Archive - Jan 24, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thursday night the Columbia City Eagle wrestlers played host to Northeast Hoosier Conference foe,East Noble.
In a match rescheduled due to weather, the Eagles squared off against a veteran East Noble squad that boasted four state qualifiers.
The Eagles dropped eight of the first nine matches, but finished strong with five straight wins. Despite the rally, the Eagles fell by a 39-28 score.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man convicted of dealing methamphetamine in 2013 received a sentence modification Monday and will now be serving the remainder of his time locally.
Benjamin L. Greer, 31, of Churubusco, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for 10 years in April of 2013. He was ordered to serve eight of those years.
At the time of his sentencing, Greer expressed a desire to take advantage of DOC programs. After a year, he desired to return to Whitley County to be on work release.
Eris J. Hoover, 81, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
She was born to the late Preston and Elizabeth Fisher on Nov. 21, 1932 in Richmond. She retired from Wayne University of Cosmetology where she was an instructor for several years.
She is survived by her sons, Donald Richison, Larry Richison, Russell Richison, and David Richison; daughter, Brenda Wright; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Eris was preceded in death by her siblings, Russell, Avis, and Melba June. No services are planned. Arrangements are made by Advantage Funeral Home.
Darol R. Eldridge, 82, of Larwill, passed away at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at his home.
Born Nov. 24, 1931, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Dennis and Nellie (Barber) Eldridge.
He attended Central High School graduating with the Class of 1949. Darol joined the U.S. Navy serving four years as an airplane mechanic. He married Marsha (Swearingen) Ihlenfeld on July 28, 1979. They lived in Fort Wayne and Huntertown before moving to Larwill in 1983.
Beverly J. Whiting, 80, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:52 am Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Columbia City. Born Aug. 23, 1933, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of Lester G. and Helen Lewellyn.
She graduated from Knox High School and Sept. 15, 1950, she married Raymond E. Whiting.
In 1968, she and Ray moved to LaGrange before moving to Columbia City in June of 1973. She had worked at the LaGrange and Whitley County Courthouses and the Whitley County License Branch. She had been a member of the Professional Business Women in LaGrange.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team lost to neighboring Huntington North Thursday.
The Eagles traveled across the southern border of Whitley County and fell in a road contest, 48-39, to the host Vikings.
With the loss, Columbia City falls to 6-7 on the season. Huntington North is 8-6 overall.
There were three lead changes in the game, but Huntington North was in control by the end of the first quarter at 14-9.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of Trustees discussed the districtâ€™s financial decisions at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
The WCCS Board of Trustees also serves as the Board of Finance, and the group made financial decisions similar to last year.
After some research, WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf suggested the district keep its funds with STAR Financial.
â€śFor the last several years we have invested with STAR Financial,â€ť Zickgraf said. â€śWe are constantly monitoring other financial institutions and weigh what they have to offer.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY - Winter weather has interrupted area high school athletics once again.
Columbia City's high school girls basketball game against DeKalb, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, will now start at 6 p.m. It will be the first part of a girls/boys doubleheader, with the boys game against DeKalb scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The boys game against DeKalb was originally scheduled for Saturday at DeKalb.
All of Columbia City's Saturday athletic events have been postponed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County residents pay a variety of taxes, but as the dollars are deducted from paychecks and as taxes are charged to properties, where does the money go?
Auditor Jennifer McGuire keeps track of tax dollars for Whitley County, and tries to make sense of state statutes, County Commissioner and Council mandates, as well as budget need for various departments.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When a large preschool program gave notice of its sudden plans to close, Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA stepped in to fill the need.
After almost two years of offering an early learning program, the YMCA has a growing need for space and accommodations.
A $2.25 million expansion to the YMCA is set for completion in December that will house the department and relocate the preschool program from New Hope Wesleyan Church, west of Columbia City.