April 7th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â The temperatures were nearly perfect, even if the score wasnât, as the Columbia City boysâ track team opened its outdoor season with an 86-46 loss to the visiting Huntington North Vikings Monday night at the Max Gandy Athletic Field.
The Eagle boys picked up wins in five of fifteen events, but were swept in the 3,200-meter run, the 800-meter run and were shut out in the relays for a big part of the scoring differential.
COLUMBIA CITY â Born April 9, 1915 and quickly approaching his centennial birthday, Elmer Heinley has seen plenty of seasons â some good, some not so â but all of them providing an interesting backdrop for his hundred years.
Heinleyâs grandparents came from Germany, passed through Columbia City, and settled in the area known as Hellâs Half Acre, which at one time was a term synonymous with almost all of Whitley County.
A 100th Birthday Honor reception and open house will be held Friday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 4-H Community Center, Squawbuck Road in Columbia City.
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WHITLEY COUNTY â The Indiana Department of Transportation has begun signal improvements to numerous intersections along U.S. 30 in both Whitley and Kosciusko counties.
Beginning today, Shambaugh & Son of Fort Wayne started the $1 million modernization project near Etna Green in Kosciusko County, and is moving east along U.S. 30 toward Fort Wayne.
The project consists of new signal heads, cabinets and other upgrades designated for each area and the addition of flashing yellow arrows (FYA) on left-turn signals at select intersections.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Firefighters in Northeast Indiana were busy fighting grass fires over the weekend.
In Whitley County, there were seven grass fires that required assistance from local fire departments.
On Sunday, Churubusco responded to three grass fires. Jefferson Township had two, Thorncreek Township had one and Union Township also had one.
On Saturday, Jefferson and Union townships also responded to a small house fire on Raber Road.
The fire, located at 2665 S. Raber Rd., was squelched 18 minutes after the departments were dispatched.
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7 Michigan State (27-12) 61
1 Duke (34-4) 81
Michigan State came out hot as they hit 5 of their first 7 shots while building a 14-6 lead in the first 4 minutes. After a time out, Duke came out with laser focus on defense. Michigan State could not find open quality shots and turned the ball over at an alarming rate. After the hot start, Michigan State finished the first half shooting 29.7% (8-27). The strong defensive play ignited Dukeâs offense as they closed the half on a 30-11 run.
The Megga Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Christ Community Church in Churubusco, had a large turnout Saturday. Held at the Churubusco Town Park, there were 14,000 eggs spread throughout various fields. Children were separated by age group. The event also featured a bounce house, games with prizes and free drinks and snacks. Columbia Cityâs egg hunt, sponsored by the Columbia City Rotary Club, was held Friday at Morsches Park.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Historical Museum will host Jim Bickel, Native American expert, on Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
Bickel will speak about Kil-So-Quah, the granddaughter of Miami War Chief Little Turtle. Admission to this program is free.
Bickel is from Huntington and serves as the president of the Huntington County Indian Artifact Society.
He is a past president and board member of the Huntington County Historical Society and Museum. He is also a board member of Forks-of-the-Wabash Museum in Huntington, and past president of the Indiana Archaeological Society.
The Whitley County track meet is this week in Churubusco. Whitko and Columbia City will travel to Churubusco High School for the county meet on Thursday. The meet begins at 5 p.m. Pictured, Churubusco graduate Connor Hogeston paces the mile run in a previous county meet at Whitko High School.
CHURUBUSCO â After Columbia Cityâs Park Department announced its new wheelchair-accessible playground last month, Churubusco officials are now looking to construct another in âBusco.
Columbia Cityâs âEvery Kidâs Dreamlandâ is expected to be completed by June.
Depending on funding, Churubusco park officials hope to have the townâs park within the next two years.
Officials decided to hold a raffle to help raise funds, and several prizes have already been collected.
Prizes include passes and gift cards from various retailers, a Peg Perago vehicle and a kitchen utensil basket.