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May 23rd, 2013

COUNTING CASH: Relay for Life event close to reaching goal

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With less than two weeks until the annual Relay for Life event, teams filtered into Chase Bank, Columbia City, to turn in money and pick up last-minute information for the 24-hour walk.

Bank Night happens each year shortly before the relay kicks off, gives committee chairmen and coordinators a chance to see how much has been raised for the American Cancer Society, prior to the actual event.

“We are about 70 percent to our goal,” said Melissa Stephens, ACS community representative. “I have no doubt that we’ll reach our goal of $24,000 when the relay is all done.”

Roger Cooper, 65

May 23, 2013

Roger A. Cooper, 65, Huntington, passed away at 9:36 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington.
Mr. Cooper was born July 2, 1947, in Wolf Lake, to Robert and Elizabeth Mae Orcutt Cooper. His parents preceded him in death.
Roger graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1966. He joined the U.S Navy after high school. He was currently retired from Wal-Mart as an assembler.

Toddler found dead in Whitley Co. pool

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Drowning has been ruled the preliminary cause of death for a toddler who was found floating face-down in a Whitley County swimming pool this week.

A three-year-old boy drowned Tuesday morning at a residence southeast of Columbia City.

The relative told police that before finding the boy in the pool, they realized he was not in the house, and the back door leading to the pool was open, according to conservation officers.

Whitko 10-runs Bethany Christian Monday

May 23, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s boys baseball team took out its frustration from dropping a double header to Norwell Saturday by pounding Bethany Christian Monday night.

The Wildcats handed their opponents a 12-2 loss.

Bethany Christian took a 2-0 advantage in the first two innings, but Whitko fired back in the second, third and fourth frames to combine for 12 runs, ending the game in the fifth inning.

Whitko began its tear when Trey Weber batted in Hunter Sroufe.

Weber hit 2-for-3, with three RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases.

Eagles drop tiebreaker, linksters fall to Wawasee

May 23, 2013

SYRACUSE — Columbia City’s boys golf match came down to a tiebreaker Tuesday at South Shore Golf Course.

The Eagles traveled to Syracuse to take on Wawasee in a close match, as the score ended with a 157-tie.

With the tiebreaker coming down to the fifth varsity linksters, Wawasee’s No. 5, Mason Ginonprez, outshot Columbia City’s Matt Benedict, 42-47, giving the Warriors the win.

Columbia City freshman Tyler Green was the match medalist, scoring par with a 36.

Rongos on to next round

May 23, 2013

CULVER — Columbia City’s standout netter Celine Rongos won in the first round of regional action Tuesday night at Culver Academies.

Rongos beat Jordan Fraser of North Judson by a 6-1, 6-1 score in singles action.

She will be in action again Thursday night, taking on the winner of Wawasee’s and Bremen’s No. 1 singles players.

Macie Hinen and Sydney Ford, No. 1 doubles from Columbia City, will be in action tonight against Northfield, also at Culver Academies.

May 22nd

Eagles squeak out win

May 22, 2013

SYRACUSE — Those in attendance at the baseball game between Columbia City and Wawasee Tuesday night were treated to a high-scoring affair.

The Eagles managed to come out on top of the Warriors 13-12.

The contest was back-and-forth, as there were eight lead changes.

The deciding run wasn’t scored until the top of the seventh inning, when Eagle first baseman Zac Steinke hit an RBI single that drove in senior Derek Hinen from second. That run broke a 12-12 tie.

Pitcher Ryan Kerschner retook the mound for the bottom of the seventh to finish out the game.

Whitley County walkers

May 22, 2013

Laura Lefever organized a team of Whitley County residents to participate in the 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day event, a walk to benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

More than 700 people attended the walk Saturday and helped raise more than $55,000 for the organization.

Cancer Services provides emotional support, practical resources and information to patients and their families dealing with cancer. The organization also serves Whitley County.

Lefever serves on the Board of Directors for the organization.

Re‘VOLT’ing training

May 22, 2013

Heath Fearnow, one of Columbia City’s Police Department’s newest reserve officers, went through an unpleasant training exercise Saturday night.

Fearnow, along with fellow reserve Tony Kumfer and CCPD’s newest hire, Jon Stoffel (pictured left), underwent taser training at City Hall.

Pictured, from left: Stoffel, Fearnow, taser instructor and CCPD Officer Thor Hodges, and Sergeant Trey Insley.

Col. City qualifies three for state meet

May 22, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City’s girls track team did all as expected Tuesday night at Northrop’s regional meet.

Three Lady Eagles qualified for the state finals in June.

Samantha Roush is advancing in the mile run, Kalisha Goree hit the state-qualifiying leap in long jump, and Carlee Hearld is moving on again in the high jump.

Hearld and Roush placed 10th in the state meet last season.

Roush placed second at Tuesday’s regional with a time of 5:04.9 in the 1,600-meter run.

Roush also ran the 800-meter, with a non-state qualifying finish.

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