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March 28th, 2011

Bradley Haugen, 36

March 28, 2011

Bradley Joseph Haugen, 36, of Fort Wayne, died at 4:03 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Parkview North Hospital.
He was born Feb. 4, 1975 in Greenfield, a son of James Allen and Darleen K. (Nahrwold) Haugen. From 1975 until 1981 he resided in New Haven and from 1981 until 1991 he resided in Portland, Ore.
In 1991 he moved to Columbia City until moving to the Bethesda Lutheran Ministry Home in Fort Wayne a year ago. He graduated from Huntington North High School.
He had been employed at Passages and later Anthony Wayne Services in Fort Wayne.

Rex Grable, 82

March 28, 2011

Rex E. Grable, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at his home.
He was born Jan. 23, 1929 in Churubusco, a son of Clarence T. and Bertha O. (Meyers) Grable. At the age of four, his family moved to Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947.
On Aug. 3, 1947 he was united in marriage to Eleanor J. Tanner. They made their home in Columbia City until 1988 when they moved to Troy Cedar Lake. Since October 2010 they have made their home east of Columbia City.

Katharine Lembright, 92

March 28, 2011

Katharine A. “Kay” Lembright, R.N., 92, of Columbia City, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at The Oaks Nursing facility, where she had been a resident for two weeks. She was born Aug. 10, 1918 to Arthur and Eva Marie (Koons) Lembright, Sr., in Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio.

Eagles prep for deep flight again

March 28, 2011

   It’s been three seasons since Churubusco baseball hoisted a trophy.
   Known for their dominance in the postseason, the Eagles enter the 2011 season with a chance to restore the black and gold image once feared by many in the class 2A sectional.
   A bit of that fear remains with a class of eight seniors back from the title days.
   Much of the Eagles power both with the bat and the ball come in the senior class. Along with it comes confidence from the Eagles.

March 25th

Wesley Smith, 25

March 25, 2011

Wesley L. Smith, 25, a Columbia City native, died Thursday, March 24, 2011.
He was born Nov. 27, 1985 in Fort Wayne, a son of Duane A. and Diana E. (Clark) Smith. His formative years were spent in rural Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 2004.
He joined the United States Army where he served in Iraq, Indianapolis and most recently El Paso, Texas.
On Feb. 26, 2010 he was united in marriage to Caroline M. Cripe.
In January, he began his employment at Micropulse.

Geraldine Robinette, 87

March 25, 2011

Geraldine “Jeri” Robinette, 87, of Columbia City, died early Wednesday morning, March 23, 2011 in Naples, Fla.
She was born June 24, 1923 in Wabash County, a daughter of George W. and Marie (Grimm) Garrison. At the age of six, her family moved to Huntington County. She graduated from Bippus High School. In 1942 she moved to Fort Wayne.
On June 22, 1946 she was united in marriage to Joe A. Auker. They made their home in South Whitley. Dr. Auker died Feb. 1, 1979.
She assisted her husband in the operations of J.A. Auker Veterinary Hospital for nearly 30 years.

Families united in surviving loss of children

March 25, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Losing a child has been described as the worst kind of loss anyone could possibly go though, a searing and unspeakable pain.
For two Churubusco-area families, July 16, 2009 will be a day never forgotten. It was that day that Andrew C. (“Andy”) Spencer, 17, and Megan Christine Young, 16, died from results of a one-vehicle accident in rural Whitley County. The young couple had just eaten lunch and were heading to Megan’s house for a swim before her volleyball practice.
Unfortunately, the day’s scheduled events were never completed.

City looking for ways to reduce gasoline use

March 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck is calling on his town’s department heads to come up with ways to help reduce “pain at the pump.”
The mayor said earlier this week at the regular meeting of the Columbia City Common Council, and reiterated on Friday to the Board of Works and Safety, there is seemingly no end in sight to elevating gas prices.
“We do have a need to create a plan within your department,” Fleck told the town’s department heads Friday morning.
Fleck said he realizes a “one size fits all” approach will not work.

Mayor warns of looming budget shortfall

March 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck addressed the town’s Common Council on Tuesday and warned the five-person panel that the city could see another financial hit coming in the next year or more.
Fleck reported at the tail end of the board’s regular session that he’d attended a conference with other Indiana mayors and received word regarding an “over-distribution” to local governments across the state of about $660 million.
“In effect, they (the state of Indiana) gave us a loan. It’s not anybody’s fault,” Fleck said, “it's the fault of the system and the recession.”

Four-peat in Wildcat sights

March 25, 2011

There is one thing that comes up almost daily around Whitko boys track and field.
Repeat.
Not just any repeat but a fourth consecutive Three Rivers Conference championship.
It’s a broken record that the Wildcats hopes stays that way for another season.
“One of the things we’re hoping to do is make it four in a row,” Whitko head coach Ron Cherry said. “That’s our goal that the kids say almost daily. We get together and they yell ‘four-peat.’”
For eight seniors, a conference title is all they’ve ever experienced. According to Cherry, the winning never gets old.

 

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