Diane Bratton, 41
March 22, 1970 â Dec. 4, 2011
KIMMEL â Diane M. Bratton, 41, of rural Kimmell, died at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where she was admitted Nov. 23.
She was born March 22, 1970, in Columbia City, a daughter of Roger T. and Toni G. (Butt) Lemon.
Her formative years were spent in Washington Township, Noble County. She graduated from West Noble High School and Fairfield Vocational Cosmetology School.
On Nov. 2, 1991, she was united in marriage to Brian J. Bratton. They always made their home in rural Kimmell.
Ruth Schrader, 101
Oct. 21, 1910 â Dec. 3, 2011
WARSAW â Ruth L. Schrader, 101, of Warsaw, died at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Millerâs Merry Manor where she had been a resident since Dec. 27, 2000.
She was born Oct. 21, 1910, in Furnace County, Nebraska, a daughter of Minard and Estelle (Coplen) Gates.
At the age of 13, her family moved to Indiana, settling in Pierceton. She graduated with the class of 1929 from Pierceton High School.
On Feb. 6, 1930, she was united in marriage to Carl J. Schrader.
Helen Rowe, 81
Jan. 1, 1930 â Dec. 1, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â Helen Rowe, 81, Columbia City, formerly of South Whitley, died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 in her residence.
She was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Royalton, Ky. to Hargis and Carsie (Salyers) Marshall.
She married Rev. Dudley Rowe Sr, who preceded her in death.
Willodean Lyons, 92
March 27, 1919 â Nov. 30, 2011
Willodean Alice Lyons, 92, of Huntington, passed away at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at Oakbrook Village Nursing Home, Huntington.
Born March 27, 1919, in Columbia City, the daughter of Raymond Earl and Francis Marie (Nei) Schrader.
She spent her childhood in Columbia City where she graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1938.
On June 30, 1941, she married Robert M. Lyons in Kentucky. She lived all of her married life in Huntington.
COLUMBIA CITY â An elderly Columbia City woman was nearly swindled out of $3,000 Monday morning had it not been for some questioning about a transaction by personnel at Peopleâs Federal Savings Bank.
The criminals made a phone call to the woman concocting a scenario where bail money was immediately needed for the womanâs grandson.
When the phone rang at the 82-year-old womanâs home, she heard âGrandma, Iâm hurt . . . Iâve been in a wreck, I got some teeth knocked out and I need money.â
DENVER â Whitkoâs girls basketball team won its Three Rivers Conference opener at North Miami Saturday night, 64-29.
After a rough patch in their schedule (Elkhart Memorial, Northrop and Warsaw), the Lady Wildcats opened conference play with a decisive win.
âWe knew going in this was going to be a big game for us to see where we were mentally after playing those tough teams,â Whitko Head Coach Brandon Bradley said.
FORT WAYNE â After keeping Carroll from taking the lead throughout the entire regulation, the Columbia City Lady Eagles found themselves playing in overtime Saturday night in the Northeast Hoosier Conference opener.
The Lady Chargers hit a 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 37 and force an extra four minutes of play.
The Lady Eagles held on to win the game, 41-38, off free throws by Sarah Opliger and Sidney Bunyan.
Bunyan led the team in scoring with nine points and also chipped in a block, steal and assist.
DENVER â Had it not been for a second quarter momentum shift, the outcome of Columbia Cityâs boys basketball game at Northfield may have been different.
The Eagles came off a 13-6 first-quarter deficit to out-score the Norsemen 26-2 in the second quarter and win 66-43.
âWe allowed them to play in their comfort zone in the first quarter,â Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said. âIn the second quarter we started to pressure them with a full court press.â
TOPEKA â Churubusco Head Coach Mike McBride said the Eagle schedule to start the season is a difficult one.
It didnât get any easier Friday when âBusco traveled to Westview High School and lost to the Warriors, 47-31.
Westview player Brant Yoder, who had 17 points in the game, hit a two-pointer with just under two minutes left and âBusco went into the locker room trailing 19-11 at the half.
With 1:15 left to go in the third, LeFever fouled out of the game.
The Eagle deficit had grown even farther; the third period ended with the score 34-21 in favor of the Warriors.
According to estimates by the National Retail Association, more than 226 million shoppers spent their Black Friday (Nov. 25) either shopping in stores or going online.
More Americans than ever before were hunting for bargains over the course of the three-day weekend.
The national average of money spent was up by nearly $40, coming in at $398.
However, Columbia City businesses gave mixed reviews of 2011âs most famous of shopping days.
For some, the day after Thanksgiving generates increased revenue, despite many retailers having stock listed at bargain pricing.