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January 17th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â Ten years ago, after Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team won its first and only semi-state game, which earned a trip to the state championship, Head Coach Chris Benedictâs post-game speech is still relevant today.
âThat night after the game I told them, âYou have no idea what you just did for our community, for our school and for our basketball program,ââ Benedict said. âAt that point, they had no idea what theyâd accomplished and how far theyâd come.â
WHITLEY COUTY â Thursday morningâs snowfall created slick roads in Whitley County and much of Northeast Indiana, causing many crashes and slide-offs across the state.
A crash in Whitley County claimed the life of a Columbia City man on Ind. 205 at approximately 11 a.m. after he lost control of his van.
Investigating officer Scott Schmitt said Russel Bertrand, 70, was driving northbound on Ind. 205, toward Churubusco, when he lost control of his vehicle and slid off the road, where it flipped on its side.
Pictured are players and coaches from Columbia Cityâs 2011 semi-state team. From left: Chad Graves, Brett Eberly, Marcus Moore, Daniel Woll, Drew Benedict, Tyler Mosher, Greg Bockelman, Jacob Johnson, Ben Murphy, Brandon Gay and Derek Hinen.
PIERCETON â With three days of school missed due to inclement weather, Whitko Community School Corporation officials have decided to adjust the calendar for a make up day.
School will be in session for all WCSC students Monday, Jan. 20.
This is a make up day due to school being canceled Wednesday.
The other two days missed were covered under the districtâs policy for snow days.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools have the same two days built into their calendar, but officials have not determined make up days for Thursday and todayâs school closings.
Braylon Preston, 2, tosses around the basketball with his father, Travis, after a Columbia City boys basketball game last week. Travis, along with several other former basketball players, was honored by Head Coach Chris Benedict. See Page A1 for coverage of the program.
KENDALLVILLE -- Several departments worked together to put out a massive fire that consumed a Kendallville business Friday morning.
Fire crews were originally called at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The structure was so involved that at least seven departments from the outlying areas were called in to assist.
According to area media, dispatchers received calls about the fire as far as a mile away. The building was destroyed in the blaze. Police shut down traffic to Main and Mitchell streets to clean up the scene.
(Jan. 17) -- Smith-Green Community Schools and Whitley County Consolidated Schools are on a two-hour delay due to slick road conditions after accumulating snow blanketed the area yesterday.
COLUMBIA CITYâ A Garrett man pleaded guilty to methamphetamine manufacturing in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Mitchell M. Bradley, 38, was arrested June 12, 2013, during a traffic stop on Ind. 205.
Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively uncovered an active meth lab when he pulled over a Jeep Cherokee being driven by Bradley and Braidon M. Hall.
In court Monday, Bradley pleaded guilty to manufacture of methamphetamine, and, as part of a plea arrangement, several other charges connected to the same traffic stop.
Congratulations to the United Way of Whitley County for being Whitley County Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Month!
ELKHART (AP) â A gunman walked into a northern Indiana grocery store and fatally shot two people Wednesday night.
He was then killed by police, authorities said.
Elkhart police received a call about a shooter at Martin's Super Market about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said at a news conference early Thursday.
The gunman used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot and kill a woman, then walked to another aisle and shot and killed another woman, Smith said.
One victim was an employee and appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s.