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January 24th, 2013

NEW OFFICER: CCPD hire in final steps

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Police Department is one step closer to hiring a new police officer.

Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh gave the update at Monday’s meeting of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety.

The board assisted the department in interviewing the final three candidates for the police officer position. The new officer will be the 18th member of the force and will fill the position of a departed officer.

Longenbaugh added that the police force would also like to add three reserve officers and is currently reviewing applications for those positions.

FINANCIAL STATUS: Treasurer updates commissioners

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s treasurer gave the county commissioners an update on finances at Tuesday’s meeting.

Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges came before the commissioners as they convened their annual Finance Committee meeting. Hodges gave financial information to the board on the county’s investments. The commissioners reviewed the county’s financial records and then unanimously voted to continue the current investment policies but to give Hodges latitude to work with the finances.

TODAY IN SPORTS

January 24, 2013

Here are the sports headlines in Thursday's issue:

Lickey takes second at district

No. 7 I.U. pulls away from Penn St.

'What would you do' Te'o tells Couric

Aldridge has 27 and Blazers beat Pacers

Latest NCAA scandal comes from headquarters

IN THE HEADLINES

January 24, 2013

Here are the headlines you will find in Thursday's issue:

Pence touts region at round table

WCCS to purchase five buses

CCPD hire in final steps

Treasurer updates commissioners on financial status

January 23rd

Drought leads to Col. City girls’ loss

January 23, 2013

FORT WAYNE — A scoring drought that lasted the final six minutes of the ball game allowed the host Northrop Lady Bruins to go on an 11-0 run and take a come-from-behind, 36-30, win over the visiting Columbia City Lady Eagle basketball team Tuesday night.

The Bruins held a 19-15 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Eagles were able to score from both the field and the free-throw line.

A basket and two free throws by Emily Whiteleather brought the Eagles within four at 25-21.

A 3-pointer by Alyssa Hansen brought the Eagles to within one at 25-24.

SADE SELECTED: ’Busco names head football coach

January 23, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — “The main goal will be business as usual,” said Paul Sade.

That’s the philosophy the Churubusco High School football team seems to be utilizing as it replaces former head coach Lee Etzler, who resigned Dec. 21, 2012.

Monday, it was announced Sade, the Eagles’ previous offensive line coach, will assume head coaching duties for the 2013 football season.

Sade was formally approved for hire as head football coach at the regular meeting of the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees.

CHAMBER CASE: Goff trial continuance granted

January 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Sara Goff’s trial in Whitley County Superior Court has been set for a different date.

Goff was set to appear in court for a jury trial today, Jan. 23 and tomorrow, Jan. 24. The defense council filed the motion to continue, and a new date for the trial has not been filed yet.

Goff was arrested in September 2011 for theft, a Class D felony.
At that time, she had been serving as Whitley County Chamber of Commerce president.

According to case reports, Goff was accused of cashing approximately $2,100 in “chamber bucks” between Dec. 1, 2010 and Sept. 13, 2011.

DUNHAM'S FINANCES: Council approves tax-break request

January 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the big announcement of the acquisition of the old Scott’s building Tuesday, the normally scheduled meeting of the Columbia City Common Council had an economic development flavor to it, as a real estate company was granted a requested tax abatement.

SPORTING NEW BUSINESS: Kerr develops former Scott’s building for Dunham’s Sports

January 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— After closing its doors in 2007, the former Scott’s Food & Pharmacy location has a new tenant — Dunham’s Sports.

At a reception hosted by the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation Tuesday, Michigan-based real estate developer Jeff Kerr announced the sports retailer will occupy 60 percent of the building.
Kerr touted the support of the EDC and Columbia City.

“We are delighted to potentially have the opportunity to take a vacancy and hopefully warm it up and make it vibrant,” Kerr said.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 23, 2013

These are the headlines you will find in Wednesday's issue:

Sporting a new business in Col. City

Goff trial continuance granted

Council approves tax-break request

'Busco names head football coach

COLUMBIA CITY — Minor league baseball is alive and well in Fort Wayne. So says John Nolan, the on-...
COLUMBIA CITY — Midway through the third quarter, Columbia City’s Brachen Hazen had 10 rebounds....
COLUMBIA CITY — The eighth grade Lady Eagles defeated Maple Creek Dec. 18 by the score of 34-30....

 

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