June 14th, 2012
James Strong, 64, of Churubusco, died at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born June 6, 1948, in Fort Wayne, a son of Cecil and LaVon (Disler) Strong.
His wife, Frances, and his father, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother, LaVon Strong, one brother, six stepchildren, one niece and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul D. White officiating.
Jon Lynn Gaff, 54, of Columbia City, formally of Green Township, died at 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Gaff was born on Aug. 16, 1957, in Columbia City, a son of J. Lincoln and Juanita (Decker) Gaff.
Survivors include mother, Juanita LaVon Gaff, of Columbia City, one daughter, one son and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, one brother and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Saturday at 1 p.m., with Pastor Brad Fredrickson, officiating.
Editorâs note: The following is the second of a four part series in honor of Fatherâs Day.
COLUMBIA CITY â As the director of Eagle Tech Academy (ETA), Brady Mullett has a lot on his plate.
Some might remember Mullett as a student in the very halls in which, as an adult, he now works. Born and raised in Columbia City, Mullett attend middle school in the Marshall building.
Now Mullett is a father to Emily, eight, Daniel, six, Allison, four and Isabelle, one.
Skyler Tucker, left, sprays his cousin, Zoey Egner, right, with a water bottle Tuesday at Columbia City's Splash Pad in Morsches Park.
COLUMBIA CITY âNearly 100 runners of all ages negotiated a hilly and challenging course through the woods and hills of Camp Whitley last Saturday in the 2012 Tinkhamâs Run 5K.
The run is held annually as a fund-raiser for Camp Whitley.
Kevin Heckman finished in 20 minutes to claim first place overall. Taking first place among the female runners was Caitlyn Chastain, who ran the course in 22:57.
The youngest finisher, four-year-old Taylor Bock, finished the course in 43:48, just one second ahead of her mother, Julie Bock.
COLUMBIA CITY â When local 80-year-old Barbara Craig picked up the paper one morning she saw a photo of a vintage Indy car she had not laid eyes on in years.
In the article with the photo, Barbara read that STAFCO, Steel Tank and Fabricating Corporation, was to host the refurbished Kennedy Tank Indy car for a day.
Venturing to reconnect with her past, Barbara visited STAFCO June 5 to see the car.
âItâs in perfect shape,â said Craig. âThey even wanted me to get in it.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council approved a request for an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance on second reading at its meeting Tuesday.
âAs you remember, this is in regard to SDS Communications out on West Lincolnway, changing it from an Ag setting from a house to a business,â said Mayor Ryan Daniel to the council.
David Sewell, executive director of the Joint Planning and Building Department, was present, representing the Columbia City Plan Commission with the request.
FORT WAYNE â With four state titles and 14 years under his belt as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Canterbury, former Columbia City High School Hoopster Scott Kreiger announced yesterday that he would be the boys coach for the Cavs.
As the girls coach, Kreiger was 251-88. He won state titles in 2008, â09, â10 and â12. This season, he was the Indiana Girls All-Star teamâs coach.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. â Former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber finished an illustrious career in track for Purdue as the Boilermakersâ top long jumper in the schoolâs history.
Eberâs name has filled both the indoor and outdoor seasonsâ record books, including four Big Ten Titles in the long jump. She was recently named Second-team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association along with teammate Dani Bunch.
Editorâs note: The following is the first of a four part series in honor of Fatherâs Day.
COLUMBIA CITY â John Slavich is known as one of the faces of the Whitley County Community Foundation, but to his five children he is known as âDad.â
This father is somewhat of a âsuper dad.â Having two teenage kids in his 50âs will make him a superhero to any young parent.