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AUTISM AWARENESS: Walk gains an increase in funds, participants

September 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With more than a 40 percent increase in funds raised and participating walkers, the Whitley County Walk for Autism held its second annual walk Sunday.

Last year, Whitley County saw the formation of the Autism Support Group, and families joined together to raise awareness and funds for the group through a one-mile walk.

In its first year, the walk raised $5,000, compared to this year’s total of more than $7,000. Event planners estimated more than 400 people came out for the event with 325 registered walkers, up from 250 last year.

HITTING HOME: County goes purple to support domestic violence awareness

September 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Soon the Whitley County Courthouse will be decorated in shades of purple for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October is the month set aside to spotlight the reality that domestic violence happens — even here in Whitley County.

To launch the initiative, a proclamation will be read at the Courthouse Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. County Commissioners will come together for the proclamation and in support of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION: County schools stand by choices in programming, partnerships

September 27, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a two-part series on alternative education.

COLUMBIA CITY — A new alternative education program rolled out for middle and high school students within Whitley County Consolidated Schools this fall.

Educating students who need something not offered in a traditional classroom is now handled in-house through a program called Eagle Opportunity to Success, a decision approved by school officials in May.

LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS

September 27, 2013

’Busco scores victory

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s volleyball team picked up a home win against Fort Wayne Canterbury Thursday.

’Busco beat Canterbury in four games, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20 and 25-22.

For the season, the Lady Eagles now have a 9-10 record.

Danielle Pippenger led Churubusco statistically in several categories. She paced the Lady Eagles in kills with eight, blocks with three and digs with 19.

Alisha Farner led the team in aces with four. Lacey Pulley was the assist leade with 29.

Churubusco will head to the South Side Invite Saturday.

Lady Eagles earn conference victory

September 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Its coach said it wasn’t the most effective performance, but the Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball team came away Thursday with a Northeast Hoosier Conference win against New Haven.

The Lady Eagles beat the Lady Bulldogs 25-21, 25-16 and 25-21 for the three-game sweep.

According to Columbia City Head Volleyball Coach Trish Hinen, her team had a marathon week, which contributed to Thursday’s performance.

“We have had seven matches in six days,” she said. “So, it wasn’t pretty. We didn’t play our best, but it’s a conference win.”

Whitko soccer ties Rochester, 2-2

September 27, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko soccer coach Jason Ehrman continues to see progress with his team. After coming off a tough 4-0 loss Wednesday night to Eastbrook, the Wildcat’s were back in action Thursday.

Three Rivers Conference opponent Rochester came calling, and after 80 minutes of play both teams settled for a draw with each team scoring two goals.

“A win would have been nice, but to play them (Rochester) to a draw was special for this team. Rochester and Manchester are probably the two best teams in our conference, and to come out with a tie is a major accomplishment,” said Coach Ehrman.

OPPORTUNITY: New ‘milestone’ for Passages unveiled

September 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A new educational opportunity officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday night.

Passages, Inc. purchased the former Lehmberg Medical Office Building, located on North Oak Street in Columbia City, and remodeled it to serve as its new Creative Learning Center.

A capital campaign raised more than $700,000 to renovate the building so it could offer more day programming and a richer learning environment.

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