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December 30th

Deloris F. Frane, 87

December 30, 2014

March 25, 1927 — Dec. 29, 2014
Deloris F. Frane, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born March 25, 1927 in Auburn, she was the daughter of Glen and Io Evalyn (Bilderback) Stanton.
Deloris married Darwin Frane Dec. 29, 1986 and had worked at L.S. Ayres and Macy’s for over 10 years in Fort Wayne. In 2009, she moved to Columbia City from Fort Wayne. “She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.”

Lyle G. Hill, 68

December 30, 2014

Jan. 17, 1946 — Dec. 28, 2014
Lyle G. Hill, 68, of South Whitley, died at 9:14 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at his home.
He was born Jan. 17, 1946, in Wolf Lake, a son of Earl L. and Aileen M. (Goodrich) Hill. His formative years were spent in Etna Troy Township, Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1965.
On June 1, 1965 he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged April 1, 1971.
He was employed at Klingaman Welding & Repair, Waugh Drainage, Moose Lodge and lastly PTG.

Sharon Keller Diemer, 76

December 30, 2014

Sharon A. Keller Diemer, 76, passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, Sharon was a homemaker and loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Robert Diemer, of Columbia City; son, William (Dianna) Diemer, of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughters, Debra (Jim) Byerline, of Columbia City, Sondra (Jerry) Hughes, of Fort Wayne and Stephanie Hayes, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and brother, Herschel Keller, of Atlanta, Ga.
Sharon was preceded in death by her son, Roger Diemer.

LADY EAGLES: Columbia City grabs two wins in tourney opener

December 30, 2014

MIDDLEBURY — The Columbia City Lady Eagles opened pool play in the 2014 Bankers Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament at Northridge High School Monday afternoon with games against the Northwood Lady Panthers and South Bend Adams.

The Lady Eagles downed Northwood in the opener 47-44 in a nail-biter that went down to the final seconds, with free-throws to seal the win. In the second contest against South Bend Adams, the Lady Eagles used free throws down the stretch to pull out a come-from-behind, 56-50 win.

PHONE APP TO THE RESCUE: Providing help in winter weather

December 30, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Despite the seasonably mild holiday weather, some residents of the county have their fingers crossed hoping for a moderate rest of the winter.

Should mother nature decide to blanket the are with another record snowfall this year, the Indiana Office of Technology, along with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), has crafted a free mobile phone application (app) to provide Hoosiers with the most up-to-date travel status updates.

December 29th

DROPPING FUEL COST: Helping farmers

December 29, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — With Christmas now over and with residents looking forward to a new year, the holiday gift of low gasoline prices will continue well into 2015.

According to sources at AAA earlier this week, the steady decline in gasoline prices is longer than any period previously tracked by the organization.

Having declined for approximately 95 consecutive days in a row, the decrease has now pushed the national average to $2.29 a gallon.

Norma L. Wells, 77

December 29, 2014

June 24, 1937 — Dec. 25, 2014
Norma L. Wells, 77, of Columbia City, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born June 24, 1937 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Earl and Marguerite (Unger) Jacobs. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from South Side High School.
On April 12, 1957 she was united in marriage to Russell G. Wells at the First Evangelical United Brethren Church. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1971 when they moved northwest of Columbia City.

Jason Watson, 36

December 29, 2014

Aug. 28, 1978 — Dec. 25, 2014
Jason Paul Watson, age 36, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:31 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 at his residence. Born Aug. 28, 1978 in Fort Atkinson, Wis., he was the son of Dan and Cheryl (Lilly) Watson.
Jason attended Whitley County schools and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1998. He attended Columbia City United Methodist Church.
Jason worked in automotive sales and was also proud to be a stay at home dad.
He enjoyed playing poker, watching Green Bay Packers football, traveling to Wisconsin and playing video games.


December 29, 2014

Several boys from Columbia City High School’s swim team had strong performances last week at the Wawasee Invitational. Pictured is the second-place, 200-yard freestyle relay team of Matt Weber, Dayne Trump, Robby Owen and Jon Fix. The squad posted a season-best time and a similar performance could give the team a chance to advance to the state finals in late February. Many swimmers recorded personal best times at the meet. The Eagles placed fifth out of nine teams.

SECOND: Eagle wrestlers place in East Central Indiana Classic

December 29, 2014

PORTLAND ­— Churubusco’s wrestling team took second place in a 17-team field at Saturday’s East Central Indiana Classic at Jay County High School. The Eagles crowned two weight class champions on their way to garnering 184 points, placing second behind perennial powerhouse Delta’s 202.

Host Jay County took third with Monroe Central fourth and Muncie Central fifth. The Eagles’ Lyle McParlan claimed the title at 152 pounds. McParlan took a narrow 7-6 decision over host Jay County’s Tyler Leonhard in the finals to win the title.


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