August 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While winning games are always the goal, Columbia City‚Äôs girls volleyball team has another priority ‚ÄĒ the classroom.
Every junior and senior on the Lady Eagles‚Äô squad is a member of the CCHS National Honor Society. Last season, the girls volleyball squad had one of the top grade-point averages in the school.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre very well-rounded girls,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Trish Hinen said.
Even during the busy fall season with late nights and practices, Hinen said the girls‚Äô grades hardly waiver.
‚ÄúWe do grade checks every Friday,‚ÄĚ Hinen said.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ The result from the opening night performance was not what Head Coach Gary Sims had in mind.
At home to kick off their 2013 soccer campaign, the Whitko Lady Wildcats fell behind early and never recovered as the Cougars from Central Noble came away with a 7-3 win.
Following the contest, Sims was having a difficult time putting into words his disappointment.
‚ÄúWe are way better than this,‚ÄĚ Sims said. ‚ÄúTonight, we ran a lot, but we didn‚Äôt play soccer.‚ÄĚ
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs volleyball team rallied in game four to down visiting Garrett for its first win of the season Thursday.
The Lady Eagles (1-1), took the lead, 2-0. Victory was in sight in game three, with ‚ÄėBusco holding a 24-21 advantage.
Garrett then came back, running off five consecutive points to steal game 3, 26-24.
Not wanting the same trend to repeat in game four, Churubusco served aggressively, taking an 8-1 edge and not relinquishing the lead for the remainder of the match.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys soccer team held its perfect record after topping county-rival Whitko Thursday night, 2-0.
In a slow start to the Eagles‚Äô home opener, Columbia City picked up its first goal with less than two minutes left of the 40-minute first half.
Offensive stand-out Drake Dewitt knocked the ball past Whitko goalkeeper Jacob Helton to take a 1-0 lead.
Dewitt had a hat-trick performance in the Eagles‚Äô season opener at Central Noble Tuesday, when Columbia City won 3-2.
Columbia City High School‚Äôs marching band had a performance for friends and family Wednesday night on the school‚Äôs football field.
The band will perform at halftime of Columbia City‚Äôs first home football game, next Friday night against county-rival Whitko.
The Marching Eagles are directed by Helen Hockemeyer.
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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Registration remains open for those students looking to attend T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative eduction program.
Although the school accepts students throughout the 2013-14 year, the deadline to apply for the School Choice Scholarship is Monday.
Nikki Trier, T.R.O.Y. Center‚Äôs administrator, said the scholarship could possibly cover the complete tuition fee of approximately $5,000.
However, parents need to be in touch with T.R.O.Y. Center as soon as possible in order to register by the scholarship deadline.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Redevelopment Commission (RDC) met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of changing the boundaries of the downtown area‚Äôs Tax Increment Funding (TIF) District.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre making sure properties that are legally supposed to be in there are there, and the ones that aren‚Äôt are taken out,‚ÄĚ said Kevin Snell of Columbia City‚Äôs RDC.
Snell said when the TIF District was adopted in 1993, some properties were put in the area in error.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl received a five-year prison sentence Monday.
Bradley Kincaid, 21, will serve three of his five years in the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and have the remaining two suspended.
Kincaid‚Äôs attorney, Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, said his client should receive a short sentence because of his admission of guilt early and remorse over his crime.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs maintained consistent employment, and has no relevant criminal history,‚ÄĚ Voelz said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The 2014 budget for Whitley County Consolidated Schools is under review by the Board of Trustees.
WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf released the proposal to the school board at Monday‚Äôs meeting.
‚ÄúWe encourage each of you to meet with the superintendent and myself with any questions you have about the budget,‚ÄĚ Zickgraf said.
Zickgraf and his staff put several months into the budget project, which will be open to public discussion at the Sept. 3 board meeting.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A Columbia City woman received an eight-year sentence for a crime her own attorney referred to as ‚Äústupid.‚ÄĚ
Krystal Thornsbearry was ordered to serve four years of her eight-year sentence at the Whitley County Jail for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
Thornsbearry‚Äôs attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client had several positive traits to offer society.
‚ÄúKrstyal has no drug history and has a good employment history,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúShe said this was the dumbest thing she‚Äôs ever done. I agree, it was dumb.‚ÄĚ