January 7th, 2013
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Eight people turned out to interview for the two open school board seats for Smith-Green Community Schools Wednesday.
Gary Smith, who was originally elected to serve on the school board, resigned his position leaving two seats to be filled. President Kathy Petrie read Gary Smith‚Äôs letter of resignation to the assembly.
‚ÄúDue to unforeseen circumstances, I will be unable to perform my duties as a school board member,‚ÄĚ Smith wrote. ‚ÄúI want you all to know I really was excited to serve and be a part of Smith-Green‚Äôs success.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ There were no homicides in Whitley County for the year 2012. There were also no homicides in the county in 2011. However, there were three in a 13-month period between 2009 and 2010.
‚ÄúWe averaged one per year, and that is out of the ordinary for Whitley County‚ÄĚ Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said. ‚ÄúNormally we don‚Äôt have any.‚ÄĚ
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ As has been the case since its inception, Saturday‚Äôs Northeast Hoosier Conference Swimming and Diving Meet was dominated by perennial powers Homestead and Carroll, but the Columbia City boys‚Äô team worked its way into a tie for fourth in the team standings and the Lady Eagles took sixth at the Homestead pool.
ROCHESTER ‚ÄĒ Whitko girls basketball team played a hard-fought game in Rochester Saturday night that came down to the final seconds to decide. It was a battle of two evenly matched teams, as neither squad led by more than seven points at any point in the game.
From opening tip off to the final buzzer, the Lady Wildcats had to contend with a ferocious defensive effort by Rochester, falling 53-51 to their Three Rivers Conference foes. The staunch defense disrupted Whitko‚Äôs timing and caused numerous turnovers ‚ÄĒ particularly in the first half.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball team picked up its second win in a row and first Northeast Hoosier Conference game of the season Saturday night.
The Lady Eagles hosted and defeated Bellmont‚Äôs Lady Squaws to get their fourth win of the season.Columbia City‚Äôs staunch defense held the Lady Squaws to one field goal in the first quarter en route to a 45-34 win.
Guards Macie Hinen and Aubrey Wright combined for seven steals and six assists. Emily Whiteleather and Hinen led the boards with seven rebounds apiece.
The Fire and Ice Festival, traditionally held on the Whitley County Courthouse Square, has been cancelled for 2013.
Both the Columbia City Chamber of Commerce and the mayor‚Äôs office confirmed the cancellation. Financial reasons were cited as the reason for cancellation, although an official statement has not been released. ‚ÄúWe are disappointed, but I support the Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs decision‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. ‚ÄúWe would like to see a winter festival planned for Columbia City to bring people downtown, but that probably won‚Äôt happen for this year.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, the second-youngest mayor in Indiana, completed his first year in office in 2012, and, in a recent interview, highlighted what he felt were some of the bright spots of his inaugural 12 months in office.
The largest accomplishment for the city, in the mayor‚Äôs estimation, was the completion of Phase 2a of the long-term control plan and, just as importantly, receiving a two-year extension on the need to complete Phase 2b.
Mary Lee Campbell, 79, formerly of Columbia City, died at 1:58 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. She was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Kent City, Mich. a daughter of Harry B. and Leona May (Riddle) Kelly. She graduated from Kent City High School.
Dorothy Ann Day, 79, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:13 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at IU Health Arnett Hospital, Lafayette.
Born July 26, 1933, in Boston, she was the daughter of Joseph J. and Catherine (Gately) Lynch.
A former resident of Boston and Amite, La., she moved to Whitley County in 1984.
She graduated from Mission Church High School with the Class of 1950 and attended Boston University for two years.
Esther L. Steinman, 95, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
Born in Berne, Esther was a Nurses Aide at Fort Wayne‚Äôs Veteran‚Äôs Hospital and worked at AAA Auction.
She attended Trinity Evangelical Church. Surviving relatives include her daughter, Sharon (Max) Goldwood of Columbia City; son, Don (Karen) Stevens of Fort Wayne; sister, Shirley Burke of Colorado; stepsons, Barry, Allen and Ron Steinman; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.