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May 2nd, 2013

Thomas Papenbrock, Sr., 74

May 2, 2013

Thomas E. Papenbrock, Sr., 74, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 12:08 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Papenbrock was born March 18, 1939, in Churubusco, a son of Ervin H. and Mary E. (Nestel) Papenbrock.
On September 19, 1982 he was married in Kentucky to Dianne (Wallace) Manns. She survives.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Dianne (Wallace) Manns; two sons; a step-daughter; two stepsons; two brothers; two sisters; 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Little Turtle Spirit Awards

May 2, 2013

Little Turtle Elementary School recently named its Spirit Award recipients.

Auction to generate bids for county Humane Society

May 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Humane Society is gearing up for its Annual Benefit Auction to be held Friday, May 10 at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center.

This is one of the Humane Society’s largest fundraisers of the year, and every dollar raised is applied to the care and welfare of the animals in the shelter.

“This will be the 14th year for this event, and one of the most important fund raising events of the year” said Mark Espich, Board of Directors president.

Gov. Pence in accident while en route to Fort Wayne

May 2, 2013

(May 2, 2013) — An official state vehicle driving Indiana Governor Mike Pence was involved in a traffic accident in Indianapolis en route to Fort Wayne today. No one was seriously injured. Once it was determined that no one involved required immediate medical attention, the Governor proceeded to Fort Wayne to continue his schedule for the rest of the day.

Col. City baseball falls 17-1

May 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s baseball team ran into a meat grinder Wednesday. The Eagles were defeated 17-1 at home by Leo in five innings.

The Lions got to the Columbia City pitchers for 13 hits and seven walks. The Eagles didn’t help themselves out by committing five errors on defense.

Columbia City didn’t do much on offense, either. The Eagles managed three hits and three walks.

Lady Eagle tennis takes win over Leo, 4-1

May 2, 2013

LEO — Columbia City’s girls tennis team got a big win against Leo Wednesday.

It was a 4-1 win for the Lady Eagles over the Lady Lions. Celine Rongos of Columbia City defeated Jen Timbrook of Leo, 6-2, 6-1 in number-one singles.

In number-three singles, Adriana Brown of Columbia City beat Lea Hughbanks 6-4 and 2-1 before Hughbanks retired.

IN COURT: Rector, 18, pleads guilty to burglary

May 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City 18-year-old pleaded guilty to his role in a burglary last year.

Charles Rector admitted his guilt Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Rector’s plea was “straight up,” without an agreement beforehand.

“I hope the state dismisses the theft charge on the guilty plea to burglary,” said Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, who was representing Rector.

Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler confirmed that was his intent.

Burglary is a Class B felony and theft is a Class D felony.

PROM PRICETAG: Convenience costs, makes event ‘special’

May 2, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second installment in a three-part series on prom season.

COLUMBIA CITY — Prom is more than formal dresses and tuxes. The venue, music and decorations are all part of the fanfare centering around high school proms.

For school prom committees, the details surrounding the event are what makes the experience even more memorable.

Melanie Bechtold, a teacher, is the queen of all things prom at Columbia City High School. This is her seventh year overseeing the event and she describes the night as “a memory-maker for students.”

Adams Central outguns Lady Eagles, 16-13

May 2, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — No one gave up.

Churubusco’s softball team found itself behind more than once in Wednesday’s loss to Adams Central, but several times the Lady Eagles clawed back to make the game close again.

The Lady Flyin’ Jets defeated ‘Busco by a football-like score of 16-13, and just like the gridiron, there were offensive flurries from both sides and power on display.

Offensively, the game was tight in the early going. A first inning solo shot and home run blast in the fifth helped Adams Central open up a 5-1 lead. But ‘Busco responded.

RISE TO POWER: Lickey to take electric dept. reins

May 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Few people would consider 13 as their lucky number.

But for Shawn Lickey, the number has a nice ring to it. He has been working with the Columbia City Electric Department for 13 years, and he will step into the superintendent’s position at the end of this month to take over for a retiring Larry Whetstone.

The story diverges though, with the use of the word luck. Lickey has worked hard to get where he is at and has taken advantage of many learning opportunities.

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