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January 17th

Commission looks to future, wants input

January 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Plan Commission will be taking public input on the latest draft of its long-range blueprint prior to its monthly meeting Wednesday.
Draft B of the county’s Comprehensive Plan will be the focus of an open house from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Whitley County Government Center. prior to the 7 p.m. start of the plan commission meeting.
Planners have been developing the new guide for land use and development over the last year, working with Ground Rules, Inc., a consulting firm.

Local superintendents react to IDOE initiative

January 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — In a continued effort to enhance communication between Indiana teachers and state education officials, the Indiana Department of Education launched The Educator Learning Link (TELL) Ambassadors program last week.
The program, introduced Wednesday, is getting mixed reactions from local superintendents.
“I think it appears the Department of Education seems to be reaching out to the local level and that’s a positive thing,” said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools.

Hall of Fame calls Zorger, Fields

January 17, 2011

   Two of Whitley County’s very own have been honored in the most recent list of spots in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
   Both Jenny (Eckert) Zorger and Fred Fields hailed from Huntington North High School and it’s as Vikings that put them among the best Indiana has in the basketball world.
   A senior in 1986, Zorger took her team to a sectional title and 25 years later was named to the 2011 Women’s Silver Anniversary Team.

NHC stumble, City rally cut short

January 17, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — While everyone in the stands was helping fight the same battle against cancer, Columbia City and Homestead girls’ basketball teams were in the midst of a contest that had the potential to shake up the Northeast Hoosier Conference standings.
   Despite a poor shooting night, a Lady Spartans team, perfect in the conference, remained unblemished. A late rally from Columbia City fell just a basket short in the closing minute as Homestead held on 54-50.

Individual titles lead Eagles, Wildcats at Goshen

January 17, 2011

   GOSHEN — For 10 of the past 11 years, the winner of the Goshen Invitational wrestling tournament has hailed from Whitley County, with Columbia City ripping off a string of nine straight titles and Whitko following them with a win in 2009 before the host Goshen Redskins broke the string last year.
   Both Whitko and Columbia City traveled to Goshen on Saturday with the intention of reclaiming the title.

Council eyes possibility of city-run cable channel

January 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s council will try to decide, again, whether the city wants to get into the television business.
Whitley County resident Erik Mollberg, who serves as the assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne with the Allen County Public Library, told the town’s Common Council last week that the city, courtesy of its franchise agreement with Mediacom, has money available for equipment that could be used for operating a cable television channel.

Sign updates to include new stops

January 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s program to update street signs will involve more than just posting speed limits.
Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh has been briefing the city’s Board of Works and Common Council in recent weeks about updating signs throughout the city.
Cearbaugh told the board last month the new signs are part of a project to bring the city up to federal compliance.
He said numerous streets aren’t posted with speed limits, adding that if they aren’t, they default to 30 miles per hour by state statute.

January 14th

Spartans go wire-to-wire

January 15, 2011

   FORT WAYNE — A three-team tie just became two for first-place in Northeast Hoosier Conference.
   Two undefeated teams in the NHC came together Friday night with a top heavy senior Homestead (8-4, 3-0 NHC) hosting a  young Columbia City (7-3, 2-1 NHC) squad.
   The experience paid off for the Spartans taking an early first quarter lead and grabbing a wire-to-wire win 62-48.

Role player leads Whitko in TRC rout

January 15, 2011

   SOUTH WHITLEY — Contrary to the rest of the season, where Logan Irwin and Zac VanDeWater lead Whitko’s scoring, the Wildcats counted on senior Max Elder’s season-high 20 points to runaway with a 70-48 win against Southwood Friday night.
   Southwood held the score close in the first quarter, only trailing by one, 14-13, at the end of the first eight minutes.
   But Whitko turned on their high pressure defense, forcing turnovers and allowing for quick scoring.

Sewer drilling foiled by oily soil; work halted

January 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A second sewer line drilling operation has run into a snag in Columbia City.
While city crews run new sewer lines throughout the city, it sometimes becomes necessary to run the lines under roads or railroad tracks without digging.
In those instances, a technique called jack and bore is used.
According to Columbia City’s Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker, this technique ran into problems last month on Radio Road with settling soil.
This month, with sewer installing crews heading north near South Line Street, contaminated soil is the culprit.

 

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