September 7th, 2010
Willard S. âBillâ Hankins, 89, a resident of Huntertown, passed away at 9:15 a. m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at the Kingston care Center in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.
Mr. Hankins was born March 22, 1921, a son of Marvin C. and Marie (Webber) Hankins, and served with the U. S. Army during World War II.
Among the surviving relatives is his wife Isabel; a son William E. Hankins; a brother, Norman Eugene Hankins; and a sister, Edna Marie Snyder.
Michael Edwin Murphy, 56, of Churubusco (Blue Lake) passed away at 6:25 pm, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at his residence. Born Aug. 31, 1954 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Charles and Jean (Bussard) Murphy.
Raised in New Haven, he graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1972, then went on to earn his HVAC Certificate from Ivy Tech Community College. For the past 31 years he has been a resident of Blue Lake. He was employed by Sears as an HVAC Technician for over 21 years. On July 28, 2007 he married Rowena E. Walker in Columbia City.
With a price tag of about $20,000, Churubusco will move forward with new radios for its police department.
The four radios for the town’s police cars and two handheld radios will operate on an 800 MHz frequency that many police in the state, including the Indiana State Police, use now or plan to use in the near future.
The town council approved the purchase this week for the radios, some of which will not be available until November.
SYRACUSE — For Columbia City boys’ tennis Labor Day weekend has been good to them.
Coming off a title at the Wawasee Invitational last season, the Eagles were back in Syracuse to defend that crown Saturday.
After edging out an undefeated Fairfield squad 3-2 in the finals, Columbia City took home its third championship trophy in four seasons.
COLUMBIA CITY — The excitement is back in the air at Columbia City on Friday night and it’s just the start.
Three games into the 2010 regular season, the Eagles are in the midst of their best start in more than a decade. Not since 1997 has a team at Columbia City started the season 3-0.
That was until Friday night.
SOUTH WHITLEY — When the game clock rolled over to 7:00, it became three of a kind for Whitko as they scored the game tying touchdown that made the score 7-7 in the fourth quarter against visiting Southwood.
The magic number sevens kicked off the Wildcats luck on Friday night, leading them to a 17-14 double overtime win.
CHURUBUSCO — Friday night’s Northeast Corner Conference football match-up between the Churubusco Eagles and the Prairie Heights Panthers was clearly a case of the “haves” versus the “have nots”.
Churubusco entered the contest “having” scored 90 points in its first two games, and “having” only given up seven points in the same two contests.
A plan from Whitko Community Schools to have a referendum on the ballot this fall for a tax levy increase is still a go, but the district will only increase the tax rate if there is a shortfall in funding from the state.
After news that the district will get $347,000 in federal education stimulus funding for the next school year, the district will likely not need to do an increase in its tax rate until at least 2012.
A Whitley County native was one of three people murdered Aug. 26 in Suwannee County, Fla., in what police believe was a home invasion robbery.
Sixty-eight-year-old Nancy Militello was found dead in her home along with her husband, Joseph Militello Jr., 57, and their 32-year-old nephew, Angelo Rosales.
The three were found face-down and side-by-side in the living room of the home, all shot in the back of the head, according to police statements to the “Suwanee Democrat.”
MANCHESTER — Coming off their first loss in the Northeast Hoosier Conference Tuesday, the Eagles soccer team looked to bounce back on the road at Manchester.
Thursday, Columbia City prevented a losing streak and got back to winning shutting out the Squires 4-0.
As visitors, the Eagles didn’t take long to gain a sizable lead scoring three goals in the first half.
Sophomore Sam Wight broke a scoreless game on an assist from Grant Wood to put Columbia City up 1-0.