January 28th, 2011
Treva Opal Rex, 104, of Ligonier, widow of Roy Rex, died Jan. 25, 2011 at her residence of natural causes. Born March 30, 1906, she was a daughter of Orson O. and Cora Belle (Gibson) Marshall.
Survivors include a son, James L. Rex, and two daughters, Betty Jane Tuvell and Mary Lou Poyser.
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South in Ligonier. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Chaplain Ken Weaver officiating, Burial is in the Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Students doing well academically and showing their progress across the board â€” that is what Whitko School Corporation officials are saying resulted in one of their elementary programs being lauded by the state.
A contingent from South Whitley Elementary School traveled to Indianapolis Tuesday to collect the schoolâ€™s â€śTop Gainerâ€ť Award at the seventh annual Indiana Conference on Learning.
Principal Bruce Hansen, along with kindergarten teacher and literacy coach Diane Williams and fifth-grade teacher Gina Borton traveled to the state capital to receive the award.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County and the local economic development company began a process months ago to take grant money from Greatbatch Medical and funnel it elsewhere in anticipation of Thursdayâ€™s announcement the Columbia City plant will shut down and move jobs to Allen County.
â€śWe asked that the money be transferred to another company,â€ť said Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake. I know Alan Tio (Executive Director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation) was down in Indianapolis twice trying to get that done in the last couple of months.
Churubusco guard Kasey Gibson, left, and the Lady Eagles basketball team won their fourth game of the season Thursday night with a long trip to South Adams 41-18. Gibson scored six points in the â€™Busco win. The Lady Eagles pulled away with a 15-0 scoring advantage in the third quarter. Heather Monk led the team with 10 points while Haleigh Gross and Nicole Wormcastle both added six.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new slate of officers was installed for the new year at Mondayâ€™s Columbia City Parks Board meeting. Officers include: Kelley Sheiss, president; Mark Ellis, vice-president; Mauri Bordner, recorder; and Dennis Warnick, member. Tammy Nickolson will serve as an intern from Leadership Whitley County.
With the resignation of member Michael Malcolm, effective Dec. 31, the board continues to seek a replacement.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s a little later than usual, but local health officials say they are starting to see an upswing in local flu cases.
Heather Reid, public health nurse at the Whitley County Health Department, said local doctors are just starting to see cases of the flu and expect it to rise in the coming days and weeks.
â€śItâ€™s a later onset than usual,â€ť Reid said, noting that influenza cases usually start rising after Christmas.
Superintendents at Smith-Green and Whitko school corporations said schools in their districts have not yet noticed increased absenteeism due to sickness.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gov. Mitch Daniels will be the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Day dinner, according to a news release from the Whitley County Republican party.
The dinner is planned for March 16 at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center. Tickets are $40 per person for the dinner and $100 for a private reception and dinner.
To reserve a seat or table, call vice chairman Laurel Hodges at 723-4495.
Two file for vacant council seat
COLUMBIA CITY — No longer the little league facility of the Northeast Hoosier Conference, Columbia City baseball has the new look of a respectable diamond.
After new dugouts were installed last season, the final steps in a renovation project have parents of the baseball program asking for the community’s help to finish it.