INDIANAPOLIS â€“ As hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers hit the road for the holidays, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Indiana State Police (ISP) are reminding motorists to plan ahead and check on road conditions before heading out.
Before leaving home
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Following a year of debate, discussion and disagreement, the new Emergency Medical Services contract between Whitley County and Parkview Hospital has been signed.
Monday, Sigler presented the returned contract from Parkview to the commissioners at the board meeting.
â€śAfter being reviewed and re-reviewed, commented on and re-commented onâ€¦ â€¦I have the three documents that make up the EMS agreement, Iâ€™m happy to say,â€ť Sigler said.
The first document is the Emergency Medical Services Program Agreement (EMSPA), which outlines the primary terms of the contract.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Math students at Indiana Springs Middle School planned, designed and presented an architectural project called Restaurant Possible this week. The program is loosely-based on the popular Food Channel show â€śRestaurant Impossible.â€ť
Math teachers Jill Baker and Cathy Rowe wanted to teach math content that included dimensions and scale.
The project culminated with a scale floor plan including the kitchen, rest rooms, waiting areas and an eating area.
OSSIAN â€” Columbia City boys and girls swim teams visited Norwell High School Tuesday and came away with mixed results.
The boys team remains unbeaten in dual meets, winning by a score of 96-81.
The girls fell to the Lady Knights, 97-83.
For the boys, Brandon Davis, Kyle Mertz, Devin Moore and Logan Woollweever finished less than four seconds behind the first came in 200-yard medley team at 2:01.18.
Another Eagle team took fourth. Nathan Koch, Carson Miller, Robert Owen and Jacob Weber combined for a time of 2:17.33.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Shannon Lynn Bisel, 39, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:38 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at her residence.
Born Jan. 27, 1972, in Glendale, Ariz., she was the daughter of Paul D. and Coral Lee (Luken) Rambo.
Raised in Glendale, Ariz., she moved to Iowa until moving to Fort Wayne.
She has resided in Columbia City for the past 8 years.
She graduated from Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa, Iowa with the class of 1990.
On Sept. 29, 2007, she married Mark Edward Bisel at Eagle Quest Church in Columbia City.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Pilgrims defended their brand-new Class 3A No. 8 ranking in convincing fashion against Whitko Wednesday.
Fresh from earning its first slot in the AP polls in three seasons, Plymouth used a 24-9 second quarter to coast to a comfortable 69-44 win over the visiting Wildcats at The Rock.
After the Pilgrimsâ€™ big second quarter, an 18-7 run by Whitko spanning 6:07 from midway through the third to the start of the fourth frame cut Plymouthâ€™s lead to 13 at 50-37.
But the Wildcats never got any closer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team suffered its fourth consecutive loss to Concordia.
The Lady Eaglesâ€™ two-point lead at the end of the first quarter turned into a 17-point loss on their home court Wednesday night.
â€śThat first quarter was the best first quarter weâ€™ve played,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said.
The Lady Cadets, who are ranked fourth in Class 3A by the Associated Press, outscored Columbia City 23-7 in the second quarter to take the lead â€” and never looked back.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who was arrested on drug charges and accused of neglecting a dependent will serve 10 years behind bars.
Travis A. Wonderly, who along with Janel M. Creech was blamed for the death of Creechâ€™s 5-month-old daughter, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to manufacturing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
On Monday, Wonderly was sentenced by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to 10 years in prison, to be fully served.
A Jan. 3 incident occurred resulting in the death of five-month old Taylor Creech.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Teachers at Churubusco Elementary School will combine talents with seven other schools for an evening of development to begin the new year in education.
CES Principal Shellie Miller announced the Indiana Department of Education will be in attendance on the Professional Resources learning event on Jan. 19 at CES.
â€śThis is a proactive way for all of us to gain more insight on our ever-changing educational programs,â€ť said Miller.
In other school news:
â€˘Churubusco Junior Senior High School had a jeans drive that raised $500 for a local family.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City will have a new police chief beginning in 2012.
Det. Tim Longenbaugh, a former Columbia City Common Council member and 15-year veteran of the cityâ€™s police force, was named by Mayor-elect Ryan Daniel to replace current Chief Mike Petersen.
Longenbaugh represents the cityâ€™s only new department head.
â€śAfter a fairly lengthy application and interview process, I have chosen eight individuals who have the skill set and proactive foresight to lead these departments,â€ť said Daniel.