April 12th, 2013
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Many area sporting events, including Whitko‚Äôs boys golf match Saturday at Southwood. Pictured above is Whitko‚Äôs Colton LeTourneau at the county match at Sycamore Golf Course near North Manchester in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs athletic conference, the Northeast Hoosier Conference, is discussing changes to its member schools.
With the gap of school enrollment continuing to grow, Columbia City High School said Thursday in a press release that conversations have occurred throughout the school year concerning member schools.
‚ÄúAs a result of these discussions, principals and athletic directors will be considering future conference membership affiliations,‚ÄĚ the release stated.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs girls tennis team is gearing up for a new season on the courts under Head Coach Natalie Pugh.
The Lady Eagles lost one senior to graduation last summer. Morgan Young played number one singles for half of the 2012 season. For the other half, Young was out with an injury.
‚ÄėBusco will be rather young this season, but Pugh will still have Kayleen Mitchell on her team for 2013. Mitchell is a returning varsity player entering her senior year.
‚ÄúI am looking for her to have a successful season,‚ÄĚ said Pugh.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ There might be some new citizens to the community who ask, ‚ÄúWhy a new high school?‚ÄĚ
With the announcement of Whitley County Consolidated School District‚Äôs (WCCS) plan for a new high school in Columbia City, Superintendent Dr. Pat O‚ÄôConnor explained that, while a new high school will be costly, it is needed.
In fact, it may be needed for new individuals in the community.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In Tuesday‚Äôs meeting, Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council passed a more specific version of its ordinance banning strip clubs.
Language was included in the revised ordinance, explicitly stating what constituted a nude or semi-nude act.
It also included the definition of a commercial establishment.
There was a section of the ordinance that included provisions for areas where nudity is normally allowed ‚ÄĒ such as locker rooms, hotels and doctor‚Äôs offices. Those establishments would not constitute an ordinance violation under normal conditions.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Property tax bills will be in the mail soon.
While citizens will need to make payments for the spring installment by May 10, there are alternative methods to take care of the bill that do not involve a trip to downtown Columbia City.
Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges said e-payments are encouraged.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs quick, easy and free,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúVisit the county government‚Äôs website, www.whitleygov.com and click the option to pay taxes online.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Food was the focus at The Center for Whitley County Youth‚Äôs 6th Annual Benefit Cook Off Thursday night, and wild game won over the palate of those in attendance.
Team Dillon, led by Dr. Gary Dillon and Bob Addison, took home the honor of Best Overall Meal at the fundraiser. Four teams competed with a variety of dishes.
Team Green served vegan dishes, while Team City, headed up by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, served cinnamon-candied bacon over vanilla ice cream. The other team to compete was Team Forklift, with Hank Workman as the captain.
Frank M. Rice, 82, of Upland, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Marion General Hospital in Marion.
He was the son of the late Elijah Rice and the late Georgia (Jones) Rice. He was born in Jonesboro, Oct. 26, 1930. He attended Jonesboro High School. Frank was an inspector for Indiana Gas Company for 40 years retiring in 1991. Frank and Pauline McRoberts were married Dec. 26, 1999. Pauline survives in Upland. Frank loved horses and enjoyed shows and racing.
Robert Wayne Stevens, 48, of Columbia City, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at his home.
He was born Feb. 7, 1965, in Galesburg, Ill., a son of Jack L. and Carole Anne (Pittman) Stevens. His formative years were spent in Elmore. He graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1983. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard in Illinois and South Bend.
A bass guitar player for several bands, he also worked for Godfrey Marine in Syracuse for more than 17 years.