April 17th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County is currently doing its part to go green. According to Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Amber, about a year ago the county applied for and received an energy grant in the amount of $265,000.
The county used the grant at the Whitley County Jail, as well as switch to more energy efficient products for the jailâ€™s entire heating system.
According to the grant administratorâ€™s records, the project in the jail saved the county $8,520 in electricity and $18,340 in natural gas compared to the previous year.
FORT WAYNE â€” Everything sparkled, from the dresses and tuxedos to the sparkling grape juice in the engraved champagne glasses.
It took three limousines and one tour bus to take Passages clients to the Navigators Spring Gala Saturday at Come2Go in downtown Fort Wayne.
The prom-like atmosphere lasted until 10 p.m., with nearly 200 clients of Passages attending. The Navigators are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” More than 1,000 people poured through Indian Middle Springs Saturday at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Business EXPOsed to see what area businesses have to offer.
The EXPO was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the event hosted a long list of vendors and entertainment.
Carrie Hoffman, board member for the chamber, said there were more than 50 booths at this yearâ€™s EXPO, most of them from Whitley County, but others from Allen County.
â€śItâ€™s one stop shopping,â€ť said Hoffman. â€śItâ€™s hard to go door to door, but here you can go from table to table.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” If there was an emergency during the Whitley County 4-H Fair, how would word get around?
That was the question on each board memberâ€™s mind as they listened to Frank Rhoades, a veteran 4-H director in Kosciusko County. After walking the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds with several board members, Rhoades has come up with an idea on how this county can be safer during the fair.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City and Whitko competed at the Northrop golf invitational Saturday, against strong Huntington North and East Noble teams.
Out of six teams, the Eagles placed fourth and Whitko came in sixth. Huntington North and East Noble pulled away from the pack with sub 330 scores.
Northrop had a 142, six strokes under Columbia City (348). Wawasee was close behind shooting a 350, and Whitko rounded off the match with a 377.
Huntington North also had the medalist, Jordan Sweet, who shot a 75 on the 18-hole par 71 Colonial Oaks course.
WARSAW â€” The Columbia City Lady Eagles softball team traveled to Warsaw Saturday and came up short in the rain, losing 12-2.
In the bottom of the third, things began to get ugly for the Lady Eagles.
VanHouten walked the first runner. The second bunted for an out but advanced the runner to second.
She struck out the next batter. She then threw an errant pitch which advanced the runner from second to third base.
A second straight offline pitch got the runner home to give Warsaw a 1-0 lead.
FORT WAYNE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys golf team had a strong showing at the Carroll Invitational at Autumn Ridge Saturday.
The Eagles placed fourth in the invite that was won by the host Chargers.
Ryan Mayer finished in the top 10, shooting an 82 and tying for 10th place.
Freshman Beau Barkley had a solid round of 84, carding a team low 39 on the front nine.
Finishing out scoring for Churubusco was Parker Conrad, 87; Brad Martin, 89; and Brandon Norris, 95.
CHURUBUSCO â€” It was supposed to be a â€śrebuildâ€ť for Churubusco boysâ€™ track.
With the big names that led them for the past two seasons gone, the Eagles were supposed to have taken a step back.
Someone forgot to tell â€™Busco Head Coach Zack Dock and his five-time Churubusco boys track Invitational Champions Saturday.
Using their depth, the Eagles surpassed their own previous records on rout to a record 191-point day and a five-peat of their own invitational.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s softball team rebounded from its first loss Thursday night at Wawasee by defeating county-rival Whitko, 9-0.
Last season, the Lady Wildcats upset Columbia City, which finished the season with a close loss at semi-state. The tables turned this year, as the Lady Eagles took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, starting with Kayla Parks, followed by Alyssa Brandt and Hannah Schnorr.
â€śParks played really well, though everybody contributed,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Steve Cox said. â€śIt was a great team win.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Despite a threatening sixth inning, Whitkoâ€™s baseball team held on for a 9-7 win over Eastbrook Friday night in South Whitley.
The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Austin Mort and Alex Stoddard scored off a single by Riley Cokl, and Wyatt Wolf hit a groundout to drive teammate Zach Snep to home plate.
Eastbrook didnâ€™t score its first run until the fourth frame.