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February 4th, 2013

STANDOFF ENDED: Officers stormed bunker; child is safe

February 4, 2013

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy's abductor dead, officials said Monday.

Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that negotiations had deteriorated with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a man neighbors described as an isolated loner. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers believed the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson said.

Stephen Garard, 61

February 4, 2013

Stephen A. Garard, 61, of Big Lake, Columbia City, passed away at 12:30 a.m., Jan. 31, 2013, at his residence.
Born on Sept. 20, 1951, in Wabash County, he was the son of Frank and Madelyn (Barnett) Garard.
Stephen was a 1970 graduate of Snider High School in Fort Wayne. He was employed as an oil field land surveyor and in recent years was self employed as a construction contractor. On Aug. 3, 1997, in Fort Wayne, Stephen married Denise Dickmeyer.

Catherine Nagy, 84

February 4, 2013

Catherine M. (Strack) Nagy, 84, of Fort Wayne passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.
Mrs. Nagy was born in Fort Wayne on Oct. 9, 1928, to the late Charles L. Strack and Priscilla (Freiburger) Strack.
Surviving relatives include her husband, two sons, four daughters, 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one brother and two sisters.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church hall, 12305 Arcola Rd., Fort Wayne, and one hour prior to the funeral mass on Thursday. A rosary will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m.

11 grapplers advance to semi-state

February 4, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — Twenty Whitley County wrestlers embarked on the second leg of the IHSAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at Saturday’s Carrroll Regional tournament.

Eleven of those, including two weight-class champions, will advance to next Saturday’s Fort Wayne Semi-State at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Although wrestlers advance on an individual basis, a team score was also kept, with Churubusco taking second with 92.5 points behind Carroll’s 180.

Garrett drops ’Busco

February 4, 2013

GARRETT — A 0-14 start to the Eagles’ season notwithstanding, Churubusco’s three games prior to Saturday night had gone down to the wire.

Only one resulted in an Eagle win, but it would be hard to doubt their moxie. Saturday night in Garrett, the Railroaders derailed Churubusco’s recent run of close games, as the Eagles were beaten soundly 54-38.

“We didn’t play as well as we’ve been playing,” said Churubusco head coach Mike McBride. “Unfortunately, it was a night where we didn’t perform as well we would have liked.”

Churubusco’s largest deficit in the game was 26 points.

’Cats earn conference win; top North Miami

February 4, 2013

DENVER — A three-headed scoring effort keyed Whitko’s boys basketball team to a Three Rivers Conference victory Friday.

The Wildcats defeated North Miami on the road by a final score of 45-41. It was the second consecutive league win for Whitko.

Col. City picks up NHC win

February 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s boys basketball team rebounded from a Northeast Hoosier Conference loss to New Haven last week with a win over Norwell Saturday.

The Eagles set the tone for the game from the opening possessions, stealing the ball from Norwell on its first two possessions — before the Knights could get a shot off.

“We set the tone early in the game that we were going to be in control of it,” Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said.

The Eagles had a 23-10 lead after the first quarter, and a 42-20 advantage at halftime.

Lady Eagle swimmers come in sixth at sectional

February 4, 2013

WARSAW — Columbia City’s girls swim team ended its season with a sixth-place sectional finish on Saturday.

The Lady Eagles ended the meet with 141 team points. Culver Academy came in first with a team score of 445. Host Warsaw was second with 382.

Columbia City netted a couple of fifth place finishes on the afternoon. Taylor Hartsock came in fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:10.19 and the 200 freestyle relay squad of Katlin Knott, Hartsock, Mishayla Hager and Cassie Bosselman came in fifth at a time of 1:55.39.

JOHN D'ARCY: Former bishop’s death impacts Col. City

February 4, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — The news of Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy’s death had a trickle-down effect which was felt by Columbia City parishioners.

“It was a hard blow,” said Mary Ann Schaefer, a member of St. Paul of the Cross, Columbia City.

“When we heard of his cancer, it was sad. He was still as active as he could be,” Schaefer said.

D’Arcy, who oversaw the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 24 years during a time of church closings, a national sex-abuse scandal and some run-ins with University of Notre Dame leaders, has died. He was 80 years old.

ON THE MOVE: Town sees interest in renewal

February 4, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Reinvigorating South Whitley is a priority for the town’s plan commission and town council, but the efforts are being spearheaded by Julia Robinson.

Robinson is the leader of Whitley On the Move, an organization in South Whitley working to affect positive change and revitalize the town.

Community members met in October and November to generate ideas for improvements. A slew of varied ideas were given to help breathe new life into the town’s recreation, economic state and attractions.

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