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March 8th, 2013

Heart-breaking head-scratcher

March 8, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — Puzzled. Frustrated. Confused. Melancholy. Dumbfounded.

That’s how many fans felt in the final seconds of Columbia City’s last game of the season against DeKalb.

A week after the blow, many Eagle followers are still scratching their heads — what happened?

The Eagles suffered a difficult, one-point loss to the Barons in the sectional semifinal last Friday after an extremely rare call by the referees in the last 2.5 seconds — a “blarge.”

A blarge is a slang term used by officials, when a block and charge are called at the same time.

COUNTY RECYCLING: Collection contract delivers jobs, revenue for county

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Recycling is good for the planet, but it is also good for the economy.

When the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District was in search of a new contract for recycling collection, Dwayne Knott, of Columbia City, saw it as an opportunity to build a business.

“At the time, research showed cardboard was bringing in $110,000,” Knott said. “I saw that as a business opportunity.”

Knott formed Whitley Environmental and brought on his long-time friend, Steve Smith, of South Whitley, as a partner.

MENTAL HEALTH: Jail staff adapts to rising psychiatric cases

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — More now than ever, mental health is a focus in society.

When crimes are committed, some people wonder if the person who perpetrated the crime is actually mentally ill. If so, is a jail or prison the best place for them?

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said he is seeing more inmates with mental health problems than ever before.

“We are finding, at least from our standpoint, what appears to be more and more mental health issues,” he said, referring to the inmate population at the Whitley County Jail.

CITY PLAN: City considers amendment to sign ordinance

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Amendments to Columbia City’s sign ordinance continue to be a topic of discussion for the Columbia City Plan Commission.

Part of the sign ordinance being examined is related to electronic messaging centers.

USED BOOKS: WCCS adopts new textbooks

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ Board of School Trustees heard reports about textbook adoption at Monday’s work session.

For the elementary level, reading/language arts were the subject of the new book.

The book chosen was Journeys, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Advantages for this textbook include its excellence in a 90-minute reading block and the high portion of non-fiction reading.

The committee was chaired by Laura McDermott, principal at Coesse Elementary School.

The student rental price for this book will be $33.51.

SCORCHED: House fire on Hartman Road

March 8, 2013

An early morning blaze left a house on Hartman Road charred. Firemen from multiple departments responded to the fire at approximately 2 a.m Friday. Firefighters say the home was not occupied at the time of the fire.

March 7th

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT: Police urge Whitley County drivers to be ready

March 7, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Fort Wayne District of the Indiana State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Whitley County during the late evening hours Friday and continuing into the early morning hours of Saturday.

In an effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related automobile crashes, the sobriety checkpoint will target the impaired driver and will be utilized in an area identified as having a high number of alcohol related crashes.

Justin Hinen, 21

March 7, 2013

Justin Edward Hinen, 21, of Columbia City, died early Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013, as a result of a snowmobiling accident north of Columbia City.
He was born Jan. 29, 1992, in Columbia City, a son of Jeffery L. and Cynthia A. (Schenkel) Hinen. He graduated from Columbia City High School and just recently completed his associate’s degree in business and marketing at Baker College.
He was employed at the family business, Hinen Printing.

Joseph Lazoff, 87

March 7, 2013

Joseph “Bob” Lazoff, 87, of Tri Lakes, died at 2:24 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he had been admitted Sunday.
He was born July 10, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Blagoy Lazoff.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Margie; four children and one brother.
A private funeral service will be held at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Preferred memorials are to donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

County wrestlers wrap up successful season

March 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2012-13 wrestling season wrapped up with one Whitley County wrestler advancing to the IHSAA State Individual Tournament finals at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and for the three Whitley County Schools the past season is one where each saw certain measures of success.

 

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