June 13th, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. â Former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber finished an illustrious career in track for Purdue as the Boilermakersâ top long jumper in the schoolâs history.
Eberâs name has filled both the indoor and outdoor seasonsâ record books, including four Big Ten Titles in the long jump. She was recently named Second-team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association along with teammate Dani Bunch.
Editorâs note: The following is the first of a four part series in honor of Fatherâs Day.
COLUMBIA CITY â John Slavich is known as one of the faces of the Whitley County Community Foundation, but to his five children he is known as âDad.â
This father is somewhat of a âsuper dad.â Having two teenage kids in his 50âs will make him a superhero to any young parent.
Lowell Elden Sidwell (Sid), 81, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012, at his home, in Columbia City, surrounded by family.
Sidâs many successful business accomplishments include the opening of âSidâs Barbershopâ on Wells Street in 1957, âNew Look Auto Body Shopâ in 1969, and the âFish of Stroh Restaurantsâ starting in 1973.
COLUMBIA CITY â Do you have a few â or perhaps a collection â of old postcards from Whitley County?
If so, The Post & Mail would like you to share them in a special community project.
âWish You Were Here . . . Historic Postcards from Whitley County, Ind.â is the project that will be completed during the next six to eight weeks.
The final result will be publication of a special âcoffee tableâ book that will contain about 100 pages, printed on 70# paper, perfect bound with a colorful laminated cover.
CHURUBUSCO â The Churubusco Jr.-Sr. High School gymnasium was full of families and friends Friday night as 106 seniors walked across the stage and received their diplomas.
One unexpected turn of events happened after Valedictorian Brandi Herron and Salutatorian Rachel Fehring spoke. The two girls lifted their arms in a dance move and a flash mob broke out with nearly 75 percent of the graduates dancing in sync. The audience began laughing, clapping and cheering for the celebrant youth.
COLUMBIA CITY â Old Settlers Day parade is presented by The Old Settlers Day Association and the Columbia City American Legion Post 98. The parade theme this year is, âThe Heartland of America.â
The community is invited to participate in the Old Settlers Parade on June 30. The parade will start at 5 p.m. from Columbia City High School.
There is no entry fee for the parade. Entrants must complete, sign and date an entry form. Forms are available at www.americanlegionpost98.com.
N. MANCHESTER â Manchester College honored alumni leaders in science, industry and education.
Molecular biologist, rubber and plastics industry executive, national education leader, internationally lauded solar energy scientist, and two whose enthusiastic service to their alma mater spans decades were all the Manchester Collegeâs latest Alumni Honor Award recipients
Among those honorees was Charles Chaffee, class of 1964.
Kathleen M. Johnson, 79, of rural Merriam, died Friday, June 8, 2012, of natural causes, while at her home.
She was born Nov. 30, 1932, in Peoria, Ill., a daughter of Ronald Ellsworth and Bess Frances (Stangland) Raber.
Her formative years were spent in Peoria. She graduated from Peoria High School, received her nursing degree from Methodist Hospital in Peoria and Bachelor of Nursing from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
William K. Pequignot, 85, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital.
Surviving are his three children, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two sisters.
Dorothea E. Wilson, 87, of Jefferson Township, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since Jan. 2011.
She was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Washington Township, a daughter of Harry H. and Gertrude I. (Robinette) Taylor.
Her formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. She graduated from Jefferson Center High School.