October 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” The title â€śmayorâ€ť can mean a variety of roles and responsibilities, dependent on who sits behind the desk and what city that desk is in.
Several of Columbia Cityâ€™s Councilmen agreed that the cityâ€™s mayorâ€™s position is worth more than its current salary â€” $56,600.
â€śI want to come up with a plan to pay our mayor more,â€ť Councilman Dan Weigold said. â€śWhen you look at what all Columbia Cityâ€™s mayor is responsible for, itâ€™s quite extensive â€” heâ€™s running a multi-million dollar operation.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEYâ€” Last week, Whitko captured a share of the Three Rivers Conference championship for the first time since the Wildcats won it outright in 2010.
The team from Whitley Countyâ€™s southwest side is likely hoping for a stronger postseason run in 2013. In 2010, the Wildcats fell by just three points to Bremen in the sectional opener.
This year, the Wildcats draw Bellmont in the first round.
The Braves posted a 4-5 record this season, but did so as the smallest school in their conference, the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
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COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A week is only seven days long, but sometimes it can feel like a longer passage of time.
Columbia Cityâ€™s football team will be looking for a much different result this Friday when it plays Norwell than it earned last week.
Norwell beat the Eagles 35-21 in Columbia City. Now, the stakes are higher in the rematch: Win or go home.
Columbia City will have to travel for its sectional quarterfinal. The Knights will host the game, which has a 7 p.m. kickoff, in Ossian.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Town officials reviewed appraisals on South Whitleyâ€™s water and infrastructure at Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting.
An average value of $1.4 million was derived from two appraisals.
The assessment was conducted when town leaders started to entertain the idea of selling the townâ€™s water utility to American Water, a company that services 1.2 million people in 126 communities throughout Indiana.
Town Council member Steve Smith wanted clarification that the bid for sale might differ from the appraised value.
PIERCETON â€” A vote to reconstruct Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s administrative office in Pierceton passed 4 to 1.
As construction plans and designs are beginning for a new Pierceton Elementary School, the district had the opportunity to revisit where the administrative offices should be located.
Currently the offices are attached to Pierceton Elementary School, but with the current structure slated to be demolished and replaced with a new elementary school, board members discussed in September the possibility of moving the corporationâ€™s offices to a more central locale.
PIERCETON â€” Numerous negative comments encircled Indianaâ€™s ISTEP+ testing process when computer malfunctions upset the online assessment.
However, at Pierceton Elementary School, faculty and students celebrated some good news that came from the standardized test.
Ryan Brown, now a fourth grader at PES, achieved a perfect score on the test in the spring.
At Mondayâ€™s school board meeting, much applause was given to the boy for his academic success.
Shirley A. Goff, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born May 23, 1931, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Judson Mote and Violet Bessie (Hanson) Foltz.
She had lived her entire life in the Allen County and Whitley County area. She graduated Columbia City High School with the Class of 1949.
On Oct. 3, 1976, she married Stanley C. Goff in Columbia City. She had worked at Essex Wire & Cable in Columbia City and Vera Bradley in Fort Wayne for a short time. She also was a housewife and homemaker.
CHURUBUSCO â€” As the postseason begins this week for high school football, Churubuscoâ€™s football team will try to put two straight losses behind it as sectional play starts Friday.
The Eagles lost by one point to Lakeland last week and to Fairfield two weeks ago. It was the first two-game losing streak for Churubusco in six years, as the Eagles lost to the same two schools in 2007.
â€™Buscoâ€™s football team might hope for a similar postseason. In 2007, the Eagles made it to the semi-state round.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners discussed a two-year plan for spending CEDIT funds.
Commissioners agreed to not â€śskimpâ€ť on maintenance for the Community Corrections Work Release building.
When air conditioning units leaked into the walls and insulation, costly repairs started accumulating.
â€śThis is a jewel of the community,â€ť Commissioner Don Amber said. â€śI donâ€™t want to short the building.â€ť
Courthouse maintenance was on the list and included plans to make roof repairs and install carpeting.