April 24th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council held its third and final reading to withdraw the cityâ€™s water and electric utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) Tuesday.
This was the final step for the city to take. A formal letter will still be sent to the IURC and there will be a waiting period before the move becomes official.
Before voting on the measures, which both passed unanimously, the council heard public comment.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Sewer discussions left a sour taste in some residentsâ€™ mouths at Tuesday nightâ€™s town council meeting.
Two residents came to members of the council with costly concerns, centering around sewer back ups in their homes.
David and Judy Richards confronted the council after returning home from a four-month stay in Florida to find the sewer line servicing their home had backed up into their basement.
â€śMy son came and talked to you already,â€ť David said. â€śI know you made a decision to not help cover the bill, but I wanted to know if you could explain it to me.â€ť
PIERCETON â€” Acknowledging strengths and weaknesses have been a common theme at Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustee meetings.
Each month, principals from the districtâ€™s schools give a report as to the progress being made on campus.
Some of those reports are positive and some point out areas needing improvement, but regardless, administrators are not skirting away from the reality at their respective school.
NORTH MANCHESTER Ââ€” A 9-run onslaught by the Eagle batters in the first two innings was enough to give Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team an 11-6 victory in a sloppy game against the hosting Squires of Manchester Monday night.
Senior catcher Landon Rehrer led the way offensively for Columbia City, with two runs scored, an RBI, a walk and a double while going 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the first inning and seven in the second to take a commanding 9-0 lead in the middle of the second frame.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls tennis team beat county-rival Whitko in a close 3-2 match Monday night.
The Lady Eagles picked up wins in No. 1 singles and both doubles matches, while Whitko was victorious in No. 2 and No. 3 singles, making the match competitive.
Though the score was close, Columbia City scored its three wins from lopsided matches.
In No. 1 singles, Celine Rongos took a 6-0, 6-4 win over Whitkoâ€™s Laura Alfieri.
The No. 1 doubles team of Macie Hinen and Sydney Ford won 6-2, 6-1 over Abby Marshall and Erin Murphy of Whitko.
NEW HAVEN â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team rebounded from a tough loss to Northeast Hoosier Conference Norwell Saturday to top fellow NHC competition, New Haven, Monday night.
The Wildcats posted a strong fifth inning en route to a 10-4 win at New Haven, improving their record to 8-4.
The opening innings were slow offensively, as Whitko scored the only run in the first three frames, while holding the Bulldogs off home plate.
Wildcat Derek Snep scored the opening run off a throwing error by New Havenâ€™s third baseman.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Normally, when a team scores six runs in a high school softball game they can expect to be in the thick of things.
But that doesnâ€™t apply when the other teams scores 10 runs in the first inning alone â€” sending 15 batters to the plate in the same inning.
The Churubusco Lady Eagle softball team found itself on the wrong side of that situation as it dropped a 25-6 contest to a hard-hitting Concordia team in a non-conference contest Monday evening at the Churubusco diamond.
The Eagles found themselves in a 10-0 hole at the end of the first inning.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second part of a two-part series on The Luckey Hospital Museum.
WOLF LAKE â€” The Luckey Hospital, built in 1929, is now a one-of-a-kind museum at the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 109.
Dr. James E. Luckey, founded the hospital, which began operations in 1931.
Today the Luckey Hospital Museum is run by Luckeyâ€™s great-niece Sue Johnson and â€śthe adopted Luckeyâ€ť Sandy Huntsman, who is also the acting president of the museumâ€™s board.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” From U.S. 30, it may appear that Eagle Glen Golf Course had an extreme makeover, but in fact, Mother Nature decided to do its own remodeling, turning the back half of the course into a giant water hazard.
Storms from nearly one week ago dumped several inches of rain in the county, flooding yards, parks and roads.
Eagle Glen wasnâ€™t the only course to go underwater.
The front nine of Eel River remains closed to flooding, and many other courses in the area are feeling the effects of the rain.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A pair charged with dealing methamphetamine had their first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Warren Goodman Jr., 41, Pierceton, and Rita Elswick, 19, Columbia City, were arrested Thursday and charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to ma-nufacture and possession of paraphernalia.
Dealing methamphetam-ine is a Class B felony.
Both individuals pleaded not guilty to the charges and will have public defenders.
Elswick will be represented by Brad Voelz and Goodman by Brad Baber.