October 29th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Despite the outbreak of fungal meningitis affecting clinics in Indiana, Whitley County remains in the clear. Cases of illnesses and deaths are soon expected to take a drastic downward spiral.
According to Whitley County Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher, three lots of contaminated methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), of Framingham, Mass. was the cause of several cases affecting a total of 18 states.
COLUMBIA CITY â Area high school students morphed into zombies Saturday to converge on Paigeâs Crossing for Columbia City High Schoolâs zombie prom, sponsored by CCHS show choirs.
The dancing dead ate zombie-themed foods such as blood punch, flayed-skin cheeseball and bandaged big toes.
Candace Lemke, a show choir parent, coordinated the food. She said, âThe food is zombie inspired. Itâs all in good fun. It may sound gross, but it tastes good.â
The event was a fundraiser for the choir program and was open to all CCHS and Eagle Tech Academy students and their guests.
COLUMBIA CITY â As TROY Center continues to strive for student excellence, the staff has embraced the motto âto do whatever it takesâ to ensure those students reach their goals.
According to TROY Center Administrator Nicole Trier, TROY, which was recently accredited in August, provides mentoring, social skills education, wellness activities, basic skills education, fine arts, substance abuse education, physical training and tutoring.
âOur goal is to catch the students who will otherwise fall through the cracks because theyâve been expelled or something like that,â said Trier.
BUTLER â A professional motocross rider from Churubusco was hurt after he crashed his dirt bike Saturday.
Bradley Sordelet, 24, was practicing near Butler Saturday afternoon when he was trying to negotiate a jump and crashed.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, Sordelet fractured his lower leg.
Sordelet was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne and is listed in fair condition.
DNR probing off-road vehicle accident in Whitley County
TERRE HAUTE â After a long and trying season for Columbia City stand-out runner Samantha Roush, the harrier made Indianaâs All-State team, placing 24th at Saturdayâs state finals in Terre Haute.
A junior this year, this season was Roushâs third year at the state meet.
Last year, Roush came in seventh and she placed 16th as a freshman.
While she may not have placed as well as before, Roush spent much of the 2012 season sidelined due to an injury.
âIt was the season that almost wasnât,â Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said. âTwice.â
COLUMBIA CITY â While much of the east coast is buckling down for Hurricane Sandy, many states in the tMidwest will also be feeling the effects of the storm.
A wind advisory goes into effect this afternoon until Tuesday evening, and also brings the chance for snow, with highs in the mid-40s for most of the week.
Wind speeds are predicted to reach 45 mph.
While area meteorologists say the ground is too warm for accumulation, cold temperatures and rain may pose the perfect storm for the seasonâs first snow.
COLUMBIA CITY â For the past five years, Columbia City resident and Marathon store manager Dee Ellenberger has been putting her personable skills to good use, considering many of her customers to be like her family.
âMy customers are like family,â said Ellenberger. âIâve laughed a lot with them, and Iâve cried a lot with them.â
Ellenberger, 58, works at the Marathon located at Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive in Columbia City, clocking in early in the morning to prepare the store for business and working until the afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â Since TROY Center became accredited in August, the school staff has continued to secure partnerships and work with studentsâ goals, making the atmosphere a warm, caring environment.
âWeâre just trying to do a lot more future thinking,â said TROY Administrator Nicole Trier.
Trier said TROYâs first intention is to partner with schools in the area before having students apply for vouchers.
âIf a student comes to us and they want to enroll, weâre going to first see if the schools are willing to refer them,â said Trier.
COLUMBIA CITY â Haunted houses and ghost stories are a common place this time of year. Halloween can evoke spooky tales, but some stories hit close to home. There are a few urban legends that originate in Whitley County. Some are told in whispers and shared around campfires.
The circumstances surrounding these tales are not confirmed to be factual. That doesnât mean the encounters themselves are not true. Those who have faced fear down and stood toe-to-toe with Whitley Countyâs paranormal would agree â truth lies within perception.