January 18th, 2012
Cathy Broxon-Ball, director of Whitley County Environment Management and Homeland Security prepares for the 2012 annual weather spotter training session in the spotterâs room at the Whitley County Homeland Security office. Broxon-Ball calls out to anyone who would like to become a âweather spotter.â
The 2012 annual weather spotter training will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Whitley County Government Center basement training room. The class is two hours long and free of charge. Door prizes are planned.
Last year, 138 spotters were trained by the a member of the National Weather Service.
HUNTINGTON â Austin Paul, former Huntington North hoopster, joined Columbia Cityâs basketball squad this season as a senior and a starter.
Paul faced a little extra anxiety Tuesday night when the Eagles traveled to Huntington for his first game against his former teammates since the transfer.
Despite the anxiety, Paul helped the Eagles to a 64-48 win over the Vikings.
âI was really nervous at first. I didnât know what the environment would be like,â Paul said.
CHURUBUSCO â The IHSAA Class 2A Churubusco Boysâ basketball team stepped up a class Tuesday night when they played host to the 3A Leo Lions.
The schoolsâ enrollments werenât the only difference, as the Lions came into the contest with a high-powered offense averaging over 84 points-per-contest, while the Eagles were scoring slightly under 47 points-per-game.
The sharp contrast continued on the defensive side as the Eagles came into the game giving up just under 43 points each game, while the Lions were surrendering over 79 points-per-contest.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â Jim Caldwell endured everything thrown at him during his first two seasons as the Colts' coach -- replacing a friend, rebounding from losses and fighting through injuries.
Not having Peyton Manning around in 2011 was just too much.
Caldwell was fired Tuesday, a little more than two weeks after the Colts' worst season in two decades.
"This is obviously a big transitional time for us, but I know we're excited moving forward and it's hard when you say goodbyes to some people," team owner Jim Irsay said. "But it's part of the business."
COLUMBIA CITY â While state legislators are considering a bill that would give Indiana homeowners limited rights to resist police officers trying to enter their homes, local citizens are trying to voice their opinion on the subject.
The Whitley County Patriots had planned to demonstrate near Parkview Whitley Hospital today in opposition of Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steve David, who was scheduled to address the Columbia City Rotary Club.
The Patriots announced their plans over the weekend. The meeting was moved to an alternate location.
Whitley County awoke Tuesday morning to a hodge-podge of spring weather in mid-January.
Mid-50 degree temperatures, thunderstorms and heavy rain passed through the area with possible fog to follow. Temps are to drop throughout the day.
Click on the Columbia City weather forecast at top right.
COLUMBIA CITY â With the matter in discussion since March 2010, the Whitley County Plan Commission finally began revising itâs zoning ordinance to add regulations for wind energy conversion systems (WESC).
The commission met Wednesday for a rescheduled session to review and offer proposed amendments to a draft which, if approved, will put standards in place should a wind company seek the opportunity to make an economic investment in Whitley County.
âWe certainly have not come to a precise conclusion up to this point,â said Planning and Building Department Executive Director Dave Sewel.
SOUTH WHITLEY â The Lady Wildcats basketball team trailed the entire first quarter Saturday in South Whitley. They took the lead early in the second period. They never trailed again, beating the Southwood Lady Knights, 52-44.
Southwoodâs Mollie Harn-ish scored the first bucket and four of the Lady Knightâs first eight points as Whitko went down to an early 8-2 lead.
Lady Wildcat Michaela Sylvester scored the only goal for Whitko in the series until senior Katie Reiff hit a trey nearly three minutes into the game to make the score 8-5.
GOSHEN â Two of the three Whitley County schools â Columbia City and Whitko â competed Saturday in the 44th Annual Goshen Invitational, with the Eagles finishing in third place while the Wildcats came in seventh.
At 182 pounds, Eagle Russell Hazelet came in second overall after defeating Bronsonâs (Mich.) Leo Mora almost six minutes into the match and falling to Fairfieldâs Dalton Hinen in almost identical fashion.
Representing the 220-pound weight class was Columbia Cityâs Tristan Anglin, who made it all the way to the finals before being pinned.
For more photos of Saturday's Show Choir, see Monday's edition of The Post & Mail.