September 18th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City stand-out netter lost his first match of the season Tuesday against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe East Noble.
Niko Rongos, who was undefeated after nine matches, fell to East Noble‚Äôs Austin Mohamadali, 7-5, 6-3 at DeVol Field.
In No. 2 singles, Blake Fearnow fell 6-2, 6-2 to Knight Evan Hart.
ALBION ‚ÄĒ Following on the heels of Saturday‚Äôs Three Rivers Conference Tennis Tournament, the Whitko Wildcats traveled up Ind. 9 to take on the Central Noble Cougars in a non-conference match Monday.
The Wildcats took straight-set wins in the first four matches on their way to a 5-0 victory over the host Cougars.
Wildcat senior Tyler Baugher took a 6-1 win in the first set at No. 1 singles and followed it with a 6-0 win in the second set to take the opening match.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs slated to be an ‚Äúextremely beneficial‚ÄĚ fair for seniors.
The Whitley County Council on Aging‚Äôs Senior Fair is set for Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City.
Jackie Hake, the center‚Äôs director, said the fair will feature 35 vendors and several free screenings and health services.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve labeled this as food, fun and freebies,‚ÄĚ Hake said. ‚ÄúThe fair is free. There are so many things for the seniors to take part in. They will also get a lot of free information and things to take home with them.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Last year, Whitley County saw the formation of an autism support group, and families joined together to raise awareness and funds for the group through a one-mile walk.
Now, the Whitley County Autism Support Group is hosting the walk for a second year, and the event‚Äôs organizers are hoping for more community involvement.
The Whitley County Walk for Autism will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Whitley County YMCA, 950 E. Van Buren St. in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Volunteers took on a variety of community service projects as part of the United Way of Whitley County‚Äôs Day of Caring Tuesday.
Executive Director Cindy Baker greeted volunteers at a breakfast before the work began.
‚ÄúThis is about helping people,‚ÄĚ Baker said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs why I do what I do and why we are doing this today.‚ÄĚ
Whitley County‚Äôs Day of Caring came to fruition 10 years ago. The concept of giving back to communities was already in existence in neighboring counties when Star Financial Bank Market President David Smith thought to bring the day to Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the last five seasons that Columbia City Head Volleyball Coach Trish Hinen has been in charge of the team, the Lady Eagles have fallen to Warsaw.
Tuesday night, Columbia City broke the spell, and the Lady Eagles downed the Lady Tigers in three close games, as the score was tied 24 times in the second and third sets.
‚ÄúWarsaw is always a really, really good ball club,‚ÄĚ Hinen said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve won games against them before, but never a match. To win in three games is a big deal.‚ÄĚ
Columbia City‚Äôs squad has had a stand-out season, with only one loss (Concordia) all year.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After a month of review, Whitley County Consolidated Schools‚Äô Board of Trustees approved the 2014 budget at Monday night‚Äôs meeting.
WCCS held a public hearing at its last work session, Sept. 3, to allow the public to voice their opinions on the budget.
After no disputes from the public, WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf recommended the board move forward with the budget ‚ÄĒ it was approved by unanimous vote.
The budget isn‚Äôt final, though, as the district doesn‚Äôt know exactly the amount of funds it will receive for the 2014 year.
Alvena Maxine Dolby, 96, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City. Born Feb. 2, 1917, in Ossian, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Nellie (Confer) Middaugh.
She moved from Ossian as a child to live in Brooksville, Ohio. She graduated from Brooksville High School and earned her bachelor‚Äôs degree from Huntington College.
On Aug. 12, 1940, she married Phillip Raymond Dolby in Huntington. Following their marriage, they moved to Stark County and in 1957 moved to Columbia City.
Timothy LaRue, stillborn infant of Seth and Melissa LaRue was called home into the arms of Jesus Sept. 17, 2013.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by siblings, Lucy, Jude and Bela LaRue; his grandparents, Cammie LaRue, Donald LaRue, John and Lisa Hatcher, and Steve Hart; and his great-grandparents, Gordon and Eva Gilbert, and Wilbert and Martha Bok.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Johanna LaRue and an uncle, Nathan LaRue.
There will be no public services.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The staff of the Whitley County Community Foundation will be conducting a diaper drive to benefit B.A.B.E. as their 2013 United Way Day of Caring Project.
This is the fifth year for the event.
For those who like to know their charitable donations go a long way, the community foundation will be matching all donations, package for package, up to $1,000.
All sizes of diapers are needed from infant through toddler.
Anyone interested in donating to the Diaper Drive may drop off packages of diapers at the Community Foundation now through Thursday.