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September 16th, 2013

Col. City falls 20-7 to Homestead

September 16, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Despite the final numbers on the scoreboard that showed a 20-7 win, the Homestead Spartans had to be glad to see the tail lights on the Columbia City Eagle team bus vanish into the Aboite Township night as a game Eagle squad gave the IHSAA Class 6A state-ranked Spartans all the fight they wanted in Friday night’s Northeast Hoosier Conference football match up.

Eagles push past Eastside

September 16, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Homecoming on Friday the 13th could have been unlucky for Churubusco’s football team.

Bad luck appeared to have truly struck when Eastside took a 13-0 lead.

But the Eagles turned the number 13 on its head, scoring 31 unanswered points to take a 31-13 win and improving to 4-0 for the season, overall and in the conference.

Eastside (1-3, 0-3 in the NECC) took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter, using an offense the Eagles did not expect.

Wildcats win home opener

September 16, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko newcomer Garrett Elder debuted his varsity Wildcat career in prime fashion in Friday night’s home opener against Three Rivers Conference opponent Manchester.

Elder, a freshman receiver and safety, tacked on two touchdowns in Whitko’s 46-24 win.

Elder transferred from Wawasee High School two weeks ago, and played with the junior varsity squad last week, before seeing varsity minutes Friday.

He caught 2-of-4 passes for 72 yards, and also added some special teams yardage with two kick returns for 22 yards.

Defensively, he had two tackles.

September 13th

Air Force Auxiliary makes local mark

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A national organization, sometimes referred to as the best-kept secret in America, is having an impact in Northeast Indiana.

The Civil Air Patrol U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (CAP) is a congressionally-chartered nonprofit that has youth and adult volunteers serving nationwide.

In the area, there are two groups that meet in Fort Wayne, and there are some Whitley County residents that participate.

Jay Stiles is a local citizen whose son, Theron, is a cadet with INCAP 201 in Fort Wayne. Jay also works as a volunteer, which many parents take as an opportunity to help.

City still awaits 205 Project

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A project in Columbia City that was expected to be completed in 2012 is now not expected to begin until late 2014.

Officials are continuing to move forward with the slow process to urbanize Ind. 205.

The road reconstruction project, dubbed the “205 Project” was a dream of former Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck and Parkview Whitley Hospital’s John Meister — a venture that began five years ago.

Private wells: A deep subject for S. Whitley

September 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With the cost of water impacting the wallets of South Whitley residents, one particular homeowner found a creative way to skirt the expense.

George Hathaway, of South Whitley, applied for a permit to drill a well at his property, which is located within town limits.

The cost to fill swimming pools and water lawns throughout the summer months becomes an increasing bill.

With his private well, Hathaway would be able to take care of his additional water needs without raising his bill.

’Busco Homecoming 2013

September 13, 2013

Shayna Lowe (right) was crowned Churubusco’s 2013 Homecoming Queen at Friday night’s football game against Eastside. She was given her sash and crown by last year’s queen, Jenna Shambaugh.

Stormwater audit nets two minor violations

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Stormwater Department recently underwent an audit by the Indiana Department of Enviornmental Management (IDEM).

While two deficiencies were noted, Stormwater Superintendent Jeff Walker said overall, he received positive feedback from IDEM about the city’s programs.

Walker said the city’s two violations weren’t major — a delayed project needs completed, and Walker is required to train all city employees about stormwater and illicit dumping.

Possible TIF changes raise concerns

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A board member of Whitley County Consolidated Schools questioned possible adjustments to Columbia City’s Tax Increment Funding (TIF) area at a recent meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Jill Western requested WCCS Attorney John Whiteleather be present at a future meeting to discuss the legal authority the school board has on the downtown TIF area, which is expected to be adjusted by the city’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC).

Paulanna “Pepper” Kirtley, 94

September 13, 2013

Paulanna Y. “Pepper” Kirtley, 94, retired co-publisher of the Tri County Truth in Churubusco and widow of James H. Kirtley, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. She had been in declining health for several months.
Mrs. Kirtley was born Dec. 14, 1918, in Rochester, the daughter of Paul S. and Catherine (Clarey) Blacketor. As a girl she moved to Huntington with her parents and graduated from Huntington High School.

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