March 16th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY — Coming out as a freshman, Columbia City’s J.T. Biggs wasn’t on the radar for college athletics.
He’ll be the first to admit it.
“My freshman year I wasn’t the greatest at all by any means,” Biggs said. “I was playing at the bottom of the barrel.”
By his senior season, Biggs had changed that helping No. 1 doubles go 7-0 in the Northeast Hoosier Conference and finding a spot at the collegiate level.
Five boys and five girls from the Churubusco track and field team will compete at the indoor state finals Saturday on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette. Front row, from left: Danielle Pippenger (long jump), Peyton Summers (55-meter dash), Heather Monk (shot put), Katie Monk (shot put), Erika Lehner (shot put). Back row: Jeremy Forker (800-meter relay), Alex Zolman (800 relay, long jump), Zack Armstead (800 relay, pole vault), Austin McClure (shot put), Kyle Mathewson (800 relay, long jump, 55-meter dash).
Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three men with a broad range of knowledge regarding wind energy have been invited to speak at a information session March 23.
Chad Martin, a renewable energy extension specialist at Purdue University; Todd Samuelson, a CPA with H.J. Umbaugh and Associates and Travis Murphy, a business development manager for renewable energy will share their perspectives during a community discussion about wind energy.
The community discussion is planned for 6 p.m. March 23 at Indian Springs Middle School. It is free and open to the public.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a day like any other in the classroom. Students talking and laughing, studying and dreaming about the future.
But a darkness that had begun years earlier broke in on the scene and lives ended too soon, dreams never to be realized.
Columbine High School.
The first student killed that day, April 20, 1999, was Rachel Scott. The shooters were allegedly victims of bullying for years and had taken their revenge in a random shooting spree at their high school.
Close to home
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dining by candlelight has always been associated with romance, or maybe a power outage, but eating a meal in the total darkness, as a totally blind person would, is a different experience entirely.
And for a reporter, who relies on sight for taking notes, and for observing events, not to mention getting just the right picture, reporting with a blindfold on seemed a daunting task.
The program, a benefit for the Lakota Chapter American Council of the Blind of Indiana and the Tri-Lakes Lions Club, occurred Sunday evening at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center.
LaVera M. Utter, 96, of Mentone, formerly of Athens, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at her residence.
Born June 12, 1914 in Fulton County, she was a daughter of Russel and Arlean (Morris) Walters. She married Wilbert R. Utter Sept. 3, 1933 in Rochester. He preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2004.
She was a homemaker, traditional farmerâ€™s wife and had been a cook at the Colonial Hotel and several other places around the Rochester area. She had also worked at Hart Schaffner and Marx in Rochester.
Russell L. Blaugh, 89, of Churubusco, passed away at 11:08 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born Oct. 11, 1921 in Huntington County, he was a son of Roy and Eugenia (Shearer) Blaugh.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Department of Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security is gearing up this week for a pair of weather-related events.
According to department director Cathy Broxon-Ball, this week is not only Severe Weather Awareness Week, but also Flood Safety Awareness week.
In conjunction with the five-day event, Broxon-Ball said her department would be testing the countyâ€™s emergency sirens on Wednesday in the morning and again at 7 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Some degree of ambiguity surrounds business thatâ€™s on the agenda for the Whitley County Plan Commission tonight.
The panel meets a day earlier than usual due to scheduling conflicts.
Atop the agenda will be a public hearing for the countyâ€™s new comprehensive plan, Draft D.
According to Dave Sewell, executive director of the Whitley County Building and Planning Department, the commission could vote tonight to approve the plan, barring any major obstacles.
He added, though, that official ratification would be done by the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.