February 20th, 2013
Editorâs note: During the next few weeks, The Post & Mail will be highlighting several graduates from Whitley County who were once deemed âLeaders of Tomorrowâ in a 2007 special publication.
COLUMBIA CITY â Leading is not always done from a corner office. Sometimes the most influential leader acts out of a servantâs posture.
Jeremy Gipe, 24, of Columbia City, was once touted as a Leader of Tomorrow in 2007 for missions work in his church, in the community and even in other countries.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Commissioners discussed a road project at Mondayâs meeting.
Due to a high accident rate, it has been proposed to change the intersection of Liberty Mills Road in Allen County and CR 900 S. in Whitley County. The plan is to have Liberty Mills Road cross directly to CR 900 S. Now, drivers going west have to turn right followed by a left turn to get to CR 900 S., rather than going straight across.
CHURUBUSCO â Construction is expected to be completed July 26 on the Smith-Green Community Schools elementary, junior and senior high school buildings.
The current building project has been ongoing since September 2012.
While significant renovations continue to happen inside the school, one outdoor project yet to be done is replacing the schoolâs utility lines.
Large tile to be used in the project still sits in the elementary school playground.
INDIANAPOLIS â Indianaâs High School Athletic Association held its sectional draw Sunday.
Whitko and Churubusco play in the opening rounds, which are slated for Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Columbia City is scheduled to play its first game Feb. 27.
Whitkoâs sectional is being held at Norwell, and the Wildcats face Bellmont in the 7:30 p.m. game. Churubusco is traveling to South Adams to face Adams Central at 6 p.m.
Columbia City faces East Noble at Carroll at 6 p.m.
The Post & Mail will publish a Boys Sectional Preview tabloid, which is scheduled to be inserted this week.
COLUMBIA CITY â A legend in Columbia Cityâs boys basketball was present at the Eaglesâ game against Northrop Saturday.
Bill Schwarz, a 1960 graduate and CCHS basketballâs all-time leading scorer, traveled to the Donald S. Weeks gymnasium from his home in Chicago for Columbia Cityâs senior night.
The Eaglesâ senior night had special meaning, as two Columbia City players are the closest to Schwarzâs record that any hoopster has been since 1977.
FORT WAYNE â Former Columbia City High School bowler, Devin Arick, finished his sophomore season at Indiana Tech with high honors.
Indiana Techâs Warriors completed the year in second place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, and placed fourth in the WHAC Championship.
Arick was named to the WHAC Honorable Mention All-Conference Team.
He bowled in all four conference jamborees, averaging a 186.94 in 16 ga-mes. He ranked ninth in the conference.
Arickâs best finish was at the third competition, when he finished fourth with a 195.25 average.
CROWN POINT â Some Whitley County natives are preparing for the girls basketball semi-state game at Crown Point Saturday.
Wayne Kreiger, long time Columbia City girls head coach, and Darby Maggard, former Whitko Middle School hoopster, are looking to take Canterburyâs Lady Cavaliers to its fifth state title in the last six years.
Canterbury is currently 23-3 and faces 17-9 Lafayette Central Catholic. The Lady Cavs are slated to play at 1 p.m. at the Lake County school.
Also competing in semi-state play are Warsawâs girls, who are playing host to Fort Wayne South Side.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Two men were arrested for stealing from Steel Dynamics Incorporated after an investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Joel Lemmon.
Christopher Sines and Daniel Yarnell were booked in the Whitley County Jail after they were caught with stolen copper wiring.
Lemmon pulled over the pair at the intersection of Butt and Washington Center Roads, and found SDIâs copper wire, along with marijuana. Lemmon said the investigation is ongoing.
Both men are from Ohio and are currently charged with receiving stolen property.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ More than two million American children are homeschooled.
This number continues to rise as public school funding, education quality and safety cause concern for some parents.
Some families choose to homeschool for religious reasons. Homeschooling lets parents reinforce their personal values and beliefs in a school day environment.
âIt doesnât really take a village to raise a child,â said mother Charity Adair. âIt takes parents who are involved.â
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitley has a newly operational wastewater treatment plant.
Town council members were informed last week that as of Jan. 24, the project had reached a substantial completion status and is operational.
There are still some minor items to finish before the project is completed. Training on new equipment is underway and smaller items are being installed.
But the council was concerned with an entirely different pipe problem. A storm sewer pipe at 306 S. Main St. had collapsed, but the pipeâs failure seemed to originate with its installation.