March 29th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Columbia City Board of Works and Public Safety heard bids on the city‚Äôs solid waste collection Tuesday.
The city received bids from five companies. The board took the bids under advisement and said a decision will be made at a later date.
In other business the board of works approved the purchase of $39,815.45 in GIS mapping software equipment.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ It was the same results at a different place in this season‚Äôs Whitley County track meet.
As it ended in 2012, Columbia City‚Äôs girls and Churubusco‚Äôs boys track teams led the county.
Whitko hosted the rivalry event and placed second in both the girls and boys meets.
The competition was the first outdoor meet for all three schools, who have hardly had the opportunity to practice outside due to cold, snowy conditions.
Polar opposite from last season, which saw temperatures as high as the 80s in March.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs JV baseball team scored a victory over West Noble Thursday.
The Wildcats beat the Chargers 6-2. Sophomore Tanner Hughes was the winning pitcher for Whitko, allowing just one run and striking out nine in four innings. Riley Anderson went the rest of the way for the Wildcats, allowing just one run as well.
CHURUBUSCO ‚Äď A four-run first inning was all the Churubusco team needed to earn a win in its season opener.
The Eagles would go on to add four more runs throughout the game on their way to an 8-0 victory over Woodlan.
Brent Simmons was dominant on the mound for the Eagles. In six innings of shutout work, the junior allowed only one hit. Simmons also struck out 11 batters. Hayden Kilgore closed the game out for ‚ÄėBusco on the mound with a perfect seventh inning.
Area Easter services
‚ÄúThe Passion and Crucifixion: A Physician‚Äôs Perspective‚ÄĚ is the title of the church‚Äôs community Good Friday serviceat 7 p.m. Dr. Dave Johnson will offer a presentation on the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ. Johnson combines scriptural teachings with historical writings, archeological evidence and medical research. All are invited. There is no cost. The offering will be given to the community transient needs fund.
Columbia City UM
INDIANAPOLIS ‚Äď Fort Wayne physician, Dr. William Hedrick, was told he could continue with his medical practice while on probation, according to area media.
Indiana Medical Licensing Board placed him on probation for two years after finding three violations related to his pain clinic practice.
The group said he breached standard of care in at least one case, failed in properly supervising his employees, and overused steroid injections in the spine.
The board cleared Hedrick of three other counts.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A throwback to a different era will be marking its conclusion Saturday.
Hammond Oil, located in Columbia City on North Line Street, will be closing its doors Saturday, March 30. What makes Hammond Oil unique is that it is a full-service gas station. This distinct offering will be missed by many in the community.
‚ÄúPeople are asking me, ‚Äėwhat are we going to do?,‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Randy Wood, assistant manager.
Wood said there are many handicapped individuals who regularly frequent the business. There are some elderly women who come to the station as well.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Board of Works and Public Safety unanimously approved the rain barrel program at Tuesday‚Äôs meeting.
Citizens may purchase rain barrels and have part of the cost refunded by the city as part of the rebate. Participation in the program meets one of the minimum control requirements.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Extension Office welcomed three new board members at its annual meeting Tuesday night.
Four members from the 12-member board were completing their term, including John Hilligoss, Meredith Hoffman, John Saggers and Doug Sheetz.
All but Sheetz declined being nominated for a new term. Joining Sheetz, following an election, were new board members Jeff Geiger, Sharon Hesting and Judy Kreider.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Churubusco man, who was accused of assisting his sons in manufacturing methamphetamine, was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Ed Greer, 59, was arrested in December and charged with aiding in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Greer previously pled guilty to aiding in manufacturing of meth, a Class B felony, and had 11 other counts dismissed as part of a plea agreement.