February 26th, 2015
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ All three of Whitley County‚Äôs public school districts are above the state average in graduation rates.
The graduation rate in Indiana for 2014 was 89.6 percent, and all three local districts were above 90 percent, according to statistics released by the Indiana Department of Education.
Passages Profiles ‚Äô15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúWe have clients‚Äô lives in our hands every day,‚ÄĚ said Cheryl Tinsley, residential manager at Passages‚Äô group home on East Hanna Street. The group home provides a residence for eight female clients with ages ranging from 23 to 86.
Tinsley notes that the wide age span also presents a broad spectrum of challenges on a daily basis.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ In the same week that her sister, Heather, took home Saint Joseph‚Äôs College ‚ÄúAthlete of the Week,‚ÄĚ 2014 Churubusco High School graduate Katie Monk was named Great Lakes Valley Conference ‚ÄúField Athlete of the Week.‚ÄĚ
Katie, a freshman at the University of Indianapolis, received the conference honor for her efforts in the shot put. Katie threw a season and career best 45-feet, 1/2-inch toss, taking fourth at the Hillsdale Wide Track Classic. The mark is currently best among the Great Lakes Valley Conference athletes and ranks among the top 25 on the NCAA qualifying list.
During the month of April, Indiana high school and college students can put their social media skills to good use for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship toward their college education or any secondary schooling. Last year, we granted $85,000 to student award winners!
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ When fire dispatchers received a call at 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning that Renaissance Village nursing home was on fire, officials took all precautions necessary to ensure residents‚Äô safety.
Less than one year ago, Jefferson Township held a special training exercise at the nursing home ‚ÄĒ training that proved to be helpful.
According to fire scanner traffic, dispatchers received a call that the building was on fire, then the caller promptly hung up the phone.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco High School senior Devin Peters signed a letter of intent to attend and play baseball for Kankakee Community College in Illinois.
Peters put up a .372 batting average in 2014 while playing in 29 games for the Eagles. Peters had an on-base percentage .426 and a slugging percentage of .442 with 15 runs batted in.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel issued his State of the City address Wednesday afternoon, overviewing the city‚Äôs progress in the last year, all with one resounding theme: ‚ÄúThe state of our city is strong.‚ÄĚ
Daniel applauded the community‚Äôs togetherness and passion.
‚ÄúThe state of our city is strong because we, as citizens, are making Columbia City a great place to live, work and play. We care about our neighbors. We refuse to quit.‚ÄĚ
Daniel said he is excited about the city‚Äôs positive momentum.
Aug. 4, 1930 ‚ÄĒ Feb. 25, 2015
Doris M. Frantz, 84, of Warsaw, formerly of Sidney, died peacefully in her sleep and went to be with her heavenly Father at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 in Miller‚Äôs Merry Manor, Warsaw.
She was born Aug. 4, 1930 in Bracken, to Allison A. and Amanda M. (Walton) Hill.
May 7, 1950 ‚ÄĒ Feb. 24, 2015
Larry D. Davis, 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at his home with his family by his side. Born May 7, 1950 in Warsaw, he was the son of Thomas and Mary (Hackworth) Davis.
He graduated from South Whitley High School with the Class of 1969. Following high school, Larry enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps.
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