October 29th, 2012
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.
Rachel Lila-Jane Sheets, 28, of Churubusco, passed away at 1:18 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Feb. 25, 1984 in Columbia City, the daughter of Rodney Clayton Sheets and Jane Ellen (Fry) Goldwood.
She spent her entire lifetime in Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 2002.
She was baptized and attended Oak Grove Church of God, Columbia City. She received her associates degree in cosmetology from Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne.
CHURUBUSCO â Construction work is moving forward at Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS). Fetters Construction Inc. has torn down a canopy that once covered the sidewalk in front of the building. The canopy has been a part of the schoolâs facade for decades. Now, only a small portion remains near the main entrance.