October 20th, 2010
Ilene E. Baker, 97, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of James A. â€śMikeâ€ť Baker, passed away peacefully at 11:05 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at her home in Smith Township following an extended illness.
Mrs. Baker was born Dec. 25, 1912 in Smith Township, a daughter of James W. and Ollie (Yates) McGuire. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco-area, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1930.
The high school soccer season might be over the Columbia City teams but the honors are still rolling in.
Both Eagles squads were led throughout the season by their seniors and that was recognized in the All-Northeast Hoosier Conference selections.
Monday, Columbia City had six seniors and eight players between its girls’ and boys’ squads make the list of the NHC’s best.
The selected players are voted upon by the eight coaches in the NHC.
Churubusco High School entertained a crowd of a few hundred Tuesday night in a charity basketball game. Sponsored by the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce, the game featured a local ’Busco team against the traveling Harlem Ambassadors. The night featured four quarters of high flying dunks along with activities for the youth between quarters. Right, Eagles boys’ basketball coach Mike McBride dribbles down court.
The Whitley County Commissioners have added the exclamation point to the now week-old ban on open burning in the county.
On Monday afternoon, the three-man board signed a Declaration of Limited Local Disaster Emergency, Open Burn Ban.
The declaration states â€śa state of emergency exists in the county.â€ť
The commissioners declared â€śa countywide burn ban affecting certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current drought conditions.â€ť
A series of burglaries occurred in Columbia City over the weekend, according to city police.
The Columbia City Police Department said Monday it had reports of four burglaries or attempted burglaries which occurred between 2 and 5 a.m. Friday morning.
In three of the cases, suspects entered the homes and in all four cases, the occupants of the houses were home at the time of the crime.
â€śIt was a situation where the weather played a factor,â€ť said Capt. Brian Anspach of the city police department.
Last year, Toys for Tots provided nearly 700 Whitley County children with a toy for Christmas.
That number will likely increase this year, said Pat Mossburg, director of the Salvation Army which provides registration service for the program.
â€śThere is definitely still a need in this community,â€ť Mossburg said.
Collecting toys and making sure they are received by children who would otherwise not get a toy for Christmas is a big task and one that gets its start in early November, long before anyone is really thinking too much about Christmas.
The process starts with applications.
A Florida man drowned Monday when the lawn mower he was driving rolled into a pond.
Leroy Herbert Thomas, 72, Avon Park, Fla. was mowing around a pond at the residence of his son, Brian on Old Trail Road, when according to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the lawnmower, he was driving tumbled down a steep bank and into the water.
Thomas was trapped under the mower and drowned, according to Whitley County Deputy Coroner C. Taron Smith.
â€śHe just got too close to the edge of the pond,â€ť said Smith.
Monday marked two weeks until the first Indiana high school wrestling practice.
That same day, the Columbia City program also found out its was without a head coach.
At Whitley County Consolidated Schools board meeting Monday, two-year coach Jeff Slain had his resignation approved by school board members.
Slain replaced former head coach Randy Kearby in 2008.
Columbia City athletic director Geoff Penrod confirmed the resignation was turned in early last week by Slain.
This time a year ago, Veterans Marathon officials weren’t sure what they had with the inaugural 26.2 mile run throughout Whitley County.
After roughly 400 runners came out in mid November in 2009, small improvements are being made for an estimated field that race director Gary Bird expects to more than double in its second year.
“We definitely picked up where our issues were,” Bird noted. “We’ve addressed those for this year and made some changes.”