January 17th, 2014
CHURUBUSCO â Churubuscoâs girls basketball team lost a consolation game Thursday in the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament.
The Lady Eagles dropped a contest to visiting Westview by a final margin of 70-46.
Churubusco was led in scoring by Jazlyn Needler, who had 16 points. Montana Martin added 12 after hitting her career high of 23 Wednesday.
Westview raced out to a 19-12 lead after one period, and added 19 more in the second to make the margin 38-19 at halftime.
After an even third quarter at 12 points each, Westview edged the Lady Eagles 20-15 in the fourth quarter.
SOUTH WHITLEY â An intense Rochester squad denied host Whitko a victory on the wrestling mat Thursday.
The Wildcats dropped a 45-30 dual to the Zebras.
There were two Whitko wins by fall. Zach Baughman got a first-period pin for the Wildcats at 170, downing his opponent in 1:20.
The other pin for the âCats was at 113, where Dalton Hite got the win by fall in the first period.
Other winners for Whitko included Tom Werstler at 138, Jack Hall at 106 and Tanner Hughes at 182, all of whom won by forfeit.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty Monday to burglarizing his motherâs home in Columbia City.
Tyler Green, 30, was accused of breaking into a safe in his motherâs home in November of 2012.
His plea Monday was part of an agreement. Green will be given a 10-year sentence. He will serve eight of those years.
The state also agreed to not veto any modification of Greenâs sentence after he has served one fourth of his time.
However, sentence modification would still be decided by Judge James Heuer.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Permits have been approved and work orders have been signed that will finally correct mechanical concerns at South Whitleyâs Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The corrected components come as the plantâs one-year warranty is coming to an end.
At Tuesdayâs Town Council meeting leaders approved two work orders â one for correcting hydraulics and the second for programming upgrades.
âWe did get the an OK from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and we got our permits for the work,â said David Harvey a representative with Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc.
COLUMBIA CITY â Ten years ago, after Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team won its first and only semi-state game, which earned a trip to the state championship, Head Coach Chris Benedictâs post-game speech is still relevant today.
âThat night after the game I told them, âYou have no idea what you just did for our community, for our school and for our basketball program,ââ Benedict said. âAt that point, they had no idea what theyâd accomplished and how far theyâd come.â
Sarah Beth Richards, beloved daughter of Joe and Heather (Bills) Richards of Columbia City, passed into the arms of Jesus Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
She was born at 5:53 p.m. at Dupont Hospital and lived 41 precious minutes.
WHITLEY COUTY â Thursday morningâs snowfall created slick roads in Whitley County and much of Northeast Indiana, causing many crashes and slide-offs across the state.
A crash in Whitley County claimed the life of a Columbia City man on Ind. 205 at approximately 11 a.m. after he lost control of his van.
Investigating officer Scott Schmitt said Russel Bertrand, 70, was driving northbound on Ind. 205, toward Churubusco, when he lost control of his vehicle and slid off the road, where it flipped on its side.
Pictured are players and coaches from Columbia Cityâs 2011 semi-state team. From left: Chad Graves, Brett Eberly, Marcus Moore, Daniel Woll, Drew Benedict, Tyler Mosher, Greg Bockelman, Jacob Johnson, Ben Murphy, Brandon Gay and Derek Hinen.
PIERCETON â With three days of school missed due to inclement weather, Whitko Community School Corporation officials have decided to adjust the calendar for a make up day.
School will be in session for all WCSC students Monday, Jan. 20.
This is a make up day due to school being canceled Wednesday.
The other two days missed were covered under the districtâs policy for snow days.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools have the same two days built into their calendar, but officials have not determined make up days for Thursday and todayâs school closings.
Braylon Preston, 2, tosses around the basketball with his father, Travis, after a Columbia City boys basketball game last week. Travis, along with several other former basketball players, was honored by Head Coach Chris Benedict. See Page A1 for coverage of the program.