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February 5th, 2013

SAVING LIVES: Fireman, police rescue two people

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Churubusco fireman and a pair of Columbia City Police officers saved two lives over the weekend. Ben Rinker, of Churubusco’s Fire Department, pulled a man from a burning house Friday night.
Officers Shad Hunter and Doug Eber saved a woman from an attempted suicide attempt at Park Terrace Sunday.

After a woman barricaded herself in an apartment and attempted to hang herself, Hunter and Eber entered the residence and saved her life.
“She was already passed out,” Eber said. “Had we not found her, she would’ve died.”

BREAKING NEWS: Passenger car discovered in Blue River

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Rescue crews were summoned at mid-morning Tuesday upon discovery of a passenger car that had found its way into the Blue River, just south of Columbia City on Ind. 9 and east of the Columbia City Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Initial reports indicated there were no occupants in the vehicle.

This developing news will be updated as more information becomes available.

FOG ALERT: Thick fog descends on Whitley County; driving beastly but hoar frost beautiful

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Morning commutes were being compromised Tuesday by a thick blanket of fog that descended on Whitley county, limiting visibility to one-tenth of a mile, and in many cases, just a few hundred yards.

The heavy fog was causing dangerous driving conditions due to limited visibility.

Despite the beastly driving, beauty was abounding as morning lightened the day. With mid-teen temperatures, the heavy fog was creating an abundance of hoar frost on trees, shrubs and other winter vegetation, providing dazzling, picturesque winter scenery.

February 4th

STANDOFF ENDED: Officers stormed bunker; child is safe

February 4, 2013

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy's abductor dead, officials said Monday.

Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that negotiations had deteriorated with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a man neighbors described as an isolated loner. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers believed the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson said.

JOHN D'ARCY: Former bishop’s death impacts Col. City

February 4, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — The news of Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy’s death had a trickle-down effect which was felt by Columbia City parishioners.

“It was a hard blow,” said Mary Ann Schaefer, a member of St. Paul of the Cross, Columbia City.

“When we heard of his cancer, it was sad. He was still as active as he could be,” Schaefer said.

D’Arcy, who oversaw the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 24 years during a time of church closings, a national sex-abuse scandal and some run-ins with University of Notre Dame leaders, has died. He was 80 years old.

ON THE MOVE: Town sees interest in renewal

February 4, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Reinvigorating South Whitley is a priority for the town’s plan commission and town council, but the efforts are being spearheaded by Julia Robinson.

Robinson is the leader of Whitley On the Move, an organization in South Whitley working to affect positive change and revitalize the town.

Community members met in October and November to generate ideas for improvements. A slew of varied ideas were given to help breathe new life into the town’s recreation, economic state and attractions.

LIGHTS AND HEAT: Columbia City show choir opens season

February 4, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City High School’s show choirs competed at Northrop High School Saturday.

The contest was the first competition of the season for both groups. City Heat, a male and female mixed choir, took 5th runner up and City Lights, an all female group, took 3rd runner up.

Darrik Brower was named City Heat’s Outstanding Performer and Hannah Schaefer was awarded Outstanding Performer for City Lights.

Both groups are accompanied by City Soul, an instrumental group directed by Carolyn Hindbaugh.

IN THE HEADLINES

February 4, 2013

Here are the headlines in Monday's issue:

Former bishop's death impacts Col. City

Columbia City show choir opens season

Town sees interest in renewal

Ex-Navy SEAL died pursuing his passion

EARLY SPRING: Punxsutawney Phil predicts winter to be short

February 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Despite a very cold and snowy start to February in Northeast Indiana, the sage of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a morbidly obese groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his den Saturday morning, did not see his shadow and therefore proclaimed an early spring for the entire nation.
Thus prophesied a Pennsy oracle woodchuck on the oddest of holidays: Groundhog Day.
Below is a feature column penned by Zak Lantz, editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper, about the groundhog fame of his hometown.

Punxsutawney -- this is my town

February 3rd

WEATHER ADVISORY: Snow forecast for the area

February 3, 2013

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from Sunday at 5:18 p.m. through Monday.

A round of accumulating snow is expected to develop late Sunday night and continue into Monday.

COLUMBIA CITY — Midway through the third quarter, Columbia City’s Brachen Hazen had 10 rebounds....
COLUMBIA CITY — The eighth grade Lady Eagles defeated Maple Creek Dec. 18 by the score of 34-30....
FORT WAYNE — The Columbia City Lady Eagle basketball squad traveled to Concordia Lutheran High...

 

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