September 24th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Continuing a recognition program the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation launched during the organizationâ€™s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2012, the EDC recently recognized two locally-based employers.
Ag Plus LP and ChromaSource, Inc. were awarded for their efforts in supporting Whitley Countyâ€™s economic development growth at an event held at Joseph Decuis Farm in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Preparing for college can be overwhelming. Because the choices are many, it may seem as if students select a college by random means, like flipping a coin or tossing a dart.
Deciding where to go, what to study, and how to cover the costly tuition can cause students and parents to feel as if the decision is more than they can handle.
However, guidance staff at Columbia City High School are working in conjunction with a state initiative to encourage students to stay the course of college preparation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local funeral home is remodeling its historic location and looking toward the future.
Smith and Sons Funeral Homes, Inc. is remodeling its Columbia City location on North Main Street.
Currently, the plan is to add 3,100 square feet to the historic structure, which has been the home of the Smith familyâ€™s funeral business since 1935.
â€śItâ€™s a project we have been working on for a year-and-a-half,â€ť said C. Taron, â€śTerryâ€ť Smith, president of the funeral home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who stole relics from a local church received a 10-year prison sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Cody Miller, 21, of Columbia City, broke in and stole several relics from St. Paul of the Cross Church last winter.
Monday, he was given a 10-year sentence to the Indiana Department of Corrections, with eight years to serve, for burglary, a Class B felony. He will serve that time consecutively with a probation violation case in Whitley County Superior Court, for which he had more than one year of suspended sentence revoked.
Bill G. Burnworth, of Kimmell, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at 4 p.m. surrounded by his loving family at his home on Harper Lake.
He was born on Dec. 13, 1930, in Noble County, and was the son of Melvin and Catherine (Buckles) Burnworth.
Mr. Burnworthâ€™s mother died in 1939, and in 1940, at the age of nine, he went to live with his aunt and uncle, Fred and Hazel (Buckles) Howard, who raised him. Bill graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1949.
Lucas Michael Junk, 2, lovingly known as â€śMonkeybutt,â€ť passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
Born in Columbia City, Lucas was a good, pure, kind, and loving boy. He loved his monkey, baseball, PBS kids, the remote control and baseball movies.
Lucas enjoyed construction equipment and loved to sing. He knew all the words to â€śJesus Loves Me,â€ť â€śTake Me Out to the Ballgame,â€ť and â€śTwinkle, Twinkle Little Star.â€ť
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Alulmni Association held its 7th Annual Golf Outing at Eagle Glen Golf Course Saturday.
Eleven teams participated in the event.
The winning team, scoring a 55 (17 under par), from left: Doug Sauers, Gary Harris, Jeff Wright, Andrew Thompson (Alumni Association president, presenting trophy) and Troy Jagger.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys tennis team took on Manchester Monday, and the Eaglesâ€™ Niko Rongos improved to 11-1 with a three-set win.
After falling 7-5 in the first set, Rongos came back to win 6-4, 6-1 in the final two to grab the win.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s volleyball team picked up a win against Blackhawk Christian Monday night.
Leading the Lady Eagles at the net was Gabrielle Hazen, with 14 kills and 12 blocks, but she also had strong back row play, serving up three aces.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Funeral arrangements have been made for a toddler who drowned at a Whitley County residence this weekend.
Officials believe Lucas Junk, 2, fell victim to an accidental drowning Saturday at a family memberâ€™s home, 8009 W. CR 300 S.
Around 1:40 p.m., first responders were called to the residence after Junkâ€™s family found him submerged in a small pond.
Indiana Conservation officers say the boy was outside with his family when they realized he was missing. The family estimates they found him less than 10 minutes after they noticed he was gone.