October 11th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A group of people donated a parcel of land for the expansion of a trail in Columbia City.
The Friends of the Eel River Trail met Aug. 7 and unanimously voted to gift a parcel of land to the city to help with the expansion of the Eel River Trail.
When completed, the trail will span from South Whitley to Churubusco, passing through Columbia City.
The parcel is west of Line Street and north of Vine Street in Columbia City.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the city appreciates the donation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department has found another way to give back to the community at Christmas time.
After more than 125 years of the Christmas Eve candy and orange giveaway at the Courthouse, the department is now helping children with the Toys for Tots program.
The department is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves under the guidance of the Leatherneck Coffee Club of Northern Indiana, which was founded in Columbia City in 2001.
Since then, thousands of children in need have received toys at Christmas.
Rachel M. Verba, 89, formerly of Columbia City, died Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Liz, in Noblesville where she had been residing since August 2012.
She was born Sept. 15, 1924, in Whitley County, a daughter of Leo and Huldah J. (Palmer) Miller.
Her formative years were spent in Richland Township. She graduated from Larwill High School and completed her nurseâ€™s training at Ball State.
Wildcats drop sectional semifinal against Cadets
FORT WAYNE â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys soccer team lost in a sectional semifinal to Fort Wayne Concordia Thursday.
The Cadets beat the Wildcats 9-0 in a Class 1A game played at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.
Concordia had five goals in the first half and four in the second. Joshua Hillery of Concordia had three goals in the contest.
Fairfield downs Churubusco
GOSHEN â€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team lost to NECC-rival Fairfield Thursday.
The Lady Falcons swept the Lady Eagles, 25-9, 25-15 and 25-17.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded not guilty to burglary and theft charges Monday.
Stephen â€śNathanâ€ť Lawrence, 23, was arrested Oct. 2 for those charges, as well as counts of residential entry and criminal mischief.
According to police, Lawrence allegedly broke into his parentsâ€™ home and stole items from their residence.
Lawrence will have his next pretrial conference in Whitley County Circuit Court Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The measure of the heart of a team is not how badly it beats a lesser team, but how hard it plays against the very best of teams.
The Columbia City Lady Eagles showed that heart on senior night against the number three-ranked Bellmont Squaws Thursday night.
Though the Eagles fell in three games, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20, they played hard and pushed the visitors in each game.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With 2014 being the final year for Burnworth Memorial Pool, which city officials opted to close due to financial strains, the community is working together to discuss the future of aquatics â€” both recreational and competitive.
An Aquatics Task Force has been formed to assess options, and Whitley County Consolidated Schools addressed its needs at Mondayâ€™s Board of Trustees meeting.
Tim Bloom is part of the Aquatics Task Force speaking for the school board and the districtâ€™s swim teams.
CULVER â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Niko Rongos got his postseason journey off on the right foot with an individual sectional win Tuesday.
Competing at the team regional event in Culver, Rongos defeated his first opponent, Brandon Bate of Peru.
AKRON â€” Whitkoâ€™s volleyball squad dropped a three-game match Wednesday night at Tippecanoe Valley.
After falling 25-10 in the first game, the Lady Wildcats played more competitive in the final two games, losing 25-18 in each.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s football team is the only Three Rivers Conference school with a perfect record in league play.
With two weeks remaining in the season, the Wildcats (5-2, 5-0) have a chance to wrap up a conference championship a whole week early.
Whitko plays Rochester this Friday at home at 7 p.m. The Zebras (5-2, 4-1) suffered their first TRC loss of the year last week against Tippecanoe Valley.
Tippy Valley hosts North Miami. If Whitko and North Miami both win this Friday, the Wildcats will clinch the conference a week early.