October 15th, 2013
CHURUBUSCO â€” The combined show choirs of Churubusco Junior-Senior High Schoolâ€™s New Era and Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s City Lights and City Heat will be singing to raise money for the Whitley County Literacy Council.
Join this musical extravaganza Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the CJSHS auditorium located at 1 Eagle Dr., Churubusco.
The doors open at 6 p.m. so participants can bid on the silent auction items and enjoy light refreshments. A $5 fee will be charged at the door.
Sharon Louise Harris, 79, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Oct. 11, 2013.
She was born in Elkhart on Oct. 30, 1933 to the late Ira and Mildred Webber.
Sharon was a loving mother and grandmother. Her passion as a homemaker was gardening, and she was a member of the Garden Club.
Surviving relatives include her sons, David (Angela ) Harris and Van Harris; brothers, Bill Webber and J.T. Webber; sister, Gini Lefkowicz; and grandson, Connor. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Van Thomas Harris; son, Michael Harris; and daughter, Christine Harris.
Janice Forster 93, of Rockford, Ill. and formerly a 50-year resident of Cherry Valley, Ill. died peacefully Sunday morning, Oct. 13, 2013, in Presence Cor Mariae.
Janice was born Oct. 10, 1920, in Columbia City, the daughter of Dr. Benjamin and Vera Isabell (Refner) Pence.
Norman Dale Gordon, 84, of Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly at 8:54 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at his residence.
Born July 5, 1929, in Tipton, he was the son of Edward and Mabel (Geiger) Gordon.
Norman grew up in several locations, but spent a great deal of his childhood in Churubusco and graduated from North Webster High School with the Class of 1947.
He married Margie Alice Gaerte Dec. 24, 1950, at Rev. Marion Shroyerâ€™s parsonage in Columbia City.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served as a weapons mechanic.
CHURUBUSCO â€” If at first you donâ€™t succeed, try again â€” that seems to be the mantra for Churubuscoâ€™s Town Council and the garage sale ordinance that has left many residents upset.
In September, the ordinance fell flat when community members spoke out against the fees and language in the proposed policy.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Sights will be set on a familiar face in Columbia City.
Dr. Andrew Hogue purchased the practice of Dr. Westrick at Westrick Family Eye Care, which is located on North Line Street in Columbia City.
Hogue, a Whitley County native, purchased the practice this past summer. He said returning to his hometown has been a blessing.
â€śI am enjoying being back in Columbia City with the many patients I already know. I am reconnecting with a lot of memories from being a kid,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thunderous applause and a standing ovation greeted Tom Zeisig as he accepted the 2013 Friend of 4-H Award.
Zeisig was nominated for the honor because of his tireless volunteer efforts with Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H program.
Also garnering an award was Matt Gibson. He received the 2013 Adult Leadership Award for work in developing a 4-H program that ensures growth and education in its youth participants.
A host of other awards and recognition was given to adult leaders, volunteers and 4-Hers Monday night at the annual Achievement Program.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A Columbia City man pleaded guilty Monday to supplying his son with ingredients for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Jay B. Greer, 56, was pleaded guilty to aiding in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
That crime carries a sentence of 6 to 20 years.
As part of a plea agreement, Greer will have five other charges against him dismissed, but sentencing will be entirely at the discretion of Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.
Greer will be sentenced Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County employees are making way in their goal to collect one million â€” pop tabs, that is.
This will be the second year the county had gathered a million tabs.
In 2000, employees collected a million aluminum tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis.
Recently, the Whitley County Engineerâ€™s office, who spearheads the collection with the support of the County Commissioners, received a generous donation of 149 pounds of tabs from the Living Waters Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake.
Members of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force converged on the Courthouse lawn to decorate the square with purple ribbons in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Joining in the effort were Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Columbia City High School Key Club members and other volunteers.
See a special publication inserted in todayâ€™s Post & Mail for on the task force.