August 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A man admitted in court Monday that he burglarized a church in Columbia City last winter.
Cody Miller, 21, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with an incident at St. Paul of the Cross Church.
No written plea agreement was entered, but upon his plea Miller said he was told a charge of theft against him would be dismissed.
Miller will be sentenced Sept. 23.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A local scientific firm took advantage of business trends in the late 1990s to become a success story.
Scientific Regulatory Consultants (SRC), is a firm located in downtown Columbia City in the former law office of Thomas Marshall. It was begun by Rhonda Jones and Sally Hayes when they were faced with the prospect of being downsized.
‚ÄúRather than go out and look for positions that would take us out of Whitley County, we decided to start this business,‚ÄĚ Hayes said.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ Many homes around Columbia City are moving into the future by upgrading the electrical capacity in their houses.
Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey said these upgrades are in demand because of older houses using more electricity.
‚ÄúIt seems like everyone is using more and more power,‚ÄĚ he said.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúSome people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ is a quote by well-known basketball star Michael Jordan.
His words are mirrored in the actions of residents in South Whitley. When economic downturn took the town through a dark time, groups of community residents came together to see that the town of South Whitley be revived.
Town Council President Tony Starkey has a front row seat to the growth and energy now buzzing through the small town.
SYRACUSE ‚ÄĒ With just eight seniors on his team, first-year Whitko Head Coach Josh Mohr knew his young Wildcats would be tested in their opening football game at Wawasee.
The test came early when Warrior Clayton Cook snagged the opening kickoff and ran it back for a touchdown, giving Wawasee a lead in the opening 13 seconds ‚ÄĒ a lead it would never relinquish.
Wawasee, under the leadership of another first-year head coach, Josh Ekovich, went on to post a 42-20 win ‚ÄĒ its 12th in the last 16 meetings with Whitko.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Parks Department is exploring its options regarding the area of Kids Dreamland, West Van Buren Street.
Parks Director Mark Green said the condition of the playground, that is several years past its lifespan, is continuing to deteriorate.
‚ÄúSome of the problems are becoming unrepairable,‚ÄĚ Green said. ‚ÄúThe playground is beyond its years.‚ÄĚ
Green said a wooden playset has a 15-year lifespan ‚ÄĒ Kids Dreamland has surpassed the 20-year mark.
WARSAW ¬≠‚ÄĒ Size matters. Columbia City Eagle Head Coach Randy Hudgens summed up the opening football game Friday when he said, ‚ÄúOur margin for error is not very big when we play a 6A team.‚ÄĚ
For the Eagles‚Äô errors ‚ÄĒ an interception returned for a touchdown, an 82-yard punt return, a lost onside kick, and another interception deep in their own territory ‚ÄĒ all added up to a 33-14 season-opening loss to the homestanding Warsaw Tigers.
‚ÄúNear-misses on offense and just-misses on defense are not things we can afford to do when we are a smaller-roster 4A school,‚ÄĚ Hudgins said.
FREMONT‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs football team opened the 2013 season with a dominating victory over Fremont.
‚ÄėBusco beat its conference-rival 56-0 in the first game for Paul Sade as head football coach.
With such a dominating performance, Sade said the team did well in every aspect of the game.
‚ÄúWe came out and we played fast and we were focused and we executed, really in all three phases of the game,‚ÄĚ he said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While Columbia City‚Äôs Fire Department already planned to hire a new employee next year, Thursday morning, officials mulled the idea of hiring a second full-time fireman.
The option came up after a federal grant that will pay for two years of a new firefighter‚Äôs salary became available ‚ÄĒ but it‚Äôs more problematic than simply hiring another fireman.
The CCFD wants to add another firefighter to the department at the beginning of 2014, but if awarded the grant, funds may not be available until later in the year.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As the long-term effects of concussions in football have hit the national newsstands, Columbia City High School is working hard to protect its gridders.
Every Eagle football player has been educated about concussions, and players underwent a baseline concussion test before taking the field this fall.