May 27th, 2013
Simon L. Luther, 94, of Columbia City, died at 11:33 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Wednesday.
He was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Washington Township, a son of Walter and Vera (Sheets) Luther. His formative years were spent in Washington Township. He graduated from Washington Center High School.
On Sept. 21, 1940, he was united in marriage to Betty L. Gradeless. They made their home in Columbia City for four years before moving to Laud. In September 2005 they returned to Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” After moving from its original location in Wolf Lake at Luckey Hospital to the Wolf Lake United Methodist Church, the Free Health Clinic is set to relocate again.
The clinic will be moving in June to an office at 524 Branch Ct., Columbia City, across from Ace Hardware. It will be open Thursday, June 27 with hours of operation from 1 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Community School Corporation recently recognized those students named as Student of the Month for May at the May school board meeting.
Each student received a certificate to commemorate their achievement.
Pierceton Elementary School â€” Seth Russell
Seth Russell is a second grader at Pierceton Elementary School and was nominated by Heather Fox.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After 32 years of teaching preschool at Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City, Linda Trowbridge retired May 16.
A special coffee hour was planned in her honor after church May 19.
Q: Have you always lived in Whitley County?
A: â€śWeâ€™ve lived here for 43 years. We raised our family here.â€ť
Q: How did you get started at the preschool?
A: â€śI helped at Thorncreek Nursery School when my daughters were in preschool. I then took classes at IPFW and started the program at Grace.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Deciding to tackle the planning of a major event was nothing Gretchen Woods would have seen herself doing before now. However, an initiative launched by her employer started Woods on a journey to pay tribute to soldiers in the area.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” High school conference alignments could take another major turn later this week.
It was announced in April that the Northeast Hoosier Conference (NHC) would disband in 2015 and members would seek other affiliations.
Now, a meeting is set for this Wednesday which will include Columbia City and five other current NHC schools: Bellmont, DeKalb, East Noble, Norwell and New Haven. Those six schools will meet with four other schools to discuss a possible new conference.
According to a local newspaper, the four schools are Leo, Huntington North, Angola and Concordia.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A South Whitley woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning.
Police and firemen were called to the area of Ind. 5 and County Road 1000 South at 1 a.m. Sunday, after a van was found in a field.
Elyse Edsall, 26, of South Whitley, was ejected from her vehicle after she rolled it four times.
Columbia City's baseball team's sectional game that was scheduled to be played this afternoon has been delayed to tomorrow.
The Eagles will instead play Snider at Carroll High School at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the sectional semifinals.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Both Columbia City's and South Whitley's Memorial Day Parades were cancelled today, due to weather.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man arrested in January in a fraud case from 2009 pleaded guilty in court Monday.
Andrew Bunger, 29, of Angola, admitted to writing a bad check in 2009, which constituted check deception. His acknowledgement of guilt was part of a plea arrangement.
As part of the deal, Bunger was sentenced to a year in the Whitley County Jail, with all of it suspended except for the approximately four months he has already served.
Bunger was released from jail Monday.