April 18th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The aprons were on. The serving tongs were drawn, but something was missing.
Where was the three-year reigning champion cook-off team lead by the fearless Sen. Gary â€śDocâ€ť Dillon?
They were seated in the Church of God auditorium, with nary a drop of sweat on their brows, enjoying the meal with the 400 other The Center for Whitley County Youth Benefit Cook-off feasters.
â€śWe coulda wupped them this year,â€ť said Bob Addison, the master chef behind their previous successes.
April 15, 2011
Gregory Mapps, 58, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, April 15, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.
Born in Fort Wayne, Gregory worked as a national chain manager with Gordon Food Services for 22 years.
He was an executive board member for The Lighthouse homeless shelter in Columbia City. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends on the lake and out on his boat. He loved to water ski, golf, and perform his own lawn maintenance.
He also participated in the Fire and Ice Carving Festival in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Excessive wetness is an issue thatâ€™s been at the top of the Columbia City â€śto-doâ€ť list for years.
Last week the townâ€™s Board of Works and Safety heard a presentation from GAI Consultants about a study to help combat at least some of the townâ€™s drainage problem.
â€śThat area has a history of surface flooding problems,â€ť said Columbia City Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker about an area outlined in what the consulting firm identifies in the South Side Stormwater Study.
â€śItâ€™s a pretty large watershed area.â€ť
FORT WAYNE — Four seasons ago when the Columbia City girls’ track team picked up the Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Invitational on the schedule it was just another weekend meet.
Four years later, the Luers’ invite has become one controlled by the Lady Eagles.
In what has been rightfully dubbed a City-peat, or four-peat, Columbia City won a fourth consecutive Luers title Saturday 81.5-67.
CHURUBUSCO — For the Churubusco boys’ track team winning their own Churubusco Invitational track meet is becoming habit-forming.
Under cold and drizzly conditions Saturday the host Eagles claimed their fourth straight title, more than tripling the score of the runners-up.
The Eagles claimed titles in nine individual events and two relays on their way to scoring 180 points to outdistance both Jimtown and Eastside, who tied for second with 56 points each.
FORT WAYNE — Saturday’s weather conditions weren’t ideal but the Columbia City boys’ golf couldn’t complain at the end of the day.
A sixth-place finish at the Fort Wayne Northrop Invitational wasn’t so much about where the Eagles finished but the improvement head coach Andrew Thompson saw out of his players.
FORT WAYNE — Year in and year out, the North Side Relays pit some of the best runners in boys’ track and field against one another.
Saturday, Columbia City was a part of that mix. The Eagles made their mark packing four relays and one individual in the top six.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” When contaminated soil was found under railroad tracks in Columbia City earlier this year, it brought to a grinding halt, progress on a sewer extension project planned by the city for some time.
The bureaucratic red tape involved with contacting the Indiana Department of Environmental Management was relatively painless, as government-involved procedures go.
Itâ€™s the delay and its effect on the contractor hired to do some of the work that may prove the most costly to local government entities.
Bradley E. Scott, 55, formerly of Wolf Lake, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at IU Health Arnett, Lafayette. He was living at Milner Community Health Care in Rossville.
He was born Jan. 15, 1956 in Noble County, a son of the late John H. and Evelyn L. (Oliver) Scott.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Maria and a daughter, Angie Scott.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Auditors offices around the area are being inundated with phone calls lately because of taxpayer confusion surrounding the word â€śHomestead.â€ť
â€śWe had 94 calls in two days,â€ť said Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire.
She said that number is low because itâ€™s just the number of callers who talked to one employee in her office.
â€śHe kept track,â€ť she said.
The confusion â€” the elimination of a three-year homestead credit on Indiana tax bills.