September 23rd, 2014
April 18, 1955 ‚ÄĒ Sept. 21, 2014
Lawrence ‚ÄúLarry‚ÄĚ Lee Thomas, 59, a resident of Richland Township, died at 7:48 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in the Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born April 18, 1955, in Hartford City, a son of William Oscar and Shirley Darlene Mundorf Thomas.
At the age of nine, his family moved to the east side of Fort Wayne and he completed his education in the New Haven High School.
Larry, a truck driver for 36 years, drove for Consolidated Freightways for many years and was last employed by Regional Transport Service.
July 28, 1935 ‚ÄĒ Sept. 15, 2014
Charles Cook, Jr., 79, formerly of Columbia City, and of Avon Park, Fla., went home to be with our Lord at 9:32 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Good Shepherd Somers Hospice House in Sebring, Fla.
Born July 28, 1935, in Clarence, Mo., he was the son of the late Rev. Charles T. Cook, Sr. and Mable L. (White) Cook.
After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he married Ruth Esther Cook Sept. 5, 1959, in Kankakee, Ill. In 1968, the family moved to Fort Wayne and settled in Columbia City in 1970.
Dennis Lilliedahl, 61, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 while battling a brief illness. Without complaint he continued to unselfishly think of others.
He was employed at Lincoln Food Service. He was an active member of American Legion and American Legion Riders Post 297 Payne, Ohio.
He was a talented artist producing beautiful pieces of stained glass. He was an avid Michigan Wolverine fan and rarely missed ‚Äúda Bears.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Though a new high school isn‚Äôt expected to be built for several years, Whitley County Consolidated Schools officials took the first step in the planning process for a new building at Monday night‚Äôs Board of Trustees meeting.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs boys and girls soccer teams picked up Three Rivers Conference wins Saturday in a double-header with North Miami.
The girls took the field first, beating their conference foes 5-1 after an impressive second half. Whitko took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but tacked on four goals in the second to take the win.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Patriots will host Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges as the speaker for the October 7 meeting. Sheriff Hodges will be addressing concerns of Homeland Security and domestic terrorism.
SYRACUSE ‚ÄĒ Coaches say Saturday high school volleyball tournaments can be beneficial to those who need some extra practice. Tourneys provide teams with a chance to try new things or iron out flaws while facing a variety of opponents. The Columbia City Lady Eagles and Whitko Lady Wildcats volleyball teams entered the Wawasee Tournament Saturday, both hoping to gain some consistency and show other teams just what they are capable of doing on the court.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Eight board-gamers made their way to the Peabody Public Library Saturday for the September Gaming Extravaganza. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the downstairs auditorium played host to a gathering of intergalactic travelers, locomotive barons and paranormal investigators.
Indian Springs Middle School played host to more than 600 runners Friday evening for the annual Columbia City Elementary Mile. The annual race has taken place since 2002 and is coordinated by Gary and JoAnn Bird. The event hosts elementary-aged students from all across Northeast Indiana.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys and girls cross country teams yet again took on some of the top runners in Northeast Indiana this weekend. The Lady Eagles ran away with a fourth-place finish, while the boys placed 13th behind Churubusco after a tie-breaker. Four Lady Eagles placed in the top 25 Saturday with a slim 23 seconds separating all of them. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs just awesome,‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl.