April 29th, 2011
Sally Kay Bitting, peacefully passed away on April 28, 2011 at Northridge Village Nursing Home in Albion, following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the youngest daughter of Ford Z. and Mary Emeline Bitting. Sally was born April 17, 1954 and was a 1972 graduate of Central Noble High School.
She spent most of her adult life in San Diego working for a branch of the Federal Government. Sally moved back to Indiana in 2003 to spend more time with her mother. It was during this time that Sally shared her love of gardening and garage-saling with her mother.
John Guy Dambra Jr., 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3 p.m. April 26, 2011 at Parkview North Hospital following complications to cancer treatments. He was born in Ipswich, Mass. Aug. 8, 1942 to John Guy and Laura C. (Piecuch) Dambra Sr. He served in the United States Marine Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Dambra; and his children, Penny Turner, Gina White, Michele Line, Jeffrey Dambra, Jay Dambra, John G. Dambra III, Andrea Perez, Sarah Hodgin and Jennifer Hodgin.
Beverly M. Lewis, 83, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Jack L. Lewis, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born March 15, 1928 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Lloyd and Bernice (Brown) Reynold. She was the widow of Jack L. Lewis.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald C. Lewis and Donald L. Lewis; a daughter, Mari Davis; and a brother, Jerry A. Reynolds.
Ronald Alan Brown, 70, of South Whitley, passed away at 10:43 a.m. at his home Thursday, April 28, 2011. Born Dec. 27, 1940 in Rankin, Ill., he was a son of Lester and Ruth Bernice (Harvey) Brown.
SOUTH WHITLEY — There was no mistake about it Thursday’s Whitley County track and field meet.
It’s a rivalry.
“To be honest this is a bit of a rival,” Whitko head coach Ron Cherry. “I think our kids took a lot of pride in winning tonight.”
While Columbia City girls’ track enjoyed a win for the visitors, the Wildcats doubled up the Eagles squad 88-44.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Thursday’s dreary weather couldn’t stop a rivalry where both parties got to experience a victory.
When a late afternoon shower canceled some events, the track and field doubleheader at South Whitley carried on with Whitko playing host to the girls and boys track teams from Columbia City.
Whitko got its victory for the night on the boys side of the meet but the Columbia City Lady Eagles evened the score handing the Lady Wildcats a 97-35 loss to remain undefeated on the season.
COLUMBIA CITY — Anyone could tell the weather was a bit windy. There were whitecaps in the outfield.
Even two straight weeks of rainy cold weather, leaky Thursday skies and standing water were not enough to keep the Columbia City Lady Eagles off the diamond at Morsches Park.
Playing for the first time since April 13, the Columbia City Lady Eagles jumped out to an early lead and then held on against a late Manchester rally to take a 7-3 win.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs limb pick-up program is in full swing and city officials are reminding residents of what is and is not acceptable as city trucks drive through the town collecting sticks, twigs, small limbs and brush.
‚ÄúThis program has been initiated as a means to dispose of limbs and branches from storm-related events and small pruning projects,‚ÄĚ said the city in a recent press release.
The program began during the first full week of April and will continue until October.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The brainchild of local children could some day provide free transportation to residents of Columbia City.
At Tuesday night‚Äôs meeting of the Columbia City Common Council, City Police Chief Mike Petersen and Mayor Jim Fleck reported on a fresh new idea being bandied about by a group of youngsters from Mary Raber Elementary School.
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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department Det. Chuck Vogely had no idea what the woman was talking about.
The veteran police officer received a phone call out of the blue on Wednesday from a longtime friend.
‚ÄúShe says ‚ÄėI am on my way to pick up that check for Publisher‚Äôs Clearinghouse,‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Vogely this morning.
‚ÄúI told her I didn‚Äôt know what she was talking about and she swore she‚Äôd talked to me the day before (Tuesday) and I‚Äôve known this lady for years. I said ‚Äė(the lady‚Äôs first name) I never talked to you yesterday. I never talked to you at all.‚Äô‚ÄĚ