September 30th, 2014
Aug. 20, 1921 â Sept. 24, 2014
Max R. Secrist, 93, of rural Columbia City, died at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at his home. He was born August 20, 1921, in Urbana, to Adam and Florence Edna (Huffer) Secrist.
Max was a 1940 graduate of Atwood High School. He married Virginia Kreger in Warsaw Feb. 22, 1942. She died July 11, 2007.
He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. Max retired from Conrail Feb. 22, 1982, after 40 years, where he was a conductor and a brakeman.
March 27, 1963 â Sept. 25, 2014
Michael A. Hoover, 51, of Wolcottville, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at his home at Atwood Lake.
Mike was born March 27, 1963, in Columbia City and was the son of Rex H. and Kay A. (Patten) Hoover.
He had started working at Scottâs Restaurant in South Whitley and some part time jobs before working at Dwyer Instruments from 1984 until 1999. He then worked at AutoLiv for a few years and in 2003, he started working for Wal-Mart in Columbia City and the past two years at the Kendallville store.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Farmland and fields surround a unique school located in rural northwest Whitley County. TROY Center is an alternative education choice for students who might not fit in a traditional classroom setting.
Considering one of the categories the United Way of Whitley County financially supports is education, its partnership with TROY Center has been longstanding. For the 2014-15 United Way grant cycle, TROY received $20,000, and the money is used to directly educate students who might not otherwise earn their high school diploma.
FORT WAYNE â One of the great moments in sports often occurs when results exceed expectations. When Columbia City Cross Country Head Coach Bob Fahlâs team went into Saturdayâs New Haven Classic, he wanted the boys and girls teams to simply improve on last yearâs performances and placings.
The Eagle teams went much further than that, as both squads made it to the awards podium. The girls team, which placed seventh last year, took the first place trophy in its division, while the boysâ team placed fifth in its division.
CHURUBUSCO â It was an open house that took on the four-legged variety, but it wasnât dogs or even horses that were on display. Alpacas were the featured animal at WindSwept Farmsâ open house Saturday. As part of National Alpaca Farm Days, the Churubusco property is home to more than 60 alpacas and one llama.
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COLUMBIA CITY â Minutes after dropping special needs children off at preschool, a Whitley County Consolidated Schools bus was involved in a crash Monday morning. According to initial reports, the school bus was headed northwest on West Linconway at approximately 8:15 a.m., when a southbound passenger vehicle turned into the bus, striking it in front of the rear wheels. âI am so glad that no children were on the bus,â said WCCS Transportation Director Keith Kohut.
Both vehicles received substantial damage, but there were no serious injuries reported.
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KENDALLVILLE â After earning its first regional spot since 2006, Columbia Cityâs girls golf season came to a close Saturday. The Lady Eagles placed ninth in a competitive East Noble Regional field at Cobblestone Golf Course in Kendallville. âIt was a heavyweight field but we beat some really good teams,â Head Coach Andrew Thompson said.
Aug. 4, 1931 â Sept. 27, 2014
Rev. J. Phillip Blake, 83, formerly of Columbia City, died at 9:42 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at North Ridge Village Nursing and Rehab in Albion where he had been a resident since April 2011.
He was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Delaware County, a son of Joseph H. and Ruth E. (Jackson) Blake.
Phil spent seven years on the farm his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1859 in the Alexandria area. He was educated in the Madison County School system and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1949.