April 6th, 2012
Editorâs Note: The following is the first of a three-part series on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the impact that the event is having today on a local family.
COLUMBIA CITY â Holding back tears in her eyes, Gail Morris from Shriner Lake folded her hands together, sat back in her chair and turned her thoughts to the Titanic.
âWhen I think about the Titanic, I just thank God that my grandfather was not on it,â said Morris. âI feel very bad for everybody that was.â
Columbia Cityâs baseball team started the season with two wins. Below, Jacob Johnson takes a swing at Concordia. The Eagles won 17-8 over the Cadets. Right, Connor Slavich prepares to pitch against Central Noble. Columbia City beat the Cougars 3-2. The Eagles are back in action Tuesday at North Side.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubuscoâs baseball team traveled to Oak Hill and lost Thursday night, 5-0.
With several players out on spring break, Eagle Head Coach Mark Grove said the team was short-handed.
âMuch of the team wasnât in town,â Grove said. âThat should also make it tough tonight when we travel to Carroll.â
Carroll has won several state baseball titles in the last five years.
Oak Hill picked up its five runs gradually throughout the game, with one in the first inning, one in the second, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
John R. McKinney, 82, a resident of rural Eel River Township in Allen County, died at 8:56 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born on Feb. 25, 1930, in Lebanon, a son of Vern and Katherine (Hunt) McKinney.
He served with the U.S. Army.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Margaret A. McKinney; a son John R. McKinney, Jr. of Norwood, Mo.; a daughter, Janice R. Ogg of Eel River Township; his brother, David Joe McKinney of Thorntown; and three grandchildren.
His parents preceded him in death.
E. Ilene Richardson, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2012, at Covington Meadows, Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Paul H. and Irene (Ferrell) Shroyer.
In 1937 she moved from Allen County to her present home in Whitley County.
She attended Jefferson Township Elementary School and graduated with the class of 1945 from Jefferson Township High School.
On Nov. 10, 1951, she married William D. Richardson in Columbia City.
Floyd Mettler, 91, of Longwood, Fla., passed away at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Longwood Health Care Center, Longwood, Fla.
Born June 26, 1920, in Whitley County, he was the son of Floyd E. and Edna P. (Leer) Mettler.
He attended the Columbia City public school system. On Aug. 22, 1937, he married Dorothy E. Corning in Columbia City.
A resident of Allen and Whitley County areas most of his lifetime, he moved to New Carlisle, Ohio in 2000.
COLUMBIA CITY â Marvin Lee Reynolds, 77, of Columbia City, died at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where he was admitted on Friday.
He was born Feb. 28, 1935, in Greenville, Ohio, a son of Miles E. and Marjorie D. (Hodge) Reynolds.
As a young boy, his family moved to Fort Wayne and then in 1937 to Wolf Lake. He graduated from Wolf Lake High School.
On July 11, 1957, he was inducted into the U.S. Army. A military policeman, he was honorably discharged June 30, 1963.
Dorothy P. Wheeler, 90, of South Whitley, passed away at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2012, at her home.
Born on March 5, 1922, in Leiters Ford, she was the daughter of Charles and Nellie (Fisher) Campbell.
She moved from LaPorte to South Whitley, and lived there for 40 years.
She worked at Dana Weatherhead, Columbia City as an assembler for 15 years. She was a member of New Hope Wesleyan Church, Columbia City.
Tri Lakes Easter Egg Hunt Saturday
An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Tri Lakes Baptist Church Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. The event is for any child between the ages of three and the fifth grade. Activities will consist of game time, story time, puppets, Egg Roll and an Egg Hunt. Bags will be provided for each child. Also, there may be a special appearance by a very large chicken. The event is free of charge.
'Titanic Tea' party April 14
COLUMBIA CITY â Following nearly two years of discussion concerning a zoning ordinance regarding regulations for wind energy systems, the debate has finally ended. For now, anyway. The truth is the subject has merely shifted sails and is now making its way to the desks of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners, where there is little chance an approval or disapproval will be a quick process.