September 17th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Consolidated Schools began a survey of the community Monday.
The WCCS district is looking for input from parents, guardians, teachers, staff and other members of the community in regards to a future district referendum, or vote, for funding of a new high school facility, as well as upkeep of current schools and new safety and security measures.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man will spend three years in jail for staging a dog fight in Whitley County.
Edward E. Smith, Jr., 37, was sentenced to three years at the Whitley County Jail for promoting an animal fight, a Class D felony. He was given a concurrent three-year sentence for purchasing an animal for use in a fight and a concurrent one-year sentence for possession of paraphernalia.
The sentences were the maximum Smith could receive for the crimes, a fact noted by Whitley County Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler.
SOUTH WHITLEY ¬≠‚ÄĒ After 80 minutes of play, Whitko‚Äôs girls soccer team tied Woodlan Saturday morning, 1-1.
Lady Wildcat senior Ellyana Blue scored Whitko‚Äôs lone goal in the second half to tie the score, after Woodlan scored the opening goal in the first half.
Blue had 11 shots on goal, and teammate Heather Bryan tallied two shots on the mark, as well as Blue‚Äôs assist.
Reghan Craig and Bridget Thompson each had a shot on goal as well.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Homestead Spartans used a balanced offense to offset the Columbia City defense in Saturday morning‚Äôs Junior varsity football game. Homestead gathered 224 rushing yards and 225 yards through the air to defeat the Eagles 40-12.
Both the Eagles and Spartans battled through a scoreless tie in the first quarter, but the score board lit up numerous times in the second period when the Spartan‚Äôs broke out to a 27-12 advantage at intermission.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls golf team took home seventh place at the Northeast Hoosier Conference Tournament Saturday at Orchard Ridge Country Club.
The Lady Eagles shot 426. Homestead, who hosted the meet, had 369 to take first place.
Under the NHC point system, Carroll was crowned the overall conference champion for the season. The Lady Chargers were second Saturday with a score of 376.
Macenzie Lane and Courtney Bacon led the Columbia City effort, with each shooting 102. Annie Butchko of Homestead was the conference medalist at 83.
Pierceton Elementary School student Guinevere Garr, a fourth grader, is pictured presenting Pierceton Firefighter Matt Brubaker with fall mums.
Garr planted the flowers at the Pierceton Fire Station in honor of the firefighters who gave their lives in New York during the September 11 attack.
She is a student in Lynn Studebaker‚Äôs class and participated in the nationwide ‚ÄúI Will‚ÄĚ movement to honor those who helped others on 9/11.
The students then wrote about their experiences volunteering and helping others.
Fun was had by all at Saturday‚Äôs Whitley County Fall Festival at Morsches Park.
An event hosted by the Columbia City‚Äôs Parks Department, there was a slew of activities for children of all ages, such as hot air balloon rides, bounces houses and more (pictured.)
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A silver screen will decorate downtown Saturday as Columbia City‚Äôs Main Street Association hosts a free movie on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn.
‚ÄúWall-E,‚ÄĚ a Walt Disney motion picture, will play at 8:15 p.m. on the west side of the Courthouse.
The movie is free and popcorn and water will be available at no cost. Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to take in the show.
Liane Minier, with the association‚Äôs committee, said the event is part of a plan to bring people to downtown Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Three members of the same family pleaded not guilty to drug charges Monday.
Jay B. Greer, 55, Patricia M. Greer, 51, and David A. Greer, 23, all of Columbia City, were arrested Sept. 6 for multiple methamphetamine-related charges.
Jay was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, unlawful sale of a precursor and possession of marijuana.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Despite the final numbers on the scoreboard that showed a 20-7 win, the Homestead Spartans had to be glad to see the tail lights on the Columbia City Eagle team bus vanish into the Aboite Township night as a game Eagle squad gave the IHSAA Class 6A state-ranked Spartans all the fight they wanted in Friday night‚Äôs Northeast Hoosier Conference football match up.