November 22nd, 2013
David Smith, left, market president of STAR Financial Bank, and Doug Brown, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, attended the chamberâs educational luncheon recently. The two took the opportunity to share a few laughs and swap stories from their business perspectives.
Dick Dale Gipe, 88, of Columbia City, passed away at 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Parkview Oaks.
Born May 11, 1925, in Columbia City, he was the son of Murl E. and Elderine F. (Thompson) Gipe.
When he was a year old, his mother passed away and at the age of 10, Dick lost his father from the result of an auto accident. He was then raised by his grandparents, Adam and Mary Gipe and aunt, Neva Gipe.
COLUMBIA CITY â Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs four boys basketball teams began their seasons this week with some close games.
The seventh-grade Stars opened their season with an exciting 28-27 win over Milford Middle School Monday.
With three seconds left in the game, tied at 27, Dalton Bell hit the second of two free throws to secure the win for the Stars.
They were led in scoring by Collin Wood with 16 points, followed by John OâDellâs six, Bellâs four and Zach Slagalâs two points.
GOSHEN â Churubuscoâs girls basketball team had a rough start to its Northeast Corner Conference schedule for 2013-14.
The Lady Eagles lost at Fairifield, 60-24.
The defeat drops âBusco to 1-3 on the year, and 0-1 in the conference.
For the Lady Falcons, it was their first game of the season overall, putting them at 1-0 to start the campaign.
Fairfieldâs Jenny Kiper led all scorers with 24 points overall. Teammate Katie Yates chipped in nine.
Churubusco was led by Shelby Brockman, Alisha Farner and Montanta Martin with six each.
COLUMBIA CITYâ Following in someone elseâs footsteps and still having success can be difficult.
But Columbia City senior Andrea Richter has done that in the pool, first at her high school, and soon at her college of choice.
Richter signed this past Friday to swim at Ball State University. She will be the second member of her family to swim as a Cardinal.
Her older sister, Haley, is a senior at Ball State University this season, and has been part of several record-setting relay teams.
Andrea Richter has already qualified for the state meet as a Lady Eagle.
CHURUBUSCO â Smith-Green Community Schools board members were updated on the progress of students in alternative education.
Churubusco Junior-Senior High Schoolâs alternative-education program, My Achievement Center (MAC), is housed in a room adjacent to the schoolâs library.
There are multiple options for alternative-education. Some districts pool resources. Some send their students to locations away from campus, such as the T.R.O.Y. Center in Whitley County. Columbia City High School just launched a new program for students this year, Eagle Opportunity.
COLUMBIA CITY â Thirty-two community members were honored with the Whitley County Community Foundationâs Heart of Gold Award.
The annual award is presented to those in the county who exhibit a passion for bettering the community through volunteer work.
âI hope tonight is a rest stop in our busy schedules,â said September McConnell, director for the WCCF. âTonight is about saying âthank you.â We love this program. It honors the unsung heroes who were just going about doing what they thought needed to be done. However, to someone, you are making all the difference in the world.â
WHITLEY COUNTY â Residents across the county and the U.S. will pause and remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Today marks 50 years since the tragedy and Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, asked Whitley County residents to share what they remember most about that fateful day.
âI was in sixth grade, getting ready to wash blackboards. The principal came on the loudspeaker with the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated. Everyone in my class cried, even the boys.â â Charlene McDevitt
Whitkoâs wrestling team held its intrasquad match Wednesday. Matches included the one seen here, where Evan Cozad fights to escape from Cole Findley.
COLUMBIA CITYâ After dotting the record book at Columbia City, one Lady Eagle senior will carry on her career in Bloomington.
Samantha Roush officially signed last week to run track and cross country for Indiana University.
She is fresh off a cross country season that saw her take home 44th in the state meet.
Running at the state cross country meet in Terre Haute was nothing new for Roush, though.
The Lady Eagle senior ran at state all four years of her career, peaking with a 10th-place finish as a sophomore.
This season, she was the lone Whitley County runner at the meet.