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February 29th, 2012

Marie Bailey, 85

February 29, 2012

Marie E. “Betty” Lahrman Bailey, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:07 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 30, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Jewel C. and Ethel I. (Gilmore) Needy.
She graduated from Huntertown High School with class of 1944.
In 1976, she moved from Allen County to Whitley County.
Her first marriage was to Robert D. Lahrman on Nov. 10, 1950, in Fort Wayne.
On Aug. 28, 2004, she married Carl R. Bailey at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.

Ralph Shafter, 63

February 29, 2012

LAOTTO — Ralph E. Shafter, 63, of rural Laotto, died at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at his home.
He was born March 23, 1948, a son of Richard L. and Evelyn A. Shafter.
His formative years were spent at the family home on Shriner Lake.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1966.
Ralph proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.
His service included a tour in Vietnam where he was awarded a Purple Heart medal and the Bronze Star with a combat V for Valor.
He retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

February 28th

WHITLEY COUNTY BARN FIRE: Hay-fueled blaze levels Stockamp barn

February 28, 2012


COESSE — Circumstances prevented a devastating fire Tuesday from being even more tragic. “The farm hand had just left about a half hour before and a passerby called it in,” said Union Township Fire Chief Chad Radke this morning about Tuesday’s fire that destroyed a horse barn at Stockamp Ranch east of Columbia City.

Radke said today the damage was too extensive for fire investigators to determine the cause.

HAMMERED AGAIN: Gas prices leap to $3.85 in county; $4 by the weekend?

February 28, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Numbing pain at the gasoline pump continued during the past 18 hours when many fueling spots in Whitley County increased prices from $3.69 per gallon to $3.85 and more.

Last Thursday gas prices jumped more than a quarter a gallon – and the spike continues this week.

The White House last Thursday reiterated its continuing philosophy that leadership on this issue was difficult and household economic problems were to be expected.

Recovery from the recession is at risk, note experts outside of the White House.

February 27th

A SELF-EXPRESSIVE BEAT: Jalen Gregory shows his mettle with his snare and kick drum

February 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY —The beat of the drums resounded in the band room as 16-year-old Whitko High School sophomore Jalen Gregory displayed his musical talent.
In Jalen’s eyes, the drums produce a self-expressing beat, giving his audience the opportunity to peer deeper into his character and learn more about him through music.
“When I play the drums I want people to not just listen, but to feel it,” said Jalen. “I want people to know who I am through my music.”

Steven Birchum, 48

February 27, 2012

Steven Gregory Birchum, 48, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born Sept. 11, 1963, in Whitley County, he was the son of Clarence and Reva M. (Banks) Birchum.
He attended Columbia City Joint High School and then moved to Monroe, Ga. for 30 years where he did maintenance at a recreational vehicle park.
He attended Freewill Baptist Church.

Leola Williamson, 88

February 27, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Leola Williamson, 88, of South Whitley, died at 8:35 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City where she became a resident one week prior.
She was born Aug. 20, 1923, in South Whitley, a daughter of Reed and Ida Irene (Rivet) Brower.
Her formative years were spent in Collamer.
She completed her education at South Whitley High School.
On Nov. 3, 1945, she was united in marriage to James A. Williamson.
They made their home in South Whitley and Tunker, returning to South Whitley in 1953. Mr. Williamson died Dec. 31, 2007.

Nolt Wilcken, 80

February 27, 2012

Nolt N. “Pork” Wilcken, 80, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:41 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on Feb. 24, 1932, in Columbia City, he was the son of Everett Edward and Turah Mae (Nolt) Wilcken.
Except for a few years when he was very young, he had lived his entire life in Whitley County and at Shriner Lake since 1939.
He received his formal education in the elementary school of Thorncreek Township and graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1950.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955.

Marjorie Roe, 98

February 27, 2012

LIGONIER — Marjorie H. Roe, 98, of Albion, died at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Parkview Noble Hospital.
She was born Nov. 22, 1913, in Ligonier, a daughter of Guy and Mildred Tucker.
On April 14, 1934 she was married in Goshen to Elbert O. Roe, who preceded her in death Oct. 25, 1994.
The surviving relatives include her daughters, Janet Brumbaugh of Albion and Jayne Barron of Houston.
There are 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Roe on April 3, 1986.

YOUNG WOMAN, DISTINGUISHED: Columbia City’s Thomas shines at DYM state

February 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY —Congratulations were in order for 18-year-old Columbia City High School student Michaela Thomas as she walked through the front door of the Whitley County Community Foundation, holding two awards in her hands. “Nothing should hold anyone back from this experience,” said Thomas Sunday afternoon.

 

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