August 20th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the retiring of Churubuscoâ€™s Lee Etzler and Whitkoâ€™s Wayne Swender this season, at age 31 Randy Hudgins is most veteran football coach in Whitley County â€” a concept that seems almost unimaginable in a sport that formerly relied on tradition and consistency.
â€śUnfortunately it is kind of a trend now â€” there are quite a bit of coaching changes,â€ť Hudgins said.
Hudgins (25-20) is prepping for the start of his fifth season with the Eagles.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Growth in the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow has prompted the cityâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” By a close decision, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees named its newest member at Monday nightâ€™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.
â€śWe certainly hope you will run for one of these positions again,â€ť Armstrong said. â€śIt was a tough choice.â€ť
In preparation for the season starting this week, Columbia Cityâ€™s boys soccer team hosted its scrimmage Saturday.
Pictured, freshman Matt Hartley moves the ball against East Noble.
SYRACUSE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team took home second place at a 10-squad meet Saturday at South Shore Golf Club in Syracuse.
The Lady Eagles shot 392 at the Wawasee Invitational, missing first place by one stroke as host Lady Warriors had 391 from their gold squad.
Columbia City was 26 strokes ahead of third-place Goshen.
â€śWe played very well,â€ť said Lady Eagle Head Golf Coach Jim Thompson. â€śWe had actually been shooting over 400 when we played 18 holes, to get down to 392 was a giant step forward for us.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” B.A.B.E. of Whitley County held a contest as a fundraiser during the countyâ€™s 4-H fair in July.
Participants and winners in the 2013 Cutest Kids Contest included:
0-1 year old
â€˘Emmaline Maddox (daughter of Billy and Tara Maddox)
â€˘Jase King (son of Meghan Faylor)
â€˘Presley Saggars (daughter of Rachel Dziabis)
â€˘Callaghan Myers (son of Katie Myers)
â€˘Camden Holzinger (son of Heather Holzinger)
Total amount raised in this category: $2,272.40
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Saturday marked the 100-year anniversary of the South Whitley Community Public Library.
More than 100 former library workers, relatives of the late librarian Marian Bollinger, and members of the community joined in the festivities with balloons, refreshments and party favors.
While the party was officially for the library, the life of Bollinger was recognized for her part in the foundation of the library.
Patty Weybright, library board president and Whitko High School librarian, spoke at the event.
Animals were the featured exhibit Sunday at the Whitley County Historical Museum. Jenn Heffernan, of the Fort Wayne Childrenâ€™s Zoo, was on-hand to introduce children to various animals native to Indiana.
Pictured is Heffernan (left) allowing Megan Heuer, 8, and Natalie Bockelman, 8, to pet a rabbit after learning what makes the hare a mammal.