September 8th, 2012
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ It wasn‚Äôt a trip to the local immunization clinic, but it was close.
The town of Churubusco, like other Indiana municipalities, had some sick trees. After giving some of them a shot, the town announced most have made a startling recovery.
In 2005, the Emerald Ash Borer, an inch-long green beetle native to Asia, became a growing problem in Churubusco and other regions, spreading through the state as it killed ash trees. Recently, the Churubusco town council approved monies to save some of the most vital trees in the park.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Tonight twelve young women from Whitley County will establish themselves as part of Distinguished Young Women history.
The annual program will begin at 7 p.m. at Columbia City High School‚Äôs Newell Rice Auditorium and will feature individual talent acts as well as a group fitness routine.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Grace Lutheran Church has had a food pantry ministry for a number of decades, but a dwindling amount of donations is causing the church to come up with a different way to help people.
Church officials said there has been a reduction in funds and donations to the amount of 75 percent, compared to last year.
The church could have opted to close its doors completely, but an alternative will soon be offered. A voucher system, made in part by the Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne, is the church‚Äôs answer to the growing need to feed the hungry.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ South Whitley is planning on making a plan.
What started as rumblings by several residents earlier in the summer is shaping up to become what some hope is a road map to making the Southwestern Whitley County town a true success story.
‚ÄúThis summer I met with leaders from the town of South Whitley in my capacity as the community development person from the EDC (Whitley County Economic Development Corporation,‚ÄĚ said Lori Shipman, one of the county‚Äôs foremost experts on grant writing and economic development.
BUTLER ‚ÄĒ More than just water rained on Eastside‚Äôs football field Friday night.
Churubusco reigned over the Northeast Corner Conference foes, winning 54-0, and remaining undefeated after four games.
In the last 96 minutes of play, the Eagles have not only had the lead against their opponents, but haven‚Äôt allowed a single point to make the scoreboard.
After a strong 42-0 win last week over Prairie Heights last week, Churubusco outdid itself against Eastside, scoring eight touchdowns, despite the rainy weather.
The Eagles host Angola next week.
NORTH MANCHESTER ‚ÄĒ Friday night was a soaking, muddy scuffle for Whitko‚Äôs football team as it fought hard against the Manchester Squires, falling just short of a victory with a final score of 13-10.
It was a somber moment, as the clock ran out and the boys sat in their half crescent around Head Coach Swender. ‚ÄúBoys,‚ÄĚ he said, ‚Äúwe have two choices: We can go down, or come Monday, we can go back up.‚ÄĚ
Next week, the Wildcats take on the Wabash Apaches in their homecoming game.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The rain came early in Friday night‚Äôs Columbia City home football game against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Homestead, and with them came a flood of Eagle offensive woes.
With leading rusher Adam Neely on the sidelines in a cast, the Eagles were victimized for seven interceptions and had extreme difficulty finishing drives against the Spartans. The end result was a 41-6 loss for the Eagles.
On a wet night, Columbia City finished the contest with eight turnovers, and it was the first of those turnovers that helped give the Spartans the early lead.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The second forum regarding the future of Burnworth Memorial Pool will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. Ind. 205 in Columbia City.
Concerns about the condition of the pool prompted the first forum, held Aug. 22, where members of the community who attended the meeting shared opinions to members of the city‚Äôs park board as well as Mayor Ryan Daniel.
With pool attendance slowly dwindling, the public discussed the pros and cons of several different options, keeping aquatics at the center point for the future of the city.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Art of all kinds will be displayed on the courthouse lawn Saturday. The 11th Annual Juried Whitley County Autumn Art Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.
The local Boy Scouts Troop #94 will start the morning off with an opening celebration. The rest of the day will feature other local acts performing under the gazebo and around the courthouse.
For the art lover, an array of juried artists will sell their wares. Items to be displayed include everything from woodworking, pottery and gourd art to jewelry, metal work and photography.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Council approved $22,911 for an electric light project at Columbia City‚Äôs courthouse and annex building at its meeting Wednesday.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs something we‚Äôre going to have to do soon,‚ÄĚ said Mark Sturtevant with the courthouse‚Äôs maintenance department.
‚ÄúThe only advantage of trying to do it yet this year is to get the rebates.‚ÄĚ
Sturtevant said if the council did not move the project forward now, it would have to take place the next year, and the rebates would no longer be offered.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll be forced to do it then,‚ÄĚ said Sturtevant.