January 18th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s new coroner will get to spend his retirement doing what he loves. Randy Dellinger, who was elected in November as county coroner, has been interested in crime scene investigation for many years.
The passion was born from 28 years as a law enforcement officer, it was nurtured during his eight years as deputy coroner under Scott Smith and grew while taking a crime scene investigation class at the Indiana State Police Academy.
â€śIt was meaningful work and I liked it,â€ť Dellinger said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One challenge associated with changes in technology is using it responsibly. Whitley County Consolidated School District (WCCS) has approached this issue from both sides of the coin. The first wrinkle involved is related to students using the technology in compliance with school rules. The second consideration is ensuring that teachers, while they are using technology, do not interact with students in an inappropriate fashion.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” By most measures, 2012 was a heavy year for the court systems in Whitley County. Whitley County Circuit Court had more criminal cases last year than in 2011. The court heard 314 total cases in 2012, up from 250 the year before that. In one respect, though, 2012 was lighter than 2011. Last year, there were no jury trials, as opposed to the two in 2011.
Beverly (Simmons-Wiley) Sailors, 72 of Fort Wayne, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne.
Beverly was a 1958 graduate of Huntington Township High School. She attended International Business College. She was employed in the medical field for many years, including Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Sun Coast Hospital in Florida and Dr. B. Trent Cooper in Roanoke.
She was a past member of the American Business Womenâ€™s Association Huntington Chapter.
She was born on Oct. 7, 1940, in Huntington, a daughter of James and Zelma (Hillegas) Simmons.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the fourth of a four-part series on Columbia Cityâ€™s football team
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One might wonder if anything could have been done to prevent the onslaught of injuries the Columbia City football team suffered in 2012.
â€śSometimes itâ€™s just a freak-type injury,â€ť said head coach Randy Hudgins. â€śYouâ€™re not really sure you can prevent that, especially with bone breaks and concussions.â€ť
In regards to seasons to come, Hudgins said concentrated steps have already been taken to lessen the likelihood of players injuring themselves.
CHURUBUSCO â€” In the final regular season match, two Whitley County wrestling teams squared off on Churubuscoâ€™s Senior Night.
The host Eagles used an advantage in the upper weight classes to build a lead on their way to a 57-19 win over the visiting Whitko Wildcats.
With both teams heading into their conference tournaments Saturday, both the Eagles and the Wildcats were looking to establish some momentum.
Bouts started at 126 pounds, with Eagle sophomore Chase Downing scoring a pinfall win over Whitkoâ€™s Evan Cozad at the 1:02 mark of the first period, putting the hosts up 6-0.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s show choirs presented their competition shows for parents and choral supporters Thursday night.
City Lights, an all female choir, is accompanied by City Soul, an instrumental back-up band. City Heat is a mixed choir of boys and girls and is also supported by City Soul. Both groups are assisted by City Crew, a stage crew.
The choirs are under the direction of Rosalie Geller and choreographed by Jason Johnson. City Soul is directed by Carolyn Hindbaugh. Saturday, the groups will compete at Eastside High School in Butler.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While some people in the country might feel they are still digging out of the Great Recession, some economic indicators show Whitley County might be back to normal.
The Community Research Institute (CRI) at IPFW released its 2012 document of business dynamics in Whitley County. Most of the findings showed growth in the county, with expansion in job numbers and dollars invested locally.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Changes in technology have affected almost every sphere of life, with education being no exception.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) has looked at changes in how it purchases curriculum. The district, as it examines textbooks, also examines the software present. This has led to conversations regarding the future of technology for WCCS.
â€śYou can look at things and say this is fabulous, and think you can do great things, but applied to larger scale it does not work with our hardware,â€ť said Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor, WCCS superintendent.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Something old in Columbia City will have a new feel to it and could recharge memory banks for some in the community.
DeVol Field is having a baseball/softball diamond reconstructed with an estimated target for completion in the summer.
This is not the first time the field has been used for these sports in the townâ€™s history.
When Morsches Park was constructed, the fields down at DeVol fell out of use. There will only be one field there in 2013, as opposed to the multiple fields that were there in the past. The timing will be impeccable for the city.