March 1st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Registration for youth baseball in Columbia City ends Saturday. Softballâ€™s deadline will be in two weeks, on March 16.
The age groups are 4 to 14. There will be a registration time at the pavilion at Morsches Park Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m.
Players are able to be registered for either sport at those times.
Columbia City Park Director Mark Green said people may still register after those dates, but there is a late fee.
â€śI donâ€™t like charging late fees,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School's wrestling team battled against Woodside Thursday night.
The Eagles came out triumphant with a lopsided score of 76-8.
Winners for Indian Springs were: AJ Chapin, Braden Baker, Joe Willson, Jacob Wigent, Dylan McClure, Drew Rethlake, Hunter Reed, Matthew Wright, Seth Rosen, Jacob Morse, Jacob Whitehead, Jacob Elkins and Weston Ottenger.
The team is currently 19-2.
Also picking up victories for ISMS were Brenden Schaper, Jon Oâ€™Dell, Tyler Hare, Karson Rider, Trevor Fries, Josh Piquignot and Mydrae Brown.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s 7th grade Lady Stars ended their season with a 35-13 loss to Lincoln in the first round of the conference tournament Thursday.
Hannah Behm led Indian Springs against Lincoln with a total of seven points.
Shayla Harris chipped in an additional four points and Emilee Smith had two.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man accused of stealing from a local church had his initial court appearance Monday.
Cody Miller, 21, was accused of burglary and theft after he allegedly stole priceless artifacts from Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City.
A church relic, a gold metal container and a set of brass keys, along with a small amount of money and checks were taken from the church.
The relic, a metal cross containing a small bone fragment of Saint Paul of the Cross, had been broke open to determine its value for scrap, police said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Fort Wayne has been dealing with an abundance of bank robberies, Whitley County has stayed under the radar â€” for the most part.
Police received a call Tuesday morning of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a bank in South Whitley.
According to police scanner traffic, bank employees may have seen a man wearing a ski mask parked outside of the bank.
According to the scanner, the vehicle took off before police arrived, and traveled southbound out of town.
Police in the area have been paying special attention to banks and credit unions.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Some ideas are finding their way to fruition in South Whitley.
After several brainstorming sessions, Whitley on The Move (WOTM) formed a handful of committees to take community suggestions and begin working on action plans to bring those ideas to life.
Now, two committees have the opportunity to move out of the brainstorming stage and into a planning progression.
Julia Robinson, WOTMâ€™s organizer, gave town council members an update at Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed his first piece of legislation since taking office.
The bill prevents an estimated $57 million property tax increase on Hoosier farmers by delaying the use of new soil productivity factors in farmland assessment.
Legislators want the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and the Purdue University College of Agriculture to complete a study on the process.
Indiana Representative Kathy Heuer was in Columbia City Saturday to convey the importance of this bill to local farmers.
HUNTERTOWN â€” "You never know what's going to happen in game one," Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said after the Eagles' sectional opener against a struggling East Noble team.
There were no surprises at Carroll Wednesday night, as Columbia City took a lopsided 74-28 win over the Knights.
"Everybody had to come out ready to go," Benedict said. "I'm really happy with the way our guys came out defensively, it put us in control of the game from the get-go."
The Eagles held East Noble to only one basket, a 3-pointer, in the first eight minutes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The IHSAA has released its enrollment figures that will determine sports classification for the next two years.
2013-14 and 2014-15 are the schools years covered by the new figures.
Official reclassification has not occurred yet. Sectional assignments for the sports affected by the enrollment numbers (football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer) will happen in April and will receive final approval April 29.
While the assignments are not official, a glance at the enrollment numbers could indicate changes for some area schools.