August 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While Columbia City‚Äôs Fire Department already planned to hire a new employee next year, Thursday morning, officials mulled the idea of hiring a second full-time fireman.
The option came up after a federal grant that will pay for two years of a new firefighter‚Äôs salary became available ‚ÄĒ but it‚Äôs more problematic than simply hiring another fireman.
The CCFD wants to add another firefighter to the department at the beginning of 2014, but if awarded the grant, funds may not be available until later in the year.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As the long-term effects of concussions in football have hit the national newsstands, Columbia City High School is working hard to protect its gridders.
Every Eagle football player has been educated about concussions, and players underwent a baseline concussion test before taking the field this fall.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Not every freshman class has a smooth transition into the sports realm from middle school ‚ÄĒ but this season, Columbia City‚Äôs cross country runners do.
Jason Matteson, who has coached cross country for Indian Springs Middle School for the last three years, is one of two new assistant coaches at Columbia City High School this season.
‚ÄúHe really helped coach these guys as eighth graders,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Cross Country Coach Bob Fahl said. ‚ÄúWe brought him up here as a follow through. He‚Äôll be a big asset to us.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While winning games are always the goal, Columbia City‚Äôs girls volleyball team has another priority ‚ÄĒ the classroom.
Every junior and senior on the Lady Eagles‚Äô squad is a member of the CCHS National Honor Society. Last season, the girls volleyball squad had one of the top grade-point averages in the school.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre very well-rounded girls,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Trish Hinen said.
Even during the busy fall season with late nights and practices, Hinen said the girls‚Äô grades hardly waiver.
‚ÄúWe do grade checks every Friday,‚ÄĚ Hinen said.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ The result from the opening night performance was not what Head Coach Gary Sims had in mind.
At home to kick off their 2013 soccer campaign, the Whitko Lady Wildcats fell behind early and never recovered as the Cougars from Central Noble came away with a 7-3 win.
Following the contest, Sims was having a difficult time putting into words his disappointment.
‚ÄúWe are way better than this,‚ÄĚ Sims said. ‚ÄúTonight, we ran a lot, but we didn‚Äôt play soccer.‚ÄĚ
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs volleyball team rallied in game four to down visiting Garrett for its first win of the season Thursday.
The Lady Eagles (1-1), took the lead, 2-0. Victory was in sight in game three, with ‚ÄėBusco holding a 24-21 advantage.
Garrett then came back, running off five consecutive points to steal game 3, 26-24.
Not wanting the same trend to repeat in game four, Churubusco served aggressively, taking an 8-1 edge and not relinquishing the lead for the remainder of the match.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys soccer team held its perfect record after topping county-rival Whitko Thursday night, 2-0.
In a slow start to the Eagles‚Äô home opener, Columbia City picked up its first goal with less than two minutes left of the 40-minute first half.
Offensive stand-out Drake Dewitt knocked the ball past Whitko goalkeeper Jacob Helton to take a 1-0 lead.
Dewitt had a hat-trick performance in the Eagles‚Äô season opener at Central Noble Tuesday, when Columbia City won 3-2.
Columbia City High School‚Äôs marching band had a performance for friends and family Wednesday night on the school‚Äôs football field.
The band will perform at halftime of Columbia City‚Äôs first home football game, next Friday night against county-rival Whitko.
The Marching Eagles are directed by Helen Hockemeyer.
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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Registration remains open for those students looking to attend T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative eduction program.
Although the school accepts students throughout the 2013-14 year, the deadline to apply for the School Choice Scholarship is Monday.
Nikki Trier, T.R.O.Y. Center‚Äôs administrator, said the scholarship could possibly cover the complete tuition fee of approximately $5,000.
However, parents need to be in touch with T.R.O.Y. Center as soon as possible in order to register by the scholarship deadline.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Redevelopment Commission (RDC) met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of changing the boundaries of the downtown area‚Äôs Tax Increment Funding (TIF) District.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre making sure properties that are legally supposed to be in there are there, and the ones that aren‚Äôt are taken out,‚ÄĚ said Kevin Snell of Columbia City‚Äôs RDC.
Snell said when the TIF District was adopted in 1993, some properties were put in the area in error.