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October 23rd

AWARDS: Chamber honors Whitley County’s best

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— “I was just here to serve dinner.”

Jill Daniel, owner of Daniel Menu & Party Consulting, expressed her surprise at receiving the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award Tuesday night.

So many local merchants were nominated, that Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown said there was not time to name them all.

He cited Daniel for the hard work of her local business, and read notes of congratulations to her from her sons — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Jeff Daniel.

RANKED WARFARE: Whitley County volleyball foes highly regarded

October 23, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY— Conventional sports wisdom says that, to be the best, one must beat the best.

That sage advice will be put to the test for Columbia City and Churubusco’s high school volleyball teams this week.

Both schools, competing in Class 3A and 2A, respectively, have highly-ranked foes standing in their way on the path to a sectional title.

For Columbia City, the foe is a conference rival. Bellmont beat the Lady Eagles in three sets earlier this season.

WINTER SAVINGS: Salt prices not so salty for city

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the first frost of the season hitting the county less than a week ago, many find it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.

Tuesday evening brought the season’s first snow showers, and Columbia City’s Street Department is already prepared for the upcoming winter weather.

While Tuesday night’s flurries didn’t amount to any accumulation, this year’s Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a “bitterly cold” winter — “cold, wet and white.”

October 22nd

Shriners make donation

October 22, 2013

Whitley County’s Shriners made a donation to The Woodlans Senior Center, Columbia City, Monday morning.

The $500 donation will be used to purchase a power washer for the center.

Pictured, from left, Hal Trump, Ken Lundquist, Jackie Hake, the center’s executive director, Dick Kessie and Jim Kyler.

Website weighs on Weigold for compliance

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the county’s online tools may become a source of frustration for the GIS Department.

The geographic information system (GIS), is an online, searchable database that provides a host of information from the names of property owners to the taxes paid on such properties.

It’s the names published on the public site that had Dan Weigold, GIS coordinator, asking Whitley County Commissioners for guidance.

“I’m not really sure what to do,” Weigold said.

Whitley Co. YMCA’s Sting Rays beat Wavemakers

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Whitley County’s Family YMCA swimming teams defeated Angola Oct. 12-13.

Whitley County beat the Wavemakers 439-179 in the girls team race, and the Whitley County boys won by a score of 461-182.

Results (Whitley County Family YMCA placers)

Girls 8 & under

100 freestyle: 1) Hadley Snell 1:29.62; 2) Emma Johnson 1:44.09; 4) Grace Schaekel 1:48.73; 6) Mackenzie Miller 2:43.71.

Pee wee football

October 22, 2013

Columbia City’s Junior Football League wrapped up its season Saturday.

Pictured receiver Carson Tonkel (left) attempts to make a catch while defender Bradyn Elkins works to deflect it.

In high school action, sectionals begin Friday.

LONG-TERM IDEAS: WCCS to make plans for future of facilities

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools is working toward a long-term plan for the buildings in the district.

The schools’ business manager Tony Zickgraf told the Board of Trustees at Monday’s meeting that WCCS is seeking bids from consulting firms, architects and construction managers to establish facility plans for all schools in the district.

The building analysis was one of several goals the board laid out for 2013.

Zickgraf said it has been in discussions for several years, and the project is expected to be completed in April 2014.

Lady Eagles go 2-2 at NECC Tournament

October 22, 2013

TOPEKA— Churubusco’s volleyball team posted a 2-2 record at the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament Saturday.

’Busco opened pool play against Angola and fell in three sets, 20-25, 25-15 and 15-13.

In the second match-up against Fairfield, the Lady Eagles lost in two sets, 25-12 and 25-15.

“Scores did not show it, but we competed hard,” said Churubusco Head Volleyball Coach Trinda Goings. “We played with defensive heart and intensity.”

Churubusco finished with two wins. The Lady Eagles swept West Noble, 25-17 and 25-22, and dispatched Fremont in two, 25-11 and 25-21.

BMV CRASH: Driver to make plea

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man accused of crashing a stolen vehicle through the Columbia City BMV is set to plead guilty to charges in November.

Danny Rose, 20, of Columbia City, was arrested July 23 for auto theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief and reckless driving.

According to documents, Rose will plead guilty Nov. 12 at a hearing to unspecified charges.

According to case reports, officers were called to a scene in response to battery July 21. At that time, Rose was alleged to have committed battery and criminal mischief against his girlfriend.

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