October 3rd, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â Carol Pebley, Wycliffe Bible translator and missionary, will be at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. to share stories of her ministry. Pebley began her service to the Lord living in the Philippines in 1986. She dedicated her life to learning the "unwritten language" of the Kagayanen people with hopes of providing the Bible in their mother tongue.
Jaden Bechtold, a kindergartner from Northern Heights Elementary School, was awarded $529 toward his College Choice 529 account as part of the Whitley County Promise program, directed by the Whitley County Family YMCA. The programâs goal is to promote a college and career identity in Whitley Countyâs youth. Statistics show that if a child has a dedicated college savings account, he or she is seven times more likely to attend college.
CHURUBUSCO â To celebrate autumn colors and festivities, the Churubusco Public Library will be sponsoring a fall coloring contest for children ages 12 and under. Pumpkin-themed coloring pages are currently available at the library, and must be returned by Oct. 25.
Several first graders in Whitley County recently visited Manchester University to learn about college life. The children had a chance to âWalk Into Their Futureâ by participating in different activities provided by the science, education, math and English departments of Manchester University. Northern Heights Elementary School Principal Jake Hoag said touring the campus and participating in the activities was a âunique opportunityâ for the children.
COLUMBIA CITY â A professional conference was one of many events promoting domestic violence awareness this week. To begin Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) members planned a series of events that included guest speakers at county high schools, decorating downtown Columbia City with purple ribbons, banners and posters, and on Thursday, a day-long conference helped to educate community leaders and volunteers on the impact of violence in the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs senior boys soccer players topped off the regular season in prime fashion, hosting and beating Garrett 8-3.
Senior Drake DeWitt, who recorded seven goals, opened Columbia Cityâs offensive charge, scoring with 27:11 to go in the first half. DeWitt scored again at the 24:08 mark, and yet again with 1:24 left in the half to make the score 3-0 at halftime.
April 24, 1933 â Oct. 1, 2014
Cleo L. Brown, 81, of Columbia City, Ind. passed away at 6:36 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born on April 24, 1933, in Whitley County, he was the son of Lee and Ethel (Weeks) Brown.
A lifetime resident in Whitley County, Cleo graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1951.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War and was discharged in 1959.
COLUMBIA CITY â A new regional project, the Our Story Project, sought public input to help change the way residents speak about Northeast Indiana. Workshops were held in Whitley County in September and continue in all 10 counties within the region this week and next. Public participation helps to establish the regionâs reputation, with themes including who we are, where we are going as a region and what Northeast Indiana will be known for.
COLUMBIA CITY â Continuing a recognition program the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) launched during the organizationâs 20th anniversary celebrations in 2012, the EDC has recognized Reelcraft Industries, Inc. and Shindigz for the companiesâ long-term contributions to the communityâs economic success.
COLUMBIA CITY â Crews continue to work on a seven-month project to replace the U.S. 30 bridges that pass over Blue River Trail and Morsches Park. Two Whitley County companies are partnering on the project. CRI Construction of Larwill is pictured placing concrete barriers along the side of the highway. R.L. McCoy of Columbia City has been involved with the work since it began earlier this summer. The work is expected to be completed no later than Oct. 31.