CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco High School Senior Beau Barkley has chosen to continue his football and golf careers at Defiance College in Ohio.
Barkley, who played four years of football, four years of golf and four years of basketball, opted for Defiance over Anderson University, Hanover College, Trine University, St. Francis University and Ferris State University.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Saturdayâ€™s Whitley County Historical Societyâ€™s annual banquet began with not one national anthem, but rather two, as the society welcomed Canadian guest speaker Ron Zboril to the Agricultural Museum to speak on Indianaâ€™s road to statehood.
Dressed in the uniform of a 1750s French marine, Zboril detailed the development of Indiana from colonial days through the French and Indian War and on through the American Revolution and the conflicts with the Native Americans to the conquest of the Northwest Territory.
Firefighters from multiple departments battled a barn fire Sunday night in southeast Whitley County. Crews were dispatched at 9:15 p.m. Sunday to 9885 S. CR 500 E. to a fully-involved barn. With several other structures in the area, Jefferson Townshipâ€™s Fire Department called for assistance from multiple other departments. Within 30 minutes, the blaze was knocked down to a smolder. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. According to Whitley County GIS, the property is owned by Chad and Stephanie Nix.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” For 15 years, Whitley County's homeless and displaced have been served by The Lighthouse, and now leaders are prepared to plan for the nonprofit's future.
Jeremy Wike, senior pastor for Community of Hope church in Columbia City, recently took on the role of board president for InterFaith Mission, Inc., the board tasked with making decisions for The Lighthouse. After serving four years as a board member, Wike accepted the president nomination â€śbecause there is more work to be done.â€ť
The Volunteers, an adjunct of the U.S. Army Band, performed a free concert at Columbia City High School Sunday afternoon. The 90-minute show offered rock, pop, country and patriotic music to approximately 300 attendees. The event was sponsored by The Post & Mail, American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 5582. Above, from left: Randy Wight, plays the keyboard and Thomas Lindsey plays the guitar.
WINONA LAKE â€” Whitko grad and Grace College junior Logan Irwin capped a successful season by being named to the honorable mention for NAIA All-American team and a second team selection for the National Christian College Athletic Association All-American squad.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership announced that Whitley County Economic Development President Alan Tio is joining the regional leadership team to serve as senior vice president.
Tio will join the partnership effective May 4 and lead the organizationâ€™s business development, marketing and regional initiatives. In turn, Tio is stepping down from his position at the local level.
â€śAlan is a great addition to the leadership team of the Regional Partnership,â€ť said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
Caitlin Ackerman, a new member, demonstrated her love of color during show-and-tell at the February meeting of the Whitley County Country Quilters.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Change is on the way for the northeast side of Columbia City.
Crews began work on the Ind. 205 project this week; a project with a $3.14 million pricetag that should improve safety and traffic to and from the park.
Clearing of the area began this week and an erosion control silt fence has been placed this week.
At the completion of the project, the entrance to Morsches Park will be moved north to be directly across from Towerview Drive (the entrance to the Blue River Industrial Park).