Archive - Nov 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A man who has been in prison since the 1990s on drug charges will be placed on home detention until his release next year.
Rusty R. Cassell, 43, was sentenced in 1996 to the Indiana Department of Corrections for 20 years for dealing in a Schedule IV controlled-substance. He was given a 12-year sentence enhancement, served consecutively, for being a habitual felony offender.
Cassell‚Äôs other two felonies included possession of a handgun without a license in 1992 and a burglary charge in 1988.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After Santa is led into downtown Columbia City tonight with the Lighted Christmas Parade, he will make several appearances throughout the holiday season.
A breakfast with Santa Claus is planned for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m.
The meal will be held at Downtown On The Square and is sponsored by the restaurant and Starr CPA & Associates, LLC.
There is no charge for the event, however, donations are appreciated.
This will be the second community event brought to downtown by the Columbia City Main Street Association.
Little Turtle Elementary School presented, ‚ÄúA Barnyard Moosical,‚ÄĚ Tuesday. Pictured is Ella Murphy, 6, who received flowers from her grandmother after her portrayal of a cow. She is the daughter of Ron and Karen Murphy of Columbia City.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Though Churubusco opened its boys basketball season with a loss, the Eagles showed a vast improvement from last season‚Äôs opener against Adams Central.
Last year, Churubusco fell 51-34, the first of its nine-game losing streak to start this season. This year, Adams Central squeaked out the win with an overtime, 3-point, buzzer-beater, winning 58-56.
Eagle Brent Simmons stepped up the the free-throw line with 10 seconds left and ‚ÄôBusco down two points.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ For nearly an entire half, Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team had an advantage it did not exploit in its 49-31 win against Whitko Wednesday.
That advantage was at the tape measure. With three players at 6‚Äô5 or more, and Whitko‚Äôs tallest being 6‚Äô3, the conventional wisdom would say that the Eagles would go inside, but that did not happen, at least at first.
‚ÄúWe shot nine 3‚Äôs in the first half,‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Boys Basketball Head Coach Chris Benedict. ‚ÄúI mean, you‚Äôve got to get the ball inside.
It‚Äôs a little easier to go inside, then out on those 3‚Äôs.‚ÄĚ
James L. Null, 81, of Columbia City, died at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Covington Manor Health & Rehab where he had been a resident since Nov. 7.
He was born January 19, 1932, in Fort Wayne, a son of Theodore and Mae (Purcell) Null. He completed his education at North Side High School.
He began his employment with Bursley which later became Food Marketing. He retired in 1994 with 46 years of service.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Christmas spirit and holiday cheer will come to South Whitley by way of a town-wide holiday festival.
Katey Till, a South Whitley resident, joined with several other community members to coordinate Home for the Holidays, Dec. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs been several people who have mentioned the idea of a winter festival,‚ÄĚ Till said. ‚ÄúI thought it would be fun to have a town Christmas tree. We started brainstorming ideas, and it all started coming together.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs government officials are encouraging residents to decorate their homes with Christmas lights.
In the next couple weeks, officials will be judging citizens‚Äô outdoor decorations. Columbia City Common Council President Dan Weigold said the winners should be announced by the next council meeting, Dec. 10.
Weigold, who heads the contest, is promoting that citizens get in the Christmas spirit.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the recent decision by the Columbia City Parks Board to ban sledding at DeVol Field, many Whitley County natives have strong opinions on the topic ‚ÄĒ particularly on social media websites.
In light of a new fence on a familiar sledding hill, Columbia City Attorney Marcia McNagny cautioned local officials on the potential liability of leaving the park open for sledding this winter. After much discussion, the Columbia City Park Board determined on a 3-2 vote to forbid sledding at DeVol Field, due to safety concerns.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Before the books close on the month of November, the girls basketball teams of Whitley County will have completed nearly 25 percent of their seasons.
The Lady Eagles are 3-1 and are heading for a Friday game at Fort Wayne North Side.
Columbia City has scored some big wins, avenging losses from last season by beating Marion and Fort Wayne Snider.
It was the first win over Snider in four seasons and the first in two against Marion.
Tuesday, the Lady Eagles lost their first game of the year, falling in overtime to Leo on their home floor in Columbia City.