April 22nd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A local governing board examined variances with its finances in light of a recent audit and is hoping to have found the solution.
As is the case with every governing body, the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District (WCSWMD) was audited by the State Board of Accounts.
WCSWMD‚Äôs report was released Jan. 31. The board of accounts noted on the audit some faults with the district. However, one of those problems could be the solution.
INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ Three Churubusco athletes were invited to Warren Central High School to compete with the best the state had to offer, and came away successful.
The Throwers Showcase was held at Warren Central High School, an event featuring the top 20 track athletes, male and female, in the shot put and discus.
Churubusco‚Äôs Austin McClure grabbed a Top-5 placing in both events.
He was fourth in the discus and third in the shot put.
His teammate, Gunner Barnhart, was seventh in the shot put.
For the girls, ‚ÄėBusco‚Äôs Katie Monk was fourth in discus.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Andrea White, of Columbia City, has literally been around the world.
She wants to go back to the other side of the planet, but first, she is going to live in a cardboard box.
In a project called ‚ÄúHope for the Philippines,‚ÄĚ White and a few friends will stay in a cardboard box shelter they will set up on the lawn of Columbia City‚Äôs City Hall for 24 hours.
The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the conditions some people are living in at a squatter village in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City High School Athletic Director Geoff Penrod is the only AD who has seen the Northeast Hoosier Conference from start to finish.
Penrod was involved in the formation of the NHC after the Northeastern Indiana Athletic Conference dissolved. The new conference, NHC, was nearly identical to the NIAC, minus Angola, South Adams and Bluffton.
The NHC took Homestead, DeKalb, East Noble, Bellmont, New Haven and Columbia City from the NIAC and added Carroll and Norwell.
Indian Springs Middle School competed against Edgewood Monday.
Pictured, 8th graders Elizabeth Russell and Jayla Wigent compete in the low hurdles.
Both the 8th grade boys and girls won decisively while both the 7th-grade boys and girls fell to to the visiting team from Warsaw. The Eagle Stars compete in the Garrett Invitational tonight, weather permitting.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A decision was made Thursday that the 24-year-old Northeast Hoosier Conference will be disbanded in 2015.
After continued disparity in the enrollment gap between schools in the conference, NHC President Mark Misch, of Norwell, announced in a press release Thursday that all eight member schools agreed to withdraw from the NHC, effective July 1, 2015.
‚ÄúTherefore, principals and athletic directors will be focusing on new future conference membership affiliations,‚ÄĚ Misch said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Once more, Columbia City has been named a Tree City USA.
This honor is given to cities across the United States by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. There are four core requirements communities must meet to receive this designation.
Columbia City, in part due to the hard work of its tree board, met these requirements.
Ken Lundquist with the Columbia City Tree Board said receiving the Tree City USA title meant a little more work this past year.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ An historic honor was bestowed Thursday night.
For the first time in the history of Leadership Whitley County, a member of the graduating class received the award for Excellence in Servant Leadership. Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh was nominated by one of his classmates for this honor, and was given it at the Leadership Whitley County Celebration for the Class of 2012-13.
Park Director Mark Green has closed Morsches Park due to severe flooding. The park and ball fields will remain closed until Monday.
In the meantime, for safety reasons, Green asks that everyone stay out of the park.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Individuals who were out driving Thursday evening or Friday morning likely noticed the effects of recent heavy rains in Whitley County.
Spotters reported to the National Weather Service that 3.51 inches had fallen by 1 p.m. Thursday. An additional report said 2.3 inches had accumulated by 4:30 a.m. Friday.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools closed for Friday. Whitko and Smith-Green Community Schools were both on two-hour delays. WCCS Superintendent Pat O‚ÄôConnor said poor road conditions influenced the decision.