October 16th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Purple ribbons may be decorating downtown Columbia City commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the color purple held a different meaning Tuesday night.
Relay for Life of Whitley County began assembling its committee for the 24-hour walk in June.
Purple is the eventâ€™s color and the shade worn by cancer survivors at the relay.
It may seem premature to begin generating to-do lists and plans for a fundraiser more than seven months away, but there is much work to be done.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While many view court-ordered community service as punishment, more positives than negatives come from the work crew, according to its leader Thor Hodges.
Many have seen the yellow community service van around Whitley County, at the schools, working in the streets and parks, but Hodges said there are misconceptions about the people working on those crews.
â€śTheyâ€™re not bad people,â€ť Hodges said. â€śTheyâ€™re people who have made a mistake and were ordered to do community service for it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man convicted for using drugs at a local bar in Columbia City received the maximum prison sentence Monday.
Chadwick L. Sweet, 36, was sentenced to three years to the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC), for maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.
Sweet was ordered by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to serve the entire time behind bars.
The maximum sentence for a Class D felony is three years.
Sweet was originally arrested in April, when he was caught using drugs in the restroom at Duffâ€™s in Columbia City.
The Indian Springs Middle School varsity girls took a moment to relax after racing to a hard fought victory as NEL Middle School Conference champs Saturday at Wawasee Middle School.
The girls edged out Wawasee by just one point in the eight-team race.
Pictured, from left, Bailie Brown, 12th in 12:19; Shay Trump 9th in 11:47, Alissa Jagger, 5th in 11:43; Jasmine Early, 6th in 11:44; Ashley Johnson, 1st and overall conference champ, in 11:24; Lauren Keller, 8th in 11:46 and Whitney Shelton, 21st in 13:07.
The ISMS reserve girls squad also took first place out of the eight teams.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” With 402 teams entered for the second year in a row, initial matchups for the 42nd Annual IHSAA Volleyball State Tournament were announced this morning.
Sectional play begins Tuesday, Oct. 22, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 26, at 64 sites across the four enrollment classifications.
Friday, Oct. 18
â€˘ Radio theater - 7 p.m.
Radio Theater will be Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Peabody Public Library auditorium. The two shows will include spine-tingling and rib-tickling productions of â€śThe Hitchhikerâ€ť and â€śHalloween with Baby Snooks.â€ť
Wednesday, Oct. 23
â€˘ Trick-or-Trunk - 6:30 p.m.
Smith Green Community Schoolsâ€™ Trick-or-Trunk will be Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28
â€˘ Harvest party - 4:30 p.m.
CHURUBUSCO â€” The combined show choirs of Churubusco Junior-Senior High Schoolâ€™s New Era and Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s City Lights and City Heat will be singing to raise money for the Whitley County Literacy Council.
Join this musical extravaganza Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the CJSHS auditorium located at 1 Eagle Dr., Churubusco.
The doors open at 6 p.m. so participants can bid on the silent auction items and enjoy light refreshments. A $5 fee will be charged at the door.
Sharon Louise Harris, 79, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Oct. 11, 2013.
She was born in Elkhart on Oct. 30, 1933 to the late Ira and Mildred Webber.
Sharon was a loving mother and grandmother. Her passion as a homemaker was gardening, and she was a member of the Garden Club.
Surviving relatives include her sons, David (Angela ) Harris and Van Harris; brothers, Bill Webber and J.T. Webber; sister, Gini Lefkowicz; and grandson, Connor. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Van Thomas Harris; son, Michael Harris; and daughter, Christine Harris.
Janice Forster 93, of Rockford, Ill. and formerly a 50-year resident of Cherry Valley, Ill. died peacefully Sunday morning, Oct. 13, 2013, in Presence Cor Mariae.
Janice was born Oct. 10, 1920, in Columbia City, the daughter of Dr. Benjamin and Vera Isabell (Refner) Pence.
Norman Dale Gordon, 84, of Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly at 8:54 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at his residence.
Born July 5, 1929, in Tipton, he was the son of Edward and Mabel (Geiger) Gordon.
Norman grew up in several locations, but spent a great deal of his childhood in Churubusco and graduated from North Webster High School with the Class of 1947.
He married Margie Alice Gaerte Dec. 24, 1950, at Rev. Marion Shroyerâ€™s parsonage in Columbia City.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served as a weapons mechanic.