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May 19th, 2013

Michael Farrer, 63

May 19, 2013

Michael S. Farrer, 63, of Columbia City, passed away at 5 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home on Tri-Lakes surrounded by his family.
Born Sept. 24, 1949, in Grand Island, Neb.Mike was the son of Chauncey and Maryellen (Waddick) Farrer.
He was an independent contractor as a brick mason. He loved his family, riding his Harley and lake sports.

Rex Hoover, 80

May 19, 2013

Rex Harold Hoover, 80, of Churubusco, passed at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home.
Born Jan. 24, 1933, in Roanoke, he was the son of William Dale and Clarissa Mary (Harvey) Hoover.
Rex was raised in Roanoke and he graduated from Roanoke High School with the Class of 1951. He was inducted into the Huntington County Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 in basketball at the P.A.L. recreation center. He served in the U.S. Army.

Nellie Bishop, 89

May 19, 2013

Nellie Jean Bishop, 89, a former resident of South Whitley, died at 9 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, where she had been a resident since 2010.
She was born March 13, 1924, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Ralph and Sylvia (Ditton) Cullers.
She began her schooling in Fort Wayne and then the family moved to Columbia City where she completed her elementary school. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1942.

May 17th

Honoring veterans

May 17, 2013

Members of the Washington Township 4-H Clubs volunteered their time to show their honor and respect to the country’s World War II veterans.

Students participated in the flight line for the Honor Flight, which provides a free trip for veterans to Washington to visit monuments on May 8.

Front row, from left: Emma Mullett, Samuel Mullett and Jacob Mullett. Back row, from left: Dillon Reed, Erin Trabert, Mady Stricker, Gemssy Munoz, Megan Hinen, Leonie Trabert, Lindsey Hoskins, Ashleigh Hoskins, Brooke Laux and Erin Knepple.

ARMED FORCES DAY: Vet recalls Nagasaki bombing

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A few weeks ago, April 8 to be exact, Whitley County resident and long-time farmer, Bill Barney observed his 90th birthday — that in itself is worth celebrating.

However, when you talk to Barney, it’s not so much about birthday celebrations and farm life that he details with precision, but rather, the events that took place 68 years ago — the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan Aug. 9, 1945, and the eventual end to World War II.

As a soldier in his early 20s, Barney was one of nine crewmen who participated in the Nagasaki mission.

TRASH: Yard waste weighed by council

May 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Spring weather means lawn mowing, landscaping and yard work of all kinds.

Some South Whitley residents questioned town council members as to the correct procedure in disposing of yard waste.

“We need to cut our grass and clean up limbs,” said a homeowner present at Tuesday’s meeting. “Now that we have these trash containers, we don’t know what to do with our grass clippings.”

COURT: Padgett receives six-year sentence

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “It is rare for me to come in and say entirely positive things about my client.”

Those were the comments of Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz at the sentencing hearing for Christopher Padgett, who pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class B felony, last month.

Voelz made his comments in his testimony on Padgett’s behalf while awaiting sentencing from Circuit Court Judge James Heuer. Heuer handed down a six-year sentence for Padgett.

AQUATICS: Public forum set for Col. City pool

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Citizens interested in the future of aquatics in Columbia City will have a chance to give their opinion next week.

Park Director Mark Green said there will be a public forum to discuss the future of aquatics, both in Columbia City and Whitley County, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall in the Columbia City Common Council Chamber on the second floor.

Much of this discussion sprang from last year’s announcement that Burnworth Memorial Pool will be holding its last season in the summer of 2014, before it is closed.

Girls tracksters prep for regional

May 17, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Nearly 20 Whitley County girls athletes are headed to the Northrop Regional track meet Tuesday.

Though all have different goals and aspirations for the rest of the season, one thing is certain — all are happy to stay in the mix for another week.

For Columbia City junior Samantha Roush, its a state finals bid she’s looking for. For Whitko senior Josie Sparks, it’s a school record.

Undefeated: Whitko’s Winning Wolf

May 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — “What we are seeing here is the byproduct of four years of hard work.”

Whitko Head Baseball Coach Erik Hisner didn’t expect to have an undefeated pitcher this far into the season — but he does.
Wyatt Wolf, senior, is 5-0 on the season, including throwing a no-hitter earlier this year.

“It’s not something we emphasize with our pitchers,” Hisner said. “We emphasize controlling the controllable. Sometimes you have no control over your win-loss record. What we do have control over is our attitude, effort and competitiveness.”

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