July 10th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY Â â€” Located high on a hill off Bus. U.S. 30, The Lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope to those who find themselves in the darkness of lifeâ€™s troubles.
Michelle Woodard is a case manager at The Lighthouse. She said The Lighthouse is more than just a homeless shelter.
â€śWeâ€™ve been labeled as a homeless shelter and I guess in some ways we are, but we offer so much more than a roof over their heads. It is really our mission to not only help people get back on their feet, but to provide healing in areas of their life that brought them here in the first place.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A fun and healthy fundraiser known as Zumbathon provided a hard workout for a good cause Saturday. The fundraiser was held at the First Church of God Gymnasium.
Pat Mossburg, the religious communities director for the Whitley County Salvation Army, said the Zumbathon was held for â€śA Sole Purposeâ€ť â€” a program to help money for new school shoes and backpacks for local children in need.
â€śWe are about half way to our goal,â€ť said Mossburg. â€śWeâ€™ll probably keep collecting monetary donations through mid July.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Board of Commissioners chair Don Amber announced today the county-wide ban on open burning, which includes the use of fireworks, would be extended another week.
â€śI heard a forecast that we could get rain (during the weekend) so weâ€™ll see,â€ť said Amber.
The extension of the ban will take the prohibition up to the next meeting of the commissioners.
The current ban was set to expire today at 1 p.m.
Whitley County followed the lead of other counties and the city of Columbia City in banning open burning when it issued an executive order June 25.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is locking up business and community leaders in Whitley County on Tuesday.
These jailbirds will serve their one hour jail sentence between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Paigeâ€™s Crossing in Columbia City.
The event to raise money for MDA benefits local Whitley County residents.
Blake Van Houten and his brother Cole are both diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystropy.
The boys serve as Goodwill Ambassadors for the MDA.
As each participant works to get out of jail, bail money is raised.
Claude Ousley, 78, of Columbia City, died at 9:17 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at his home. Born on April 25, 1934, in Risner, Ky., he was the son of James Lee and Nancy Jane (Pitts) Ousley.
He graduated from Prestonsburg High School with the class of 1953. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Indiana. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Despite excessive heat and last weekâ€™s storm, Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City hasnâ€™t had a decrease in customers.
Though temperatures passed the 100-degree mark, employees said avid golfers are still on the course.
â€śPeople have been golfing early in the morning or later in the evening (after 4 p.m.),â€ť employee Shelly Davis said.
Last week, the course provided free bottled water to linksters who played during the 100-degree heat, with coolers set up throughout the course.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While corn is usually shoulder high by this time of year, record hot temperatures and little rain have caused it to come to a stand still.
â€śThe heat takes a toll on it more than the sunlight,â€ť said Whitley County Purdue Extension Educator David Addison. â€śWhen temperatures are above 90 degrees it stops growing, and it wonâ€™t start growing until the temperature goes down.â€ť
Although Addison said he has seen everything from knee high to shoulder high corn stalks, the drought combining with the extreme heat does not make for a good pair.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A newer kind of internet scam has made its way on classified ad websites, causing apartment seekers to beware of what they are purchasing.
â€śItâ€™s been a year and a half since I got a first report on it,â€ť said Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Detective Chuck Vogely.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Most Columbia City volleyball fans know when Gabrielle Hazen is making her approach and the ball is in the air: the Lady Eagles are about to score a point.
At 6-foot-2, Hazen towers over the net, and her opponents. Her arms reach several feet over the net, helping her to be Columbia Cityâ€™s dominant force.
She led the team in both blocking and hitting last season as a sophomore, was named 2nd-Team All-Conference and was on the All-Area Honorable Mention team.
With all of those accolades, itâ€™s hard to imagine sheâ€™s only played volleyball for four years.