June 4th, 2015
Passages Profiles â€™15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the programs of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Passages to the Future Endowment Fund provides a place for gifts and funds that help Passages, Inc. with its programming.
Gifts to the fund will never be spent. Instead, the funds are invested and the interest is used to further Passagesâ€™ mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Athletes from all three Whitley County high schools are preparing for this weekendâ€™s IHSAA state finals track and field meet at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at Indiana University, Bloomington.
The boys meet begins Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Churubuscoâ€™s 3,200-meter relay team of Blake Gross, Jacob Eyer, Chance Gallmeier and Alex Turnbow will be the first Whitley County athletes to compete.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An old downtown building has been reduced to rubble in Columbia City.
Crews began demolishing the building two weeks ago, and this week all thatâ€™s left is a pile of brick and dust.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Excitement filled the air when an Indianapolis church received its nonprofit designation from the Internal Revenue Service this week.
The Indianapolis First Church of Cannabis was officially named a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, pushing forward the religion that promotes marijuana use.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Historical Museum is bringing the War Between the States back to life again as it hosts its seventh annual Civil War Camp from June 9 to 11.
The camp is open to students ages 10-13. The children will learn firsthand what it was like to live in the U.S. during the 1860s. Campers will be enlisted as either Union or Confederate soldiers, while learning the history of each side.
Columbia City High School held its annual girls track banquet last week. Coach Bob Fahl presented the following awards: (Front row, from left) junior Hannah Wappes, Most Valuable Runner; freshman Alissa Jagger, Most Improved Runner; senior Kailynn Miller, Most Valuable Track Athlete; senior Lauren Ottinger, Most Improved Field Event; (Back row) senior Samina Qureshi, Coaches Award; senior Morgan Von Seggern, Mental Attitude; senior Sydney Burdge, Most Valuable Field Event; and senior Abbi Gottfried, Rookie of the Year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As an ensemble of the Fort Wayne Childrenâ€™s Choir (FWCC), the Whitley Community Childrenâ€™s Choir (WCCC) just finished its fourth year of performances and musical education.
The group performed for Whitley County Holiday Pops, Santa Parade, Christmas at the Courthouse, Fall Festival, nursing homes and the Farmerâ€™s Market this past year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In the past, every student in the area had to be in the same classroom, regardless of their age. The world of education has changed and not every student completes school in the same fashion.
This is where T.R.O.Y. Center is helpful. T.R.O.Y. Center, Whitley Countyâ€™s alternative school, specializes in finding success for students who have difficulty in the regular classroom.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School junior first baseman Carson Reed earned a place on the All-Northeast Hoosier Conference second team at the corner infield position.
Reed compiled a .414 batting average while pounding out 29 hits. Reed hit three doubles, two triples and one home run during the just-completed season.
Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team finish the 2015 season with a 6-17 record, bowing out in sectional competition with a loss to Bellmont.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High School recently held its Underclassmen Academic Awards. Jasmine Gregory and Maddie Shultz were awarded for three years of outstanding attendance. Juniors Nicholas Crosson, Nichole Crouch, Jacob Hyser, Veronica Palmer and Nathan Wiehe as well as sophomores Ronald Brown, Brandon Oaks and Emily Riddle received awards for two years of outstanding attendance.
Whitkoâ€™s 627 Awards were given to Casey Dierks, Mikayla Findley, Erick Loe, Morgan Miller, Veronica Palmer, Garrett Smiley and Cecilia White.