January 21st, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY — After a season-opening home match against the Bellmont Braves, the Columbia City Eagle wrestling team waited a long time for another chance to compete in front of the home crowd. That chance came Thursday night in the final match of the regular season, as the Eagles took on the visiting Garrett Railroaders in a match postponed from Wednesday due to weather.
COLUMBIA CITY â Police from both Columbia City and the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department converged on a Columbia City home late Wednesday afternoon in hopes of nabbing a fugitive wanted on several drug charges.
According to Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges, a call was received at 5:22 p.m. from residents at Camden Drive in Columbia City that someone matching the description of Travis Wonderly, 21, driving a brown car, was pulling into the garage at 730 Camden Dr.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Last year, warm temps and rain made ice carving for the Fire and Ice Winterfest messy and short-lived. No such problem this year.
The National Weather Service forecasts very cold this weekend with highs in the upper teens and lows in the single digits.
Festival-goers need not fear the cold, though, as warming events will be ongoing throughout the weekend with hot pepper eating contests and the popular Chili Cook-off.
COLUMBIA CITY â A proposal to consolidate kindergartners who attend school for a half day at Whitley County Consolidated Schools won a narrow victory Monday night.
At its regular board meeting, the corporationâs Board of School Trustees took public input regarding a proposal made at the last meeting by Superintendent Dr. Patricia OâConnor.
In that proposal, OâConnor suggested to the board Jan. 3 that some of the corporationâs elementary schools stop offering half-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City police officer was involved in a collision this morning with a semi-tractor trailer, according to Indiana State Police.
ISP Trooper Brian Bills said the collision occurred at the intersection of state Route 9 and Chicago Street and apparently was the result of confusion over traffic signals.
The police car, driven by Master Patrolman Robert V. âChipâ Stephenson received about $5,000 damage, according to Bills, when it was hit by a semi driven by Jim Pettigrew of Columbia City.
Bills said the semi took off parts of the patrol carâs front end.
Linda Marie Bartoo, 50, of Wabash, died at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at her home. She was born June 3, 1960 in Festus, Mo. to Richard and Elizabeth (Linker) Kasmarzik.
Bartoo owned Bartoo Insurance Agency in Columbia City for eight years.
She is survived by her husband, Mark Bartoo; three children, Jason Coad, Allison Bartoo and Madison Bartoo; sister, Theresa Henning; and four brothers, John Kasmarzik, Joseph Kasmarzik, Thomas Kasmarzik and Jerry Ladany.
William Walter âBillâ Moog, 84, of Columbia City, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at The Oaks Living Center.
He was born Feb. 16, 1926 in Churubusco, a son of Walter W. and Opal (Klinger) Moog. His formative years were spent in Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City High School.
On June 19, 1944 he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the Asiatic Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged Feb. 22, 1946.
On June 28, 1947 he was united in marriage to Doris E. Barnes, the love of his life. They have always made their home in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Plan Commission, sporting several new faces in 2011, is hoping to put its best foot forward with a mindful community.
Newly-elected commission president Brandon Forrester assured the large audience Wednesday night that the board would go above and beyond to avoid even an appearance of impropriety in the months ahead as the panel deals with a new comprehensive plan and a recurring issue of wind energy that has blown across the county in recent months.
Juanita V. Imler Yoder, 86, a former resident of Washington Township and more recently of Valparaiso, went to be with her Lord, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in the emergency room at the Porter County Hospital in Portage. Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.
For most teams, Saturday marks the end of the Indiana high school wrestling season. The regular season that is.
Conference meets serve as the last big competition before the Jan. 29 sectional round.
All three Whitley County wrestling squads head out looking for both team and individual conference glory.
A young Columbia City squad continues its rebuilding year under first-year head coach Blain Culp. The Eagles travel to Carroll High School for the Northeast Hoosier Conference meet.