April 29th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In a day when computers, video games and cellphones are the most prized possession for a young person, itâ€™s unusual to find teenagers involved in something that doesnâ€™t require battery power.
However, nestled in the Whitley County countryside is a place where technology is unnecessary, but a desire to create and grow is the key in discovering lifeâ€™s true passions.
Creeare Ranch, located east of Columbia City, can be described as a sanctuary, a refuge, or a laboratory, but in reality it is simply a horse barn.
Andrea White lived for 24 hours in a cardboard box shelter from Saturday to Sunday morning on the lawn in front of City Hall in Columbia City. She was demonstrating how homeless people live in the Phillipines, as well as raising money for her second mission trip to a squatter village in Manila in May.
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, resurfacing resumes today on U.S. 33 from Ind. 109 to U.S. 6. Thru traffic is allowed via flaggers during the day. There will be no nighttime restrictions.
Columbia City's golf team hosted and fell to Homestead Friday night. See The Post & Mail's sports section for results and comments from Eagle Head Coach Andrew Thompson. Pictured, Columbia City's top two linksters, freshmen Tyler Green and Spencer Kilmek (putting).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Columbia Cityâ€™s golf team didnâ€™t end the night victorious Friday, the Eagles came the closest to beating Homestead since 2009.
Columbia City fell 157-162, but it wasnâ€™t from lack of talent on the Spartansâ€™ end.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Tyler Green finished on par with 36 strokes. Fellow Eagle Spencer Klimek also finished under 40, with a 39. Green rebounded from a 41 the night before, a prediction of Head Coach Andrew Thompsonâ€™s that held true.
â€śIt was nice to see Tyler recover from last night and shoot par at home,â€ť Thompson said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” They survived.
More than once Columbia Cityâ€™s Lady Eaglesâ€™ softball team had a big inning against Churubusco, only to have the visitors respond. Columbia City emerged victorious though Friday with a 9-8 win.
The winning run came on a wild pitch. Hannah Schnorr of Columbia City was on third waiting and raced across the plate in the bottom of the sixth for the deciding score.
â€śI told Schnorr be ready, weâ€™ve got to score,â€ť said Columbia City Softball Head Coach Steve Cox.
HUNTINGTON â€” It was less than 24 hours after the Eaglesâ€™ come-from-behind, 8-7 win in a conference rivalry game against Homestead before Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team had to take the field again.
The situation was similar to the night before. Fridayâ€™s opponent, Huntington North, is a larger school than Columbia City. So is Homestead, the Eaglesâ€™ Thursday opponent. Also, both adversaries sport warrior-type mascots.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners approved a request from Passages, Inc. for funding at its last meeting.
The commissioners were unanimous in their approval. Passages, Inc. had previously requested for money from the countyâ€™s CEDIT fund at the meeting of the commissioners April 1. That request was tabled.
â€śNow we will give it to the county council,â€ť said Commissioner Chair George Schrumpf, referring to the next step in the process.
Passages, Inc. President Tom Oâ€™Neill was pleased with the approval of the commissioners.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco man accused of four meth-related crimes appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court for the first time Monday.
Christopher Bell, 26, was arrested April 12 for unlawful sale of precursors, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
Bellâ€™s next court date is May 20, and Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz will be his attorney.
According to case reports, Bell was booked on an unrelated charge earlier this year. As soon as he was released, he began purchasing pseudoephedrine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Superior Courtroom went mobile Friday.
Real defendants, real prosecution and real cases traveled to Whitley Countyâ€™s middle schools to give students a true feel for what goes on in the courtroom.
Real life defendants volunteered to participate in the program.
After the hearings, students had the opportunity to ask the prosecution, Judge Doug Fahl, the public defender and the defendants questions.