November 1st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Remaining steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities, Lilly Endowment will again provide a deserving student from our community with the opportunity to attend four years of college tuition free.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is hosting an open house next week to celebrate the opening of the EDC Outpost, a co-working space located at 114 N. Chauncey St. in Columbia City.
â€śWe are pleased to formally open the doors for a co-working space that has been in development for most of the year,â€ť said EDC president Alan Tio.
â€śThis project represents a collaboration among local partners to provide shared office space to meet the needs of EDC clients.â€ť
The EDC Outpost is a co-working space for EDC clients and service partners.
FORT WAYNE â€” A large mall in Fort Wayne was partially reopened after a water main break caused major flooding in the building.
Approximately 10 to 15 stores will remain closed at Glenbrook Square Mall for clean up, but the rest of the mall will be open for business, according to mall administration.
Initially, mall employees informed area media that the approximately 40- to 50-store mall would be completely closed.
It was first believed the mall would remain open on normal hours, but officials later decided to partially close the building.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second part to a two-part series on the life of Jon Pontzius.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śAnyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,â€ť said American icon Henry Ford.
That quote could easily sum up the mantra exhibited in the life of Jon Pontzius, a resident of Whitley County.
Pontzius grew up on a farm on Riley Road, which has been in his family for more than 150 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While some Indiana cities and towns chose to postpone trick-or-treating to Friday, Columbia Cityâ€™s and Churubuscoâ€™s Halloween festivities went on as scheduled Thursday.
Despite a threatening weather forecast, and some vocal citizens, the weather held off during trick-or-treating hours, and many said they were pleased with how the night turned out.
â€śIt was a tough decision. I know there was a lot of discussion about us not postponing it, but we still felt this was the right decision,â€ť Columbia City Councilman and Board of Works member Dan Weigold said.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” A gas leak Thursday afternoon forced several Columbia City businesses to evacuate and temporarily shut down.
At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department was sent to the Columbia City Plaza, located at the corner of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, for a gas leak.
According to Fire Chief Tom LaRue, crews were boring under the pavement between two strip malls when they struck a gas line.
LaRue said it took nearly two hours to shut off the gas to the area, and several buildings were filled with natural gas.
LARWILLâ€” Whitkoâ€™s middle school football teams have finished their respective 2013 seasons.
The seventh grade team scored a win Oct. 16 against Crestview by a 28-16 score.
Spencer Sroufe scored two touchdowns and had an extra point, Collin Loe scored one touchdown and Jack Curless had one.
The eighth grade Wildcats also won Oct. 16 against Crestview 12-0. Touchdowns were scored by Hunter Reed and Chaz Stanley.
The seventh grade team ended the year at 2-7 and the eighth grade squad finished 4-5.
LEBANON, Ohio â€” A Columbia City High School sophomore captured a Golf Week Junior Tour (GJT) win last weekend.
Tyler Green won the tour event at Shaker Run in Lebanon, Ohio.
It took a playoff for Green to do it, as he and Spencer Dobbs both shot 152 over the two days to tie in the boysâ€™ 15-19 division.
On the second playoff hole, though, Green nearly had a hole-in-one. His tee shot landed just three feet from the cup. He finished and won the tournament on that hole.
TERRE HAUTE â€” A Columbia City cross country runner will step onto the course one more time Saturday.
Lady Eagle senior Samantha Roush qualified for the state meet, which will be this Saturday in Terre Haute.
She clinched the spot by placing seventh at the New Haven semi-state meet last Saturday.
This is the fourth consecutive year Roush has qualified. Her freshman year she was 16th, she came in seventh as a sophomore and was 24th last year.
The girls race will be at 1:45 p.m. at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute. The boys race is at 1 p.m.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football team will likely have a more difficult path to a victory in this weekâ€™s sectional semifinal.
One week after scoring a 28-13 home win against Eastside, the Eagles have to hit the road to play Class 2A 14th-ranked Bremen.
The Lions defeated Manchester 49-21 in their sectional quarterfinal game last week.
Churubusco ended the 2013 regular season ranked ninth.
For both teams, it will be a unique showdown. â€™Busco enters 8-2, and Bremen 7-3, but both schools are undefeated against Class 2A competition.