October 1st, 2013
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City stand-out harrier Samantha Roush placed fourth out of 151 runners at the New Haven Invitational Saturday.
The Lady Eagles placed seventh out of 15 scoring teams in their division, and the boys squad took ninth, led by Gage Emrick with a 26th-place finish.
Roushâ€™s fourth-place finish was a competitive one, as there were only 1:30 between the second and sixth runners Saturday.
Brooke Wersler was less than two minutes behind Roush and placed 23rd, followed by Natalia Johnson who finished in 50th place.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With his trial less than a week away, a man admitted his guilt to attempted murder and several other charges.
Dakota Kimbler, 18, of Rome City, had a trial scheduled for today and Wednesday.
After his final pretrial conference Sept. 23 in Whitley County Circuit Court, Kimbler pleaded guilty later that week.
In addition to attempted murder, Kimbler also pleaded guilty to attempted carjacking, possession of stolen property and possession of a handgun without a license.
Donald Paul Curtis, 79, of Columbia City, died at 2:55 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Tuesday.
He was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Fort Wayne, a son of Wayne Bernard and Mildred Miriam (Eber) Curtis. His formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from North Side High School.
A truck driver, he began his employment with Kroger, later establishing the Baerfield Travel Trailer business.
Cheryl A. Druley, age 47, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:41 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, after becoming suddenly ill at her residence.
Born Aug. 21, 1966, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Lloyd Owen and Jayne (Fry) Druley.
She was a graduate of Columbia City High School with the Class of 1984 and she attended IPFW, Parkview Nursing School and lastly Ivy Tech in Warsaw.
Cheryl spent most of her lifetime in Columbia City, however she did live in Texas, Germany and Warsaw.
Susan Sharpe, 59, of Huntington, passed away at 4:03 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at her home.
Susan was the owner of Canine Companion for more than 12 years. She was a certified service dog and therapy dog trainer. Susan was a columnist for The Post & Mail. Her expertise on animal behavior was published twice a month.
Susan was born Jan. 16, 1954, in Wabash County, the daughter of Donald and Wanda (Morford) Dreyer.
She graduated in 1972 from Huntington North High School. Susan married Ronald Sharpe Nov. 23, 1977, in St. Charles, Missouri.
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.