheryl Dray. She survives.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Willard J. Gilbert, 69, of Churubusco, passed away at 12:41 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Gilbert was born Dec. 6, 1942, in Churubusco, a son of Oscar E. and Icellee (Winebrenner) Gilbert. He spent his formative years in Churubusco, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1960.
On April 3, 1964, he was married in Albion to Carol Sue Winebrenner.
His spouse preceded him in death on March 9, 1986.
Gary E. Brubaker, 64, of Pierceton, passed away at 6:24 a.m. on Saturday May 26, 2012, in Lutheran Hospital Fort Wayne.
He was born Oct. 8, 1947, in Wabash to Wayne B. and Betty J. (Duhamell) Brubaker
Gary married Gloria England in Wabash on April 26, 1970.
He had resided in Pierceton for the past 35 years, where he was a member of the Pierceton United Methodist Church.
He was previously employed by Pierceton Foods and was currently working for Wabash Electric in Warsaw.
He was a Volunteer for the Pierceton Fire Department, retiring with 30 years of service.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúCarnival‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúcancer‚ÄĚ are not words traditionally linked together in the same sentence, but when it comes to Whitley County‚Äôs Relay for Life, a carnival is exactly what participants will experience.
This year‚Äôs relay theme is ‚ÄúCarnival for a Cure.‚ÄĚ
Complete with celebrations and theme laps, the 24-hour event raises funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS). It will be at Indiana Springs Middle School this Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ At the Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council meeting last week, Mark Green, parks and recreation director, reported the fireworks/4th of July celebration will be held Tuesday, July 3 this year at Morsches Park.
‚ÄúI think the thought behind it was when the fireworks go later, because it gets darker later, people can sleep in the next day,‚ÄĚ said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
There will be vendors again this year, starting approximately 5 p.m.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs going to be a pretty neat day,‚ÄĚ said Daniel.
Daniel asked Parks and Recreation director Mark Green if there would be a band playing as well.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ David Sewell, executive director of the Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department, came before Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council last week to request a change of zoning for a parcel of land within the city‚Äôs jurisdiction.
Sewell requested the parcel be re-zoned from agricultural to general business.
‚ÄúThe size of the parcel that is being requested is just shy of 1.5 acres, located on the north side of West Lincolnway, west of 150 west,‚ÄĚ said Sewell.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Freedom isn‚Äôt free. That was the theme of the ceremony at Greenhill Cemetery Monday presented by American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 5582.
Under the direction of Richard A. Stark, current adjutant and past commander of Post 98, several speakers told of the meaning behind Memorial Day to hundreds of people carrying American flags.
The day began with a parade going through downtown Columbia City and ending at the cemetery. The parade was directed by Joe Pittenger.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠¬≠ ¬≠‚ÄĒ Tammy Gross will never forget that day in August, almost six years ago, when she heard the words ‚Äúbreast cancer‚ÄĚ attached to her diagnosis.
‚ÄúAugust 15, 2006, I received my diagnosis of breast cancer. On that day I became a survivor,‚ÄĚ said Gross.
In the months that followed, Gross underwent four surgeries, over five months of chemotherapy and more than six weeks of daily radiation.
AUBURN ‚ÄĒ After a lopsided win over DeKalb Monday afternoon, Columbia City‚Äôs baseball team suffered a lopsided loss in Monday night‚Äôs sectional final game at DeKalb.
Carroll beat the Eagles 13-2. The Chargers jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first four innings.
√áolumbia City‚Äôs first run of the game came off a home run by Connor Slavich. Travis Herbst scored the final run of the season for the Eagles off a hit by Connor Reed.
Columbia City used Slavich, Austin Clark and Jordan Bickle at the mound.
Carroll won 9-1 over East Noble in Monday morning‚Äôs semi-final game.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ What goes around comes around.
Churubusco‚Äôs baseball team very aware of that saying after suffering a 6-5 loss in the sectional semi-final game against South Adams Monday.
Last Thursday against Eastside, the Eagles squeezed out a 4-3 win with a walk-off single to keep their tournament hopes alive.
The Starfires avenged Eastside Monday afternoon, winning with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 6-5 and end Churubusco‚Äôs season.