April 15th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Parks and Recreation Department Director Mark Green announced that the City of Columbia City has received a grant for $15,000 from the Dekko Foundation toward a study for an Aquatics Facility.
â€śWe are thankful for partners like the Dekko Foundation who understand the value of planning and providing recreational activities for children and adults,â€ť said Green.
After a financial report showing repairs in excess of $1 million needed for Burnworth Pool, the Columbia City Park Board made a decision to form an Aquatics Facility Task Force.
CHURUBUSCO â€” The Eagles extended their streak to six.
Thatâ€™s what happened Saturday when Churubuscoâ€™s boys track and field team won the â€™Busco Invite. The Eagles have now won their own invite every year since 2008.
The run began in Head Coach Zach Dockâ€™s second year with the team.
â€śTo win six straight is pretty important to our kids,â€ť Dock said.
Weather conditions were not conducive to the running, jumping and throwing that the high school athletes were doing.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls track team continued its winning ways, taking top honors at the Bishop Luers Invitational Saturday in Fort Wayne.
The Lady Eagles won a close meet over Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Norwell, which placed second.
Columbia City is now 11-0 on the season.
Columbia City scored 80.33 points, while the Lady Knights were close behind with 75.66.
Leo came in third, followed by New Haven, Wayne, Bishop Dwenger, Canterbury, Prairie Heights and Bishop Luers.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s freshmen continue to lead the Eaglesâ€™ golf team, as Tyler Green and Spencer Klimek took first and second place at the Northrop Invitational Saturday.
In a pool of six teams, Green and Klimek tied with Sebastian Eckert, of Huntington North, finishing their rounds in 80 strokes.
Green won the playoff, followed by Klimek.
In cold, damp weather, Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson was proud of the pair.
â€śIt was great to see them do so well in those conditions,â€ť Thompson said. â€śWe were awfully close to the team title.â€ť
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys track and field squad captured third in the team race at Bishop Luers Saturday.
The Eagles rolled up 79 team points. Leo won with a score of 110 and Norwell was second with 96.
Columbia City took first place in one relay and one individual event.
Mitchell Maloney grabbed first in the pole vault with a height of 10-6.
The distance medley relay team of Evan Harney, Austin Beachy, Andrew McFarland and Seth Kissinger came in first with a time of 12:36.96.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s JV softball squad earned a Saturday sweep over the visiting West Noble Lady Chargers.
The Lady Wildcats won the first contest 10-6.
West Noble decided to forfeit the second game, giving Whitko the 1-0 win and the sweep on the day.
Sophomore Adrianna Holst was the winning pitcher for Whitko in the first game.
The victory moves the Whitko JV squad to 3-0 on the year.
The Lady Wildcats are scheduled play today and Tuesday, weather permitting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Preserving history made for cold, wet work Saturday as individuals gathered at the Crooked Lake Nature Preserve to restore tombstones.
The Leaman Cemetery, tucked back in the woods along a hiking trail, had been overgrown and forgotten, until Gene Heckman, Thorncreek Township trustee, was told about the cemetery by his son, Dan.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department recently added three new reserve officers.
Jeremy Brice, Heath Fearnow and Anthony Kumfer have joined the force doubling the total reserve officers to six.
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said the three have completed their 40-hour, pre-basic training. Next will be field work.
â€śThey have a manual they have to go through. With training officers, investigations, crash reports and case reports all included,â€ť Longenbaugh said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A South Whitley woman was found dead in a pond in Cleveland Township Sunday morning.
Officials say Bonnie Knetter, a 74-year-old who lived in the apartments located at 7550 W. CR 500 S, was discovered in a pond near her home by her family.
According to Indiana conservation officers, Knetterâ€™s relatives came to check on her at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday, but couldnâ€™t find her in her home.
The family searched the vicinity and found her in the pond a few hundred feet from her home, officials say.
LARWILL â€” A Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s detective was arrested Saturday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Chuck Vogely, 60, was booked into the Whitley County Jail Saturday at 5:35 p.m.
According to police scanner traffic, Whitley County received a call from Kosciusko County on a possible intoxicated driver, headed eastbound on U.S. 30.
Vogely was stopped in the Larwill area by a Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s deputy.
He was arrested and booked by the Indiana State Police.