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January 2nd, 2012

BLASTS OF WIND AND COLD AIR: Watch for drifting

January 2, 2012

Strong winds will accompany the coldest air of the season so far.
Hold on to your trash cans and recycling bins, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are teaming up for a special treat. Spent Christmas trees put out at the curb may find their way into the middle of the road, thanks to gusty winds.
As is often the case with some of the coldest outbreaks of the winter, strong winds will add to the shock of the dramatic change in weather during the first few days of the new year.
Wind gusts of 30, 40 and even 50 mph will blast from the Midwest to the Atlantic Seaboard over the next couple of days.

December 30th, 2011

Col. City handed second loss of the season by Homestead

December 31, 2011

HUNTERTOWN — In last year’s sectional title game against Wawasee, Columbia City’s boys basketball team fell to a 10-0 deficit in the first quarter but came back to win the title 67-66
The Eagles didn’t have the same luck in Friday’s holiday shoot-out championship game against Homestead.
The Spartans jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter and Columbia City never recovered, picking up its second loss of the season, 63-45.
“It was disappointing to come out to a team that we knew was going to be good and not put our best foot forward,” Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said.

Whitko wins Peru tourney

December 31, 2011

PERU — Guaranteed to at least match the girls’ second place finish, Whitko boys basketball took the court Friday in the final game of Peru’s Holiday Tournament.
The Wildcats faced, and beat, the LaVille Lancers by a final of 64-55.
The half ended with a difference of just one point, 26-25 in favor of LaVille. At the break, Logan Irwin had 13 of his team leading 34 points.
Though keeping the score close, the Wildcats were just 7-for-29 in the first half (.241).
In the third quarter, following the fifth tie of the game (29), the Lancers scored 11 of the next 14 points.

Micheal Sherman, 72

December 30, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Micheal E. Sherman, 72, a resident of Urbana, Ohio and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at 3:23 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his home.
He was born on May 26, 1939, in Arcola, a son of Virgil C. and Edna (Butler) Sherman.
His early years were spent in the Arcola area until moving to Noble County near Merriam with his parents.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School.

Brian Baker, 53

December 30, 2011

Brian Lee Baker, 53, departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 at his home in Fort Wayne.
Born March 29, 1958, to Paul and Jo Ann Baker in Fort Wayne, Brian graduated from Whitko High School.
He worked at Dana Corp. for 30 years, retiring in 2007. Brian enjoyed all sports.

Dorothy MIttendorf, 86

December 30, 2011

Dorothy J. Mittendorf, 86, a resident of Huntertown, died at 2:26 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Garrett.
She was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Summitville, a daughter of Stephen and Myrtle (Poindexter) Ellsworth.
On Feb. 1, 1947, she was married to Ralph Mittendorf, Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph, Jr.; her son, David L. Mittendorf of Huntertown; a brother, Jerome J. Ellsworth of Dearborn, Mich.; a sister, Barbara Weber of Rock Island, Ill.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Howard Strader, 82

December 30, 2011

Howard S. Strader, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 5:58 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born Oct. 13, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of William and Mildred (McPhillen) Strader.
He was a resident of Allen County until moving to Whitley County in 1951.
He attended St. Joe Township Schools, Allen County.

CONVERSION COMPLETE: Electric meters switched over

December 30, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Electric Department put the finishing touch on a nearly two-year project Friday.
The department, doing most of the work in its spare time, has successfully changed out over 4,500 electric meters, the device that measures the amount of electric energy consumed by a residence, business, or electronically powered device.
Two years ago the city was contacted to gauge interest in purchasing an over-stock of meters at a discount price.
“We got them for a very inexpensive price,” said Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone.

Whitko advances to championship

December 30, 2011

PERU — Both Whitko’s boys and girls basketball teams are advancing to the championship games at the Peru tournament tonight.
The girls won the tournament last season and are looking to do the same this year after a 69-48 win over LaVille Thursday night.
The Lady Wildcats (5-6) face host Peru (4-7) tonight in the championship game at 6 p.m.
The boys picked up their second win of the season Thursday against Peru, 66-50.
Logan Irwin had six 3-pointers in his 34 points.

Eagles undefeated in holiday tourney

December 30, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s boys basketball team combined for 149 points in two games Thursday at its holiday shoot-out.
Columbia City’s gym hosted six games between six schools and the Eagles finished the day undefeated, beating Prairie Heights and East Noble.
The hosts beat Prairie Heights by 71 points, scoring 94 and holding the 2-7 Panthers to 23 points.
The Eagles had a 50-15 lead at halftime.
Drew Benedict and Drew Burnsworth combined for five 3-pointers in the first half, eight on the game and 16 on the day.

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