February 21st, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety hired Columbus, Ohio-based Burgess & Niple, Inc. to monitor ground water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site located in the city.
The federal government intervened decades ago when it learned that millions of gallons of oil-related waste were dumped on the 35-acre site of Wayne Waste Oil, a division of Wayne Reclamation and Recycling, Inc.
â€śWeâ€™re responsible for the monitoring of the cleanup,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two members of Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s debate team won first place at the Northeast Indiana District Debate Tournament at Concord High School in Elkhart recently.
Austin Andreas and Dakota Wappes, both seniors, will attend the national debate tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13-18.
The alternate team from CCHS for the national tournament consists of seniors May Cheng and Linda Hershman.
A week after qualifying for the national tournament, Andreas won the Bob Brittain Mental Attitude Award for Debate at the Indiana State Debate Tournament.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The College Success Coalition met for the first time Friday at the Peabody Public Library.
Representatives of many types of businesses and schools were present, including the YMCA, University of St. Francis, Whitley County Foundation, Lake City Bank, Indian Springs Middle School, Star Financial Bank, Smith-Green Schools, Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne; Ivy Tech, and the Peabody Public Library.
WARSAW — Heading into Saturday’s boys’ swimming finals at Warsaw, Columbia City had high hopes with the top six seeds in several events.
By the end of the day, the Eagles were dealt a narrow miss for the state finals.
“It was a great season and our boys did extremely well,” Columbia City head coach Phil Stanczak said. “We came close in a couple of events to going to state individually but came up just a bit short.”
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the arrival of warmer weather, work has accelerated on a pair of lift stations in Columbia City which are replacing structures more than a half-century old.
â€śThese old lift stations were installed in 1959,â€ť said Mike Cook, Superintendent of Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility.
According to Cook, the old lift stations were located more than 30 feet underground, but new technology will enable the new structures to be barely 11 feet under the surface.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The narrow corridor of Columbia Cityâ€™s CC Deli was standing room only Saturday morning as anxious teachers and educators inundated local state lawmakers with hard questions about the direction education funding is heading in Indianapolis.
â€śIt hurts my heart when our governor says weâ€™re in it for the money,â€ť said an impassioned Cheryl Stalter, Northern Heights kindergarten teacher.
â€śI know that God gave me the talent to teach and I want you guys to know that we do it because we love these children or we wouldnâ€™t walk into that school every day.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO — Despite a 65-59 loss at Churubusco Saturday night, Whitko junior Logan Irwin stood on top of the record books in boys' basketball. Needing 25 points coming into the night to overtake Steve Nicodemus for all-time points leader at Whitko, Irwin dropped 26 points on ’Busco. Irwin clinched the all-time spot with a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to total 1,475 points.
CHURUBUSCO — A busy and wild week of Indiana high school boys’ basketball finished with a upset within the Whitley County lines Saturday night.
Coming off a loss at Fort Wayne Wayne Friday, the class 3A No. 2 Wildcats suffered their first consecutive losses of the season at the hands of the Eagles 65-59.
The Churubusco boys' basketball team traveled to Fairfield Friday night and pulled out an overtime victory over Fairfield 38-35. The win keeps the Eagles one game back of North East Corner Conference leader Westview who suffered a non-conference loss in overtime to Wawasee 61-54. The Warriors are 9-0 while ’Busco's 8-1 record had its only loss come to Westview. Both teams have one conference game remaining. Westview hosts Fremont (11-7, 4-4) Tuesday. Churubusco ends its season at home against Eastside (3-14, 3-5) Friday.
FORT WAYNE — A familiar face rejoined the Wildcat sideline earlier than expected Friday night.
Three weeks to the day since he left the hardwood for chemotherapy treatment, Whitko boys’ basketball head coach Rob Irwin was on the bench for the No. 2 Wildcats’ road game at Fort Wayne Wayne.
In late January, Irwin was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. After a receiving intense treatment over a seven-day period, Irwin set out a goal to be back by the sectional round in the first week of March.