September 24th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local funeral home is remodeling its historic location and looking toward the future.
Smith and Sons Funeral Homes, Inc. is remodeling its Columbia City location on North Main Street.
Currently, the plan is to add 3,100 square feet to the historic structure, which has been the home of the Smith familyâ€™s funeral business since 1935.
â€śItâ€™s a project we have been working on for a year-and-a-half,â€ť said C. Taron, â€śTerryâ€ť Smith, president of the funeral home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who stole relics from a local church received a 10-year prison sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Cody Miller, 21, of Columbia City, broke in and stole several relics from St. Paul of the Cross Church last winter.
Monday, he was given a 10-year sentence to the Indiana Department of Corrections, with eight years to serve, for burglary, a Class B felony. He will serve that time consecutively with a probation violation case in Whitley County Superior Court, for which he had more than one year of suspended sentence revoked.
Bill G. Burnworth, of Kimmell, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at 4 p.m. surrounded by his loving family at his home on Harper Lake.
He was born on Dec. 13, 1930, in Noble County, and was the son of Melvin and Catherine (Buckles) Burnworth.
Mr. Burnworthâ€™s mother died in 1939, and in 1940, at the age of nine, he went to live with his aunt and uncle, Fred and Hazel (Buckles) Howard, who raised him. Bill graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1949.
Lucas Michael Junk, 2, lovingly known as â€śMonkeybutt,â€ť passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
Born in Columbia City, Lucas was a good, pure, kind, and loving boy. He loved his monkey, baseball, PBS kids, the remote control and baseball movies.
Lucas enjoyed construction equipment and loved to sing. He knew all the words to â€śJesus Loves Me,â€ť â€śTake Me Out to the Ballgame,â€ť and â€śTwinkle, Twinkle Little Star.â€ť
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Alulmni Association held its 7th Annual Golf Outing at Eagle Glen Golf Course Saturday.
Eleven teams participated in the event.
The winning team, scoring a 55 (17 under par), from left: Doug Sauers, Gary Harris, Jeff Wright, Andrew Thompson (Alumni Association president, presenting trophy) and Troy Jagger.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys tennis team took on Manchester Monday, and the Eaglesâ€™ Niko Rongos improved to 11-1 with a three-set win.
After falling 7-5 in the first set, Rongos came back to win 6-4, 6-1 in the final two to grab the win.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s volleyball team picked up a win against Blackhawk Christian Monday night.
Leading the Lady Eagles at the net was Gabrielle Hazen, with 14 kills and 12 blocks, but she also had strong back row play, serving up three aces.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Funeral arrangements have been made for a toddler who drowned at a Whitley County residence this weekend.
Officials believe Lucas Junk, 2, fell victim to an accidental drowning Saturday at a family memberâ€™s home, 8009 W. CR 300 S.
Around 1:40 p.m., first responders were called to the residence after Junkâ€™s family found him submerged in a small pond.
Indiana Conservation officers say the boy was outside with his family when they realized he was missing. The family estimates they found him less than 10 minutes after they noticed he was gone.
Whitko boys come in sixth at Knox
KNOX â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys tennis team came in sixth at the Knox Invitational Saturday.
The Wildcats scored 16 points overall.
On an individual level, Tyler Baugher, of Whitko, came in third in No. 1 singles.
Blake Castle was fourth in No. 2 singles and Cole Bechtold was fifth in No. 3 singles.
In doubles action, Reed Brace and Bailey Platt came in eighth at No. 1 doubles, and Alex Bechtold and Alex Robbins came in sixth at No. 2 doubles.
Whitko next competes tonight when it hosts West Noble at 4:30 p.m.
Morgan May, Zachary Rhea, and Rebecca Boyd, from Mr. Engelberthâ€™s fourth grade class, are practicing their math facts using XtraMath.org.
Many teachers at Northern Heights Elementary School have been using XtraMath.org to assist in teaching students their math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) at a quick rate of speed.
The goal of the program is to have all students master each math fact by showing they can answer the question in three seconds or less.