February 1st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of dealing in methamphetamine had his court appearance pushed back due to other charges.
Dean Pressler, 39, of Larwill, was arrested in December for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. He was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for those counts.
Chris Jones, of Columbia City, donates blood at the Columbia City United Methodist Church Thursday afternoon. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile conducted the visit. All who donated were treated to Girl Scout cookies.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With a focus on academic success and college-readiness, the Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of School Trustees heard a presentation on progress in those areas at Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy.
Jennifer Reiff, CCHS principal; Lyle Kuhmichel, CCHS assistant principal; Kyle Nelson, CCHS dean of students and Brady Mullet, Eagle Tech Academy principal gave the presentation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A bridge in Columbia City could one day have a new name.
State Sen. Jim Banks proposed legislation to name the Ind. 9 bridge in Columbia City between West Spencer and Hanna Streets after former State Sen. Gary P. Dillon.
â€śI introduced the legislation a couple of years ago and introduced it again this time,â€ť Banks said.
Banks did not anticipate the legislation passing this year, but said it had to get started on the process.
â€śI would love to surprise him with it,â€ť Banks said of Dillon.
FORT WAYNE â€” Twenty wrestlers from Whitley County advanced to Saturdayâ€™s regional meet at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne and now stand just two weekends away from the state tournament.
Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko were all at the sectional meet at Carroll last Saturday. Churubusco was second to the hosts in the team race and is sending eight wrestlers to this weekendâ€™s meet. Columbia City and Whitko will each send six to regionals.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Fans at Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball game against Huntington North Thursday wouldnâ€™t have known that the Lady Eagles hadnâ€™t practiced since Monday.
Columbia City head coach Amy Shearer said the team has been battling the flu all week, but the Lady Eagles still managed a 53-49 win in their last regular-season game.
The ill-timed sickness showed in the first quarter, as Huntington jumped out to a 17-8 advantage. The Lady Vikings hit three 3-pointers from three different shooters.
WARSAW â€” Sectionals began for the Columbia City girls swimming team Thursday, and the Lady Eagles turned in several performances that qualified for Saturdayâ€™s finals.
Thursday was the preliminary event for the finals, which will be Saturday. Winners of Saturdayâ€™s sectional races will advance to the state meet on Feb. 9. Qualification for state can also occur for swimmers or relay teams who meet the state standard cutoff time to round out the field to 32 entrants per event.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Senior night was a success for the Whitko girls basketball team.
The Lady Wildcats had not been victors on senior night for a few seasons, but they defeated Lakeland Christian Academy Thursday by a final of 55-32 in the last home appearance for Class of 2013 members Cagney Craig, Melanie Kelsey and Josie Sparks. Whitko closes the regular season with a 7-13 record and Lakeland Christian is 4-16 with one game left on its slate.
Here are the headlines in Friday's issue:
Molestation case puts meth charges on hold
CCHS articulates higher education values
CCUMC blood drive
Sen. Banks proposes new name for bridge
30-car pile-up leaves five injured
Here are the sports headlines in Friday's issue:
County grapplers prep for regional meet
Col. City wins final regular-season game
Sectionals begin for Lady Eagle swim team
Whitko girls win on senior night