February 28th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â Rising gas prices and this seasonâs heavy snowfall are causing more than just a nuisance for drivers this winter.
The Whitley County Highway Department is taking blows to their budget every time gas prices jump, every time snow falls.
Not only do jumps in gas prices provide more cost to run the trucks, the highway departmentâs funds come out of gas tax.
âMost people think our money comes from property tax, but our money comes from gas tax,â Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Teachers got a chance Saturday to let their state representative know exactly what they thought about some education-related legislation making its way through the General Assembly.
Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) represents the 83rd District, which includes parts of Whitley, Noble and Allen counties, and sits on the education committee.
About 90 educators from schools across her district took up Heuer on her invitation to a public forum to share with her what they thought was wrong with education-reform bills.
NAPPANEE — Not only did Friday night’s 51-44 win at NorthWood end a three-game losing streak for the Whitko boys’ basketball team but it changed the record books.
Another Wildcat joined the best to play basketball as a Wildcat.
With his 13-point performance against the Panthers — including a crucial three-point play with 47.9 seconds left — senior Zac VanDeWater joined the elite 1,000 point club at Whitko High School.
FORT WAYNE â Area state police troopers are beefing up efforts to help reduce the number of crashes that occur on state highways in Allen and Whitley counties.
According to Ron Galaviz, public information officer for the Fort Wayne post of the Indiana State Police, the department is instituting a new âcrash reduction effort,â spearheaded by ISP Sgt. Mike Yordy.
The program is âintended to not only change the driving behaviors of the motoring public, but to reduce the overall numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities,â said Galaviz in a press release.
CHURUBUSCO — A starting lineup full of seniors took the court for Churubusco boys’ basketball Friday night as the regular season came to a close.
In front of a packed crowd, the Eagles seniors (Hunter Nicodemus, Kyle Monk, Tavin Herendeen, Dylan Herendeen and Jordan Turner) combined for 49 points in a drubbing of North East Corner Conference foe Eastside 77-41.
GARRETT — When you have a ball game between two more offensively deliberate and patient teams, if one builds an early advantage it becomes extremely difficult for the other to make up the deficit.
That was the case Friday night as the Columbia City Eagles boys’ basketball team took a commanding 18-point lead at halftime and despite a difficult third quarter were still able to garner a 48-31 win.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 6-0 lead behind two straight three-pointers by sophomore guard Drew Benedict.
A first-round sectional exit and a 9-11 record didn’t come without some bright moments in the Whitko girls’ basketball season.
Earlier this week, the Three Rivers Conference announced its all-conference teams where coaches vote for the best-of-the-best among the eight conference teams.
Three Lady Wildcats were recognized in a talent field that made the list. Whitko tied for most first-team all-conference selections with juniors Micaela Sylvester and Karissa Olinske.
COLUMBIA CITY â Reflection on tough economic obstacles tempered with cautious optimism â city and county officials spoke Friday on the state of the county at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Business Briefing Luncheon.
The theme of the luncheon was the state of the city/county and representatives from Whitley County government and two of the four county municipalities were on hand to discuss challenges and achievements over the past year.
The towns of South Whitley and Larwill were not represented at the luncheon.
SOUTH WHITLEY â A full house greeted South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday evening for a public hearing regarding Phase II of the wastewater treatment facility project.
The town has applied for a $600,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which is the maximum amount allowed by Region-III-A.
The townâs grant administrator and Region-III-A representative Angela Hoffman told those gathered that the preliminary engineering report is in the finishing stages and the proposed cost of the project is $3.5 million.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Repairs to the Green Parrotâs exposed wall are finally on the horizon.
Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer revealed the results of a property survey to town council members Tuesday evening. The survey was to determine if the existing building encroached on neighboring property.
The ongoing property line dispute is holding up completion of ordered repair on an exposed wall in the downtown business. Hockemeyer ordered a survey in January to determine the property line before repairs can be made.