November 28th, 2011
Donald E. Leazier, Jr., 77, a resident of Elmira, Mich. and a former resident of the Fort Wayne area, died at 4 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the home of his daughter in rural DeKalb County.
Mr. Leazier was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Fort Wayne, a son of Donald Everett and Goldie (Guisinger) Leazier, Sr.
He was a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran.
Surviving relatives include his four children, Goldie Dimmick of Huntertown, Theresa Leazier of Auburn, Kenneth G. Leazier of Avilla, and Paula Porter of Auburn.
COLUMBIA CITY â Joyce A. Darrow, 77, of rural Whitley County, died Saturday morning, Nov. 26, 2011, at her home.
She was born July 14, 1934 in Peoria, Ill., a daughter of Harold E. and Marie E. (Hall) Linden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David L. Darrow.
Surviving relatives include two sons, David L. Darrow of Fort Wayne and Scott Darrow of California; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sharon Grabill of Peoria, Ill.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. There will be no service.
Whitko came out victorious in their second round match against Columbia City in Saturday's Wawasee High School November Super Duals Invitational.
The final was 45-27.
Full results will be published once available.
FORT WAYNE â The Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Friday night at North Side.
The Lady Eagles won decisively, 59-44, after falling to Snider, Marion and Leo.
Columbia City jumped out to a 11-0 lead to start the game and held the Lady Redskins to a slim two points in the first quarter off a pair of free throws (19-2).
Macie Hinen got four of her eight points in the last two minutes of the first quarter.
Senior Sidney Bunyan scored four of Columbia Cityâs 11 second quarter points against North Side.
Lady Eagle basketball moved to 2-4 Friday, hosting and defeating Eastside, 47-32.
It was âBuscoâs first win in three games.
Aggressive play by the defense set the tone early in the game.
The Lady Blazers managed just two field goal attempts in the first quarter; in the opening three minutes of the game and the second attempt was not made until there were two seconds left in the period.
However, it was not the quickest start for the Lady Eagles offense either.
Adam Gaerte, 3, sits on Santaâs lap early Friday evening at Santaâs Cottage on the Courthouse Square in Columbia City. Santa will take requests each Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. up to and including Christmas Eve. Adam is the son of Adam Gaerte and Maryann Maley, both of Columbia City.
Haleigh Gross, left, is honored by Matt Widenhoefer, assistant principal, for being Churubusco High Schoolâs Spotlight on Success at Monday eveningâs school board meeting.
Gross, a senior at Churubusco Junior Senior High School, was honored Monday at the Smith-Green Community School board meeting.
âCurrently she is ranked third in her class with a cumulative GPA of 11.3 and college GPA of 4.0 She takes some of our most rigorous courses. Aside from being an incredible student, Haleigh excels in extracurricular activities as well,â said Widenhoefer.
A quintet of dedicated Columbia City Eagles fans display synchronicity and school spirit during Wednesday nightâs intra-county basketball contest between Columbia City and Whitko. The Eagles easily dispatched the Wildcats 61-41.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Genevieve M. Rhoades, 88, of South Whitley, died at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City where she had been a resident since October.
She was born April 22, 1923, in Jefferson Township, a daughter of Orton E. and Joy L. (Robinson) Schoenauer.
At the age of six, her family moved to Columbia City. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
On July 7, 1947, she was united in marriage to Ralph Schneider. They made their home in Columbia City. Following Mr. Schneiderâs death in 1961, Genevieve moved to South Whitley.
SOUTH WHITLEY â This yearâs Columbia City-Whitko rivalry game didnât come down to a last-second shot like last year.
In fact, Columbia City took the lead 3:30 into the game and never looked back, winning 61-41.
But the loss wasnât from lack of Wildcat effort, more like bad luck.
Expected Whitko starter Lucky Winters was out of the game with an ACL tear, and Head Coach Rob Irwin isnât sure of his status.
Logan Irwinâs 20 points was about half of the Wildcatsâ offensive output.