October 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It wasnâ€™t pretty, but Columbia Cityâ€™s girls volleyball team got the job done.
â€śWe just didnâ€™t play well,â€ť Lady Eagle Head Coach Trish Hinen said. â€śI donâ€™t know if it was because we just got off fall break, but it was a roller coaster tonight.â€ť
Against Canterbury Monday night, the Lady Eagles opened up game one at home with a 25-19 loss, but returned in game two to take a 25-8 win.
Columbia City turned around in game three and gave up a 25-19 loss, but finally got its ducks in a row for the final two sets to win in five games.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man received the maximum sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court for his burglary offense.
Gabriel Auer, 35, was sentenced Monday to eight years, all to serve in the Whitley County Jail.
It was the maximum sentence for a Class C felony.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said Auer was deserving of the maximum sentence.
â€śMr. Auer has a substantial criminal record,â€ť he said. â€śHe has one prior offense of burglary at the same establishment.â€ť
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WHITLEY COUNTY â€” With two weeks left of high school football, two Whitley County high schools are in the driverâ€™s seat for conference championships.
Whitko (5-2, 5-0) and Churubusco (7-0, 5-0) are both the only unbeatens left in their respective conferences, the Three Rivers Conference (TRC) and Northeast Corner Conference (NECC).
Whitko beat North Miami last week, 49-35. Rochester, the only other unbeaten in the TRC heading into the week, fell to Tippecanoe Valley 42-21.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The results are in.
After the state performed a head count of all Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ students in September for tax purposes, Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor shared with the school board Monday that enrollment is up from last year.
Granted, enrollment is only up two students from last year, but Oâ€™Connor said the numbers are deceiving.
â€śThis is huge because we had 24 early graduates,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said. â€śLast year, the early graduates decreased our enrollment. This year, our new students have made up for the ones who left for early graduation.â€ť
Dave Stouder (left) and Glen Gilraine, from Community of Hope Church work to break up a concrete slab at The Lighthouse, a transitional home in Columbia City.
The foundation was located under an old garage, but the structure was removed to make room for a new playground.
Grace Lutheran Church hosted a Blessing of the Animals Saturday.
Church members and their animals gathered for Pastor Matthew Converse to bless numerous cats, dogs and even a hamster, as pictured.
The church, in downtown Columbia City, held a Blessing of the Animals for community members to bring their pets to be prayed over.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A South Whitley woman received a 10-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last week for committing burglary.
Ashley Lemon, 28, was found guilty at a bench trial in August.
She received a 10-year sentence, with six years to serve and four on suspended sentence. Four of the six years to serve will be at the Whitley County Jail and two will be on home detention.
Judge James Heuer said he would have Lemon serve the home detention portion of her sentence first, so it would not be a hardship on Lemonâ€™s young daughter.
The Indian Springs Middle School varsity cross country girls squad didnâ€™t let a drenched course keep it from running to first place at the Carroll Middle School Invitational last Saturday.
The team took first out of the 15-school field and beat the always-strong conference rival Maple Creek for the third time this season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new state law that went into effect July 1 is changing communication between police and school administrators.
Whenever a child is arrested or taken into custody for allegedly committing a crime, police are now required to inform the studentâ€™s school district.
Officials at the Whitley County Safety Commission discussed how that law will play a role with Whitley Countyâ€™s law enforcement agencies and school systems.
Unfortunately for decision makers, there is no set process for how that communication is supposed to happen.