November 18th, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The same storm system that swept through Illinois, killing six and destroying hundreds of homes, passed through Whitley County Sunday afternoon with minor damage in comparison.
The National Weather Service predicted a 30 percent chance of tornados in Whitley County, along with much of Northeast Indiana.
Storm cells with rotation entered Whitley County, prompting tornado warnings in the northern and southern parts of the county, but fortunately for local residents, storm damage was minimal Sunday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In an effort to improve safety and save money, video teleconferencing will begin soon for the Whitley County Court Systems.
New equipment recently installed will take advantage of technology, and allow some court hearings to be held with the defendant not physically present in the Courthouse.
Among the benefits expected to be reaped are increased savings and safety.
Sheriff Mark Hodges said a great deal of time and money has been spent on inmate transportation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, has rows of shelves featuring a variety of book titles and genres.
Special designated areas highlight books for teens as well as children in hopes of engaging readers at a young age.
It is this early introduction to reading that sparked an initiative at the library, one that has parents and children committing to reading books by the thousand.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With holiday feasts to tempt the palate and challenge the waistband, the Whitley County YMCA if offering a chance to stave off the holiday weight gain.
Starting Tuesday, Whitley Weighs In, a spring health and fitness challenge, will be concentrated to am eight-week program designed to help participants stay accountable and keep holiday weight gain at bay.
The holiday weigh in is a shorter version of the traditional Whitley Weighs In challenge.
Columbia City High School had four female athletes sign to play college at Division I schools Friday.
Pictured, from left: Andrea Richter, swimming, Ball State; Kalisha Goree, volleyball, Ohio State; Gabrielle Hazen, volleyball, Northwestern and Samantha Roush, cross country and track, Indiana University.
See The Post & Mail next week for feature stories on each athlete.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Whitley County rivalry matchup between Columbia City and Whitko was a shootout â€” to say the least.
Despite back-and-fourth action between the rivals, the Lady Eagles used second-half free throws to take an 81-68 win.
While Columbia City has beaten the Lady Wildcats the last five years in a row â€” the Lady Eagles have not scored more than 80 points in any game since 2000 â€” 13 years ago.
Pictured are award winners for the 2013 Columbia City girls cross country team.
Award winners (below) are, front row, from left: Natalia Johnson, Coaches Award; Shelby Allison, Most Consistent and Samina Qureshi, Coaches Award. Top row, from left, Brooke Werstler, Mental Attitude, Samantha Roush, MVP and Erin Knepple, Most Improved.
Pictured are award winners for the 2013 Columbia City boys cross country team.
Award winners are, front row, from left: Tim Hearld, Coaches Award; Gage Emrick, Most Improved and Evan Sauers, Most Consistent. Back row: Evan Harney, MVP; Dallas Peotrowski, Mental Attitude and Seth Kissinger, Rookie Award.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Ten members of the Churubusco football team that posted an 8-3 record this past year were named to the all-conference team of the Northeast Corner Conference (NECC).
There were four members named to the offense. Cody Conwell was named at the running back position. He ran for 1,346 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.
Corey Sarrazin was named at the tight end position. He caught 10 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He was â€™Buscoâ€™s leading receiver.