September 6th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man convicted this year of home improvement fraud had his sentence modified in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
George A. Martin, 55, of North Manchester, was given a five-year sentence in July.
He was ordered to serve one year at the Whitley County Jail, two years on home detention and two on probation.
Judge James Heuer modified his sentence to probation except for time served Monday, mostly due to the health issues in Martinâ€™s life.
Martin was in a wheelchair while in court Monday. In July, he had difficulty walking and was wearing a back brace.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Vince Buchanan, executive director of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, spoke recently with the Columbia City Rotary Club.
The regional chamber is a membership-based organization that acts as a resource for all of the Chamber of Commerce offices in Northeast Indiana.
Ten counties in the corner of the state are represented by this regional office. Their central office is located on the southwest side of Ft. Wayne, on Pointe Inverness Way.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Peabody Public Library will present Project Teen Runway beginning in October. Sign ups for this new program are now open.
Sessions begin Tuesday, Oct. 1 and run every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. during October.
Anyone in Whitley County in grades 6 through 12 may sign up, regardless of whether they have a library card. There is a limit of 30 participants, so sign up soon.
The weekly sessions are as follows:
â€˘Week 1, Tuesday, Oct. 1 â€” Easy and quick hairstyles and professional makeup in 15 minutes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Elks Lodge is doing big things to help local youth. Elks invest in the nationâ€™s future by helping deserving students attend the colleges of their dreams.
This year, the Elks National Foundation will fund nearly $3.74 million in college scholarships through its three scholarship programs.
The Elks National Foundationâ€™s Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest launched Sept. 1 and will lessen the cost of college tuition for 500 deserving students.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team fell to a strong Homestead squad Friday night at Orchard Ridge Country Club, 184-213.
Homestead, which is 3-3 in the Northeast Hoosier Conference, had co-medalists Annie Butchko and Courtney Delacuesta who each scored a 44.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Macenzie Lane was two strokes off the leaders at 46, but the remaining Lady Eagle linksters scored 50 or over to lose the match and drop their record to 1-5 in the NHC and 3-8 overall.
Other Columbia City scores include: Taylor Daniel, 50; Cheyenne Johnson, 55; Sydney Ford, 62 and Allison Yoder, 63.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The H.A.N.D.S. Foundation, made up of 15 students from the three Whitley County school corporations, received a grant of $18,500 from the Dekko Foundation for use during the 2013-14 school year.
This is the 19th consecutive year the Dekko Foundation has funded H.A.N.D.S.
GOSHEN â€” Churubusco's football team held Prairie Heights to seven yards of rushing, and the Eagles shut out their conference foe 34-0 Friday night.
On defense, â€™Busco only gave up 54 yards, with a squad led by Teegan Brumbaugh, who tallied several tackles for losses.
"Our defense played great," Churubusco Head Coach Paul Sade said.
The Eagle defense forced seven turnovers â€” four fumble recoveries and three interceptions by Beau Barkley, Hayden Kilgore and Dakota Labenz.
DECATUR â€” Columbia City Head Football Coach Randy Hudgins said his Eaglesâ€™ offense played some of its most efficient offense of the season â€” and possibly the best its played in the last few years.
Led by quarterback Travis Herbst, the Eagles tallied 351 yards of offense, and found the end zone six times to win their Northeast Hoosier Conference opener, 41-28, at Bellmont.
â€śTravis was the engine that made us go,â€ť Hudgins said.
Columbia Cityâ€™s offense scored on all but one possession, and was 7-for-8 on third and fourth down conversions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A familiar face throughout the county recently became the newest face in downtown Columbia City.
Rhoades Automotive has consolidated its two previous locations â€” one on South Line Street and the other on U.S. 30 in Larwill â€” to one spot on West Van Buren Street, Columbia City. Lamonte Rhoades, president, said having a location downtown was important to the company.
â€śWe wanted to be part of downtown, if possible,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ More employment opportunities are possible for Whitley County residents due to an expanding business.
Breyden Products, Inc. is planning to move out of a leased building to take occupancy of a vacant building in Park 30, east of Columbia City on U.S. 30.
Mike Zuber, director of sales for the business, was accompanied by Whitley County Economic Development Executive Director Alan Tio at Wednesdayâ€™s County Council meeting.