October 23rd, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTYâ€” Conventional sports wisdom says that, to be the best, one must beat the best.
That sage advice will be put to the test for Columbia City and Churubuscoâ€™s high school volleyball teams this week.
Both schools, competing in Class 3A and 2A, respectively, have highly-ranked foes standing in their way on the path to a sectional title.
For Columbia City, the foe is a conference rival. Bellmont beat the Lady Eagles in three sets earlier this season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the first frost of the season hitting the county less than a week ago, many find it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.
Tuesday evening brought the seasonâ€™s first snow showers, and Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department is already prepared for the upcoming winter weather.
While Tuesday nightâ€™s flurries didnâ€™t amount to any accumulation, this yearâ€™s Farmerâ€™s Almanac is predicting a â€śbitterly coldâ€ť winter â€” â€ścold, wet and white.â€ť
Whitley Countyâ€™s Shriners made a donation to The Woodlans Senior Center, Columbia City, Monday morning.
The $500 donation will be used to purchase a power washer for the center.
Pictured, from left, Hal Trump, Ken Lundquist, Jackie Hake, the centerâ€™s executive director, Dick Kessie and Jim Kyler.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One of the countyâ€™s online tools may become a source of frustration for the GIS Department.
The geographic information system (GIS), is an online, searchable database that provides a host of information from the names of property owners to the taxes paid on such properties.
Itâ€™s the names published on the public site that had Dan Weigold, GIS coordinator, asking Whitley County Commissioners for guidance.
â€śIâ€™m not really sure what to do,â€ť Weigold said.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Family YMCA swimming teams defeated Angola Oct. 12-13.
Whitley County beat the Wavemakers 439-179 in the girls team race, and the Whitley County boys won by a score of 461-182.
Results (Whitley County Family YMCA placers)
Girls 8 & under
100 freestyle: 1) Hadley Snell 1:29.62; 2) Emma Johnson 1:44.09; 4) Grace Schaekel 1:48.73; 6) Mackenzie Miller 2:43.71.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Junior Football League wrapped up its season Saturday.
Pictured receiver Carson Tonkel (left) attempts to make a catch while defender Bradyn Elkins works to deflect it.
In high school action, sectionals begin Friday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools is working toward a long-term plan for the buildings in the district.
The schoolsâ€™ business manager Tony Zickgraf told the Board of Trustees at Mondayâ€™s meeting that WCCS is seeking bids from consulting firms, architects and construction managers to establish facility plans for all schools in the district.
The building analysis was one of several goals the board laid out for 2013.
Zickgraf said it has been in discussions for several years, and the project is expected to be completed in April 2014.
TOPEKAâ€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team posted a 2-2 record at the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament Saturday.
â€™Busco opened pool play against Angola and fell in three sets, 20-25, 25-15 and 15-13.
In the second match-up against Fairfield, the Lady Eagles lost in two sets, 25-12 and 25-15.
â€śScores did not show it, but we competed hard,â€ť said Churubusco Head Volleyball Coach Trinda Goings. â€śWe played with defensive heart and intensity.â€ť
Churubusco finished with two wins. The Lady Eagles swept West Noble, 25-17 and 25-22, and dispatched Fremont in two, 25-11 and 25-21.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man accused of crashing a stolen vehicle through the Columbia City BMV is set to plead guilty to charges in November.
Danny Rose, 20, of Columbia City, was arrested July 23 for auto theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief and reckless driving.
According to documents, Rose will plead guilty Nov. 12 at a hearing to unspecified charges.
According to case reports, officers were called to a scene in response to battery July 21. At that time, Rose was alleged to have committed battery and criminal mischief against his girlfriend.
Charles Stephen Kleman, Sr., 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at his home.
Born on Sept. 16, 1932, in Johnstown, Pa., he was the son of John Kleman Sr. and Julia (Tuschak) Kleman.
He graduated from Johnstown High School with the Class of 1950. He served in the Marines during the Korean War. He moved to Columbia City in 1979.
He retired from Magnavox Co. after 30 years of service and then took a position as Merchandise Stocker with Scottâ€™s Food Market. He had been a member of Columbia City Church of Christ and the VFW.