November 27th, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” With one day until Thanksgiving, the boys basketball teams of Whitley County will tip off their 2013-14 seasons tonight.
Columbia City and Whitko will hold their traditional battle, set for the day before Thanksgiving. Churubusco will host Adams Central.
Last season, Columbia City picked up a 69-26 win against Whitko on its way to a 20-4 campaign.
The last time the Wildcats have gotten a win over the Eagles was in November of 2008, when they pulled out a five-point win against Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It may be hard for some to believe, but election season is approaching for several local offices.
The primary election, held May 6, 2014, will narrow down the field for 13 county seats and eight school board positions, as well as federal and state offices.
One of those seats, Whitley County Sheriff, already has a candidate, Marcus Gatton.
Gatton, the current chief deputy at the Sheriffâ€™s Department, has announced that he is running as a Republican candidate.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” An initiative to halt the sale of the South Whitleyâ€™s water utility had Town Council members discussing protocol for the upcoming public hearing.
Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer advised the members that the meeting, which is set for Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m., was necessary before adopting an ordinance to authorize the sale of the water utility to Indiana American Water, a company that currently services 30 states.
This ordinance does not mean the town will sell, it simply allows councilmen to further explore the value of the utility and entertain offers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An entrepreneur is planning to renovate a vacant Columbia City building to create 25 new jobs by 2016.
Bill Smith is launching Blue M Medical, LLC, joining several other Whitley County companies who announced job creation and investment plans in 2013 â€” Micropulse, Inc., Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. and Sound Ideas.
Blue M Medical is a manufacturer of custom medical devices, which will locate its operations in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Santa is cominâ€™ to town Friday.
With lights, floats and music, a parade will usher Santa into downtown Columbia City to his house, which is set up on the northwest corner of the Whitley County Courthouse lawn.
The little red house has been a staple holiday sight for decades, according to Jill Winebrenner, who has been a long-time coordinator of Santaâ€™s House.
Beginning Friday night and on through Christmas Eve, children can visit Saint Nick at his home and have their photos taken with the holiday figure.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitley Elementary Schoolâ€™s Spell Bowl teams recently competed in state-wide event in Wabash at the Honeywell Center.
According to coaches, the fifth grade team did not fare as well as hoped. The group competed in the small-school division for fifth graders, but were not able to field a full team.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After nearly five years with no raises, Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ employees are getting a small bump next year.
The WCCS Board of Trustees approved a two-percent raise for school bus drivers, classified staff and administrators, effective in 2014.
â€śIt has been several years since our employees have had increases,â€ť WCCS Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor said.
A community Thanksgiving service will be held at Pierceton United Methodist Church Wednesday at 7 p.m.
A non-perishable food item will be the only donation taken. All will be given to the Washington Township Food Pantry.
West Point Trinity UM
West Point Trinity United Methodist Church will hold a Thanksgiving service at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The church is located at 4980 N. Etna Rd.
Columbia City Rotary Club will host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Columbia City.
Melvin F. Schuman, 99, of South Milford, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his home. Mr. Schuman was born in Larwill Sept. 30, 1914, to Henry and Flossie (Harris) Schuman.
In 1944, he moved to LaGrange County from Columbia City, and Noble County.
Mr. Schuman retired from Monsanto in Ligonier, and had been a farmer and an avid gardener and crafter. He was a former member of LaGrange County Farm Bureau.
On March 15, 1934, in Plymouth, he married Lucy I. Spear. Mrs. Schuman preceded him in death on July 18, 2005.
Michael Allen Wright, 68, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.
Born on June 12, 1945, in Worthington, Minn., he was the son of Gordon G. and Elizabeth L. (Ramert) Wright.
He was born and raised in Minnesota. Mike graduated from Fulda High School in Fulda, Minn. with the Class of 1963.
He entered the U.S. Marines and served from 1963 to 1967 during the Vietnam War.
Mike moved to Columbia City in 1971 and worked at the Indiana Air National Guard from 1972 until retiring as a Senior Master Sgt. in 2001.