March 7th, 2011
LAUD â€” Fire investigators were on the scene this morning of a house fire that destroyed a two-story home in southern Whitley County.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, a call came in at 7:36 p.m. Sunday night reporting a fire at the residence owned by Leland P. Harrington, 1696 East County Road 800 South.
Washington Township firefighters were dispatched. According to Washington Township Fire Chief Jeremy Hammel, the house was a total loss.
Hammel said the Whitley County Fire Investigation Team was dispatched this morning to investigate the cause of the fire.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An alert Columbia City policeman located a truck stolen from the front of a city residence last week.
According to Columbia City Police Department Capt. Brian Anspach, Patrolman Jeff Chapman spotted the black 1999 Dodge pickup reported stolen Thursday from a residence on Holden Road.
Anspach said Chapman was patrolling in the area of Elm and Harrison streets around 4 a.m. Saturday when he saw the vehicle and called in the license plate number for confirmation.
COLUMBIA CITY — After 5,308 passing yards and nearly every conceivable throwing record at Columbia City High School, senior quarterback Logan Rehrer as he says in his own words “ready to take it to the next level.”
Friday, the Eagles all-time passing leader announced he’s taking his talents to Indiana State University.
Rehrer joins the Division I Sycamores of the Missouri Valley Conference as a preferred walk-on.
SYRACUSE — Embroiled in their first sectional title game in five years against a Wawasee team that has had their number over the past several seasons, the Columbia City Eagles dealt out the losing to the Warriors after facing a 12-point first quarter deficit to take a nine-point lead of their own.
With the game coming down to a single possession, the Eagles needed a defensive rebound on a missed Wawasee free throw to claim the class 3A Wawasee sectional title 67-66 over the host Warriors.
GARRETT — With 3:49 left and a 32-31 lead in Saturday night’s class 2A sectional championship at Garrett, Churubusco boys’ basketball was on the verge of doing something no other team in school history had done.
However, offensive woes in the second half, where the Eagles shot 3-for-15 and scored just 11 points, helped Prairie Heights rally to deny ’Busco its first title 38-36.
SYRACUSE — When Columbia City and Whitko square off, no matter what the sport, it is always and intense affair. Friday night’s Class 3A sectional semifinal at Wawasee was no different.
The game came down to the long and the short of things, as Columbia City’s ability to hit the long range shot and Whitko’s difficulties at the free throw line propelled the Eagles to a 57-47 win.
GARRETT — It’s happened only five other times in Churubusco boys’ basketball history with each suffering the same losing effort.
With the help of a 50-32 sectional semifinal win at Garrett over the Railroaders Friday night, the Eagles sixth trip to a sectional championship game has a chance to be a first in the school’s history.
’Busco will go for its first title ever against a familiar North East Corner Conference foe it’s both lost and beaten this season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While public schools are generally not held up as creators of haute cuisine, when it comes to competition, they move to the head of the class.
All three county public schools are going head to head â€” in chef hats â€” with the cafeteria staff at Parkview Whitley Hospital, to see who can make the tastiest meal, according to a persnickety public.
And all for a good cause.
Jeff Wike, director of The Center for Whitley County Youth is excited this year as he is planning for The Benefit Cookoff. In its fourth year, Wike says the event grows by another 50 people each year.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska â€” Four men who carved ice sculptures at the recent Fire & Ice Festival in Columbia City have traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska for the 2011 BP World Art Ice Art Championship.
â€śThis annual event has been held since 1988, when the tradition of ice sculpture, a feature of the Fairbanks Winter Carnival celebrations held during the 1930s, was revived,â€ť said event publicity chairman, Don Callahan in a press release. â€śThe event is run almost exclusively by volunteers, of whom some have traveled from as far away as Australia.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Through concerted efforts between Columbia Cityâ€™s electric utility and the stateâ€™s municipal power supplier, area officials are hoping to burn a few less lumps of coal.
During the regular session of Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety Friday, Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone announced a statewide program designed to â€średuce energy use and save money.â€ť
Whetstone said the program is available to commercial and industrial customers of municipal utilities who are members of the Indiana Municipal Power Agency.