October 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Squad cars flooded the parking lot at Columbia City High School Saturday, as nearly every law enforcement officer who serves Whitley County participated in a special training.
The training was held by the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team to assist the county with its recent focus on school safety.
The ISP team has traveled to several school districts in Indiana to help prepare agencies with the best tactics in the event of a school shooting.
â€śWe wanted everyone to be on the same page,â€ť said Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh.
HUNTERTOWN â€” With University of Notre Dame scouts in the stands, the Carroll Chargers used the visiting Columbia City Eagle football squad as a backdrop for an offensive showcase, handing the Eagles a 56-0 Northeast Hoosier Conference beating.
â€śThey (Carroll) played with great intensity,â€ť said Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins, â€śAnd we did not match that intensity.â€ť
The Chargers took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in eight plays.
Junior running back Justin Tranquill took the ball in for the score from 11 yards out with 9:36 left in the first quarter.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko may have lost an outright win of the Three Rivers Conference after falling to Rochester Friday night.
The Wildcats were the lone team without a TRC loss, but dropped a 26-9 game to the Zebras, who posted a four-touchdown second half.
The only scenario that Whitko could earn the title outright is if the â€™Cats beat Tippecanoe Valley (5-3) next week, and if Rochester falls to 1-7 North Miami. Rochester is 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the TRC.
Whitko came out with a strong start against the Zebras Friday, holding a 9-0 lead going into the second half.
CHURUBUSCO â€” With a share of a conference championship still in play, Churubuscoâ€™s football team has one week left in the regular season to bounce back from its first loss.
The Class 2A third-ranked Eagles fell to visiting Fairfield Friday, 35-14. While the win snapped an undefeated season for â€™Busco, it did not shake the hopes of a shared Northeast Corner Conference championship.
Although chalk doesnâ€™t leave a permanent mark, the message displayed in a variety of colors is a powerful one.
Students at Columbia City High School gathered to decorate the pavement leading to the schoolâ€™s entrance with words and drawings in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Chalk It Up has been a county-wide campaign as students across Whitley County have etched sayings on sidewalks at numerous schools advocating a stop to violence.
Pictured is Maddison Berlin working on her chalk drawing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The thought of saying goodbye to those she has worked with for so long brings mixed emotions for Jackie Hake, evident in teary eyes.
For 18 years, Hake has been the executive director for The Woodlands, a county-wide center servicing the areaâ€™s senior community.
â€śThis has been my life,â€ť Hake said. â€śIâ€™ve been here to witness some of the biggest successes of this organization. Although I am ready to retire, itâ€™s hard to say goodbye.â€ť
Officially Hake will retire at the end of the year, but she is already making plans with her family.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When a park at Tri-Lakes had to have its bathroom facilities shutdown due to a contaminated well, Whitley County Commissioners proposed a new owner for the property.
â€śThis is the only park still under the countyâ€™s umbrella,â€ť said Commissioner Don Amber at a recent meeting. â€śI guess I would rather see the township take it over.â€ť
After discussing the possibility of the park becoming the property of Thorncreek Township, its trustee, Gene Heckman, said there was interest from both his township board and the Tri-Lakes Association.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of felony neglect of a dependent in connection with a local sex abuse case had a trial date set in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Joy Hughes, 37, of Kendallville, will stand trial Jan. 14 and 15, 2014. The final pretrial conference will be Jan. 6, 2014.
Hughesâ€™ attorney is Brad Baber. Felony neglect of a dependent is a Class C felony, which carries a sentence range of two to eight years if she is found guilty.
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Northern Heights Elementary School is working on itâ€™s fitness challenge, which began Monday.
A one-mile school-wide run/walk around the school grounds launched the challenge. A convocation with the Mad Ants, Fort Wayneâ€™s professional basketball team, was held where students were challenged to be active for 30 minutes a day, for 30 days.
Those students reaching the goal will receive a free ticket to a Mad Ants game.
â€śGo Mad Ants...Go NHES students,â€ť said Jake Hoag, NHES principal.
Pictured is Chase Jones, a third grader at NHES and â€śMad Ant,â€ť the Fort Wayne Mad Ants mascot.