PORT STANLEY, Ontario â€” Florence Kathryn â€śKayâ€ť Grice, 88, of Port Stanley, Ontario and formerly of Columbia City, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of the late Wm. Reid Grice, who preceded her in death in 2003.
Sheila M. Hammons, 33, of Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where she was admitted Tuesday, Dec. 6.
She was born Sept. 11, 1978, in Whitley County, a daughter of Edward Arnold and Cheryl A. (Brandom) Hammons.
She completed her education at Columbia City Joint High School.
Her employment was with Subway.
Melba Kussmaul, 76, of Warsaw, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. in Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake.
She was born Feb. 10, 1935, in Whitley County to Andrew and Mary (Bryant) Brookover.
She has lived in Kosciusko County since 1971. Melba married John Kussmaul on July 3, 1954 in Huntington.
Melba and John were the past owners of Jot-Em-Down Store (Barbee Lake) from 1971 to 2003. She was a member of the Salem Community Missionary Church. She was the president of the Womenâ€™s Circle at the church.
Jerry Lee Young, 64, died on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at his residence in Churubusco.
Mr. Young was born in Kendallville June 23, 1947, to the late Preston E. and Eva (Snyder) Young.
He graduated from Albion Jefferson High School in 1965 and Allied Institute of Technology in Chicago.
The Vietnam War was being fought and Jerry entered the U.S. Army, taking his basic training at Fort Leonardwood in Missouri.
After basic training, he came home to get married and took Barbara Ann Deck to be his bride on Dec. 31, 1966, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ege.
Howard A. Ernst, 95, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully at his residence at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.
Born Nov. 4, 1916 in Sorento, Ill., he was the son of Donald and Grace (West) Ernst.
He grew up in Columbia City and on Nov. 24, 1967, he married Mantie Louise Collier in Columbia City.
For 20 years he worked at Weatherhead Company and owned and operated Ernst Restaurant and Ernst Painting, all of Columbia City. He attended Cornerstone Fellowship Church.
NEW HAVEN â€” Saturdayâ€™s Northeast Hoosier Conference Triple Dual at New Haven High School was a bad news - good news situation for the Columbia City Eagle wrestling squad.
The bad news for the Eagles was that they went 0-3 on the day, dropping matches to Homestead, host New Haven and Carroll.
The good news for Columbia City was that it had several wrestlers turn in solid performances and that the team as a whole was competitive in an opening round loss to a strong Homestead squad.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Un-like I.U.â€™s three-point buzzer-beater to beat No. 1 Kentucky Saturday, Whitkoâ€™s attempt at a final comeback against Wawasee came up short.
After trailing 59-40 just before the fourth quarter, the Wildcats rallied to out score the Warriors 16-4 in less than three minutes of play in South Whitley Saturday, hours after the Hoosiersâ€™ win over Kentucky.
But the comeback wasnâ€™t enough and the â€™Cats lost 72-66.
â€śWe showed signs of improvement,â€ť Whitko Head Coach Rob Irwin said. â€śWe have young guys that arenâ€™t very experienced yet.â€ť
BY NICOLE OTT
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys basketball team beat West Noble Saturday night, 57-29.
The Eagles had four players score in double-digits, led by senior Josh LeFever.
The game was competitive in the first quarter, with the Chargers trailing 8-7.
Both Churubuscoâ€™s offense and defense stepped up in the second quarter, holding West Noble to four points while adding 16 to the Eaglesâ€™ side of the scoreboard.
Austin Goepfrich had eight of his 11 points in the second quarter, along with five LeFever points.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City came into Friday nightâ€™s game against Norwell with expectations of a tough competition.
â€śWe knew they were going to be good,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said. â€śWe prepared as best as we could.â€ť
The Lady Knights defeated Columbia City 54-30.
Norwell, which is ranked second in the Associated Press Class 3A poll, is undefeated at 6-0.
The Lady Knights beat Bluffton 74-12 and beat Homestead with a 3-pointer at the buzzer last Saturday.
The Lady Knights doubled the Lady Eaglesâ€™ score in the first quarter, 18-9.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko Lady Wildcats fell to 3-5 Friday, losing to Manchester, 61-56.
In the first two minutes of the game, Whitko scored several baskets, jumping out to an 8-0 lead.
Lady Squire Kalya Flack hit a three pointer and on the following possession, Lady Wildcat Micaela Sylvester picked up her fourth point in one minute, keeping the lead at seven, 10-3.
Led by Manchesterâ€™s Meika Kennedyâ€™s four points, the Lady Squires scored seven straight.
The first quarter ended with Manchester in the lead, 13-10.