August 3rd, 2011
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Toni J. Wood, 30, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, after a lifetime illness.
She was born in Fort Wayne Nov. 18, 1980 to Ronald D. Wood and Judith (Minton) Wheeler.
CAPE CANAVERAL ‚ÄĒ As the world watched history unfold with the swan song Space Shuttle voyage recently, one local woman, who‚Äôd been a part of the monumental program since its inaugural flight nearly three decades ago, witnessed the closing of a chapter in her life she will not soon forget.
For 28 years a Columbia City native has worked in the shuttle program. Dawn (Smith) Meyer graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1978.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The second man connected with the death of a local woman in a meth explosion will serve 16 years in jail.
Wade Burns, 22, was sentenced Monday to six years for reckless homicide and received 12 years, two of those suspended, for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.
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Musicians Shade Jonze (Henry Phillips) and Shannon Persinger, known as Shade and Shannon, perform at the gazebo in South Whitley as part of an ongoing performing arts program in South Whitley sponsored by the South Whitley Public Library and the Whitley County Community Foundation. The duet entertained a modest crowd on the lawn in front of the gazebo despite challenging temperatures near 90 degrees with country and western favorites by artists such as Johnny Cash, Roger Miller and Willie Nelson.
LAOTTO ‚ÄĒ Miranda Lewellyn, 16, a resident of rural LaOtto, died at 5 a.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011 at the family residence in Noble County.
She was born April 26, 1995 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of John M. and Tracie M. (Campbell) Lewellyn.
Her father preceded her in death April 5, 1998.
Edith M. (McCreery) Ritchie, 98, a resident of rural Gaston, died Friday, July 29, 2011, at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.
She was born in Gaston Dec. 4, 1912, to Lloyd and Winona (Manring) McCreery.
Surviving are her son Donald P. Ritchie of Gaston; four granddaughters, two grandsons, 15 great-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, three nephews, and two nieces.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers Ralph McCreery, Paul McCreery, and C. Wayne McCreery.
Grace L. Keister, 80, a resident of rural Albion and wife of Lester ‚ÄúPete‚ÄĚ Keister, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.
She had been a patient there for the past five days.
Mrs. Keister was born in Churubusco Nov. 26, 1930, a daughter of Ralph and Effie (Tarlton) Shanabarger.
She spent her formative years in Churubusco and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1948.
On July 7, 1951 she was united in marriage in Merriam to Lester ‚ÄúPete‚ÄĚ Keister, and lived all of her adult life in Noble County.
James C. Winterburn, 55, of Columbia City, died at 8:37 a.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
He was born Jan. 11, 1956 to Reginald and Louise Winterburn.
Visitation is Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.
Funeral service will immediately follow visitation at 3:00 p.m. with Eddie Beagles of Demoney-Grimes officiating.
Burial will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dream Team c/o ResCare.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Preliminary results from spring ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus) testing revealed recently that both Churubusco Elementary School and Churubusco Junior-Senior High School scored in the exemplary category among Indiana schools.
According to CES Principal Shellie Miller, recent results gave the elementary, junior-senior high school and the district as a whole an ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ rating on a grading scale of A-F.
HUNTINGTON ‚ÄĒ The special prosecutor selected to investigate a domestic issue involving Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges and his estranged wife, Laurell, has decided no charges should be filed.
Huntington Co. Prosecutor Amy Richison was named as special prosecutor for a July 19 incident involving the sheriff which was initially investigated by the Indiana State Police.