February 11th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY — A win Thursday night had higher stakes attached to it in boys’ basketball Northeast Hoosier Conference.
In the final games of the conference schedule, Columbia City held on to hopes of a championship barring a little help.
The Eagles controlled their destiny for, at worst, a second-place finish. A win locks it up.
However, Columbia City’s chance at a NHC crown were dashed on the road Thursday by a senior-lead Carroll 47-40.
CHURUBUSCO — The host Churubusco boys’ basketball team used balanced scoring and a stingy high-pressure defense to run out to a 20-point lead at halftime en route to a 59-39 win over Northeast Corner Conference foe Hamilton Thursday.
The Eagles got 15 points each from senior Hunter Nicodemus and juniors Josh LeFever, and Tyler Arrowsmith. ’Busco forced 22 Hamilton turnovers for the game.
Whitko senior Brian Menzie signed his letter of intent to join the track and field and cross country teams at Huntington University. Menzie was a state qualifier in cross country this season finishing 48th and collecting a sectional championship in the process. The Wildcats most experienced distance runner holds a school record in the 1600-meter event in track and field at 4:33.93 and is a two-time Three Rivers Conference champion in the event. Menzie will be majoring in ministry at Huntington University. Sitting with Menzie are parents Phil Menzie, left, and Debbie Menzie, right.
After Monday’s Smith Green Community School board meeting, Churubusco High School began the search for a new athletic director.
Current AD Lee Etzler announced he will step down from the position effective at the end of the current school year.
Etzler notes time with his family was the driving force behind his decision.
One final hurdle stands in the way of nine wrestlers from Whitley County. Saturday, the Indiana high school individual semistate tournament splits the contenders from the pretenders.
Across 14 different weight classes, 224 wrestlers are vying for a top-four finish that will get them to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the 73rd annual individual state finals tournament.
The path for five Wildcats and four Eagles goes through the Woodlan semistate held at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
COLUMBIA CITY â The teenager accused of killing a 14-year-old Whitley County girl in March of 2010 has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Joshua M. Wright, 18, appeared in court Thursday to change his plea on four counts related to the rape and murder of Kaylin Doggendorf.
If Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer accepts the change of plea agreement between prosecutors and Wright's defense, Wright could possibly receive a 100-year prison term.
Sentencing is set for March 28 at 9 a.m. in Whitley County Circuit Court.
COLUMBIA CITY — The postseason got underway for Whitley County girls’ basketball teams Wednesday night with a rivalry rematch at the class 3A Columbia City sectional.
A hot and cold night from the field, Columbia City got the better side of the shooting beating rival Whitko for the fourth consecutive time, 63-44. That leaves the Lady Eagles in a semifinal rematch from a season ago against two-time defending sectional champion NorthWood Friday night.
COLUMBIA CITY â During World War II many of the men of Whitley County joined the armed forces and served their country traveling all over the world.
But those who stayed behind did their own service for the country, just in a different way.
Jeanette Brown, Whitley County Historian will give a presentation on the World War II homefront at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City.
Did you know one Whitley County family sent six sons to the war?
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Michael Barton told the Whitley County Council Tuesday his staff went to school in the recent severe snow storm.
âRight off the bat we had two trucks stuck,â said Barton of last weekâs storm that gripped much of the Midwest.
âIt got a little tense there for a moment with 30 to 40 cars stuck that first night.â
As the snow began to blanket the area, the âessentialâ personnel from the county and from Columbia City and other outlying towns rolled up sleeves and got to work.
Amber Ruth (Ruckman) Johnson, 101, passed away Feb. 2, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Johnson; devoted mother of Edgar (Janet) Johnson and C. Warren Johnson; dearest grandmother of David, Jerry, Sally (deceased) and Warren Charles; great-grandmother of Deanna, Joshua, Jacqueline and Samantha; great-great-grandmother of three; and sister of the following deceased: Ford, Harold and Maurice.