October 7th, 2013
Grace Lutheran Church hosted a Blessing of the Animals Saturday.
Church members and their animals gathered for Pastor Matthew Converse to bless numerous cats, dogs and even a hamster, as pictured.
The church, in downtown Columbia City, held a Blessing of the Animals for community members to bring their pets to be prayed over.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A South Whitley woman received a 10-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last week for committing burglary.
Ashley Lemon, 28, was found guilty at a bench trial in August.
She received a 10-year sentence, with six years to serve and four on suspended sentence. Four of the six years to serve will be at the Whitley County Jail and two will be on home detention.
Judge James Heuer said he would have Lemon serve the home detention portion of her sentence first, so it would not be a hardship on Lemonâ€™s young daughter.
The Indian Springs Middle School varsity cross country girls squad didnâ€™t let a drenched course keep it from running to first place at the Carroll Middle School Invitational last Saturday.
The team took first out of the 15-school field and beat the always-strong conference rival Maple Creek for the third time this season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new state law that went into effect July 1 is changing communication between police and school administrators.
Whenever a child is arrested or taken into custody for allegedly committing a crime, police are now required to inform the studentâ€™s school district.
Officials at the Whitley County Safety Commission discussed how that law will play a role with Whitley Countyâ€™s law enforcement agencies and school systems.
Unfortunately for decision makers, there is no set process for how that communication is supposed to happen.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Fort Wayne for the Northeast Hoosier Conference cross country meet Saturday.
In a day with poor weather, both teams placed seventh out of eight teams.
â€śRunning conditions at race time were heavy rain, muddy and chilly,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said.
The girls were led by Samantha Roush, who picked up her fourth 1st-Team All-NHC title.
Roush placed fourth with a time of 19:33.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girlsâ€™ number two runner, Brooke Werstler, placed 25th overall.
NEW YORK (AP) â€” Gasoline prices have fallen steadily throughout September, and drivers should look forward to even cheaper fill-ups in the weeks ahead.
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is now $3.42, down from $3.59 on Sept. 1. The price is the lowest itâ€™s been at this time of year since 2010 and is likely to keep falling.
In Whitley County Monday, prices were below the national average at $3.18 a gallon.
DENVER â€” Whitkoâ€™s football team continued its winning streak Friday, downing Three Rivers Conference foe North Miami 49-35 to remain undefeated in the TRC.
Devin Gerding tallied three of the Wildcatsâ€™ seven touchdowns â€” two in the air and one on the ground.
Gerding scored the â€™Catsâ€™ first two TDs of the game to give Whitko a strong 14-0 advantage in the first quarter.
His first score came off a 26-yard pass from quarterback Ethan Nicodemus with less than five minutes off the clock.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Rewind to one year ago, and Churubusco was handed its first and only loss of the regular season at Culver Academy.
The opposing Eagles stomped â€™Busco 35-16. Churubusco was on a four-game shutout streak before traveling to Culver last September.
The tables were turned this season, as Churubusco dropped Culver Academy (4-4) by a 20-3 score.
The first quarter was a defensive battle, as neither team found the end zone.
â€™Busco picked up momentum in the second quarter after a fourth-down conversion.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City Eagle football team still licking its wounds from a spate of injuries ran into a visiting East Noble squad, angry from an upset loss last week.
The Eagles, despite what Head Coach Randy Hudgins called a "good week of practice," came out flat and dug themselves a 14-0 first quarter hole on their way to a 31-7 Northeast Hoosier Conference loss on a rainy night at Max Gandy Athletic Field.
The Eagles' offensive woes from last week continued as they struggled to handle a veteran East Noble defensive line.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What is black, white and read all over? As of recently â€” not the phone book.
As CenturyLink rolled out this yearâ€™s phone book â€” which was as thick as a magazine â€” many reminisced about the â€śold daysâ€ť when the phone book was several inches thick and a vault of information.
Over the last several years, phone books across the U.S. have been shrinking â€” some telecommunications companies have stopped producing them completely.
Three years ago, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania approved Verizon Communcations Inc.â€™s request to stop distributing the white pages.