September 9th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Paintings, sketches, and a variety of handcrafted pieces were on display at the Whitley County Autumn Arts Festival Saturday. The event was coordinated by Whitley County Humane Society board members and helped to raise funds and awareness for the countyâ€™s animal shelter.
MARION â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s and Churubuscoâ€™s boys and girls cross country traveled to Indiana Weslyean in Marion Saturday to compete in an invitational with approximately 2,000 other runners. Churubuscoâ€™s runners had personal records, with Jacob Eyer and Blake Gross leading the boysâ€™ squad with 11th and 17th finishes, respectively.
Nov. 26, 1927 â€” Sept. 7, 2014
Mary Elaine Wilkinson, 86, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:27 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born Nov. 26, 1927, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Edward O. Sr. and Mary L. (Jackson) Bowser.
She graduated from North Side High School with the Class of 1946.
On June 1, 1947 she married Robert C. Wilkinson and they moved from Fort Wayne to Columbia City in 1954. In 1986, she moved to Florida before moving back to Columbia City in September of 2013.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After a decade of sitting empty, an idea was presented to Columbia Cityâ€™s Plan Commission Monday night that may revitalize the former Blue Bell factory. Kevin McDonell was at the plan commission meeting with Commonwealth Development Corporationâ€™s proposal to turn the old factory into senior apartments. McDonell was seeking the plan commissionâ€™s approval to change the area from industrial zoning to high-density residential.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Peabody Public Library will hold a free workshop to learn how to better interview for a new job with resume and interview tips.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High Schoolâ€™s parent and teacher conferences will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. The set-up will be slightly different than in years past. Rather than meeting with teachers in the commons or gymnasium, parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers in their childâ€™s classrooms. As parents enter the building, they will register and receive their childâ€™s current progress reports and a map of the building with information pertaining to where each teacher is located. All parents of Whitko High School students are encouraged to attend.
NOBLE COUNTY â€” Indiana Conservation Officers cited three Indiana men for the illegal taking of wood ducks during closed season on Saturday on Knepper Marsh located on the Tri County Fish and Wildlife Area. Ryan Stork, 25, of Goshen; Russell Brown II, 27, of South Bend and Taylor Vervidh, 24, of Elkhart were each issued a summons for the offense.
Saturday began the early migratory waterfowl duck season for teal only. The season for wood ducks in the Tri County area begins Oct. 18.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Saturday morning showed bright and sunny, as the Columbia City boysâ€™ soccer team played host to Huntington North. Huntington junior Zach Baldridge proved to be a massive pain in the side, as he tallied five of the visitorsâ€™ scores in a 6-1 Viking victory.
CHURUBUSCO â€” The Churubusco Eagles continued their game against the Garrett Railroaders Saturday at 3 p.m. at home after it was postponed due to thunderstorms Friday night. The game ended with final score of 29-7. The Eagles were hard-pressed to find a consistent rushing game throughout the third quarter.
Stepping Stones Preschool, located in Columbia Cityâ€™s First Church of God, began its 45th year of early childhood Christian education Wednesday. Four and five-year-old students in Rita Pittman and Nora Mudrackâ€™s class pretend to sell apples at a farmers market.