September 18th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 eventâ€™s 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 â€” Volunteers took on a variety of community service projects as part of the United Way of Whitley Countyâ€™s Day of Caring Tuesday.
Executive Director Cindy Baker greeted volunteers at a breakfast before the work began.
â€śThis is about helping people,â€ť Baker said. â€śItâ€™s why I do what I do and why we are doing this today.â€ť
Whitley Countyâ€™s 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 â€” 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.
â€śWarsaw is always a really, really good ball club,â€ť Hinen said. â€śWeâ€™ve won games against them before, but never a match. To win in three games is a big deal.â€ť
Columbia Cityâ€™s squad has had a stand-out season, with only one loss (Concordia) all year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After a month of review, Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of Trustees approved the 2014 budget at Monday nightâ€™s 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 â€” it was approved by unanimous vote.
The budget isnâ€™t final, though, as the district doesnâ€™t 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 bachelorâ€™s 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 â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority, met in September at the Quiet Corner.
Chorister Sandy Whiteleather led the group in singing â€śSeptember Song,â€ť â€śMy Shepherdâ€ť and â€śI Love Christmas.â€ť She also led the creed set to music by Mary Helfrich. Joyce Dubach accompanied the group.
Hostess Kris Richey served chai, green, herbal and decaf teas; coffee; pumpkin pie; dump cake; nuts and assorted chocolates. Susan McClish assisted.
Breece Bays (left) was nominated by her kindergarten teacher, Jenn Bruce (center), as Pierceton Elementary Schoolâ€™s Student of the Month.
Pictured above, Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s Superintendent Steve Clason (right) presents Bays with the award.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Parents will fill the classrooms at Whitko High School as administrators open the doors for parent-teacher conferences Wednesday.
From 4 to 8 p.m. parents will have the opportunity to meet with their studentâ€™s teachers and get a first-hand look at their academic progress.
Itâ€™s an invitation not enough parents take advantage of, according to WHS guidance staff.
â€śWe always encourage parents to get actively involved in their studentâ€™s education,â€ť said Mark Rickerd guidance counselor.