February 7th, 2013
Here are the headlines in Thursday's issue:
80/20 considers expansion, 25 new jobs
Crooked Lake preserve adds land
4-H: From hobby to career
Man found guilty in Fort Wayne ambulance attack
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Indiana Senate approved a proposal authored by Ind. Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to protect Hoosiersâ€™ right to vote by secret ballot.
Senate Joint Resolution 2 would amend the Constitution of the State of Indiana to permanently protect the right to use secret ballots in elections, including union authorization elections. The Ind. Senate passed the resolution by a vote of 33-16, moving it to the Ind. House of Representatives for further consideration.
Jared Murphy signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday at Columbia City High School. By signing, Murphy officially committed to play NCAA Division I football at Miami University in Ohio. The occasion took place on National Signing Day for Division I College Football.
Those seated, from the left, are Coach Randy Hudgins, Jared Murphy, and his parents, Jo and Chuck Murphy. Standing, from the left, are CCHS Athletic Director Geoff Penrod, Coach Chris Benedict, Ben Murphy, Adam Murphy, and Jim Pope.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team begins sectional play tonight at Snider. The Lady Eagles take on Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Carroll. Churubusco and Whitko both play their first rounds on Friday.
HUNTERTOWN â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s wrestling team traveled to Carroll Middle School for a conference-rival match.
The Eagles of ISMS fought hard and beat the Chargers by a score of 44-33.
Victorious for the Eagles in the varsity lineup were: AJ Chapin, Braden Baker, Jacob Wigent, Hunter Reed, Matt Wright, Seth Rosen, Jacob Whitehead, Jacob Elkins, Jackson Wilcoxson and Weston Ottinger.
WASHINGTON â€” Saturday mail delivery will soon be suspended, according to the Postal Service.
Cutting back to a five-day delivery schedule is estimated to save the Postal Service $2 billion annually.
With online technology and the growing use of internet driven communication, the agency has been struggling financially.
The move accentuates one of the agencyâ€™s strong points Ââ€” package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials said, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A vehicle from an alleged abduction case in Fort Wayne was found south of Columbia City Tuesday morning.
The car, a black Chrysler, was pulled from Blue River at approximately 11 a.m. after employees at Heavy Truck Equipment and Repair, south of Columbia City on Ind. 9, discovered the vehicle in the river.
Police found the vehicle to be linked to an alleged crime in Fort Wayne, which may have been a hoax.
A garage was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Several fire departments were dispatched to 5845 E. Schrader Rd. at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a neighbor spotted the blaze while checking the mail. According to another neighbor, Eileen Nesbitt, firemen saved the nearby home and had the blaze put out quickly. Nesbitt said only the garage and contents inside such as a truck, ATV and boat were destroyed. The property is owned by Dave and Audra Moore.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees heard an update on the sewer plan at the high school.
According to Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, a bid date will be worked out in late March or early April. With projected costs under $350,000, a common construction wage scale will not have to be used, according to a new state law for bids after Dec. 31, 2012.
Zickgraf said this should benefit the district and encourage competition and more companies to bid.
Frances Maxine Overholser, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Sept. 13, 1929, in Churubusco, she was the daughter of John Franklin and Zula (Hawk) Davis.
Her early years were spent in Churubusco where she graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1947.
Following her marriage to Kenneth Clark in 1950, she resided in Thorncreek Township Whitley County for 24 years. Sadly, their 19 year marriage ended in 1969 with Kennethâ€™s passing.