September 7th, 2012
NORTH MANCHESTER ‚ÄĒ Friday night was a soaking, muddy scuffle for Whitko‚Äôs football team as it fought hard against the Manchester Squires, falling just short of a victory with a final score of 13-10.
It was a somber moment, as the clock ran out and the boys sat in their half crescent around Head Coach Swender. ‚ÄúBoys,‚ÄĚ he said, ‚Äúwe have two choices: We can go down, or come Monday, we can go back up.‚ÄĚ
Next week, the Wildcats take on the Wabash Apaches in their homecoming game.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The rain came early in Friday night‚Äôs Columbia City home football game against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Homestead, and with them came a flood of Eagle offensive woes.
With leading rusher Adam Neely on the sidelines in a cast, the Eagles were victimized for seven interceptions and had extreme difficulty finishing drives against the Spartans. The end result was a 41-6 loss for the Eagles.
On a wet night, Columbia City finished the contest with eight turnovers, and it was the first of those turnovers that helped give the Spartans the early lead.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The second forum regarding the future of Burnworth Memorial Pool will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. Ind. 205 in Columbia City.
Concerns about the condition of the pool prompted the first forum, held Aug. 22, where members of the community who attended the meeting shared opinions to members of the city‚Äôs park board as well as Mayor Ryan Daniel.
With pool attendance slowly dwindling, the public discussed the pros and cons of several different options, keeping aquatics at the center point for the future of the city.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Art of all kinds will be displayed on the courthouse lawn Saturday. The 11th Annual Juried Whitley County Autumn Art Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.
The local Boy Scouts Troop #94 will start the morning off with an opening celebration. The rest of the day will feature other local acts performing under the gazebo and around the courthouse.
For the art lover, an array of juried artists will sell their wares. Items to be displayed include everything from woodworking, pottery and gourd art to jewelry, metal work and photography.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Council approved $22,911 for an electric light project at Columbia City‚Äôs courthouse and annex building at its meeting Wednesday.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs something we‚Äôre going to have to do soon,‚ÄĚ said Mark Sturtevant with the courthouse‚Äôs maintenance department.
‚ÄúThe only advantage of trying to do it yet this year is to get the rebates.‚ÄĚ
Sturtevant said if the council did not move the project forward now, it would have to take place the next year, and the rebates would no longer be offered.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll be forced to do it then,‚ÄĚ said Sturtevant.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Lady Eagle volleyball team came into Thursday night‚Äôs home contest looking for a win against a quality Huntington North team.
It took come-from-behind extra-point wins in two games to take a 3-1 win over the visiting Lady Vikings.
Mary Lou Huntley, 58, formerly of Albion, died at 12:11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Kosciusko Community Hospital.
She was born March 9, 1954, at Luckey Hospital, Wolf Lake a daughter of Thomas A. and Wilma B. (Cox) Ott.
She is survived by a son and four grandchildren.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Final Expenses c/o Smith and Sons Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Dan L. Bowman, 56, of Ft. Wayne, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
Mr. Bowman was raised in Columbia City and was the owner of A&W Auto Connection.
He enjoyed golfing and watching sports. ‚ÄúHis laughter and jokes will never be forgotten.‚ÄĚ
Surviving relatives include his wife, Kristin DeVittorio; daughter, Cassandra Marie Bowman of Chicago, Ill.; parents, Pat and Dean Bowman of Columbia City; sister, Penny Wright and his four-legged children, Simon and Sadie.
Patricia A. Howard, 79, formerly of Tri Lakes, died at 3:10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Renaissance Village, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident for the past 3 ¬Ĺ years.
She was born Feb. 5, 1933, in Speedway, a daughter of K. Harold and Mary P. (Phillips) Johnson. As a child, the family moved to South Whitley. She graduated from South Whitley High School.
On Aug. 18, 1951, she was united in marriage to Richard F. ‚ÄúPete‚ÄĚ Howard. With the exception of one year in Syracuse, they made their home in South Whitley until 1983 when they moved to Tri Lakes. Mr. Howard died Feb. 8, 2009.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the last month, fraud has become a prevalent topic in the area.
According to Columbia City Police Det. Chip Stephenson, several people in the area have fallen victim to a malicious computer virus.
‚ÄúI talked to a guy from BE Comics & Computers (in Columbia City), who said he‚Äôs had eight or nine computers in the last few weeks that have had viruses,‚ÄĚ Stephenson said. ‚ÄúPeople have been contacted via home phone with someone saying, ‚Äėhey this is such-and-such with Microsoft. We need you to do an update for your computer.‚Äô‚ÄĚ