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March 11th, 2011

Commission’s public hearing set for Tuesday

March 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Multiple scheduling conflicts have prompted the Whitley County Plan Commission to change the date of its next meeting.
The board will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of the Whitley County Government Center.
The commission normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
In March, however, Cathy Gardner of the county’s Building and Planning Department said there were multiple conflicts involving board members who would be unavailable.

SDI helps county with war on meth

March 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A local company with a history of philanthropy is helping Whitley County fight drug crime.
Members of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department arrived at Steel Dynamics, Inc.’s Columbia City plant on Thursday to take possession of custom-made trailer for use by the county’s drug task force.
According to Sgt. Bill Brice with the Whitley County Drug Task Force, Steel Dynamics donated the trailer to the county for use on the scenes of methamphetamine labs.

Season Preview: City reloads for shot at history

March 11, 2011

   Half a point is all that separated Columbia City girls’ track and field from history in 2009.
   Coming off a dominating sectional championship in 2010, the Lady Eagles are setting out for another shot at history.
   “We want to win, for the first time ever, two sectionals back-to-back,” Columbia City head coach Bob Fahl said. “We’ve never done it and we’ve got the right group to be able to do that.”

CCHS senior readies for national chess tournament

March 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Danny Gater, at 18, is hardly the “king” of his own “castle,” but he’s working on becoming the master of his domain and when it comes to his immediate goals, he plans to keep his ego in “check” and not “pawn” his preparation off on anyone else.
The overabundance of chess terms is another way of saying that the Columbia City High School senior is preparing to return to the national stage in hopes of yet another chess trophy.
“I’m studying and trying to improve,” said Gater Thursday afternoon while moving chess pieces at his dining room table.

First rodeo: Young Eagles prep for regional debut

March 11, 2011

   Experience and veteran leadership usually reigns supreme in the Indiana high school basketball postseason.
   Columbia City (17-5) have defied those notions with a sophomore-loaded team that makes its regional debut Saturday’s class 3A tournament at Blackford High School.
   Three of Columbia City’s top four scorers are sophomores including its top two in Drew Benedict (17.0 ppg) and Derek Hinen (8.7 ppg).

Columbia City Lady Eagles award winners

March 11, 2011

The Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team wrapped up the season with its annual banquet this week. Four players were awarded for helping lead their team to a 12-10 record. From left, senior Kayla Dunn (second-team All-NHC, most steals at 55, defensive award), senior Sierria Burlage (first-team All-NHC, best field goal percentage at 51, most rebounds at 153), senior Maddie Hinen (best free throw percentage at 84.8 and Lady Eagle Integrity Award), junior Sarah Opliger (most assists at 66). Post & Mail photo contributed

March 10th

Sally Gardner, 75

March 10, 2011

Sally (Gilbert) Gardner, 75, a native of Churubusco and more recently of Winona Lake, passed away unexpectedly at 4:05 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Grace Village Assisted Living in Winona Lake.
Born in Churubusco Aug. 10, 1935, she was a daughter of Jasper L. and Helen (Rowland) Gilbert. She was a widow of Leo Gardner.
Survivors include three children, Charles J. Brown, James L. Brown and Charlene L. Samson; and two brothers, Gordon Gilbert and Rowland Gilbert.
At the request of the family, there will be no services or calling hours.

Gertrude Vaughn, 96

March 10, 2011

Gertrude A. Vaughn, 96, peacefully went into the arms of her Lord, Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Towne House Health and Rehabilitation Home, Fort Wayne.
Born in her family home near Arcola, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Mary (Bergman) Gerding and was the oldest member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne before the family moved to New Haven. She married Marion E. Vaughn March 31, 1940 who preceded her in death in 1985.

C. Wayne Jenkins, 95

March 10, 2011

C. Wayne Jenkins, 95, formerly of South Whitley, died at 9:32 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Engelwood Health and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 3, 1915 in South Whitley, a son of Ralph and Hope (Keel) Jenkins. He spent his formative years in the Sidney area. He graduated from Sidney High School.
On Feb. 15, 1936, he was united in marriage to Lucile G. Freed. They made their home in Silver Lake for five years and Wabash County for six years before moving to Cleveland Township in 1947. Mrs. Jenkins died Feb. 6, 2008.

New procedure in place to get firearm permits

March 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Residents hoping to get handgun permits or renew expired documents will have to go online from now on.
Gina Kessinger, administrative assistant at the Columbia City Police Department announced this week that the application process for gun permits is now required to be done via the Internet by state licensing officials.
“We were one of the last counties to go,” said Kessinger, who reported that the firearms licensing branch of the Indiana State Police was responsible for requiring the changeover to a paperless process.

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