August 21st, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Helpline of Whitley County has been housed on the Columbia City United Methodist Church grounds for several years, but at the moment the doors are closed.
According to Vice President, Meggan Hoag, the organization is going through a revamping phase.
â€śOriginally, we had different volunteers take care of donations and giving out items to people who need them,â€ť said Hoag. â€śThat made it hard to have any consistency.â€ť
When Helpline reopens its doors, a new partnership will have formed to help the program better serve the area.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” TROY Center Alternative Learning Program, due to costs continuing to increase and available grant money continuing to decline, was faced with the possibility that doors may not stay open to youth in the community.
The County Com-missioners and Council, as well as many other departments, organization and donors, have come through with funds for TROY to maintain the program throughout the 2012-13 year.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Putt, putt, chug, chug and the quiet purr of tractors came through Churubusco Saturday morning during the Mizpah Shrinerâ€™s Antique Power Club Tractor Parade.
The drivers and riders came from all around northeast Indiana to Northeastern REMC to begin what has become the 10th year for the parade.
This was the fifth year the Shrinerâ€™s opened it up the Power Club.
Sixty-seven tractors ranging from IH Farmall, John Deere, Case, Ford, Allis-Chalmers, Co-op and Massey Fergusons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City resident Nancy Brunner, 68, knows the struggles her great-great grandfather Mortimer Jeffries endured and the persistence he demonstrated.
â€śI think there were many struggles he went through to be able to vote and have his children attend school, and from what I understand they were educated,â€ť said Brunner as she complimented her great-great grandfatherâ€™s handwriting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Upon arriving at Columbia City High School Tuesday, students will still call Kyle Nelson â€śMr. Nelsonâ€ť but it wonâ€™t be in their business class. He is now Dean of Students.
Born and raised in Columbia City, his parents are Barry and Darlene Nelson.
He graduated from Columbia City in 2003 and then studied business management at Butler University.
Nelson transferred to Ball State University and finished with a secondary education degree.
He filled in for one semester at Attica High School where there were only 400 students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” She knows a champion sheep when she sees it and is reaping the rewards.
Eryn Schinbeckler is only 16 years old and has recently added more sheep championships to her trophy case. But this easy going Columbia City High School junior isnâ€™t about to brag.
â€śShowing sheep is just what we do,â€ť said Schinbeckler.
Competing against 850 other sheep, Schinbeckler won the 2012 Reserve Champion Suffolk and Fourth Overall Market Lamb at the Indiana State Fair.
She competed in the Grand Drive, traditionally one of 4-Hers top goals.
Ashton Kenzie Brown, daughter of Tyler Guy Brown and Taylor Margaret Rethlake, was stillborn at 4:39 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Surviving relatives include grandparents, Marc and Kim Brown and Mark and Julie Rethlake, all of Columbia City and great grandparents, Sue West of Florida, Rose Rodocker of Fort Wayne, Tom and Jeanne Rethlake, Carol and Jim Nolan and Gary and Emily Deutsch, all of Columbia City.
Great-grandparents preceding Ashton were Guy Brown, Marilyn Biesada, Robert and Marian Moore and Lee and Jo Rodocker.
Annabelle â€śBelleâ€ť Washburn, 74, died Aug. 9, 2012, at her home in Lakeland, Fla. where she had lived since 2008.Â She was born Sept. 5, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo., to Joseph and Beatrice Jenkinson, who later moved to Fort Wayne and Columbia City.
A graduate of Columbia City High School and Indiana University, she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She lived in California for 30 years (Atherton, Redwood City and Petaluma) before moving to Indianapolis in 2001.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The most recent www.thepostandmail.com online poll results showed poll respondents enjoyed gymnastics, beach volleyball and track & field as favorites to view during the recently completed Summer Olympics. Basketball fared poorly in the poll.
The weekly poll appears on the home page of www.thepostandmail.com
This week's poll asks readers about Paul Ryan.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” First-game miscues led Whitko to a season-opening loss to Wawasee Friday night in South Whitley.
Despite possessing the ball twice as long as the Warriors in the first half, turnovers and penalties kept the Wildcats from the end zone, while Wawasee pulled out to a 14-0 halftime lead.
â€śIt was just the little things,â€ť Whitko Head Coach Wayne Swender said. â€śWe counted nine little things in the first half that didnâ€™t go our way. We were moving the ball really well in the first half and all-in-all we were happy defensively.â€ť
Whitko hosts Columbia City next Friday.