August 21st, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEYâ€” A big fourth-game comeback helped Whitkoâ€™s volleyball team start 2013 with a win Tuesday.
Whitko downed visiting Lakeland Christian Academy 3-2 â€” 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-11.
By the middle of game three, the Lady Wildcats might have wondered if they would take the match the distance, let alone win. Lakeland took advantage of poor Whitko passing to win game two, then never trailed in taking the third game.
â€śWe struggled getting our passes to the net,â€ť said Whitko Head Volleyball Coach Brandy Smith.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Electric Department was recently able to team up with the Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) in servicing a house in the area.
Electric Superintendent Shawn Lickey said an acreage had some land on city territory and some on REMC territory.
Last week, Lickey shared the story with the Columbia City Common Council.
â€śWe have worked well with REMC in the 13 years I have been here (with the city),â€ť Lickey said. â€śI wanted to make sure the mayor and council knew that we continue to work well with the REMC.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After recently agreeing to a new contract with Advance Disposal, representatives from the company petitioned the South Whitley Town Council to consider changing the days in which trash is picked up.
Jerry Schnitzius, of Advance Disposal, told the council that changing the service day from Tuesday to Thursday would be more convenient for the company.
â€śThis is a totally selfish request on our part,â€ť Schnitzius said. â€śIt would help us keep our routes more efficient and effective.â€ť
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls volleyball team opened its season on the road at Fort Wayne North Side and Head Coach Trish Hinen was hoping to start the season with a three-game sweep.
Unfortunately for the Lady Eagles, a slow start in the opening game cost them the sweep Hinen was hoping for, but solid and consistent play throughout the night allowed Columbia City to leave Allen County with a win.
After dropping the initial contest 25-15, the Eagles turned the match around, winning the next three 27-25, 25-17 and 25-16.
PIERCETON â€” New teachers and faculty were welcomed at a reception Monday evening before the Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s board meeting.
As the Board of Trustees heard from each school administrator, the reports from the first week of school were all positive.
â€śWe are off to a great start,â€ť said Pierceton Elementary School Principal Nathan Polston. This is Polstonâ€™s first year at PES. â€śIt was wonderful to get ready and set up for the new year. Weâ€™ve already spent some time discussing Common Core and the reading program.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” This year has been a weather contrast from 2012, as rainwater has soaked the community on more than one occasion.
These heavy rain falls cause a burden that must be carried by Columbia Cityâ€™s storm and wastewater systems.
A large rainstorm that came through the city Aug. 2 washed out some alleys and caused back-ups and minor flooding in houses.
According to Community Development Director Jeff Walker, who oversees stormwater for Columbia City, these big rains overwhelm the sewer system.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) decided to make an offer on the Eagles Lodge at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
After averaging two appraisals, the group decided to make an offer of $165,000 for the property, which is located at 306 W. Van Buren St., downtown.
â€śWeâ€™d really like to see that corner developed into something,â€ť said Kevin Snell, of the Columbia City RDC. â€śWe donâ€™t want to see it deteriorate.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dunhamâ€™s Sports, the Midwestâ€™s largest sporting goods retailer, recently announced its plans to hold a grand opening for the new Columbia City location.
Residents of Columbia City and surrounding communities are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted Friday at 9 a.m. at the new Towne and Country Center, 496 W. Plaza Dr., Columbia City.
Store hours will be Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The first 100 adults in line Friday will receive a Dunhamâ€™s Sports T-shirt.
Whitley Consolidated School Board President Don Armstrong presented former board member Chris Bechtold (right) with a plaque of appreciation at Mondayâ€™s school board meeting.
Bechtold was replaced by Dan Curless, who was voted in by a 4-3 vote.
Curless will finish out Bechtoldâ€™s term â€” Dec. 31, 2014.
Churubusco volleyball team.
First row, from left: Molly Green, Andrea Aung, Lacey Pulley, Mariah Nondorf and Elaine Horn.
Second row: Olivia Huelsenbeck.
Third row: Sierra Coil, Danielle Pippenger, Sarah Holloway, Jazlyn Neebler, Valencia Reister, Stacia Fester, Hannah Richards, Samantha Fulk, Caylee Knafel and Mallory Pearson.
Fourth row: Alisha Farner, Alyssa Anderson, Abby Stanford, Coach Audra Moore, Coach Dustin Beucler, Coach Trinda Goings, Paige Stauffer, Shyenne Greve and Katie Monk. Not pictured: Hannah Schaefer.