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Dunham’s slated to open Friday

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Dunham’s Sports, the Midwest’s largest sporting goods retailer, recently announced its plans to hold a grand opening for the new Columbia City location.

Residents of Columbia City and surrounding communities are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted Friday at 9 a.m. at the new Towne and Country Center, 496 W. Plaza Dr., Columbia City.

Store hours will be Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The first 100 adults in line Friday will receive a Dunham’s Sports T-shirt.

Expression of appreciation

August 20, 2013

Whitley Consolidated School Board President Don Armstrong presented former board member Chris Bechtold (right) with a plaque of appreciation at Monday’s school board meeting.

Bechtold was replaced by Dan Curless, who was voted in by a 4-3 vote.

Curless will finish out Bechtold’s term — Dec. 31, 2014.

Volleyball set to serve up new season

August 20, 2013

Churubusco volleyball team.

First row, from left: Molly Green, Andrea Aung, Lacey Pulley, Mariah Nondorf and Elaine Horn.

Second row: Olivia Huelsenbeck.

Third row: Sierra Coil, Danielle Pippenger, Sarah Holloway, Jazlyn Neebler, Valencia Reister, Stacia Fester, Hannah Richards, Samantha Fulk, Caylee Knafel and Mallory Pearson.

Fourth row: Alisha Farner, Alyssa Anderson, Abby Stanford, Coach Audra Moore, Coach Dustin Beucler, Coach Trinda Goings, Paige Stauffer, Shyenne Greve and Katie Monk. Not pictured: Hannah Schaefer.

Coaching change-ups becoming a trend in football

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the retiring of Churubusco’s Lee Etzler and Whitko’s Wayne Swender this season, at age 31 Randy Hudgins is most veteran football coach in Whitley County — a concept that seems almost unimaginable in a sport that formerly relied on tradition and consistency.

“Unfortunately it is kind of a trend now — there are quite a bit of coaching changes,” Hudgins said.

Hudgins (25-20) is prepping for the start of his fifth season with the Eagles.

BOYS ONLY: Life skills are tied to learning at ETA

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — High school boys at Eagle Tech Academy spent a rather unconventional day at school learning life skills not found in a text book.

Thursday, girls and boys were split for the day as a way to give the students some exposure to lessons that were outside the norm.

While the girls were in a series of workshops pertaining to emotional management, etiquette and how to dress professionally, the boys had their own classes to attend.

IN THE DARK: City looks into more lighting at park

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Growth in the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow has prompted the city’s electric department to look for power solutions of a more permanent nature.

Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey said a permanent breaker will be installed on poles on the north side of the park.

Those permanent breakers should be ready by the spring.

Lickey said the breakers can be used for events such as the pow wow, where a supply of power is needed for a large gathering.

IN COURT: Man pleads guilty in meth tractor case

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man accused of selling methamphetamine from his tractor admitted his guilt in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Gerald Michel, 20, of South Whitley, was arrested in November of 2012. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

Monday, he pleaded guilty to one count of dealing methamphetamine. As part of a plea agreement, the remaining charges against Michel will be dismissed.

VACANCY FILLED: Curless awarded WCCS board seat

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — By a close decision, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees named its newest member at Monday night’s meeting.

Winning the 4-3 vote was Dan Curless, but Board President Don Armstrong encouraged the other candidate, Leslee Derbeck, to continue pursuing her involvement in the WCCS district.

“We certainly hope you will run for one of these positions again,” Armstrong said. “It was a tough choice.”

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