April 4th, 2013
Bobby Ray Turner, 67, of Oklahoma City, Okla., passed away at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Warr Acres, Oklahoma City. Born April 30, 1945, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Robert Turner and Mildred Elizabeth (Fletcher) Turner.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1963 and served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966. After moving away from Columbia City, he lived in Georgia and Oklahoma. He was a diesel mechanic in Georgia and Oklahoma for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Gregory W. Dahms, 65, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 5:43 a.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He had been in declining health for some time and had been a patient at the hospital for the past week.
Mr. Dahms was born in Fort Wayne Dec. 12, 1947, a son of Bernard and Agnes (Campbell) Dahms. He spent his formative years at Loon Lake and in Thorncreek Township, and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1966. He retired after more than 40 years with NIPSCO, and had lived most of his adult life at Tri-Lakes and in Smith Township.
Ruth C. Reid, of rural Columbia City, died at 3:54 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, where she had been admitted Thursday evening.
She was born June 16, 1927, in Huntington, a daughter of the late Cecil and Jessamine (Tobin) Fosnaugh. Her formative years were spent in the Roanoke area. She attended Roanoke High School.
On Dec. 29, 1944, she married Marquis Junior Reid. They made their home in Richland Township, Whitley County. Mr. Reid died June 28, 2012.
She was a full-time homemaker and assisted on the farm.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Salvation Army of Whitley County will be presenting "Light the Way" to Child Abuse Prevention and Education on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at The First Church of God, 1200 W. DePoy Dr., Columbia City.
"Our goal is to raise awareness of child abuse but also to illustrate that there can be help and hope for those going through this," Pat Mossburg, of the Salvation Army, said. "We also discuss the effects of domestic violence on children."
This year the event will host author April Maley, who will share her story from her book, "I Will not be Silent."
Last week, workers added Sears to the sign at the Towne & Country Shopping Center on Plaza Drive in Columbia City. Sears recently changed locations, moving from Connexion Way to the shopping center west of Walmart.
Columbia Cityâ€™s wrestling team announced its season-ending awards recently.
Pictured are the award winners, from left, senior Alan Trabert, Mental Attitude Award; senior Russel Hazelet, Most Valuable Wrestler and Most Team Points; senior Brice Bauer, Most Improved Wrestler. Bauer and Hazelet were also recognized for Academic All-State.
Columbia City wrestling is coached by Blaine Culp (right).
WARSAW â€” Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer is taking on a Kosciusko County case after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the case was mishandled.
Heuer will determine whether 15-year-old Paul Gingerich should be charged as an adult after allegedly helping kill his friendâ€™s stepfather in 2010 â€” when he was 12 years old.
The change of venue occurred after a dispute on whether he should be tried as an adult or a juvenile.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High School has made graduation an area of focus for juniors.
With the implementation of a graduation coach, Principal David Parker is looking to target students who might otherwise fall through the cracks and miss graduating.
â€śThese are kids that sort of fly under the radar,â€ť Parker said. â€śSome of them realize too late that they needed to do certain things to graduate. Having a coach that keeps an eye on attendance, grades and credits will hopefully keep them from feeling like graduation is not possible.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners approved a zoning request at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Dave Sewell, of the Whitley County Plan Commission, told the commissioners it had been approved at the plan commission level and now needed commissioner approval.
The property was changed from residential to commercial. It is located south of County Road 500 South in the Dunfee area.
Sewell informed the commissioners the properties to the north and south are zoned commercial as well, so this brings them all into line with one another.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls track team is en route to another successful track season this year.
The Lady Eagles had a repeat title in its first meet, topping both Churubusco and Whitko in the county competition by more than 30 points each.
Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said he feels confident in this seasonâ€™s team of 31 tracksters.
â€śWeâ€™re in pretty good shape,â€ť Fahl said.
The Lady Eagles return nearly all of their athletes from last yearâ€™s sectional-title winning team, and adds a few key newcomers that may play a large role on this seasonâ€™s team.