August 22nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tom Oâ€™Neill and Dave Lehman, of Passages, came before the county commissioners Monday thanking them for their continued support to the organization over the years.
Passages mission is â€śto support people with intellectual and/or development disabilities in living, learning, working and socializing in the community through the use of quality practices.â€ť
As Oâ€™Neill handed the board a sheet demonstrating the countyâ€™s support, he told them the funds have been mainly used for transportation related costs, as Passages serves over 100 people annually.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” The Columbia City High School Marching Eagles have been working throughout the summer to prepare for a number of fall performances and competitions.
Helen Hockemeyer, the bandâ€™s director, is in her fourth season with the Marching Eagles. She has seen the scope of the band program evolve under her direction.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco man, 20-year-old Dallas Jones, plead guilty to the manufacture of methamphetamine, a class B felony in Circuit Court on Monday. His sentence hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local man was chosen among 80 million people to travel to Israel.
Dave Temple, a Columbia City man, received a phone call from the people at Once In A Lifetime saying he was one of 10 photographers chosen by the students of the University of Tel Aviv (UTA).
Temple is also childrenâ€™s author â€śKewikiâ€ť and has 161,000 followers on Instagram, a social media site for photographers. Kewiki is the creator and illustrator of Wilbur the Ant.
He and nine other top photographers will travel Sept. 2 to 11 throughout Israel.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Helpline of Whitley County has been housed on the Columbia City United Methodist Church grounds for several years, but at the moment the doors are closed.
According to Vice President, Meggan Hoag, the organization is going through a revamping phase.
â€śOriginally, we had different volunteers take care of donations and giving out items to people who need them,â€ť said Hoag. â€śThat made it hard to have any consistency.â€ť
When Helpline reopens its doors, a new partnership will have formed to help the program better serve the area.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” TROY Center Alternative Learning Program, due to costs continuing to increase and available grant money continuing to decline, was faced with the possibility that doors may not stay open to youth in the community.
The County Com-missioners and Council, as well as many other departments, organization and donors, have come through with funds for TROY to maintain the program throughout the 2012-13 year.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Putt, putt, chug, chug and the quiet purr of tractors came through Churubusco Saturday morning during the Mizpah Shrinerâ€™s Antique Power Club Tractor Parade.
The drivers and riders came from all around northeast Indiana to Northeastern REMC to begin what has become the 10th year for the parade.
This was the fifth year the Shrinerâ€™s opened it up the Power Club.
Sixty-seven tractors ranging from IH Farmall, John Deere, Case, Ford, Allis-Chalmers, Co-op and Massey Fergusons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City resident Nancy Brunner, 68, knows the struggles her great-great grandfather Mortimer Jeffries endured and the persistence he demonstrated.
â€śI think there were many struggles he went through to be able to vote and have his children attend school, and from what I understand they were educated,â€ť said Brunner as she complimented her great-great grandfatherâ€™s handwriting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Upon arriving at Columbia City High School Tuesday, students will still call Kyle Nelson â€śMr. Nelsonâ€ť but it wonâ€™t be in their business class. He is now Dean of Students.
Born and raised in Columbia City, his parents are Barry and Darlene Nelson.
He graduated from Columbia City in 2003 and then studied business management at Butler University.
Nelson transferred to Ball State University and finished with a secondary education degree.
He filled in for one semester at Attica High School where there were only 400 students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” She knows a champion sheep when she sees it and is reaping the rewards.
Eryn Schinbeckler is only 16 years old and has recently added more sheep championships to her trophy case. But this easy going Columbia City High School junior isnâ€™t about to brag.
â€śShowing sheep is just what we do,â€ť said Schinbeckler.
Competing against 850 other sheep, Schinbeckler won the 2012 Reserve Champion Suffolk and Fourth Overall Market Lamb at the Indiana State Fair.
She competed in the Grand Drive, traditionally one of 4-Hers top goals.