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March 6th, 2015

SECTIONALS: Semi-final games are tonight

March 6, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City and Churubusco’s boys basketball teams are looking for trips to the sectional title games in semi-final contests tonight.

Columbia City, which is hosting its own sectional, will take on Eastbrook in tonight’s early game at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the Norwell-Bellmont game at 7:30 p.m.

NEW VEHICLES: County Council defers Sheriff’s request

March 6, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Council heard a request from the Whitley County Sheriff to acquire three new vehicles at its March meeting. The Council took no action on the request as the motion to accept died for lack of a second.

WCSD Chief Deputy Jason Spencer presented the request, as Sheriff Marc Gatton was busy dealing with the freezing rain conditions during Tuesday’s meeting.

GIRL'S BASKETBALL: Whitko awards girls hoopsters

March 6, 2015

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s girls’ basketball team closed the books on another successful season with an awards program Thursday night at Whitko High School.

Head Coach Brandon Bradley recounted team and individual highlights of the 2014-15 season in which the Lady Wildcats broke or tied several records.

117 STUDENTS: Take on science fair

March 6, 2015

COESSE — Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Coesse Elementary School put the scientific method to the test by competing in this year’s science fair.

CES Principal Michelle Urban said 117 students participated in the event, which was judged by Columbia City High School National Honor Society students.

March 5th

POND STOCKING: DNR stocks 31.9 million fish in 2014, including pond in Morsches Park

March 5, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Department of Natural Resources in Indiana stocked 31.9 million fish in 70 counties in the year 2014. This is up from the normal stocking numbers of between 22 and 24 million per year.

Due to a near-record number of walleye eggs found by DNR biologists with a higher-than-normal survival rate, about 10 million more walleye fry were stocked than previous years.

B.A.B.E.: Gearing up for another fundraiser

March 5, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — After big success at last fall’s sale, B.A.B.E of Whitley County is hosting another consignment sale next weekend.

Stages, a used clothing store that’s part of B.A.B.E., is hosting the sale. Proceeds from the event will be used to help pregnant women and families in need.

BASKETBALL: Boys set for Friday semi-finals

March 5, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City and Churubusco’s boys basketball teams are set for sectional semi-finals on Friday night.

Columbia City, which is hosting its own sectional, will take on Eastbrook in Friday night’s early game at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the Norwell-Bellmont game at 7:30 p.m.

Columbia City (17-7) and Eastbrook (14-8) have not played each other in the regular season, but have similar opponents in Norwell, Mississinewa and Whitko — all with the same results.

PASSAGES PROFILES: Passages gives Boutelle someone to lean on

March 5, 2015

Passages Profiles ’15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY — Nathaniel “Than” Boutelle is at Passages’ Creative Learning Center three days a week, but the rest of his week is filled with Passages-sponsored activities that have brought him so very far.
Boutelle has been working with Passages since 2006 when his mother passed away.

TAX ABATEMENTS: Two approved

March 5, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, came before the Whitley County Council in its March meeting seeking approval for tax abatements for two Whitley County businesses.

The companies were looking to purchase new machinery to expand their business operations in Whitley County.

One of the companies requesting an abatement was 80/20, at 1701 S. CR 400 E.

WRESTLING: ISMS grapplers take Crestview Invite

March 5, 2015

HUNTINGTON — Indian Springs Middle School’s wrestling team claimed the Crestview Invitational tournament championship on Saturday.

Indian Springs went undefeated, beating Woodside 66-6, Adams Central 34-33, Riverview 33-21 and downing Southern Wells in the championship round, 37-24.

Indian Springs’ closest match was with Adams Central, a team that had beaten ISMS previously in the season.

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