January 17th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Plan Commission will be taking public input on the latest draft of its long-range blueprint prior to its monthly meeting Wednesday.
Draft B of the countyâ€™s Comprehensive Plan will be the focus of an open house from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Whitley County Government Center. prior to the 7 p.m. start of the plan commission meeting.
Planners have been developing the new guide for land use and development over the last year, working with Ground Rules, Inc., a consulting firm.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In a continued effort to enhance communication between Indiana teachers and state education officials, the Indiana Department of Education launched The Educator Learning Link (TELL) Ambassadors program last week.
The program, introduced Wednesday, is getting mixed reactions from local superintendents.
â€śI think it appears the Department of Education seems to be reaching out to the local level and thatâ€™s a positive thing,â€ť said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools.
Two of Whitley County’s very own have been honored in the most recent list of spots in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Both Jenny (Eckert) Zorger and Fred Fields hailed from Huntington North High School and it’s as Vikings that put them among the best Indiana has in the basketball world.
A senior in 1986, Zorger took her team to a sectional title and 25 years later was named to the 2011 Women’s Silver Anniversary Team.
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 Cityâ€™s 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 townâ€™s 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 Cityâ€™s program to update street signs will involve more than just posting speed limits.
Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh has been briefing the cityâ€™s 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 arenâ€™t posted with speed limits, adding that if they arenâ€™t, 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 Cityâ€™s 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.