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April 4th, 2011

Michael Downs, 65

April 4, 2011

Michael R. Downs, 65, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 12:43 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.
He was born Nov. 3, 1945 in Fort Wayne, a son of Archie O. and Clara M. (Wells) Downs.
The surviving relatives include his wife Patricia (Fitch) Downs; two sons, Nicholas Downs and Dustin Downs; and a sister, Melody Plummer.

Eleanor Galligher, 83

April 4, 2011

Eleanor E. Galligher, 83, a former resident near Wolf Lake and widow of Kenneth H. “Bud” Galligher, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
She was born in Fort Wayne July 29, 1927, a daughter of Ellsworth and Grace O. (Brinkman) Galbreath.
Among the surviving relatives are her children, Judy Reed, Linda Mason, Barbara Molessa, Karen Nuttle, Patricia Oswald, Kenneth Galligher, Michael Galligher and Steven Galligher.

William Kimmel, 80

April 4, 2011

William L. Kimmel, 80, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, in the emergency room at DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn.
He was born in Noble County May 14, 1930, a son of George A. and Effa (Owen) Kimmel. He served with the United States Army.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Bonnie L. Leazier; four daughters, Lee Ann Schortgen, Lisa Nicole, Lynn Patrick and Lori Krueckeberg; three sisters, Barbara Rider, Midge Marshall and Lalia Hand.

Wildcats split weekend pair

April 4, 2011

   SOUTH WHITLEY — In the bottom of the seventh inning and the winning run on third base, the last thing Blackford expected was for Josh Smith to steal home.
   Tied 2-2, Smith did just that breaking for home plate in game one of Whitko baseball’s doubleheader at home Saturday.

April 1st

Green: Kiddie Pool faces major structural problem

April 1, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Renovation of the 25-year-old kiddie pool, along with a new liner for the Burnworth Pool, were discussed at Monday evening’s park board meeting.
According to the pool’s documented history, the last major renovations to the kiddie pool were in 1982, when cracks were repaired and drainage improved.
Green said he has received two different quotes on repairing the kiddie pool, with one quote at $3,500 to repair the liner only, and a second quote for $27,000.

Michael Hazen, 70

April 1, 2011

Michael E. (“Mick” or “Mike”) Hazen, 70, a lifelong resident of Whitley County, died Thursday, March 31, 2011.
Mr. Hazen was born June 21, 1940 to Chalmers and Mildred Hazen. For 38 1/2-plus years he was employed at the General Electric Company in Fort Wayne.

Georgianna Karst, 95

April 1, 2011

Georgianna Karst, 95, of Columbia City, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 11:15 a.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Dec. 9, 1915 in Kendallville, she was a daughter of Clayton and Laura (Cramer) Castator.
She graduated from Huntington Schools, Huntington County. On May 8, 1937, she married Frank L. Karst. In addition to being a homemaker, she worked at Blue Bell and Whitley County Hospital in housekeeping as an assistant, sterilizing linens and instruments for 15 years.

Complexities, questions surround highway project

April 1, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — When it comes to a major road renovation in Columbia City known as the State Route 205 Project, Columbia City officials say there are no easy answers because there aren’t any answers of any kind at the moment.
“You just don’t know the complexities,” said Jeff Walker, Columbia City’s Outside Operations Officer.
Mayor Jim Fleck said the process, which began more than seven years ago with complaints by residents of poor visibility entering and leaving Morsches Park, is multi-faceted.
“It’s kind of like learning to play the game of basketball during the game,” he said.

Sewer work closes portion of Blue River Trail

April 1, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City officials have closed a portion of the Blue River Trail temporarily while construction on a new sewer project continues.
Mike Cook, Superintendent of Columbia City’s Water Pollution Control Facility, announced Friday at the city’s meeting of the Board of Works and Safety that the trail between South Whitley and Main streets is closed while construction crews install one of two new lift stations.
“We’d like to get the word out,” said Cook.

Next step in play for Eagles golf

April 1, 2011

   Experience goes a long way in high school golf and Columbia City has that with its top four scorers from last season returning.
   It may not seem like golfing weather now but the Eagles are already prepping for an April 12 opener against county rivals Churubusco and Whitko. With experience, expectations are higher and it starts with  that first match.

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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