October 15th, 2012
LIGONIER â€” Local cross country runners competed in the West Noble Regional Saturday in Ligonier.
While 15 Whitley County harriers entered the regional, only one is advancing to next weekâ€™s semi-state meet at New Haven â€”Â Columbia City junior Samantha Roush.
Roush placed third in the girls race with a season-best time, 18:52.81.
Roush suffered a preseason injury, and Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said sheâ€™s been improving with every meet.
â€śShe was very strong, very focused, very controlled ... very good,â€ť Fahl said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Absentee voters are coming out in full swing to cast their ballots for this yearâ€™s general election.
According to the Clerk of Circuit Court, Debbie Beers, absentee voters in this yearâ€™s primary totaled only 487 voters, but with absentee voting open as of this week, the general election number is already close as it continues to climb daily.
â€śSo far this week, we have had 300 voters in the first three days,â€ť said Beers. â€śWhen the voters come out to vote, all the preparation and hard work put into running the election is truly worth it.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football seniors ended their final regular-season game with more than a Northeast Corner Conference title Friday night.
The Eagles topped (formerly) undefeated Lakeland 38-16 to win their fourth and final conference championship of their careers.
Despite taking on the only team withouth a loss in the NECC, Churubuscoâ€™s seniors modeled their familiarity as the conferenceâ€™s top dogs, holding the lead for nearly the entire game.
â€śWe knew it was going to be a big game and we were excited for the challenge,â€ť Churubusco stand-out senior Jason Nicodemus said.
OSSIAN â€” Friday night the Columbia City Eagle football squad wrapped up its regular season with a trip to Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Norwell.
A review of the game reads like the mixed coverage of a movie blockbuster ... â€śA bang-up start, with a satisfying ending, but a little slow in the middle,â€ť as the Eagles used big plays early and late to post a 26-6 win over the host Knights.
The Eagles started the game with a bang, executing a pop-up onside kick by Jose Perez that was recovered by Columbia Cityâ€™s Wayne Smith on the Norwell 38-yard line.
AKRON â€” Whitko closed out the regular season with a loss to the top team in the Three Rivers Conference, Tippecanoe Valley, Friday in Akron.
The Vikings won a decisive 55-14 over the Wildcats, who are now preparing for the opening round of sectionals next week, as Whitko hosts the Garrett Railroaders.
Tippy Valley came out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. Whitkoâ€™s touchdown came with 3:17 to go in the quarter with a 2-yard run by Tanner Hughes. Hughes led Whitko in rushing with 51 yards on 14 carries.
Roy S. Greener, 88, a resident of rural Fort Wayne and widely acquainted Lake Township farmer, passed away at 3:14 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Greener was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Lake Township, a son of Otto and Anna (McCormick) Greener, and was a lifelong resident of rural Allen County where he was engaged in farming all his life.
He was a member of St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church-Lake Twp. and Harmony Lodge 19 IOOF in Fort Wayne
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Saturday will mark the end for sidewalk vegetable sales. The Whitley County Farmerâ€™s Market will hold its last sale day Saturday.
Market Master Chris Lilly said, â€ś2012 has been an outstanding season. I would like to personally thank everyone who came down to the Whitley County Farmerâ€™s Market. We are already planning for 2013.â€ť
Just because the frost has met up with the pumpkin does not mean all produce sales are over. In fact, pumpkins are among the many items still for sale at the market, including squash, fall decorations and homemade products.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s brightly-lit vending machines no longer dispense colas, but flavored waters and juice drinks.
That was a change made by school officials to promote a healthier choice for students some five years ago. But now, healthier options are being served at lunch.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) conformed to a healthy initiative put in place by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Police Department provided vital information to seniors during a presentation called â€śScamsâ€ť on Wednesday.
The presentation, held at Woodlands Senior Center on Opportunity Drive, covered ways to protect personal identification, personal finances as well as how to spot various methods used to lure people into giving away that vital information. Food and drinks were provided as well as musical entertainment from Keyboard Artist Floyd â€śJoeâ€ť Thomas.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council moved the Parking Ordinance to second reading at its meeting Tuesday.
Councilman Bill Simpson outlined the changes made to the ordinance.
â€śThe first change establishes the parking places in front of the sheriffâ€™s department for police vehicles, even though thatâ€™s always been in existence,â€ť said Simpson. â€śIt also establishes all of the ones we have out front of the building of City Hall.â€ť
According to Simpson, the other big change is taking the parking fine from $5 to $10.