October 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â With news of her leaving the Salvation Army, Facebook comments flooded Pat Mossburgâs page.
âI didnât even know I was that well-liked,â Mossburg responded to her Facebook comments.
Mossburg has been the ministries director for Whitley Countyâs Salvation Army for seven years.
Earlier this month, she announced she would be leaving her post, effective Oct. 31.
A special open house is planned in her honor Monday, Oct. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Salvation Armyâs office, inside the First Church of God in Columbia City.
Columbia Cityâs volleyball team won the Whitko Invitational Saturday in South Whitley.
Pictured are the Lady Eagles with the Whitko trophy.
Columbia City will play its final regular-season game Wednesday at Heritage.
COLUMBIA CITY â While Whitley County Consolidated Schools posted competitive scores in the recent release of the ISTEP+ results, school officials are still working to make improvements for next year.
WCCS collectively had 78 percent of its students pass the test, but noted some areas where scores were lower than others.
WHITLEY COUNTY â The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) held its 2013 Football Sectional draw Sunday.
Columbia City and Whitko are set to face tough opponents, while Churubusco should coast through round one.
âBusco takes on Eastside in the Class 2A sectional opener. Eastside, of the Northeast Corner Conference, is 3-5 and has already lost to the Eagles this season.
Churubusco downed the Blazers 31-13 Sept. 13.
Currently, Eastside sits sixth in the NECC, while Churubusco is second.
COLUMBIA CITY â Squad cars flooded the parking lot at Columbia City High School Saturday, as nearly every law enforcement officer who serves Whitley County participated in a special training.
The training was held by the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team to assist the county with its recent focus on school safety.
The ISP team has traveled to several school districts in Indiana to help prepare agencies with the best tactics in the event of a school shooting.
âWe wanted everyone to be on the same page,â said Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh.
HUNTERTOWN â With University of Notre Dame scouts in the stands, the Carroll Chargers used the visiting Columbia City Eagle football squad as a backdrop for an offensive showcase, handing the Eagles a 56-0 Northeast Hoosier Conference beating.
âThey (Carroll) played with great intensity,â said Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins, âAnd we did not match that intensity.â
The Chargers took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in eight plays.
Junior running back Justin Tranquill took the ball in for the score from 11 yards out with 9:36 left in the first quarter.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitko may have lost an outright win of the Three Rivers Conference after falling to Rochester Friday night.
The Wildcats were the lone team without a TRC loss, but dropped a 26-9 game to the Zebras, who posted a four-touchdown second half.
The only scenario that Whitko could earn the title outright is if the âCats beat Tippecanoe Valley (5-3) next week, and if Rochester falls to 1-7 North Miami. Rochester is 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the TRC.
Whitko came out with a strong start against the Zebras Friday, holding a 9-0 lead going into the second half.
CHURUBUSCO â With a share of a conference championship still in play, Churubuscoâs football team has one week left in the regular season to bounce back from its first loss.
The Class 2A third-ranked Eagles fell to visiting Fairfield Friday, 35-14. While the win snapped an undefeated season for âBusco, it did not shake the hopes of a shared Northeast Corner Conference championship.
Although chalk doesnât leave a permanent mark, the message displayed in a variety of colors is a powerful one.
Students at Columbia City High School gathered to decorate the pavement leading to the schoolâs entrance with words and drawings in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Chalk It Up has been a county-wide campaign as students across Whitley County have etched sayings on sidewalks at numerous schools advocating a stop to violence.
Pictured is Maddison Berlin working on her chalk drawing.
COLUMBIA CITY â The thought of saying goodbye to those she has worked with for so long brings mixed emotions for Jackie Hake, evident in teary eyes.
For 18 years, Hake has been the executive director for The Woodlands, a county-wide center servicing the areaâs senior community.
âThis has been my life,â Hake said. âIâve been here to witness some of the biggest successes of this organization. Although I am ready to retire, itâs hard to say goodbye.â
Officially Hake will retire at the end of the year, but she is already making plans with her family.