COLUMBIA CITY â€” Orval Ray Fisher, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born May 8, 1919 in Thorncreek Township, he was the son of Francis Warner and Lillian L. (Keirn) Fisher.
Orval spent his entire lifetime in the Columbia City area where he graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1939.
After graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Second-half mistakes cost the Columbia City girls basketball team a win Tuesday night against Warsaw.
The Lady Tigers capitalized on nine miscues in the third quarter and 27 on the game to beat the Lady Eagles at home, 57-38.
Columbia City had a 16-12 lead in the first quarter, which dwindled to a 27-27 tie at halftime.
The Lady Eagles went to the free throw line 14 times in the first half, shooting 79 percent from behind the stripe.
Kalisha Goree made the most free shots, finishing 6-of-10 attempts.
CHURUBUSCO Ââ€” Sometimes contests are decided early.
Occasionally, games are considered â€śoverâ€ť at halftime.
Tuesday nightâ€™s basketball game between host Churubusco and the Manchester Squires was decided after the first quarter, as the Eagles used a tight defense and a patient offense to gain a 16-point lead in the first quarter to catapult their way to a 57-25 win.
â€śWe talked about being focused,â€ť said Eagle Head Coach Michael McBride. â€śThey came out, not doing anything fancy, just good hard man-to-man defense and good execution offensively.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Both the CCHS boys and girls swimmers had a strong showing Tuesday, sending the Bishop Luers swim team home with a loss in the Eagles first and only home meet.
The boys meet was a blow-out. The Eagles won by a point score of 121-36.
Though not winning by quite as much as the boys, the girls came away with a strong victory, beating the Lady Knights 100-63.
The boys placed first and third in the 200-yard medley relay.
Eagle Tucker Daniel took the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 2:07.66.
The boys placed first in every single race.
ALBION â€“ A Kimmel man who admitted digging up a grave on a dare has been sentenced to one year in jail.
Nineteen-year-old Andrew Todd Huntsman, of Kimmell, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to cemetery mischief. His attorney had asked a Noble County judge to sentence Huntsman to probation and counseling.
Huntsman told the court that overnight on July 31-Aug. 1 he and 19-year-old Roberto Steven Avila, of Ligonier, dug up a grave at Sparta Cemetery containing the casket of a young man who had been dead about 18 months.
OSSIAN â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys swim team fell seven points short of second place Saturday afternoon at the Norwell Invitational.
The girls team finished fourth out of ten teams at Wawasee Saturday morning.
â€śSome of the boys had tremendous time drops,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Kristen Swonger said.
Cole Smith won both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events.
Smith was the only Eagle to place first Saturday.
â€śCole keeps getting closer to breaking both school records,â€ť Swonger said.
Swonger said the boys meet was close, coming down to the last two races.
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PORT STANLEY, Ontario â€” Florence Kathryn â€śKayâ€ť Grice, 88, of Port Stanley, Ontario and formerly of Columbia City, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of the late Wm. Reid Grice, who preceded her in death in 2003.
Sheila M. Hammons, 33, of Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where she was admitted Tuesday, Dec. 6.
She was born Sept. 11, 1978, in Whitley County, a daughter of Edward Arnold and Cheryl A. (Brandom) Hammons.
She completed her education at Columbia City Joint High School.
Her employment was with Subway.
Melba Kussmaul, 76, of Warsaw, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. in Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake.
She was born Feb. 10, 1935, in Whitley County to Andrew and Mary (Bryant) Brookover.
She has lived in Kosciusko County since 1971. Melba married John Kussmaul on July 3, 1954 in Huntington.
Melba and John were the past owners of Jot-Em-Down Store (Barbee Lake) from 1971 to 2003. She was a member of the Salem Community Missionary Church. She was the president of the Womenâ€™s Circle at the church.