Archive - 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After nearly 10 years of raising funds, St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, in Columbia City, is able to move forward on its building project that began in 2005.
The church is looking to develop the empty lot to the north of its current building, located at 315 S. Line Street.
The community center will contain a gymnasium, food pantry and full kitchen, and the pricetag has dropped since the initial fund drive in 2005.
The initial estimated cost was $1.1 million, and Father Gary Sigler said he recently worked with contractors to help lower the price to $989,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Internal needs of the city could result in an exciting feature for Columbia City residents.
The city is working to install a fiber network to help provide more fluid communications between its buildings â€” City Hall, the Municipal Service Facility, Wastewater Facility, Water Treatment Plant and Parks Department (Morsches Park).
Putting in a fiber network also give officials the option of providing public wireless internet, WiFi, in the downtown area and parks.
Communications Director Terry Wherry said the public WiFi could cover three blocks of the downtown area.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Schinbeckler sisters, Eryn and Kyra, had a strong showing at the Indiana State Fair in early August.
Eryn, 17, and Kyra, 11, took home several championship banners against the top animals in the state.
Their showmanship skills come as no surprise, as Eryn was the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Sheep Showman of Showmen.
On Aug. 4, after two days of competing against more than 800 head of sheep at the state fair, the sisters brought home four grand champion/reserve grand champion awards.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After having some problems with grease buildup in some of the lift stations in Columbia City, the Wastewater Department is inspecting its lift stations for grease accumulation.
â€śIf we get a grease buildup in them, they donâ€™t operate properly,â€ť Wastewater Superintendent Mike Cook.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Fire Department is in the process of purchasing a new truck, and a pair of firemen was touted by many at a recent Columbia City Board of Works meeting for their extra effort.
Kyle Francis and Mike McGregor, two full-time firemen for the city, have been working for the past several months to put together the specs for the new truck.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the ever-changing technology, social media sites and smart phone apps, parents are finding it hard to stay smarter than the smart phone.
While all parents want to trust their children, Columbia City Police Detective Chip Stephenson said its the parentsâ€™ job to protect kids from the social media world.
â€śKids are kids. They donâ€™t have all of the knowledge we do,â€ť Stephenson said. â€śItâ€™s not that we donâ€™t trust our kids. With all of the information out there, we just need to help them.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” A stout defensive effort keyed Churubuscoâ€™s football team to its second win of the season Friday.
The Eagles defeated visiting Central Noble 42-6 to move to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Northeast Corner Conference.
Churubusco was led by its defense, according to Head Coach Paul Sade.
After shutting out Fremont last week, the Eagle defenders left a goose egg on Central Nobleâ€™s side of the scoreboard for more than three quarters.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Emotion can play a big role in establishing momentum in an athletic contest.
That emotion can come from many sources. For the Columbia City Eagles, an emotional week in practice and two emotional goalline defensive stands helped establish momentum that allowed them to prevail in a battle of
Whitley County football rivals.
The Eagles twice turned the Whitko Wildcats away without points on their way to a 34-14 home victory at Max Gandy Athletic Field.
BLUFFTON â€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team lost a narrow five-game match on the road at Bluffton Thursday.
The Lady Tigers beat the Lady Eagles 25-16, 15-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-11.
Alisha Farner led the Lady Eagles in kills with nine. Lacey Pulley led the team in assists with 25.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkosâ€™ volleyball team earned a sweep over visiting Manchester Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats beat the Lady Squires 25-21, 25-17, 25-21.
Whitko Head Coach Brandy Smith said her team was ready for the match.
â€śThe Lady Wildcats were on their game tonight,â€ť she said. â€śEvery player did their part. They talked and played as a team.â€ť