November 1st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While some Indiana cities and towns chose to postpone trick-or-treating to Friday, Columbia Cityâ€™s and Churubuscoâ€™s Halloween festivities went on as scheduled Thursday.
Despite a threatening weather forecast, and some vocal citizens, the weather held off during trick-or-treating hours, and many said they were pleased with how the night turned out.
â€śIt was a tough decision. I know there was a lot of discussion about us not postponing it, but we still felt this was the right decision,â€ť Columbia City Councilman and Board of Works member Dan Weigold said.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” A gas leak Thursday afternoon forced several Columbia City businesses to evacuate and temporarily shut down.
At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department was sent to the Columbia City Plaza, located at the corner of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, for a gas leak.
According to Fire Chief Tom LaRue, crews were boring under the pavement between two strip malls when they struck a gas line.
LaRue said it took nearly two hours to shut off the gas to the area, and several buildings were filled with natural gas.
LARWILLâ€” Whitkoâ€™s middle school football teams have finished their respective 2013 seasons.
The seventh grade team scored a win Oct. 16 against Crestview by a 28-16 score.
Spencer Sroufe scored two touchdowns and had an extra point, Collin Loe scored one touchdown and Jack Curless had one.
The eighth grade Wildcats also won Oct. 16 against Crestview 12-0. Touchdowns were scored by Hunter Reed and Chaz Stanley.
The seventh grade team ended the year at 2-7 and the eighth grade squad finished 4-5.
LEBANON, Ohio â€” A Columbia City High School sophomore captured a Golf Week Junior Tour (GJT) win last weekend.
Tyler Green won the tour event at Shaker Run in Lebanon, Ohio.
It took a playoff for Green to do it, as he and Spencer Dobbs both shot 152 over the two days to tie in the boysâ€™ 15-19 division.
On the second playoff hole, though, Green nearly had a hole-in-one. His tee shot landed just three feet from the cup. He finished and won the tournament on that hole.
TERRE HAUTE â€” A Columbia City cross country runner will step onto the course one more time Saturday.
Lady Eagle senior Samantha Roush qualified for the state meet, which will be this Saturday in Terre Haute.
She clinched the spot by placing seventh at the New Haven semi-state meet last Saturday.
This is the fourth consecutive year Roush has qualified. Her freshman year she was 16th, she came in seventh as a sophomore and was 24th last year.
The girls race will be at 1:45 p.m. at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute. The boys race is at 1 p.m.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football team will likely have a more difficult path to a victory in this weekâ€™s sectional semifinal.
One week after scoring a 28-13 home win against Eastside, the Eagles have to hit the road to play Class 2A 14th-ranked Bremen.
The Lions defeated Manchester 49-21 in their sectional quarterfinal game last week.
Churubusco ended the 2013 regular season ranked ninth.
For both teams, it will be a unique showdown. â€™Busco enters 8-2, and Bremen 7-3, but both schools are undefeated against Class 2A competition.
NORTHEAST INDIANA â€” Postseason play in football is often used as a measuring stick.
The subject of the measuring is how different high school football conferences stack up as far as quality is concerned.
Since most conferences have very few games played out of the league, such assessing is difficult until sectionals start.
While by no means perfect, postseason play and performance is used as a gauge.
Here is a glance at how area conferences performed during week one of sectional action.
Northeast Hoosier Conference
Betty J. Fetters, 90, of Noble County, died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at her home.
She was born June 22, 1923, in Kokomo, a daughter of Harry John and Mildred Mae (Heath) Adams. She graduated from Huntington High School.
On Feb. 19, 1950, she was united in marriage to Richard L. â€śRickâ€ť Fetters.
They made their home on a farm. Mr. Fetters died Feb. 22, 2010.
She was a member of Ormas Baptist Church, American Legion Post #98 Auxiliary and a charter member of Wolf Lake V.F.W. Post #4717 Auxiliary.
Delores J. Miller, 84, of Albion, passed away at 3:23 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, with her family by her side.
Born July 10, 1929, in Van Wert County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Orval and Nora (Kiehl) North.
She graduated from Wren High School, Wren, Ohio, with the Class of 1947. On Aug. 17, 1947, she married Clifford L. in Ohio.
In 1969, they moved from Ohio to Noble County. She was a librarian for Central Noble School Corporation, Wolf Lake, with 33 years of service, retiring in 2004.
James E. Smith, 75, formerly of Angola, passed away Oct. 28, 2013 at his home in Sunrise Beach, Mo.Â
Jim was born May 10, 1938, in LaGrange County, to Buryl and Irene Parker Smith. He was married 55 years to Barbara Stevens Smith who survives at their home.
Surviving relatives include Jeffrey A. and Suzy (Scranage) Smith of Waterloo; Scott B. and Pam K. (Myers) Smith of Middlebury, and Barry L. and Kim L. (Elliott) Smith of Avon, Ohio.Â He is also survived by seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; andÂ one brother,Â Jack E. Smith of Ashley.