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January 11th, 2013

Eagles, Homestead square off tonight

January 11, 2013

FORT WAYNE — The Northeast Hoosier Conference’s top dogs go head-to-head in Fort Wayne tonight, as Homestead plays host to Columbia City.

Both teams are 2-0 in the NHC, and both teams have won by substantial margins. Columbia City topped East Noble 76-35 and Bellmont 81-41. Homestead beat Carroll by a 70-56 score and East Noble 71-20.

’Busco boys, girls fall in consolation

January 11, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s woes in the Northeast Corner Conference basketball tournament continued Thursday evening as both the boys’ and girls’ teams fell in the consolation round contests to teams from Lakeland.

In an almost exact reversal of Tuesday’s contests against Central Noble — in which the Lady Eagles played close and the boys struggled — the girls fell behind early in the 43-29 loss.

Whitko girls fall to Norwell

January 11, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s girls basketball team fell to visiting Norwell on Thursday night. The Lady Knights defeated the Wildcats by a final margin of 56-34.

The defeat drops Whitko to 5-10 overall on the season. Norwell is now 13-2. The Wildcats remain at 1-3 in the Three Rivers Conference.

The Wildcats kept pace with the Knights in the first quarter, getting key buckets from senior Cagney Craig to keep the score at 11-9 at the end of the first in favor of Norwell.

Indian Springs suffers first conference loss, 36-30

January 11, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Indian Springs Middle School’s 8th-grade Lady Eagle basketball team was handed its first conference loss Thursday at Woodside Middle School.

Though the Lady Eagles held the lead throughout most of the game, Woodside went on a 9-4 run in the final four minutes to win, 36-30.

The Lady Warriors switched to a zone defense, limiting Indian Springs’ offensive options.

Indian Springs head coach Trish Sittler said the game wasn’t lost due to lack of deisre.

NEW SUPERINTENDENT: SGCS to hold special meeting to announce candidate

January 11, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools has selected a new superintendent.

An official announcement will be made Monday at 7 p.m. at the SGCS Administrative Center. Board of Trustees for SGCS will officially agree on the candidate and approve the person for hire Monday. The meeting is open to the public.

PURDUE IN OUR BACKYARD: Ag center a strong resource for county

January 11, 2013

COESSE — Citizens of Whitley County have a somewhat unique resource in their backyard that is largely unknown.

The Northeast-Purdue Agriculture Center (NEPAC) has been located in Whitley County, south of Coesse, for more than 20 years. Phil Walker has been the superintendent of the center since its opening, and said the center is a big help in the agriculture arena.

The farm primarily functions for research. Professors and graduate students make the trek to Whitley County from Purdue’s campus in West Lafayette.

KEEP SWIMMING: Aquatics task force discusses pool options

January 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Can an aquatics facility be built in Columbia City? Where is the money going to come from Where is it going to be built? These are some of questions the recently formed Aquatic Task Force is working to answer.

Wednesday the task force met for the first time and spent an hour discussing the options, as well as the challenges, in building a new aquatics center.

It was decided by the City of Columbia City to close Burnworth Memorial Pool in 2014. Due to an increasing amount of repairs needed and the growing cost to maintain the pool, the decision was made.

GOWN INITIATIVE: CCHS offers prom dresses to students

January 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For high school girls, preparing for prom starts with the dress.

However, the expense attached to a formal dress, in addition to accessories, shoes, hair-dos and manicures, can deter some girls from going to prom.

Sandy Kohut, Columbia City High School’s nurse, is overseeing a dress giveaway that the school has sponsored since 2007. Formal dresses are donated by the community and are then made available to girls in Whitley County.

NEW DEPUTY: Sheriff’s dept. hires Papenbrock

January 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Sheriff’s Department recently welcomed a new deputy to its force.

Dustin Papenbrock of Churubusco started with the department Dec. 23, 2012. Previously, he worked with the state police. So far the job has not caught Papenbrock by surprise.

Papenbrock is a 2003 graduate of Churubusco High School. He then attended and graduated from IPFW with a major in criminal justice. He graduated from the police academy in August of 2012. After working in Indianapolis, Papenbrock enjoys the geographic change.

Norma Munk, 82

January 11, 2013

Norma Jean Munk, 82, of Albion, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born February 3, 1930, in Noble County, she was the daughter of Marlo and Eunice (Kiester) Stangland.
A lifetime resident of Noble County, she graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1948.
On Nov. 28, 1948, she married James W. Munk at Wolf Lake Baptist Church. She retired from Dana Weatherhead, Columbia City in 1989.

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