January 30th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Delores Coyle Mathews, 83, of Columbia City, died at 10:50 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at her home. She had been in failing health.
She was born Nov. 7, 1928, in Milwaukee, a daughter of the late John and Josie (Ellington) Main.
Her formative years were spent in Wisconsin. She moved to Indiana at the age of 22, locating in Syracuse and then North Webster before moving to Columbia City in 1959.
She was employed in the laundry services of Whitley County Memorial Hospital for four years and then Bondflex Rubber for 24 years as an inspector. She retired in May of 1989.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Mary A. Kitson, 96, of Columbia City, died at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the home of her daughter.
She was born July 2, 1915, in Whitley County, a daughter of the late Orson Andrew and Mary Elizabeth (Roberts) Carmin.
She graduated from Larwill High School in 1934.
Following her graduation, she worked at the former Blue Bell, Columbia City.
On Feb. 12, 1938, she was united in marriage to Eugene Kitson. Mr. Kitson died Jan. 21, 1985.
They were the owners of Columbia Dairy until 1971, after which they started a vegetable and fruit farm north of Columbia City.
SOUTH WHITLEY ¬≠‚ÄĒ Without scoring a single field goal in the fourth quarter, senior Logan Irwin and junior Alex Stoddard combined for 46 points in Whitko‚Äôs 72-52 win over Wabash Friday.
Stoddard scored 10 of the Wildcats‚Äô 21 first quarter points, while Wabash only tallied 11.
Whitko‚Äôs defense held the Apaches to 11 points again in the second period while Stoddard and Irwin combined for 14 of the ‚ÄôCats 18.
The Wildcats built on their 39-22 halftime lead in the third quarter with nine points from Irwin, four from Stoddard and four from Gabe Powell.
CARROLL ‚ÄĒ The year-end wrestling tournament kicked off this weekend with all three Whitley County Schools competing in the Carroll Sectional.
Overall points determine only one team to move on to regionals; a fourth place finish or better on an individual level sends a matman to the next round.
Since 1993, the three schools have accounted for 12 of the 19 team wins at Carroll, including a run of eight straight by Columbia City.
Carroll, who claimed the title in six of the other seven years, won its own sectional with a point total of 187.50.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City rising star Olivia Shearer is headed to the Elks Hoop Shoot state finals.
Shearer won her age division (10-11-year-olds) on Saturday‚Äôs regional at Indian Springs Middle School.
She shot 20-for-25, good for her first-place finish.
The young hoopster has a break before competing at the state finals on Feb. 24 at New Castle.
Shearer said she practices shooting nearly every day with her mom, Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer.
She is also involved in a league at Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, playing two games a week.
NEW HAVEN ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball team began the 2011-12 season expected to finish at the bottom of the conference.
Lady Eagle Head Coach Amy Shearer had different plans for the team, making the team‚Äôs goal to prove the polls wrong.
‚ÄúWe were not going to finish last in the conference, that was a big goal for us after the polls came out,‚ÄĚ Shearer said.
With Saturday‚Äôs 55-34 win over New Haven, Col. City finished the season 3-4 in the NHC, good for a fifth-place finish out of eight teams.
ALBION ‚ÄĒ The Churubusco Lady Eagle basketball team, fresh off a win over South Adams that broke an eight-game losing streak, traveled to Northeast Corner Conference foe Central Noble with the two-fold intent of extending their own winning streak and keeping the 0-17 Lady Cougars winless.
It took every minute of regulation and four minutes of overtime for ‚ÄėBusco to accomplish both feats in a come-from-behind 49-45 win.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď If Whitley Countians think it's been a mild winter so far . . . well, be prepared for a warm-up!
Starting Tuesday expect highs in the low 50s and upper 40s through mid-week with some precipitation. After that, temperatures "drop" to the low 40s and 30s.
Not bad for late January and early February in Northeast Indiana!
The National Weather Service forecast for Monday-Sunday:
TODAY MONDAY...CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH.
.TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO
Cleveland Township firemen respond to the scene of a house fire in Larwill Friday morning.
Columbia City's student section was colored blue Friday night for the boys basketball team's prostate cancer awareness night.