September 30th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local law enforcement and school administrators are joining forces to provide a safer environment for Whitley County's students.
Whitley County Probation, Columbia City Police, Indiana State Police, The Bowen Center, Whitley County Department of Child Services, Churubusco Police and the Whitley County Sheriff's Department were all represented at a school safety meeting Friday, which included officials from all three of Whitley County's school districts.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City's Common Council is ready to take the next steps in placing a blanket Economic Revitalization Area within the city limits, just as the Whitley County Council has done in the county.
Several council members at last week's meeting agreed the designation "makes sense."
Currently, there are several small ERAs throughout the city, and every time a company wants to apply for a tax abatement, a process of public hearings and council appearances have to take place before the company can even apply for the abatement.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s junior varsity team played host to its volleyball tournament Saturday.
Other participating schools were Central Noble, North Miami and Tippecanoe Valley.
The four teams played each other, with the team recording the most wins being declared the champion.
North Miami won the overall title with a 4-2 record. Central Noble finished 4-3 followed by Tippy Valley 3-4 and Whitko 3-5.
For the Wildcats, they had played Central Noble and North Miami earlier in the season and defeated both squads.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Itâ€™s not double trouble, but twice blessed for Whitko High Schoolâ€™s football team.
Caleb and Logan Busz, 14-year-old identical twins, have spent the last eight seasons on the sideline for the Wildcatsâ€™ football team.
After several seasons as water boys, the Busz brothers are now on their third year as the squadâ€™s ball boys.
The boys began helping the team because their father, Joey Busz, is an assistant coach for the Wildcats.
With two older brothers, both boys agreed thereâ€™s a lot of football in the Busz household.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City JV football squad played host to the visiting New Haven Bulldogs in Saturday morningâ€™s C-Team football contest.
The Eagles gave up three second half touchdowns to fall to the Bulldog JV by a 32-0 score.
The visitors got on the scoreboard with 1:56 left in a see-saw first quarter with a 22-yard sweep around the left side.
New Haven converted the two-point conversion attempt to take an 8-0 lead.
The Eagle defense held the Bulldogs for the rest of the first half.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City High School football player who suffered a severe injury in the first game of the season has finally returned home, reports say.
Sam Dailey, senior captain running back for Columbia City, received a brain injury in the Eaglesâ€™ season opener at Warsaw Aug. 23, and was in serious condition after a blood clot formed on his brain. He underwent several surgeries to reduce the swelling.
After being hospitalized for about 10 days, Dailey was moved to a rehabilitation center.
NEW HAVEN â€” The Columbia City Eagle football squad began a stretch of three straight games against state-ranked opponents with a road game against unbeaten and Northeast Hoosier Conference leader New Haven.
The Eagles, forced by injuries to go deep into the depth charts at several offensive and defensive positions, were able to hang with the Bulldogs for much of the game before falling 29-6.
A quick count noted eight Eagle starters on the sidelines with various injuries, with another running back that would leave the game at halftime.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Key plays on both sides of the ball keyed Churubuscoâ€™s football to one of its most-balance victories of the 2013 season.
Coming into week 6, the Eagles were ranked fourth in Class 2A in Indiana by the Associated Press. â€™Busco added to that esteem by defeating West Noble 49-0 Friday.
With the win, the Eagles are now 6-0 for the year and 6-0 in the Northeast Corner Conference.
Churubusco Head Football Coach Paul Sade called the game one of the best all-around performances by his team, including offense, defense and special teams.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s football team continued its winning ways Friday night, downing Northfield on homecoming night and staying undefeated in the Three Rivers Conference.
After facing a 14-7 deficit in the first half, the Wildcats rallied to score four touchdowns in the final 24 minutes and take a 34-20 victory.
The charge was led by quarterback Ethan Nicodemus and runningback Tanner Hughes.
Hughes scored the lone first-half TD, then found the end zone twice in the third quarter to spark a comeback for the Wildcats.
Whitko High School hosted its homecoming game Friday night against Northfield.
Pictured from left are the 2013 Homecoming Royalty: Prince Lane Wolf, Princess Taylor Trump, Queen Taylor Zwick and King Chris Baker.