January 29th, 2013
Kassie Rife started her new job as a Columbia City dispatcher Monday. Currently Rife is training on the job for a period of four to six months, but eventually her duties will center around city police communications. Rife is from Whitley County and is the daughter of Pam Ruch and Ola Mullins. Rife said she is most looking forward to helping people in her new job. ‚ÄúThis is a very gratifying position. I am really excited for it,‚ÄĚ she said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man arrested last week on drug charges had his first appearance in court Monday.
Michael Raber, 26 arrested Thursday and charged with six counts. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony; one count of possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; one count of possession of precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the Parkview Whitley Hospital basement, surrounded by purple tablecloths and ribbons, Event Chairperson Cathy Cronin welcomed attendees to the annual Relay for Life Kick-off Party.
‚ÄúWe were expecting 30 people. We ran out of name tags,‚ÄĚ said Melissa Stephens American Cancer Society (ACS) community representative.
‚ÄúSo this is a really great turn out.‚ÄĚ
Relay for Life is a fundraising opportunity lead by the ACS.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Indiana High School Athletic Association held its girls basketball sectional draw Sunday night. Sectionals will be held Feb. 4-9.
Columbia City drew Carroll in the opening round of the Class 4A sectional.
The Lady Eagles are currently 7-14, and Carroll has a 9-10 record.
In their regular season match up, the Lady Chargers topped Columbia City in a close 59-52 Northeast Hoosier Conference game.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Wrestlers from Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko started the IHSAA Individual State Tournament trail at Saturday‚Äôs Carroll Sectional Tournament.
Whitley County‚Äôs schools fared well, with 20 wrestlers advancing to next Saturday‚Äôs regional competition.
Churubusco led the county schools with a second-place team finish, while advancing eight wrestlers, with three of those capturing three individual weight-class titles.
Columbia City and Whitko both advanced six wrestlers to regionals.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs girls basketball team lost to the Central Noble Lady Cougars earlier in January in the Northeast Corner Conference tournament. The Lady Eagles lost that game at home, 39-36.
‚ÄėBusco had a second chance at the 2-16 Lady Cougars Saturday, on the Lady Eagles‚Äô senior night.
‚ÄôBusco trailed by one with 20 seconds in the ball game, but were unable to connect with the basket in the time remaining, and lost 34-30.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City seniors Megan Deutsch and Hannah Schnorr finished their final basketball game at the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium Saturday in prime fashion.
The Lady Eagles seniors combined for 19 points to win the Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up over New Haven, 64-37.
The game didn‚Äôt start the way it finished. New Haven jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first two minutes of the game.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls basketball team was one week removed from a big conference win, but failed to make it two in a row by falling to Wabash Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats lost to the Lady Apaches by a final score of 47-35. The defeat drops Whitko to 6-13 for the year. Wabash is now 13-6. The Lady Wildcats wrap up the Three Rivers Conference slate with a mark of 2-5 for the campaign. The Lady Apaches ended with a record of 6-1 in the loop.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ School safety has been a recurring topic of conversation between administrators at Whitko Community School Corporation.
Recently, WCSC Superintendent Steve Clason met with local law enforcement to determine how to better protect Whitko schools.
‚ÄúWe discussed safety plans to figure out what the best course of action should be in our buildings,‚ÄĚ Clason said. ‚ÄúLuckily, we haven‚Äôt had an immediate concern, but it is best to be prepared.‚ÄĚ
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the second installment of a three-part series on the Whitley County Courthouse.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúMen of all ages have built monuments which, in a broad sense, have been indicative of their social, moral and intellectual stature.‚ÄĚ
That statement was made by the Honorable William F. McNagny as part of his speech made June 14, 1890, at the dedication of the Whitley County Courthouse.