January 10th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Influenza has claimed the lives of 10 people in Indiana. An additional three deaths were reported, up from seven last week.
A weekly health department report stated eight of those who died were older than 50 and two were under 18, according to Indiana State Health Department officials.
Although no deaths have occurred in Whitley County, symptoms such as high fever, fatigue, muscle aches and sore throats are on the rise.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ Talks of water flooded the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday night. Representatives from Indiana American Water presented a proposal to purchase the water utility from South Whitley.
The suggested purchase would allow the town to shove off the burden of capital improvements and infrastructure enhancements. Council President Tony Starkey weighed the options that might be in the townâ€™s favor.
One of the benefits the town might see as a result of the purchase would be an improvement in water quality.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A businesswoman and life-long resident of South Whitley is now the new treasurer for Whitley County.
Laurell Hodges first had an interest in the treasurer position because of her passion for numbers. Her political background was also in place. Hodges has worked with her precinct for the Republican Party and is also vice-chairman of the party. This brought familiarity with what could come in the campaign process.
The fact of her election is something Hodges expects to keep her grounded.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team is prepping for a fundraising event at Saturday nightâ€™s game against Homestead. The Lady Eagles are raising money for Down Syndrome awareness.
Pictured above is the junior varsity and varsity teams with three local Down Syndrome children. Front row, from left, Keyan Hunter, 2, Sydney Pequignot, 9, and Addison Cordray, 3.
MANCHESTER â€” Indian Springsâ€™ girls seventh- and eighth-grade Stars opened up their seasons Monday night with wins at Manchester. Both teams won by a score of 19-9.
The seventh-grade Stars used a strong defense that held Manchester to just four points in the first half. ISMS led 14-4 at the break.
Hannah Behm was the gameâ€™s high scorer, leading the Stars in scoring with nine points and eight rebounds. Shayla Harris added five points and eight steals.
Also scoring in the game was Shelby Mosier and Hannah Zurbrick with two points apiece and Emilee Smith with one point.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s 8th-grade Lady Eagles hosted Bellmont Tuesday evening at ISMS.
The Lady Eagles grabbed an early lead and posted a decisive 51-6 win.
Coach Trish Sittler said Darian Farber came out confident and ended with 16 points while Holly Martinez used solid defense to turn some steals and rebounds into 14 points.
Doris W. Craig, 79, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Donald E. Craig, passed away at 4:09 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Mrs. Craig was born on July 21, 1933, in Allen County, a daughter of Charles and Vera (Bair) Dafforn.
The surviving relatives include a daughter, two sons, a sister, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Dwayne Berna of the Merriam Christian Chapel, officiating.
Robert F. Strupp , 83, of Columbia City, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he worked as a communications installer with General Telephone for 22 years, retiring in 1991.
He had been a resident of Woodburn for 15 years. He was a member of American Legion post 377 of Woodburn.
Surviving relatives include his son, John (Melinda) Strupp of Columbia City, grandchildren, Joshua Eby, Sonya Eby, James Eby and Jarrod Eby and a great-granddaughter, Cassey Woods.
Mary Lee Campbell, 79, formerly of Columbia City, died at 1:58 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. She was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Kent City, Mich. a daughter of Harry B. and Leona May (Riddle) Kelly. She graduated from Kent City High School.
James E. Bennett, 64, of Watson Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at the William W. Backus Hospital with his family at his side.
On June 30, 1948, he was born in Columbia City, the son of Charles E. Bennett and the late Dorothy (Rock) Bennett.
James grew up in Indiana, graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and attended Purdue University for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1968, serving as a machinistâ€™s mate aboard the USS Archerfish.