January 16th, 2013
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the second of a four-part series on Columbia City‚Äôs football team.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whatever plans the Eagles made for 2012 ‚ÄĒ Columbia City was brought down to Earth in a season-opening loss at the hands of its neighbors to the west, the Warsaw Tigers.
The Eagles fell by a score of 20-14 in a game where their defense gave up 323 rushing yards.
‚ÄúI was disappointed by how we came out in that first game,‚ÄĚ said head coach Randy Hudgins. ‚ÄúBut, that game got us much more focused.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Former Whitko head coach Rob Irwin tried out his third team against Eagle head coach Chris Benedict Tuesday at Columbia City Tuesday. After taking on the Eagles with Carroll, Whitko and now Huntington North, Irwin fell just short of his first win against Benedict since 2001.
Irwin‚Äôs only two wins over Columbia City as Whitko‚Äôs play-caller came in 2008 and 2009, when Benedict was coaching at Valparaiso.
Though Irwin was hoping for the win, he holds no animosity against Benedict.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man who had pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. Nicholas Morthorst, 25, was sentenced 10 years for the charge ‚ÄĒ which is a Class B felony. He will serve six years of the sentence with the other four being suspended.
Morthorst had several family members write to the court who were concerned for the outcome of his sentence. His uncle, Thomas Morthorst, took the stand and testified on behalf of his nephew.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ A backhoe was the tool of choice used to knock down the charred walls of Kent Theater, South Whitley. After a fire damaged the building, the structure was untouched for almost a year while South Whitley town officials waited on owner, Mark Minick, to come to terms with his insurance company. South Whitley Town Council members pressed Minick to start demolition by Dec. 29, 2012.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Give a man a fish and he‚Äôll eat for the day. Teach a man to fish and he‚Äôll never grow hungry again. This sage advice is put into action with a new program, The Connection. Whitley County residents who are searching for employment can tap into resources made available through The Connection, such as job listing, resume help and interview tips.
Emily Houser, of Columbia City, is one of the volunteers for the program. The Connection is a joint effort through two already established feeding programs, Forklift and The Line.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees introduced Galen Mast as its new superintendent Monday.Mast previously had a brief stint with SGCS in 2007. During the spring semester, he served as assistant high school principal and athletic director.
Following the 2007 school year, Mast departed from Churubusco to take a job as principal at Parkside Elementary School in the Lakeland School Corporation.
Mast‚Äôs departure from SGCS did not diminish his appreciation for what the district, and Churubusco, has to offer.
Here are the sports headlines in Wednesday's Post & Mail:
Columbia City football season in review
Eagles take down Irwin, Huntington
Whitko scores TRC win
Columbia City preps for tourney with match at Carroll
Athlete of the week
Virginia E. Fulk, 90, of Churubusco, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Jan. 26, 1922, in Allen County, she was the daughter of Frank and Ethel Mae (Grim) Garrison.
A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she lived for brief periods of time in surrounding areas. She graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1941.
Here are the headlines in Wednesday's Post & Mail:
Mast named new SGCS superintendent
Demolition begins at Kent Theater
Columbia City man receives meth sentence
Equipping the hungry for jobs
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the first of a four-part series on Columbia City‚Äôs football team.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A casual observer would look at the 2012 Columbia City football season and see a sub-500 team that somehow managed to qualify for the second round of the sectional playoffs.
Eagles fans know better than to judge last season that quickly.