October 17th, 2013
OSSIAN â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s girls cross country team wrapped up its season in prime fashion.
The Lady Eagle-Stars raced out of the season as double conference champions, after winning the NELMSC (NLC) Saturday, and the NHMSC (NHC) Wednesday night.
Not only did ISMS grab the conference title, the girls beat Maple Creek (Carroll) for the first time in 12 years in the 10-team conference.
Maple Creek has held the conference title since 2002.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A new ordinance was introduced at Churubuscoâ€™s Town Council meeting Wednesday night.
After the town tried to pass a new policy on garage sales this summer, residents created a stir over the proposed permit fee and the limitations placed on the number of sales allowed during a calendar year.
Because the debate was thick, town leaders agreed to scrap the proposal and go back to the drawing board.
Wednesdayâ€™s meeting offered signs that the town may be on the right track.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team fell to visiting Heritage Tuesday in four sets on senior night.
Despite the defeat, the Lady Eagles end the regular season above .500 at 15-13.
Conference play looms Saturday, though, and the postseason tournament begins next week.
Against the Lady Patriots, Churubusco Head Volleyball Coach Trinda Goings said her team played better as the match went longer.
â€śWe played with more confidence as the night went along,â€ť she said.
Heritage won by a final of 25-17, 25-9, 26-24 and 25-23.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City paced Whitley County schools by advancing three cross country runners to regional action Saturday.
Gage Emrick, Samantha Roush and Brooke Werstler of Columbia City all qualified at the Fort Wayne Northrop sectional.
Whitkoâ€™s Brigit Nemitz qualifed for regionals at the Northrop meet. Churubuscoâ€™s Jacob Eyer and Blake Gross both advanced from the West Noble sectional.
As a team, the Columbia City girls finished sixth overall with 163 points.
WOLF LAKE â€” A church worked to generate a rather hefty donation for children.
The Whitley County Engineerâ€™s office, who spearheads an annual collection of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, received a donation of 149 pounds of tabs from the Living Waters Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake.
Darlene Hagen, a church member, said that members and guests have been collecting aluminum tabs for several years.
The people at the church wanted to donate the tabs, but couldnâ€™t move them. County engineer office employees used their vehicle and personal time to pick up the tabs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śItâ€™s a grand night for singing,â€ť as the popular Broadway tune says.
A special evening is being planned for elementary school students who might be interested in singing with Whitley Community Childrenâ€™s Choir (WCCC).
Thursday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., children and parents can visit the choir at Northern Heights Elementary School, north of Columbia City.
Those attending should enter the school through door three.
This is a no-obligation opportunity to participate with the choir, the night is just to â€śtry it and see if there is an interest in joining.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Purple ribbons may be decorating downtown Columbia City commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the color purple held a different meaning Tuesday night.
Relay for Life of Whitley County began assembling its committee for the 24-hour walk in June.
Purple is the eventâ€™s color and the shade worn by cancer survivors at the relay.
It may seem premature to begin generating to-do lists and plans for a fundraiser more than seven months away, but there is much work to be done.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While many view court-ordered community service as punishment, more positives than negatives come from the work crew, according to its leader Thor Hodges.
Many have seen the yellow community service van around Whitley County, at the schools, working in the streets and parks, but Hodges said there are misconceptions about the people working on those crews.
â€śTheyâ€™re not bad people,â€ť Hodges said. â€śTheyâ€™re people who have made a mistake and were ordered to do community service for it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man convicted for using drugs at a local bar in Columbia City received the maximum prison sentence Monday.
Chadwick L. Sweet, 36, was sentenced to three years to the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC), for maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.
Sweet was ordered by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to serve the entire time behind bars.
The maximum sentence for a Class D felony is three years.
Sweet was originally arrested in April, when he was caught using drugs in the restroom at Duffâ€™s in Columbia City.
The Indian Springs Middle School varsity girls took a moment to relax after racing to a hard fought victory as NEL Middle School Conference champs Saturday at Wawasee Middle School.
The girls edged out Wawasee by just one point in the eight-team race.
Pictured, from left, Bailie Brown, 12th in 12:19; Shay Trump 9th in 11:47, Alissa Jagger, 5th in 11:43; Jasmine Early, 6th in 11:44; Ashley Johnson, 1st and overall conference champ, in 11:24; Lauren Keller, 8th in 11:46 and Whitney Shelton, 21st in 13:07.
The ISMS reserve girls squad also took first place out of the eight teams.