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April 29th, 2011

Whitley County Children’s Choir to perform

April 29, 2011

In existence since January of this year when rehearsals began, the Whitley County Children’s Choir will have their premiere at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Rhinehart Auditorium at IPFW, Fort Wayne followed by a local performance at 7 p.m. Friday at the Columbia City United Methodist Church.
A subsidiary of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, the group is the first outreach from that choir, begun after Becky Walter of Columbia City approached them with the idea.

Nell Spence, 101

April 29, 2011

Nell Spence, 101, of Columbia City, died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Renaissance Village, Fort Wayne. Born Jan. 29, 1910 in Fredonia, KS, she was the youngest of 10 children.
She married David Spence in 1932. Shortly after their first child was born in Fredonia, they moved to Columbia City, where one of her sisters lived. Three years after their second child was born in Columbia City, they relocated to San Francisco, Calif. where their third child was born four years later.

Rick Grable, 57

April 29, 2011

Rick D. Grable, 57, of Big Lake, Noble County, died at 11:14 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011 at his residence. Born July 5, 1953, he was a son of the late Richard D. and Barbara J. (VanHouten) Grable.
He was a graduate of Central Noble High School with the Class of 1971. He then went on to earn his real estate and brokers license. Since 1989 he has owned and operated his own real estate firm, Grable and Associates Realty in Columbia City. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 189.

Duo to open discount store

April 29, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair of friends and business partners, one with local ties, will soon be the latest merchants to open a new store front in Columbia City.
Bargain City, a discount store, is slated for its grand opening May 7 in the Columbia Plaza Shopping Center.
Columbia City resident Jack Palmer and Tim Slaughter of Fort Wayne have been busy stocking shelves preparing for the store’s debut.
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Heritier touts her qualifications to be city's first woman mayor

April 29, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — All four mayoral candidates spoke Thursday afternoon to senior citizens at the Woodland Senior Center.
The candidate forum featured not only Republican candidates Ryan Daniel, Gary Parrett and Don Sexton but Cathy Heritier, the lone Democrat who is assured her place in the November race for Columbia City’s top elected position.
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Sally Bitting, 57

April 29, 2011

Sally Kay Bitting, peacefully passed away on April 28, 2011 at Northridge Village Nursing Home in Albion, following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the youngest daughter of Ford Z. and Mary Emeline Bitting. Sally was born April 17, 1954 and was a 1972 graduate of Central Noble High School.
She spent most of her adult life in San Diego working for a branch of the Federal Government. Sally moved back to Indiana in 2003 to spend more time with her mother. It was during this time that Sally shared her love of gardening and garage-saling with her mother.

John Dambra, 67

April 29, 2011

John Guy Dambra Jr., 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3 p.m. April 26, 2011 at Parkview North Hospital following complications to cancer treatments. He was born in Ipswich, Mass. Aug. 8, 1942 to John Guy and Laura C. (Piecuch) Dambra Sr. He served in the United States Marine Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Dambra; and his children, Penny Turner, Gina White, Michele Line, Jeffrey Dambra, Jay Dambra, John G. Dambra III, Andrea Perez, Sarah Hodgin and Jennifer Hodgin.

Beverly Lewis, 83

April 29, 2011

Beverly M. Lewis, 83, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Jack L. Lewis, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born March 15, 1928 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Lloyd and Bernice (Brown) Reynold. She was the widow of Jack L. Lewis.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald C. Lewis and Donald L. Lewis; a daughter, Mari Davis; and a brother, Jerry A. Reynolds.

Ronald Brown, 70

April 29, 2011

Ronald Alan Brown, 70, of South Whitley, passed away at 10:43 a.m. at his home Thursday, April 28, 2011. Born Dec. 27, 1940 in Rankin, Ill., he was a son of Lester and Ruth Bernice (Harvey) Brown.

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