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April 4th, 2012

Harry Dailey, 68

April 4, 2012

Harry James “Jimmy” Dailey, age 68, of Columbia City, died at 9:28 a.m. Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born July 4, 1943, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Harry E. and Mildred L. (Pelkey) Gill-Dailey.
He graduated from Central High School, Fort Wayne with the class of 1962.
After graduation, he served in the Army National Guard of Indiana as a reserve.
He moved from Fort Wayne to Whitley County in 1974.

April 3rd

SNOOZE LEADS TO SUSPENSION: Fort Wayne cop punished for nap on the job

April 3, 2012

A Fort Wayne police officer was suspended for five days, city officials said, after being caught on camera snoozing when he was supposed to be patrolling city streets.
According to area news reports, the punishment was set due it being his second suspension in as many months.
The report from city officials said Officer Gregory K. Addison Jr. slept for approximately 30 minutes during his early morning shift.
Police learned of the violation by viewing video from Addison's in-car camera and reported the offense to the city's Board of Public Safety on Monday.

Lego club member builds tower

April 3, 2012

Evan Lochner, 6, pictured next to his creation at the first Lego Club meeting held at South Whitley Library.

Cozad, Warner are tops at Whitko

April 3, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Eighteen-year-old Dylan Cozad and Jesse Warner were selected as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian at Whitko High School, bringing them more opportunities for their futures.

Cozad, the valedictorian and recent winner of the Whitley County Community Foundation 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, said, “My mom always said if I received good grades, I was going to have options— options of where I want to go to school or where I want to get a job. So I’ve just always worked to give myself choices for the future.”

Junior Lady Eagles place 2nd in tourney

April 3, 2012

Columbia City’s 4th-grade Junior Lady Eagles competed in a tournament at Norwell High School. The team went 3-1 for the day and placed second. Front row, from left: Jada Conrad, Jasmine Early, Gabby Fry and Mary Cotter. Back row: Olivia Shearer, Brayden Lickey, Addi Bishop, Madison Whaley and Ally Willson.

April 2nd

PLUCKED FROM GRAIN SILO: Smith recalls being trapped in soybeans

April 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — While most Whitley County residents were relaxing after a long work week on a Friday night (Jan. 6), more than 200 local people were working to save the life of a Columbia City man, who spent more than the equivalent of an entire work day stuck in a silo at Ag Plus on Raber Road.
Gary Smith, 55, was cleaning the silo, which contained about 1,000 bushels of wet, soggy soybeans, when he slid to the bottom of the sloped ground and lodged his boot in the 18-inch opening at the bottom of the bin.

William Branning, 95

April 2, 2012

LARWILL — William F. Branning, 95, of Etna Troy Township, Whitley County, died at 8:08 a.m. Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital Emergency Room where he was transported from his home.
He was born Jan. 15, 1917, in Fort Wayne, a son of Edward H. and Irene F. (Mosshammer) Branning.
His formative years were spent in Aboite Township. In 1937 he moved to Whitley County.
On April 16, 1941, he was inducted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged Aug. 19, 1945.

COZAD WINS LILY: Whitko's Dylan Cozad honored with Lily Scholarship

April 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Dylan Cozad of South Whitley has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Whitley County Community Foundation 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Dylan will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Dylan is the son of Daniel and Susan Cozad, and the older brother to Evan Cozad. He plans to major in Actuarial Science at either Butler University or Hanover College.

Pierceton Elementary wraps up girls hoops season

April 2, 2012

The Pierceton Elementary fourth and fifth grade girls recently completed their basketball season. Front row, from left, Izzy Lemler, Valerie Messmore, Kim Hoover, Makayla Berg, Bailey Wright, Abi Hartman, Meghan Christoffel, Hailey Elder, Addy Shockney and Jenna Brubaker. Second row, Kaylee Wyman, Renae Lehman, Kalaya Williams, Mahkinsey Myers, Sarah Hewitt, Lexi Hall, Lilly Owsley, Adara Frey and Kalie Shockney. The girls were coached by Mrs. Angie Trump and Mr. Brent Messmore.

DEER NUMBERS DOWN, BUT ONLY SLIGHTLY: Population remains steady

April 2, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) releasing its annual deer harvest report, one local conservation expert compared Whitley County numbers to state statistics.

Though the 129,018 deers bagged was down from the previous year, it was still the fourth best season the state has seen. In 2010, numbers neared 5,000 more deer, however, the 134,004 harvested deer was the state’s all-time record.

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