January 17th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY — While everyone in the stands was helping fight the same battle against cancer, Columbia City and Homestead girls’ basketball teams were in the midst of a contest that had the potential to shake up the Northeast Hoosier Conference standings.
Despite a poor shooting night, a Lady Spartans team, perfect in the conference, remained unblemished. A late rally from Columbia City fell just a basket short in the closing minute as Homestead held on 54-50.
GOSHEN — For 10 of the past 11 years, the winner of the Goshen Invitational wrestling tournament has hailed from Whitley County, with Columbia City ripping off a string of nine straight titles and Whitko following them with a win in 2009 before the host Goshen Redskins broke the string last year.
Both Whitko and Columbia City traveled to Goshen on Saturday with the intention of reclaiming the title.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs council will try to decide, again, whether the city wants to get into the television business.
Whitley County resident Erik Mollberg, who serves as the assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne with the Allen County Public Library, told the townâs Common Council last week that the city, courtesy of its franchise agreement with Mediacom, has money available for equipment that could be used for operating a cable television channel.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs program to update street signs will involve more than just posting speed limits.
Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh has been briefing the cityâs Board of Works and Common Council in recent weeks about updating signs throughout the city.
Cearbaugh told the board last month the new signs are part of a project to bring the city up to federal compliance.
He said numerous streets arenât posted with speed limits, adding that if they arenât, they default to 30 miles per hour by state statute.
FORT WAYNE — A three-team tie just became two for first-place in Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Two undefeated teams in the NHC came together Friday night with a top heavy senior Homestead (8-4, 3-0 NHC) hosting a young Columbia City (7-3, 2-1 NHC) squad.
The experience paid off for the Spartans taking an early first quarter lead and grabbing a wire-to-wire win 62-48.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Contrary to the rest of the season, where Logan Irwin and Zac VanDeWater lead Whitko’s scoring, the Wildcats counted on senior Max Elder’s season-high 20 points to runaway with a 70-48 win against Southwood Friday night.
Southwood held the score close in the first quarter, only trailing by one, 14-13, at the end of the first eight minutes.
But Whitko turned on their high pressure defense, forcing turnovers and allowing for quick scoring.
COLUMBIA CITY â A second sewer line drilling operation has run into a snag in Columbia City.
While city crews run new sewer lines throughout the city, it sometimes becomes necessary to run the lines under roads or railroad tracks without digging.
In those instances, a technique called jack and bore is used.
According to Columbia Cityâs Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker, this technique ran into problems last month on Radio Road with settling soil.
This month, with sewer installing crews heading north near South Line Street, contaminated soil is the culprit.
COLUMBIA CITY â A former member of the Whitley County Board of Zoning Appeals is questioning the ethics and legality of the panel on which he formerly served.
âI challenge the Whitley County Commissioners and the County Council to look into this seemingly rogue BZA and their lawlessness,â wrote Mark Roach, a former BZA member.
Roachâs entire letter is published on page four of todayâs Post & Mail.
The Whiteleather history begins with an ancestor, Andrew Whiteleather coming to America in 1775 with the Hessian troops from Germany to fight the colonists. After the war, he settled in Ohio.
Three generations later, in 1891, Professor David Vorhees Whiteleather moved from Ohio to begin a âNormalâ school in Larwill. During school vacations it was reported that he read law in the office of P.H. (Harry) Clugston and E.K. Strong.
COLUMBIA CITY â In a joint announcement, the firm of Bloom, Gates, Sigler and Whiteleather, LLP and Gates Law Office announced that effective Jan. 1, Benton E. Gates, Jr. has become âof counselâ to the Bloom, Gates, Sigler and Whiteleather, LLP. This means he will act in an advisory role with the firm while continuing to maintain an office in the Whiteleather building and to serve his clients and actively practice law.