February 11th, 2015
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team defeated Heritage in the opening round of sectional play on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles will move on to face Mississinewa in the semi-finals on Friday night. See Page A12 for more coverage of the game. Above, Macie Hinen drives to the basket.
The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently selected the Whitley County Family YMCA as their February 2015 Chamber Business of the Month. Chamber and YMCA representatives gathered to celebrate the award on February 3. The award was given in recognition of the Yâ€™s commitment to children through the creation of the Armstrong Early Learning Center as well as its ongoing role to champion wellness in the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A teacher, businesswoman, gardener, mother and wife, Margaret Malcolm has been an active member of the Columbia City community since 1976.
Last week, Malcolm filed for candidacy for the Southwest District of Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council.
Malcolm was born and raised in Muskegon, Mich. and became a Columbia City resident in 1976.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s girls basketball teams are preparing for sectional play this week.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls travel to Norwell to face Heritage in the opening round tonight at 7:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A sentence has been passed down on Monday to Jennifer McGuire, Whitley Countyâ€™s former auditor, who admitted to stealing more than $100,000 in county funds.
McGuire was ordered to serve 5.5 years in the local correctional facility, with suggestion from the court that she be placed on work release.
As part of her sentence, McGuire also has to make full restitution of stolen funds, as well as investigation costs.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said he feels the sentence was appropriate.
March 5, 1953 â€” Feb. 9, 2015
Gary L. Kirkman, 61, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:38 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at his home. Born March 5, 1953 in Des Moines, Iowa, he was the son of Gerald L. and Ruby E. (Gerhart) Kirkman.
He graduated from Des Moines Tech High School with the Class of 1972. Gary worked at Des Moines General Hospital for 28 years and Babes Restaurant in Des Moines. He enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola items and watching Soaps and wrestling.
WARSAW â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls swim team traveled to Warsaw Saturday for IHSAA sectionals.
Rylee Hackworth is headed to the state finals in the 100-yard backstroke after placing first in the event at Warsaw.
Overall, the Lady Eagles placed seventh out of 12 teams. Culver Academies won the sectional title, followed by Rochester and Warsaw.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School art teacher Mary Hilger took her teaching experience to the next level, traveling across the globe to study mosaics.
She brought her knowledge back to Whitley County to share with ISMS students, who then created a mosaic of their own.
Hilger visited the three Venices: Venice, Fla., Venice, Calif. and Venice, Italy.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys basketball team split a pair of weekend games, winning a conference game on Friday and falling to Farifield Saturday.
The Wildcats beat North Miami 62-58 on the road on Friday, taking their second Three Rivers Conference win of the season.
The Wildcats were led by Nate Walpole with 28 points, and Devon Adkins and River West with 12 points apiece.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Economic Development Corporationâ€™s Alan Tio, president, is among the best of his profession.
Tio was recently honored as part of Development Counsellors Internationalâ€™s (DCI) 40 Under 40 as a rising star in economic development.
Itâ€™s the only award of its kind that recognizes young talent in the economic development profession.
A five-member selection committee of nationally-recognized leaders in the economic development profession chose the winners from a pool of more than 157 candidates.