October 22nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs cemeteries have become a tourist attraction. Joining this yearâs Tombstone Trail, three of the areaâs cemeteries were added to the tour earlier this summer. Blue River Cemetery, Greenhill Cemetery and South Park Cemetery all made the list.
This is the third season for the tour which highlights historic figuresâ tombstones. For Columbia City, the tour will close at the end of the month, and is sponsored by Whitley County Genealogical Society.
COLUMBIA CITY â The art of dance has seen a swell in interest from increased television shows that feature dancers to the genre of dances now made popular. What was once a dated art is now a thriving form of expression and creativity.
In Columbia City, Dance âTil U Drop is a fine arts academy dedicated to crafting dancers in performance.
Scott Frazier, owner of Dance âTil U Drop, is also the studioâs director. Through his many years in the dance community, Frazier has established a local competition that has now attracted the attention of the Lifetime television series, Dance Moms.
William âEddieâ Edward Ruckman, 62, of South Whitley, passed away at 5:43 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at his home.
Born Jan. 1, 1950, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Ford Edgar and Mary Francis (Adams) Ruckman.
Jack L. Thompson, 80, of Albion, passed away at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Sept. 23, 1932, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Chauncey G. and Lodema (Hile) Thompson.
He was a lifetime resident of Noble County and attended Wolf Lake High School.
On April 12, 1963, he married Betsy Ross.
He worked at Goshen Rubber, Goshen for 39 years. He was a member of VFW, Wolf Lake, Whitley County F.O.P. Lodge for 49 years and Eagles Lodge #1906, Columbia City since 1965.
WESTVILLE â A Columbia City woman was arrested Saturday at Westville Correctional Facility for attempted trafficking with an inmate.
Ashley Reavis, 27, was attempting to visit Blake Settles, 29, of Fort Wayne, when officers found contraband at her check-in.
âTrafficking impacts us more than most people realize,â Westville Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said. âWhen fights and violence occur, they can often be traced back to contraband.â
Westville houses approximately 3,400 inmates in LaPorte County
FORT WAYNE â Columbia City cross country stand-out Samantha Roush isnât unfamiliar to injuries this season.
After a preseason injury that knocked her out of practice for nearly six weeks, Roush has been rebuilding her stamina â and confidence â all season.
Just seven days before her third appearance at the New Haven semi-state meet, Roush was in a four-wheeler accident, injuring her tailbone and taking her away from practice most of the week.
âItâs been a very stressful and frustrating season with injuries,â Roush said. âI was very tired today.â
All three Whitley County football teams won the opening round of sectionals Friday.
Columbia City topped IHSAA Class 4A No. 8 Leo by a 14-7 score.
Whitko won a close game to Garrett 21-16 and Churubusco topped Oak Hill 38-14.
ROANOKE â Lewis C. Wolfe, 66, of Roanoke, died at 9:46 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where he was admitted Tuesday evening following a short battle with lung cancer.
He was born March 8, 1946, in Wolf Lake, a son of Harry W. and Doris M. (Bennett) Wolfe Jr.
His formative years were spent in Etna Troy Township.
He graduated from Larwill High School and received an associateâs degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Donna J. (DeBolt) Mansdorfer, 74, of Liberty Township, went up to Heaven to be with Dad Oct. 16, 2012, at 12:55 a.m. at Hospice of Hamilton.
She was born June 5, 1938, in Whitley County, the daughter of Alice Grace and Francis DeBolt.
On Sept. 16, 1956, she married Gerald Mansdorfer.
Donna retired from the Internal Revenue Service as a budget analyst. In her free time, Donna was an avid Bridge player and loving grandmother âBommin.â
The Route 33 Cruisers gathered together to show off classic cars at Advantage Auto Parts in Columbia City. Car owners met twice a month during the summer to display their nostalgic vehicles. The groupâs organizer, John Van Houten, said the car show is open to any owner and there is no fee to participate. However, owners are asked to bring canned food items. The group donates the items to local food pantries. Van Houten said, âI just delivered about $400 worth of cans to Grace Lutheran Church.â For more information on Route 33 Cruisers, contact Van Houten at 248-8632.