June 27th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Leadership Whitley County (LWC) recently received a state award for its creativity in combining youth and adults in community involvement.
âI didnât feel right accepting this award on my own,â said Kelley Sheiss, program director for LWC. âThis was really earned by those who had the vision to incorporate the youth into what we were doing.â
Given by the Indiana Leadership Association, LWC received the Innovation Award for 2013.
As a community outreach organization, LWC works to instruct adults in areas of communication, teamwork and civic duty.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Approximately 35 new jobs could be coming to South Whitley.
At Tuesdayâs Town Council meeting, Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president, asked town leaders for the OK to proceed with a grant application that would allow for a new business to move into South Whitley.
âWe are still a long way off from knowing for sure if this is going to go through,â Tio said. âBut this gets the ball rolling for us.â
INDIANAPOLIS â Columbia Cityâs 7-on-7 football team ended its season on a high note by making the semifinals of a tournament last weekend.
The Eagles made the semiâs of Pikeâs âLet It Flyâ 7-on-7 tourney.
Overall, Columbia City was 5-2 on the day.
The Eagles beat Triton Central and Evergreen Park, an Illinois school. The lone loss for Columbia City in pool play was to NHC-rival East Noble.
In the first round in the afternoon, the Eagles beat Brownstown Central. In the quarterfinals, Class 6A Lafayatte Jefferson was dispatched by Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â âMommy, are you going to die?â
Carrie Barcusâ youngest daughter, Tabitha, asked the question after Barcus announced she had breast cancer.
Her battle against cancer prompted Barcus to launch an initiative that would later become law.
âI wanted to reach out to Indiana Senators and lawmakers to educate women about this side of breast cancer,â Barcus said. âThere are so many women who just donât know.â
Mabel B. Roebuck, 94, formerly of Columbia City, died at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at East Lake Nursing & Rehab in Elkhart where she had been a resident since May 1, 2012.
She was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Huntington a daughter of John and Ida (Sell) Voght.
Her formative years were spent in Huntington. She graduated from Clear Creek High School.
In 1935, she was united in marriage to Richard S. Roebuck. They made their home Huntington.
Mr. Roebuck died in October 1972. In 2005, she moved to Columbia City.
Kay L. Kyler, 68, of North Webster Lake, died at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at her home following an extended battle with cancer.
She was born Feb. 9, 1945, in Fort Wayne the only child of Leon E. âBudâ and âMary I. (Lenox) Hamman. A native of South Whitley, she graduated from South Whitley High School. She continued her education at Indiana Institute of Technology.
On Nov. 29, 1985, she was united in marriage to Harry M. Kyler. They made their home in rural South Whitley until moving to their home on North Webster Lake 14 years ago.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Sheriffâs Department recently told the Whitley County Council it might return to its old radio system.
Currently on the 800 mHz system (digital), Sheriff Mark Hodges said busy signals and other difficulties might prompt his department to return to the VHF (analog) radio system.
Meanwhile, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the city has not had problems with busy signals, and it is because of what he called a wise investment.
South Whitleyâs U14 softball team won the âBusco Bash Turtle Days softball tournament by defeating the hosts 9-2, Kendallville 9-6 and Huntington 8-2.
Pictured above is the team after the championship game.
Front row, from left: Assistant Coaches Mark Zumbrun, Paul Wilson and Mike Ferguson; Jaima Ferguson, Hanna Yohe, Andrea Snavely, Emily Jones, Micaela Zumbrun, Coaches Ed Yohe and Brian Cox.
Back row: Hannah Garwood, Autumn Wilson, Maria Patrick, Haley Yohe and Riley Insley.
Fifth and sixth graders in Whitley County 4-H went on a one-day trip Friday. They were awarded this trip through an application process and based on their 4-H achievement.
The group went to Fort Wayne and had a tour of Parkview Field including the Tincapsâ dugout and visitorsâ locker room. They then went to the Botanical Gardens and saw the butterfly display. Lunch was had at Coney Island. The day ended with a tour of DeBrandâs Chocolate factory which included sampling the chocolate treats.
COLUMBIA CITY â CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) Head Start is looking to fill open spots in its nonprofit, social service agency.
Head Start is a free, comprehensive preschool program for low-income, three-to five year old children and works to provide quality education in order to prepare children for kindergarten.
Michelle Woodard is a family advocate for CANI and a mom who recognizes the importance of early learning.
âThe preschool will have several openings in the fall, and perhaps even in spring, which we would like to fill,â Woodard said.