February 25th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Crossroads League announced its menâ€™s basketball all-conference awards and three players with Whitley County ties were among those honored.
Whitko grad Zac Vandewater was named Crossroads League Defender of the Year.
Vandewater, who plays for Indiana Wesleyan averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while recording 43 steals during the regular season. Vandewater has helped the Wildcat defense hold opponents to 65.8 points per game. Vandewater helped the Wildcats to a 28-2 overall record, 16-2 mark in the league, and the Crossroads League Regular Season Championship.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Just a few decades ago, stray animals collected by the city were kept at the water treatment plant. City utility and police employees had to keep cages in the back of their vehicles.
Now, stray cats and dogs are managed and cared for at the Whitley County Humane Shelter.
â€śThe animals werenâ€™t treated bad back then, but theyâ€™re certainly much better maintained now,â€ť said Columbia City Council President Dan Weigold. â€śWe appreciate what the shelter does.â€ť
FORT WAYNE â€” Cheer and dance teams, including members from Whitley County, picked up awards at the recent GLCC Speedway Challenge at Fort Wayneâ€™s Grand Wayne Center.
Midwest Xtremeâ€™s All Star Junior-2 Cheer Team, the Tsunamis, placed first, beating out nine other All-Star Cheer teams in their division. Members of the Tsunamis include Olivia Koontz of Larwill, and Katie Stoddard from Columbia City. Both are students at Indian Springs Middle School.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A three-time participant in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race is coming to South Whitley next week to share her experiences at the South Whitley Community Public Library.
Karen Land, an Indiana native, has been a part of the 1,100-mile Iditarod, which is considered the sportâ€™s most-grueling race.
Land will be at the South Whitley library on Thursday, March 5, along with her dog Romano, just two days before the 2015 Iditarod, which begins Saturday, March 7.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City's Police Department found a missing 5-year-old child at his school.
According to police scanner traffic, the boy's caretaker didn't think the boy got on the school bus at the corner of Ellsworth and Madison streets, and she couldn't find him.
Police later found the boy at Mary Raber Elementary School.
Kay E. Jones, 75
Jan. 10, 1940 - Feb. 22, 2015
Kay E. Jones, 75, of Columbia City, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at her home. Born Jan. 10, 1940 in Richmond, she was the daughter of Leroy Hopping and Mary Alice (Richardson) Bailey.
Kay graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1958. Following her graduation on June 12, 1958, Kay married Theodore â€śTedâ€ť Jones at the Cambridge City Catholic Church. Shortly after, Tedâ€™s job at UPS brought the two up to Loon Lake. After Ted passed away in 1987, she moved into Columbia City in 1990.
Virginia Bulmer, 82
Feb. 4, 1933 - Feb. 21, 2015
Virginia L. Bulmer, 82, a former resident of Churubusco and widow of Herbert M. Bulmer, passed away at 12:03 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Bulmer was born on Feb. 4, 1933 in Calla, Kent., a daughter of Matt and Flossie E. (Kincaid) Fletcher.
The surviving relatives include her children Peggy (James) Ryan of Fort Wayne, Debra (Richard) Parks of Churubusco, and Terry (Cheryl) Bulmer of Ossian; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
William Kearby, 85
Feb. 17, 2015
William Kenneth Kearby, 85, of Fort Myers, Florida since 1997, died peacefully February 17, 2015.
Bill was born in Edmond, Okla. in 1930 a son of William Ward Kearby and Mary Lou Cleaver.
He moved to Northern Indiana in 1949 and married Mary Louise Putman in 1950.
He was an executive in Information Systems at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company until he retired in 1995.
Bill loved being with family and friends, telling stories, teaching Adult Sunday School and volunteering at the hospital.
Henry â€śHankâ€ť LaHurreau, 69
Henry â€śHankâ€ť LaHurreau, 69, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at his residence. Born in Fort Wayne, Hank served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969.
Later he worked as a telephone installer with Verizon for 34 years, retiring in 2005. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, past Master of Columbia City #189 F & AM, past officer of the York Rite Bodies, Past Grand Commander of Indiana Grand Commandery and 33rd Scottish Rite.
Dominic Devito, 68
April 9, 1946 â€” Feb. 19, 2015
Dominic Devito, 68, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born April 9, 1946 in Bagnoli, Italy, he was the son of Nazzario and Olga (Donatiello) DeVita.
He grew up in Powell River, B.C. and graduated from Max Cameron High School, Powell River with the Class of 1964. He earned his bachelor of arts from Washington State University and went on to receive his master of music at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1971.