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February 27th, 2013

NEW VEHICLES: Board of works approves purchases

February 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — New vehicles for the city were approved for purchase by the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.

The board approved the purchase of a Ford Escape for the electric department at $23,620.29; a new dump truck for the electric department at $34,069.21; a Ford F550 for the water department, which will be $36,679.46 and a new vehicle for the street department, which will cost $31,542. All costs include trade-in from previous vehicles where applicable.

DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH: Mayor makes proclamation

February 27, 2013

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (center) proclaimed March as Disability Awareness Month in the city of Columbia City. Tuesday, Daniel presented several members of Passages, Inc. with his official proclamation. From left, Katie Kinsey, Jonathan Morris, Jamie Horn, Mayor Daniel, Mike Parker, Nathaniel Boutelle and Connie Brockup.

Col. City sectional play begins tonight

February 27, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — Carroll High School is playing host to what many northeast Indiana basketball advocates are calling one of the toughest sectionals in northeast Indiana.

Sectional play began last night, as Northrop knocked the host Chargers out of the state tournament by a 58-46 score.

Columbia City plays its opening round tonight, taking on a struggling, 2-20, East Noble squad.

Though the Eagles may have a nearly effortless win tonight, considering their 76-35 domination of the Knights in regular-season play, Columbia City has had two strong wins coming into sectional action.

17-0 rally sends ’Cats to round 2

February 27, 2013

OSSIAN — It was a tale of two halves at Norwell’s opening-round sectional game between Whitko and Bellmont Tuesday night.

The Wildcats opened up the first half scoring a slim four points, but tore the game open in the final two quarters, multiplying their score by more than 10 and topping the Braves, 41-35.

“We came out and played with a sense of urgency,” Whitko head coach Scott Wessel said. “At halftime, I just told them to go out and play hard.”

Churubusco’s season ends, 54-33

February 27, 2013

BERNE — Churubusco’s boys basketball team took the 100-mile round-trip drive to South Adams High School Tuesday for the opening round of the Starfire-hosted sectional.

The Eagles faced a competitive Adams Central team, falling 54-33.

The Flying Jets jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter, with Churubusco’s lone bucket coming from Corey Sarrazin.

The second quarter was a different story for the Eagles, as ’Busco outscored Adams Central 14-12, led by Brent Simmons with eight points.

C. Betty Lawson, 81

February 27, 2013

C. Betty Lawson, 81, of Albion, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Community Hospital, Anderson, after a brief illness.
Born on June 19, 1931, in Jamestown, Tenn., she was the daughter of Henry and Hattie (Bilbrey) Moore .
As a small child she moved from Tennessee and spent her lifetime in Anderson until moving to Big Lake in 1977.
She was married July 16, 1948, to David R. Lawson, Sr. She retired from Wolf Lake Products in 2003 after 25 years of service in production.

Jane Stump, 97

February 27, 2013

Jane G. Stump, 97, a former resident of South Whitley, died early Monday Feb. 25, 2013, in the Richland Bean Blossom Healthcare Center, Ellettsville.
She was born Oct. 1, 1915, in Chicago, a daughter of C. Vance and Blanche Sines Green.
At the age of three, her family moved to South Whitley where she spent her formative years. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1933 and Manchester College in 1936. After receiving her teaching degree, she taught for three years in the Larwill grade school.

February 26th

Boys sectionals begin today

February 26, 2013

Indiana boys basketball teams begin sectionals this week.

Two Whitley County schools start tournament play tonight, including Whitko’s Alex Stoddard (above).

The Wildcats travel to Norwell to take on Bellmont, and Churubusco faces Adams Central at South Adams tonight.

Columbia City’s sectional opener is at Carroll against East Noble.

PROBLEMS ON THE HORIZON: Jail near capacity

February 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — They have to go somewhere.

This is a problem currently facing the Whitley County Jail. As the facility nears the maximum of its inmate population, there is the problem of where offenders would go if the numbers exceeded capacity.

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said it is a problem that he and his corrections department soon may encounter.

As of Thursday, the jail had 140 inmates with 150 beds, but, as the sheriff explained, the calculations aren’t that simple.

“On paper, you have 150 beds and 140 inmates, but the math does not work that way,” he said.

REPRESENTATIVES REPRESENTING: Officials amplify voice of farmers

February 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Tucked away in the northeast corner of the state, Whitley County residents may wonder if state lawmakers remember that rural areas need representation.

Indiana Representatives Kathy Heuer and David Ober joined Indiana Senator Jim Banks at a breakfast Saturday held at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Structured to give residents a chance to discuss concerns with their elected officials, the event allowed attendees to ask questions pertaining to agriculture legislation.

One common concern was the power of Whitley County’s voice at the state and national level.

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