January 12th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the United States was plunging over the Fiscal Cliff, a rope was tossed as a solution. How well would it hold? This question and others were answered by Jim Oâ€™Donnell, Executive-In-Residence at Huntington University, at an economic lecture at Parkview Whitley Hospital Friday morning.
Oâ€™Donnell, who is known for adding humor and wit to his lectures, believes the forecast for the economic future, on the home front and abroad, could be pretty grim. He explained his bearish stance is based on trends and attitudes.
FORT WAYNE â€” Friday nightâ€™s Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up between Columbia City and Homestead was everything it was predicted to be.
Nearly every fan in the stands was shocked as the buzzer rang, and Homestead won the game with a desperation 3-pointer, 59-58.
â€śThe fans definitely got their moneyâ€™s worth,â€ť Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said.
And there was quite a turnout. Announcers asked fans to sit shoulder-to-shoulder at the game that had more people than seats.
â€śThe environment of this game was great,â€ť Benedict said.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Northeast Hoosier Conferenceâ€™s top dogs go head-to-head in Fort Wayne tonight, as Homestead plays host to Columbia City.
Both teams are 2-0 in the NHC, and both teams have won by substantial margins. Columbia City topped East Noble 76-35 and Bellmont 81-41. Homestead beat Carroll by a 70-56 score and East Noble 71-20.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s woes in the Northeast Corner Conference basketball tournament continued Thursday evening as both the boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ teams fell in the consolation round contests to teams from Lakeland.
In an almost exact reversal of Tuesdayâ€™s contests against Central Noble â€” in which the Lady Eagles played close and the boys struggled â€” the girls fell behind early in the 43-29 loss.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball team fell to visiting Norwell on Thursday night. The Lady Knights defeated the Wildcats by a final margin of 56-34.
The defeat drops Whitko to 5-10 overall on the season. Norwell is now 13-2. The Wildcats remain at 1-3 in the Three Rivers Conference.
The Wildcats kept pace with the Knights in the first quarter, getting key buckets from senior Cagney Craig to keep the score at 11-9 at the end of the first in favor of Norwell.
FORT WAYNE â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s 8th-grade Lady Eagle basketball team was handed its first conference loss Thursday at Woodside Middle School.
Though the Lady Eagles held the lead throughout most of the game, Woodside went on a 9-4 run in the final four minutes to win, 36-30.
The Lady Warriors switched to a zone defense, limiting Indian Springsâ€™ offensive options.
Indian Springs head coach Trish Sittler said the game wasnâ€™t lost due to lack of deisre.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools has selected a new superintendent.
An official announcement will be made Monday at 7 p.m. at the SGCS Administrative Center. Board of Trustees for SGCS will officially agree on the candidate and approve the person for hire Monday. The meeting is open to the public.
COESSE â€” Citizens of Whitley County have a somewhat unique resource in their backyard that is largely unknown.
The Northeast-Purdue Agriculture Center (NEPAC) has been located in Whitley County, south of Coesse, for more than 20 years. Phil Walker has been the superintendent of the center since its opening, and said the center is a big help in the agriculture arena.
The farm primarily functions for research. Professors and graduate students make the trek to Whitley County from Purdueâ€™s campus in West Lafayette.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Can an aquatics facility be built in Columbia City? Where is the money going to come from Where is it going to be built? These are some of questions the recently formed Aquatic Task Force is working to answer.
Wednesday the task force met for the first time and spent an hour discussing the options, as well as the challenges, in building a new aquatics center.
It was decided by the City of Columbia City to close Burnworth Memorial Pool in 2014. Due to an increasing amount of repairs needed and the growing cost to maintain the pool, the decision was made.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For high school girls, preparing for prom starts with the dress.
However, the expense attached to a formal dress, in addition to accessories, shoes, hair-dos and manicures, can deter some girls from going to prom.
Sandy Kohut, Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s nurse, is overseeing a dress giveaway that the school has sponsored since 2007. Formal dresses are donated by the community and are then made available to girls in Whitley County.