May 21st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indiana State Senator Jim Banks shared numerous actions he deemed as successes during the recent legislative session at a breakfast held for area Republicans Saturday.
Senator Banks listed his education initiatives as a â€świn.â€ť Higher education reform was on his radar as he sought to reduce the cost to attend Indiana state colleges.
â€śWe wanted greater transparency for state colleges,â€ť Banks said. â€śPeople need to see how that money is spent.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s new 911 system just went online last month, but there is an issue that still needs to be addressed.
Scott Jones, 911 director, reported to the Whitley County Commissioners Monday that the voice recorder currently in place records sound only, not text, video or any other way a person may message contact dispatchers with the new 911 system.
Columbia City High School held its honors convocation Monday night.
Above are the top 10 students, academically, for the Class of 2013.
Front row, from left: Aakash Patel, Tiffany Harber and Richelle Menzie. Back row, from left: Adam Wilkinson, Lindsay Angel, Ryan Romanowski, Corinne Kauffman, Carlee Hearld and Emily Lewis. Not pictured; Jordan Bickle.
Smith Townshipâ€™s honor guard and volunteer firefighters march toward their new fire station in a dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon.
Both the U.S. Flag and the Indiana State Flag were raised by town leaders.
The new station is located inside Churubuscoâ€™s town park on North John Kreiger Drive.
Suzanne Elizabeth Guse Morrison passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala. Mrs. Morrison was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Arthur and Carolyn Pehrson. She was united in marriage to Charles R. Guse June 2, 1950, in Indianapolis. They resided in Rushville, Chicago, Columbia City and Michigan City.
Dr. Guse proceeded her in death Jan. 31, 1978. Mrs. Guse married Richard Morrison April 12, 1980, at First United Methodist Church in Michigan City. They retired to Navarre, Fla. where he died Sept. 19, 2001.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City rode two home runs to victory in a 9-7 win over Northrop Friday night.
The first was a two-run shot over the left field fence off the bat of Eagle third baseman Jordan Bickle. His dinger came in the top of the first inning, giving Columbia City a lead it wouldnâ€™t relinquish.
â€śI think the key to the game was starting it off offensively with Bickleâ€™s home run. I think that got us going,â€ť said Columbia City Head Coach Zac Bireley.
The other homer, also to left field, was a grand slam by right fielder Keaton Reed in the third frame that put the Eagles up 7-1.
LAGRANGE â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team lost a road contest to Prairie Heights Saturday.
The Wildcats fell by a final score of 7-3.
Both teams struck early. Whitko opened with a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning. The Panthers quickly struck back in the bottom of the first with three runs of their own to tie the score.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City took two from Bishop Dwenger in a double header Saturday at Shoaff Park.
The Eagles won the morning game 8-3, and then beat the Saints again by a final of 13-3.
Columbia City betters its record to 13-8 with the two wins. Both victories are part of an important turn-around for the Eagles, who before Saturday had a 4-6 record so far in May.
â€śI think we were in the game, as opposed to other games weâ€™ve had this last month,â€ť said Columbia City Head Coach Zac Bireley.
NEW HAVEN â€” Freshman Tyler Green finished his first Northeast Hoosier Conference Golf Match in prime fashion Saturday at Whispering Creek Golf Course.
Green was named 1st-Team All-NHC at the match, after scoring a one-over par, 73.
The freshman scored a 35 in the front nine, and 38 in the back half.
Columbia City finished fourth as team with a score of 325, as Carroll took the conference title with 295 strokes.
Fellow freshman Spencer Klimek also had a stand-out performance, making 2nd-Team All-Conference with a score of 77.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” A study by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs shows that in much of Indiana, public officials aren't aware their counties have 211 systems in which callers can find social services for help.
The Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations surveyed nearly more than 1,000 local government officials, including mayors, county auditors, council members, school board members and township trustees.