November 14th, 2012
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitleyâ€™s Town Council approved the minutes from its Oct. 25 meeting, where the council moved forward with the townâ€™s new energy contract with Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
The contract will replace the existing relationship with Duke Energy, saving the town of South Whitley an estimated $110,000 a year.
In other council business, Waste Managementâ€™s contract for sludge hauling is soon to be expired.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the Whitley County Salvation Army is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the organization recently received pieces of its past from a local resident. The collection includes historical photos, memorabilia and memories of the organizationâ€™s olden days, which will be used by the local Salvation Army as it begins compiling a memory book.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor said construction workers have scratched the surface on Eagle Tech Academyâ€™s Phase III project.
Oâ€™Connor said the project, which began in October, will open up enough classroom space to allow an additional 200 students at ETA for the next school year.
The project will also group the schoolâ€™s offices, granting direct access to them through the public entrance.
â€śI think itâ€™s going to be a real nice facility for the district, and something that the community can be proud of,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Katrina Simpkins, a young celebrity from Columbia City, was on hand to introduce the movie, â€śDolphin Tale,â€ť at Mary Raber Elementary Schoolâ€™s movie night Friday.
Katrina is well known for her connections to Winter, the dolphin that inspired the movie â€śDolphin Tale,â€ť released in 2011 by Warner Brothers.
William Henry Smith, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Dec. 5, 1929, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Mickey A. and Ruie Malington (Hile) Smith.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1949. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in October, 1954.
On April 12,1974, he married Nancy (Mettler) Wagner at Reverend Graham Kleespieâ€™s home in Columbia City.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” â€śItâ€™s not something you expect to hear when you come from small-town Columbia City where itâ€™s so quiet.â€ť
Anna Prickett, 23, a Columbia City High School graduate was less than two miles away from the explosion in Indianapolis that killed two people and rendered entire blocks uninhabitable.
â€śThe blast was so loud,â€ť Prickett said. â€śAnd the power sent a rush of air through our apartment windows, strong enough to blow the blinds up and rattle items in the kichen.
â€śMy first thought was thunder, but the blast of air didnâ€™t make sense.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Taking home first-place honors at Columbia Cityâ€™s Veterans Marathon is nothing new for Justin Gillette.
Gillette has won the marathon in all four years of its existence.
Gillette, 29, Goshen, finished with a time of 2:34:28.56, six minutes ahead of second place finisher Doug Powers, of Clinton, Iowa.
Gillette ran a pace six minutes faster than last yearâ€™s winning time.
Three Whitley County runners placed in the top 60, led by Austen Davenport, of Columbia City.
Davenport, 26, came in 12th with a time of 2:55:52.12.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The holiday season might be full of family meals and festivities, but how can families cope when they look around the dinner table and notice a chair is left empty?
Sharon Brockhaus is a grief facilitator and certified funeral celebrant with DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, Columbia City, and the chapter leader for The Compassionate Friends, an organization devoted to helping others work through the loss of a loved one. For the past seven years, Brockhaus has served grieving families. The need to serve came after the loss of her son, Justin.