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June 17th, 2011

Ground broken on new facility

June 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Parkview Whitley Hospital broke ground Thursday for a new 5,500 square-foot ambulance building at its new hospital site, with construction of the $900,000 project to begin soon after.
It is scheduled to open Oct. 20, the same day as the new hospital.
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Scottish festival coming to county

June 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — For the first time in the 25-year history of the Indiana Highland Games & Scottish Festival, the event highlighting Scottish heritage and culture has moved to Whitley County.
Slated for Saturday, June 25, 2011, the Indiana Highland Games & Scottish Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
Admission and parking for the event are free, due to a grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation.

June 16th

Eagle turned Spartan: Turner signs with Manchester

June 16, 2011

   CHURUBUSCO — For the past four seasons Churubusco head baseball coach Mark Grove has gone into every game writing one name into the catcher position.
   Jordan Turner.
   The four-year starting catcher for the Eagles signed his letter of intent to play collegiate baseball for the Manchester Spartans.

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June 15th

Quick decision by deputy spawns collision

June 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A snap decision by a sheriff’s deputy Tuesday was the cause of a two-car collision that totaled a squad car, but caused no injuries, according to police.
According to squad car camera footage, Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Lewis was southbound on Ind. 9 just south of U.S. 30 at approximately 10:30 p.m. when he saw a car with a headlight out.
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Danny Smith, 74

June 15, 2011

Danny B. Smith, 74, of Ligonier, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at his residence.
He was born Jan. 17, 1937 to John T. and Ethel (Pepple) Smith in Wawaka.
On June 16, 1956, he married Shirley L. Altimus in Green Center. She preceded him in death April 25, 2011.
Mr. Smith was a lifetime area farmer and had worked as a mechanic for Truelove Brothers of Albion, J.A. Miller and Son of Wakarusa, and Noble County Highway Dept.
He is survived by three children, Bill Smith of Wawaka, Judy Reeve of Ligonier, and Bob Smith of LaGrange; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ellsworth Jacobs, 87

June 15, 2011

FORT WAYNE — Ellsworth “Bud” R. Jacobs, 87, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011 in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, he worked as a supervisor with Dana Corporation for 35 years, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of Dana Quarter Century Club and was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors.
He enjoyed NASCAR and building race cars.

Kathleen Swoverland, 94

June 15, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Kathleen “Katie” Swoverland, 94, of Churubusco, passed away at 6:06 p.m. June 13, 2011, at Heritage Park Nursing Home, after a long illness.
She was born to Clarence and Clara (Dodson) Carriger Aug. 30, 1916 in Churubusco, where she spent her formative years.
Following her graduation from Indianapolis Methodist College, she spent her career working at several different hospitals as a Registered Nurse, her last being the Linvill Hospital in Columbia City, before retiring in 1966.
She married Donald F. Swoverland Aug. 6, 1938.

Gearldine Growcock, 95

June 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Gearldine Z. Growcock, 95, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at her residence.
Born Nov. 20, 1915 in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Jesse Benjamin and Lillie Francis (Prough) Zeigler.
She lived all her life in the Whitley County area and spent 16 winters in Florida.
She attended Churubusco High School and on Feb. 23, 1935, she was married to Albert C. Growcock in Columbia City, by Pastor Cecil R. Smith.

Barney Bumbaugh, 78

June 15, 2011

NORTH MANCHESTER — Barney Martin Bumbaugh, 78, died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 9:10 p.m. in his North Manchester home.
He was born April 19, 1933 in Warsaw to Girrard M. “Judd” and Ethel F. (Deerwester) Bumbaugh.
On Nov. 13, 1954, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Jo McDonald.
Bumbaugh served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957 as an electrician with the 91st Field Maintenance.
For the past seven years he’s lived in North Manchester.
He worked at Dana Corporation for 32 years as a tool grinder, retiring in 1995.

Jean L. Stoner, 84

June 15, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY— JEAN L. STONER, 84, a resident of South Whitley died at 2:05 a.m. Sunday, June 12, 2011 in the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born Jan. 27, 1927 in Whitley County, a daughter of George Harold and Velma M. Gale Kreider. She completed her education in the South Whitley High School.
Her first marriage was to Robert Karst and they spent their married life in Columbia City and South Whitley.
On Jan. 27, 1950, she was united in marriage to Wade Stoner and they spent their married life in the South Whitley community. Mr. Stoner died March 10, 2004.

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