May 10th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Third shift law enforcement officers see a dramatic change as the weather warms up.
From OWIs to vandalism, most officials donâ€™t hesitate to say there is an increase in crime in the summer months.
â€śThe kids are out of school and that means some of them are out doing things they arenâ€™t supposed to,â€ť Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department Sergeant Todd Cook. â€śThereâ€™s a definite difference between summer and winter on third shift.
â€śWhen its 10 degrees below zero and snowing, nobody wants to be outside. When it warms up, the call volume goes up quite a bit.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Building community interest is a by product of the Leadership Whitley County program, but personal connections are the added bonus.
â€śI wasnâ€™t sure what I was getting into when I signed up for this program,â€ť said Mark Green, Columbia Cityâ€™s parks director.
Green was a part of the nine-month leadership organization in 2006-07.
â€śBeing involved allowed me to get to know the community and create ties within the community,â€ť he said.
Leadership Whitley County assists individuals in making a â€śmore meaningfulâ€ť connection with their community.
The Whitley County Farmers Market begins another season Saturday morning in downtown Columbia City.
How often will you frequent?
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Softball sectional brackets were released Thursday morning by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Teams from each of the three Whitley County high schools will be traveling to various parts of Northeast Indiana for the first round of sectional play.
In Class 4A, Columbia City will compete in Sectional 5 at DeKalb. The Lady Eaglesâ€™ first-round opponent will be Carroll. Their game will be Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m.
Columbia City lost earlier this season on Carroll 7-0.
The winner will play East Noble, which has a first-round bye.
NORTH MANCHESTER â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys golf team took second in a three-way meet at Sycamore Thursday.
The Wildcats shot 172 as a team. Wabash scored 164 to win the meet. Lakeland Christian Academy had a score of 184.
Daniel Zawlocki led the Whitko boys with a score of 40. That put him three strokes behind Wabashâ€™s Jordan Blair, who had the meetâ€™s top score at 37.
Following Zawlocki, Cole Bechtold got 42 for the Wildcats. Will Peters shot 43, Colton LeTourneau turned in a 47 and Cole Findley finished off the Whitko scoring with a 61.
CHURUBUSCO â€” On a senior night punctuated by raindrops and emotional tributes to five senior ball players, the Churubusco Lady Eagle softball team weathered a rocky start and dug themselves out of a 3-0 hole, going on to post a 12-4 Northeast Corner Conference win over visiting Westview on Thursday night.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A wild fifth inning doomed the Churubusco baseball team Thursday.
The visiting Westview Warriors blew open a close ballgame, scoring seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to hand the host Churubusco Eagles a 12-3 loss in a Northeast Corner Conference baseball game Thursday evening.
The host Eagles took a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Centerfielder Brent Simmons reached on a two-out single and scored on a double by first baseman Jay Petrie.
WABASH â€” Josie Sparks had three top-four individual finishes to lead the Whitko girls track team to a third-place finish at the Three Rivers Conference Track and Field Meet Thursday.
The Lady Wildcats scored 103.5 points. Rochester won with a score of 121.5 and Tippecanoe Valley was second with 115.
Sparks was second in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and fourth in the 100-meter dash. She also anchored the third-place 1,600-meter relay team, which consisted of fellow Lady Wildcat runners Taylor Zwick, Miranda Terrill and Holly Frantz.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the bottom of the seventh, the tying run was on base.
Thatâ€™s how close Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team came to beating Carroll Thursday night and securing at least a share of the Northeast Hoosier Conference title.
The Eagles lost the one-run contest, 7-6, at home. They took their first in-conference loss, as they fell to 5-1 in the NHC and 9-5 overall.
A light drizzle fell throughout the game, making for less than ideal playing conditions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s golf team dropped to a whole new low Thursday night â€” and not the bad kind.
The Eagles were determined to even out their Northeast Hoosier Conference record, topping New Haven by an impressive 148-200 score â€” the lowest score Columbia City has posted this season â€” and in the last 10 years.
â€śThat kind of score will get you anywhere,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said, alluding that a 148 could advance nearly any team to the state finals. â€śI think some people will see this score and start to notice us.
â€śThatâ€™s just tremendous golf.â€ť