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Uplifting win gives ’Busco title shot

February 11, 2011

   LAGRANGE — There is a win every successful program can look back on. The one win that turned the tide and built something more than just a winning team.
   Friday night, after seasons of struggle, Churubusco girls’ basketball might have found that break.
   The Lady Eagles stared down a 9-2 first quarter deficit to host Prairie Heights in the class 2A sectional semifinal. A switch to the full court press brought with it a fourth consecutive win for Churubusco, 56-46, and a berth in the sectional championship Saturday.

Richter wraps up at state

February 11, 2011

   INDIANAPOLIS — As just one of three freshmen in the 50-meter freestyle race at the Indiana high school state final’s opening day Friday, Lady Eagle Andrea Richter made her debut in 30th-place.
   Columbia City’s only sectional champion in girls’ swimming went into the event seeded 29th out of 32 swimmers.
   Richter swam to a time of 25.87 in the first of four qualifying heats. The top 16 swimmers moved on to today’s finals at the Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.

Familiar exit: City bumped by NorthWood

February 11, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — We have all seen sporting events where a team digs a themselves a big hole to start the game only to come back with a furious rally to win at the end.
   Friday night’s class 3A sectional semifinal between the host Columbia City Lady Eagles and the NorthWood Lady Panthers was not that game.

West wins Whitley’s talent competition

February 11, 2011

The winner of South Whitley’s Got Talent hands down was Ivory West.
The competition concluded Thursday evening at the South Whitley Public Library after a week off for a winter storm.
The competition was tough, with the audience getting to be a part of selecting the winner. The three official judges, whose votes had a bit more pull, were Nate Myers, Teresa Smith and Renee Wozniak Anderson.
West performed “Come Together” by The Beatles to earn the title.

Kimberlina Heintzelman, 45

February 11, 2011

Kimberlina (Ickes) Heintzelman of Columbia City passed away Feb. 3, 2011 at Fort Wayne Hospice, to be with her Lord. Her family hopes she is at peace and no longer in pain.
She was born in Bakersfield, Calif. in 1965. She grew up in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. and graduated from high school there. She was married twice and had no children.

County awards public transit $10K

February 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Earlier this week, county government officials OK’d a monetary allocation for the county’s public transportation system — the amount just wasn’t as much as was requested.
Jackie Hake, executive director of Whitley County Transit asked the county’s board of commissioners and county council for $20,000.
What she got was half that amount.
Hake was before both panels asking for her organization’s annual allotment of money from the County Economic Development Income Tax — an infusion of $20,000 as part of a local match with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Buggy plate sales now auditor's duty

February 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — With questions, confusion and downright dissension surrounding who will collect money from the Amish for their buggy plates, Whitley County’s auditor, Jen McGuire stepped up, volunteered and put the dicey issue to bed once and for all.
In January, the Whitley County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to give the responsibility to County Assessor Angela Adams.
The change came about as a result of differences in assessing duties as mandated by state law.

Superintendent offers budget options to board

February 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation has tough decisions ahead of it, according to Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor.
“It was obvious that our expenditures were outpacing our revenues,” O’Connor said at Monday’s regular meeting of the corporation’s Board of School Trustees.
She said the 2010 General Fund Budget took a hit of $1,085,488 due to the economy.
“This reduction will not be restored,” she said.
“In order for WCCS to operate within its means and maintain an adequate fund balance, additional budget cuts are required.”

Bishop outlasts Beck in final round of spelldown

February 11, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — The best spellers of the county elementary and middle schools converged on South Whitley Elementary School Thursday evening to compete for the title Whitley County Spelling Bee Champion.

Janice Waikel, 83

February 11, 2011

Janice M. Waikel, 83, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Surviving are her daughters, Jannelle (Butch) Kelly, Alica (Richard) Sherman and Patricia (Jay) Greer; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, JoAnn Waikel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Waikel; parents, John and Madeline Galloway; and son, David Waikel.

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