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February 28th

Winter costs impact summer work

February 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Rising gas prices and this season’s heavy snowfall are causing more than just a nuisance for drivers this winter.
The Whitley County Highway Department is taking blows to their budget every time gas prices jump, every time snow falls.
Not only do jumps in gas prices provide more cost to run the trucks, the highway department’s funds come out of gas tax.
“Most people think our money comes from property tax, but our money comes from gas tax,” Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton said.

Heuer lends ear to teachers’ concerns

February 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Teachers got a chance Saturday to let their state representative know exactly what they thought about some education-related legislation making its way through the General Assembly.
Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) represents the 83rd District, which includes parts of Whitley, Noble and Allen counties, and sits on the education committee.
About 90 educators from schools across her district took up Heuer on her invitation to a public forum to share with her what they thought was wrong with education-reform bills.

VanDeWater reaches 1,000

February 28, 2011

   NAPPANEE — Not only did Friday night’s 51-44 win at NorthWood end a three-game losing streak for the Whitko boys’ basketball team but it changed the record books.
   Another Wildcat joined the best to play basketball as a Wildcat.
   With his 13-point performance against the Panthers — including a crucial three-point play with 47.9 seconds left — senior Zac VanDeWater joined the elite 1,000 point club at Whitko High School.

U.S. 30 is target of ISP crash reduction effort

February 28, 2011

FORT WAYNE — Area state police troopers are beefing up efforts to help reduce the number of crashes that occur on state highways in Allen and Whitley counties.
According to Ron Galaviz, public information officer for the Fort Wayne post of the Indiana State Police, the department is instituting a new “crash reduction effort,” spearheaded by ISP Sgt. Mike Yordy.
The program is “intended to not only change the driving behaviors of the motoring public, but to reduce the overall numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities,” said Galaviz in a press release.

February 25th

’Busco’s furious five cap season

February 25, 2011

   CHURUBUSCO — A starting lineup full of seniors took the court for Churubusco boys’ basketball Friday night as the regular season came to a close.
   In front of a packed crowd, the Eagles seniors (Hunter Nicodemus, Kyle Monk, Tavin Herendeen, Dylan Herendeen and Jordan Turner) combined for 49 points in a drubbing of North East Corner Conference foe Eastside 77-41.

Early lead gets City 15th win

February 25, 2011

   GARRETT — When you have a ball game between two more offensively deliberate and patient teams, if one builds an early advantage it becomes extremely difficult for the other to make up the deficit.
   That was the case Friday night as the Columbia City Eagles boys’ basketball team took a commanding 18-point lead at halftime and despite a difficult third quarter were still able to garner a 48-31 win.
   The Eagles jumped out to an early 6-0 lead behind two straight three-pointers by sophomore guard Drew Benedict.

Three Lady ’Cats join TRC list

February 25, 2011

   A first-round sectional exit and a 9-11 record didn’t come without some bright moments in the Whitko girls’ basketball season.
   Earlier this week, the Three Rivers Conference announced its all-conference teams where coaches vote for the best-of-the-best among the eight conference teams.
   Three Lady Wildcats were recognized in a talent field that made the list. Whitko tied for most first-team all-conference selections with juniors Micaela Sylvester and Karissa Olinske.

Officials share '10 successes

February 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Reflection on tough economic obstacles tempered with cautious optimism — city and county officials spoke Friday on the state of the county at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Business Briefing Luncheon.
The theme of the luncheon was the state of the city/county and representatives from Whitley County government and two of the four county municipalities were on hand to discuss challenges and achievements over the past year.
The towns of South Whitley and Larwill were not represented at the luncheon.

Details of wastewater project presented to residents

February 25, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — A full house greeted South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday evening for a public hearing regarding Phase II of the wastewater treatment facility project.
The town has applied for a $600,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which is the maximum amount allowed by Region-III-A.
The town’s grant administrator and Region-III-A representative Angela Hoffman told those gathered that the preliminary engineering report is in the finishing stages and the proposed cost of the project is $3.5 million.

Survey ends property question

February 25, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Repairs to the Green Parrot’s exposed wall are finally on the horizon.
Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer revealed the results of a property survey to town council members Tuesday evening. The survey was to determine if the existing building encroached on neighboring property.
The ongoing property line dispute is holding up completion of ordered repair on an exposed wall in the downtown business. Hockemeyer ordered a survey in January to determine the property line before repairs can be made.

Money was raised for Leadership Whitley County through a sand volleyball tournament at DeVol Field...
Recent Churubusco graduate Katie Monk signed with the University of Indianapolis for track and...
COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Community Foundation is hosting a 5K run to benefit a local...

 

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