January 26th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team held on for a 52-46 win over DeKalb Saturday to improve to 3-1 in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
After a fourth-quarter comback put DeKalb within four points with less than two minutes left on the clock, the Hazen brothers, Brachen and Parker, both threw down momentum-stealing dunks to seal the win.
Columbia City opened the game with a 8-7 lead behind four points apiece from Parker Hazen and Mason Coverstone.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two men accused of child sex crimes appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court this month.
Jay Huffman, 58, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to two counts of child molesting. William Greenwood, 40, of Pierceton, was arrested Jan. 15 for sexual misconduct with a minor, child molesting and child seduction.
Huffman was arrested in October on allegations that he had engaged in sexual activity with two girls in his family, 11 years old and younger.
April 30, 1960 â€” Jan. 25, 2015
Mary Ellen (Miller) Roe, 54, of Arcola, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at her home. She had fought and beat breast cancer from 2010 through Dec. 2013, then fought brain cancer till God called her home. Born April 30, 1960 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Keith G. and Velma I. (Gaff) Miller.
She lived her childhood in Arcola and after graduating from Carroll High School with the Class of 1978, she then moved to the Warsaw area.
March 1, 1948 â€” Jan. 24, 2015
Roger N. Lemon, 66, of Loraine, died Saturday evening, Jan. 24, 2015 at his home of natural causes.
He was born March 1, 1948 in Elkhart, a son of Orda E. and Estelle L. (Swoveland) Lemon. His formative years were spent in Elkhart. He graduated from Elkhart High School and from Wabash College with a bachelors of liberal arts.
On Sept. 24, 1970 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge on Sept. 23, 1976, he made his home in Indianapolis and Zionsville.
April 13, 1935 â€” Jan. 20, 2015
Forrest (Punk) Wilbur Zumbrun, Jr., 79, died Jan. 20, 2015 in Gainesville, Fla. following a brief illness. He was born April 13, 1935 in Columbia City.
He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956; he then graduated from The University of Findlay, Ohio in 1960.
He married Patricia Marie Bohn, Oct. 29, 1960.
Feb. 16, 1936 â€” Jan. 23, 2015
Sharon L. Casey, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City. Born Feb. 16, 1936 in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Orval E. and Joy E. (Hivley) Cole.
Sharon graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1954 and attended Morehead State College in Morehead, Ky. After college, at the age of 22, Sharonâ€™s mother passed away so she came back home to finish raising her four siblings.
OSSIAN â€” The last weekend of the wrestling regular season is reserved for conference tournaments.
The Columbia City Eagle wrestlers traveled to Norwell High School for the final Northeast Hoosier Conference wrestling tournament. The Eagles took two weight class championships on their way to a third place finish.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Little Turtle Elementary hosted the 2015 Whitley County Spelling Bee.
All seven contestants who participated came from Whitley County schools.
By the fifth round, it came down to Austin Kreps and Chris Robinson, each competing for their chance at the regional competition.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dick Buchanan has officially declared his intention to run on the Democratic ticket for the office of Mayor of Columbia City in the upcoming May primary.
He and his wife Jean raised their daughter, Christy Fulk, an elementary teacher residing in South Whitley, and Phillip Buchanan, a clinical pharmacist in Nashville, Tenn., in Columbia City.