September 27th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A new educational opportunity officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday night.
Passages, Inc. purchased the former Lehmberg Medical Office Building, located on North Oak Street in Columbia City, and remodeled it to serve as its new Creative Learning Center.
A capital campaign raised more than $700,000 to renovate the building so it could offer more day programming and a richer learning environment.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls soccer team tied Eastbrook Wednesday.
The Lady Wildcats and Lady Panthers ended the game 1-1.
Whitko got its goal in the first half. Reghan Craig put the ball in the net unassisted.
Eastbrook had its chance in the second half, getting a goal on a penalty kick.
For the game, Whitko had 15 shots on goal overall. Goalkeeper Jordan Hall had eight saves for the Lady Wildcats.
Whitko is now 5-3-5 for the season and next plays at Blackford Saturday.
Wildcats fall to Panthers
Whitko volleyball falls to Wabash in four
WABASH ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs volleyball team lost in four sets to Wabash Tuesday.
The Lady Apaches beat the Lady Wildcats by a final of 25-22, 25-11, 17-25 and 25-18.
Whitko was led in kills by Maddie Gawthrop, who had 14. Emily Day led in aces with three and Elaine Warner had 34 assists.
The Lady Wildcats will next play at Columbia City Monday.
Braves edge Eagles
DECATUR ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys tennis team lost 3-2 to Bellmont Tuesday.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Visiting Wabash downed the Whitko boys tennis team Wednesday.
The Apaches defeated the Wildcats by a final of 4-1.
Tyler Baugher was the lone Whitko winner, picking up a victory in No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 2 singles, Blake Castle of Whitko dropped his match, 6-3, 6-4. Cole Bechtold lost 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. In doubles play, the No. 1 doubles pair of Alex Bechtold and Bailey Platt fell 6-3, 6-1, and the No. 2 doubles combo of Reed Brace and Alex Robbins lost for the Wildcats, 6-2, 6-1.
Third-grade mentor, Samuel Joseph (right), works with his kindergarten ‚Äúbuddy,‚ÄĚ Jaiden Comparet.
Third-grade mentors at Coesse Elementary School meet with their kindergarten ‚Äúbuddies‚ÄĚ each week to read, discuss books and to complete projects together.
The mentorship helps kindergarten students learn procedures as they experience books with their mentors. Additionally, the mentorship gives third-grade students the opportunity to take on leadership roles.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Residents of Thorncreek Township responded in greater numbers than any other area Thursday to the Red Cross Bloodmobile‚Äôs appeal for blood at the Zion Lutheran Church.
The goal of 58 was not met, as only 50 pints of blood were collected.
Roberta Metzger received a seven-gallon pin in recognition of gallons she had donated.
Volunteers at the registration table were Nancy Souers, Mary Cornmesser, Sharon Kimmel and Ellen Hively.
Other volunteers were Steve Smith, Sharon Cearbaugh, Mollie Payne, Ruthie Busick, Diana K. Walter, Roberta Metzger and Diane Foughty.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Beginning Oct. 15, Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) will be accepting calls to schedule appointments for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley counties.
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay a portion of a household‚Äôs heating bills during the winter months.
Last year, CANI helped approximately 9,500 families with their utility bills. Households include both renters and homeowners. They are eligible for this benefit one time a heating season.
Russell Lowell Fisher, 86, of Tri Lakes, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 24, 2013, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born Aug. 25, 1927, in Spring Grove, Indiana a son of Preston B. and Elizabeth C. (Miller) Fisher. His formative years were spent in Richmond. He graduated from Richmond High School and attended Earlham College.
From 1945 until 1948 he served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps.
In 1951, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Cail. They made their home in Richmond until 1956 when they moved to New Castle.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) Board of Trustees heard no public comment at its hearing for the 2014 budget, and will look to adopt it in October.
The public comment was the final phase of the budget process before adoption.
Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the advertised budget for this year is lower than what last year‚Äôs approved budget was and lower than 2012‚Äôs.
Fleetwood said the actual budget often is lower than advertised, because he overestimates based on the chance the district might need more faculty.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Tragedy struck again this week, as another young child drowned in Whitley County Saturday.
Lucas Junk, 2, was the second toddler in four months in Whitley County who lost his life in a matter of minutes after falling into a body of water.