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Eagles clear first hurdle, prep for next level

March 18, 2011

   Transition to a new coach can come with some hurdles to clear and Columbia City boys’ track and field faced them last season with first-year head coach Kyle Nelson.
   In their second season under Nelson, the Eagles look to make the next step in improvement with the help of top scorers and newcomers joining the team.

John Bishop, 73

March 18, 2011

John C. Bishop, 73, a lifelong resident of South Whitley, died at 2:06 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City where he was admitted on Wednesday.
He was born March 19, 1937 in South Whitley a son of Clair C. and Georgia Doris (Rubrake) Bishop. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1955.
From December 1956 until December 1961 he served in the United States Army.
On March 18, 1961 he was united in marriage to Marilyn K. Boxell.
He was employed at Manchester Tool & Die for 35 years.

Nora Bair, 90

March 18, 2011

Nora Jane Bair, 90, a former resident of Green Township in Noble County, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion following an extended illness.
Ms. Bair was born Feb. 8, 1921 in Noble County, a daughter of Ebony E. and Ada (Haney) Bair. A 1939 graduate of Churubusco High School, she graduated from business college in Fort Wayne, and spent all of her life on the family farm in Green Township.

No action yet by WCCS on proposed budget cuts

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees meets in regular session Monday and is not yet scheduled to act on proposed budget cuts aimed at bringing black ink back to the school system’s financial statement.
Over the past two board meetings, the panel has heard reports from corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf about revenue shortfalls and proposed solutions.

City inks pact with railroad

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety signed an agreement with the railroad that will allow the city to run utilities under the tracks at one of its newest industrial parks.
CSX Transportation, Inc., a Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad company, requires “Facility Encroachment Agreements” all along its tracks for any work that would require crossing over or under the company’s infrastructure.

Residents report scam attempts

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City resident said she received a phone call this week from someone who knew her name and address, but wanted her to give them her Social Security number and where to send her check.
Earlier in the week, a county resident called to report that she had gotten a phone call from someone claiming to be with Medicare and after asking some health-related questions, which the woman verified, asked for her Medicare and Social Security numbers.

After working hard, Walter ready to play hard

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the icons of the Whitley County Extension Office and the 4-H program is stepping down as of this afternoon.
Kay Walter has been the smiling face behind the counter, the secretary for the extension office, for “23 1/2 years and eight days” she said Wednesday, but she’s not counting.
Married to Steve Walter, Kay was a stay-at-home mom to their daughters Stephanie and Kathy before taking a job with L.M. Berry in Warsaw. When that business moved to Dayton, she applied for the extension office job.

Fire burns strong again in City

March 18, 2011

   Nearly two years ago at this time, Columbia City boys’ basketball was without a head coach as the offseason began.
   The Eagles program stood at a crossroads with back-to-back losing seasons not what fans had grown accustomed to.
   Meanwhile, over in Valparaiso, Drew Benedict, an eighth grader at the time, received a text from longtime friend Derek Hinen.
   “Hey, the job is open again. Just have your dad come back.”

EMS fund growing, used to fund services

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — In a time when funds are tight and belts are being cinched to the last eyelet, one Whitley County entity continues to be funded year in and year out thanks to a 15-year-old compromise.
On Monday, September McConnell, Executive Director of the Whitley County Community Foundation, will give a report to the county’s Board of Commissioners about just such a fund — the Whitley County/Whitley Memorial EMS Fund.

New owners take over magic at local course

March 18, 2011

   The unique golf course well-known around the area for its night golf has new ownership running things.
   Roughly a month ago, former owner Kent Miller sold the golf course — on the corner of state Route 9 and county road 500 north — to Russel Fahl.
   According to son-in-law Ryan Cook, who will be running the course with his wife, the course was something that interested Fahl as a former resident of the area.

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