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 2011â€™s most famous of shopping days.
For some, the day after Thanksgiving generates increased revenue, despite many retailers having stock listed at bargain pricing.
KENNEBUNK, MAINE â€” E. Lynn Wilkinson, 67, of Kennebunk, Maine, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at his residence in Kennebunk.
He was born Dec. 4, 1943, in Sturgis, Mich., the only child of Ellis Chester Wilkinson and Lillian â€śBerniceâ€ť Brown.
Following a stay in Monroe, Mich. thru the end of World War II, the family returned to the general area of Whitley County, where he graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the class of 1962.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Lady Eagle basketball team fell to 2-5 Thursday after a loss to Bishop Dwenger.
Coumbia City lost to the Lady Saints by a score of 49-41.
Dwenger took an early 8-0 lead and continued the output.
It wasnâ€™t until Emily Whiteleather hit one of two free throws with under five minutes to go in the first quarter that Columbia City was on the scoreboard.
â€śOur slow start in the first quarter didnâ€™t help us,â€ť said Lady Eagle Head Coach Amy Shearer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Schuyler P. VanVoorst, 90, of Columbia City, died at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where he had been a resident for the past three weeks.
He was born Sept. 30, 1921, in Etna Troy Township, a son of Dale George and Irene Erma (Haney) VanVoorst.
His formative years were spent on a farm in Etna Troy Township.
Following his graduation from Larwill High School in 1939, he began farming with his father.
On June 9, 1945, he was united in marriage to Avis I. Blanchard. They made their first home on a farm in Thorncreek Township.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Churubusco took home the Whitley County Eaglesâ€™ traveling trophy Wednesday night after defeating Columbia City, 42-31.
â€śWe figured itâ€™d be a good meet tonight and it was,â€ť Churubusco Head Coach Sam Riesen said. â€śItâ€™s always an exciting match-up against Columbia City. We figured itâ€™d be another good one tonight and it was.â€ť
The trophy was introduced this season and according to Churubusco Head Coach Sam Riesen, the gold Eagle will travel between the schools.
â€śThey definitely deserve it,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Blane Culp said. â€śThey out-wrestled us.â€ť
Elizabeth A. Robinson, 88, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Raymond E. Robinson, died at 1:48 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at University Park Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 21, 1923, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Bernard Sidney and Florence Augusta (Smith) Ginther.
She was married Feb. 24, 1940, to Raymond E. Robinson. He preceded her in death on June 20, 1996.
Ruby M. Yoder, 91, a resident of rural Huntertown and widow of Loyal R. Yoder, died at 5:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at the family residence in Perry Township.
Mrs. Yoder was born in Jackson Township in DeKalb County on July 17, 1920, a daughter of Michael J. and Alice Leora (Carnahan) Shoudel.
Surviving relatives include her children, Shirley Meighen of Fort Wayne and Dr. Larry Yoder of Goshen; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Tom L. Sanders, 79, a resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County, passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at Kingston at Dupont in Fort Wayne.
He had been in declining health for several years and had been a patient there for the past seven years.
Mr. Sanders was born Dec. 27, 1931, in Columbia City, a son of Joseph D. and Mary Elizabeth (Magley) Sanders, and spent his early childhood in Fort Wayne.
At age 13, he moved to Smith Township with his parents, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1950.
Gloria A. Brubaker, 63, of Pierceton, passed away at 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne.
On June 5, 1948, Gloria was born in Wabash to Charles Fredrick and Doris Loretta (Figert) England Jr.
She graduated from Northfield High School in 1966 and then attended International Business College.
Gloria married Gary E. Brubaker in 1970 in Wabash. She had several jobs through the years, including working for Star Financial Bank in Columbia City. She was also a homemaker.
CHURUBUSCO Ââ€” The Lady Eagles girls basketball team provided Adams Central its first win of the season Tuesday, losing to the visiting Lady Jets, 44-34.
Two of Adams Central three leading scorers, Olivia Macklin and Jenae Blackburn, hit early jumpers to give the Lady Jets a 5-0 lead to start the game.
According to Churubusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich, the teamâ€™s lack of readiness was apparent from tip-off.
â€śWe didnâ€™t come out focused. We had a good practice last night and we didnâ€™t carry that over. We started out flat,â€ť Perlich said.