March 11th, 2011
Half a point is all that separated Columbia City girls’ track and field from history in 2009.
Coming off a dominating sectional championship in 2010, the Lady Eagles are setting out for another shot at history.
“We want to win, for the first time ever, two sectionals back-to-back,” Columbia City head coach Bob Fahl said. “We’ve never done it and we’ve got the right group to be able to do that.”
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Danny Gater, at 18, is hardly the â€śkingâ€ť of his own â€ścastle,â€ť but heâ€™s working on becoming the master of his domain and when it comes to his immediate goals, he plans to keep his ego in â€ścheckâ€ť and not â€śpawnâ€ť his preparation off on anyone else.
The overabundance of chess terms is another way of saying that the Columbia City High School senior is preparing to return to the national stage in hopes of yet another chess trophy.
â€śIâ€™m studying and trying to improve,â€ť said Gater Thursday afternoon while moving chess pieces at his dining room table.
Experience and veteran leadership usually reigns supreme in the Indiana high school basketball postseason.
Columbia City (17-5) have defied those notions with a sophomore-loaded team that makes its regional debut Saturday’s class 3A tournament at Blackford High School.
Three of Columbia City’s top four scorers are sophomores including its top two in Drew Benedict (17.0 ppg) and Derek Hinen (8.7 ppg).
The Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team wrapped up the season with its annual banquet this week. Four players were awarded for helping lead their team to a 12-10 record. From left, senior Kayla Dunn (second-team All-NHC, most steals at 55, defensive award), senior Sierria Burlage (first-team All-NHC, best field goal percentage at 51, most rebounds at 153), senior Maddie Hinen (best free throw percentage at 84.8 and Lady Eagle Integrity Award), junior Sarah Opliger (most assists at 66). Post & Mail photo contributed
Sally (Gilbert) Gardner, 75, a native of Churubusco and more recently of Winona Lake, passed away unexpectedly at 4:05 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Grace Village Assisted Living in Winona Lake.
Born in Churubusco Aug. 10, 1935, she was a daughter of Jasper L. and Helen (Rowland) Gilbert. She was a widow of Leo Gardner.
Survivors include three children, Charles J. Brown, James L. Brown and Charlene L. Samson; and two brothers, Gordon Gilbert and Rowland Gilbert.
At the request of the family, there will be no services or calling hours.
Gertrude A. Vaughn, 96, peacefully went into the arms of her Lord, Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Towne House Health and Rehabilitation Home, Fort Wayne.
Born in her family home near Arcola, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Mary (Bergman) Gerding and was the oldest member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne before the family moved to New Haven. She married Marion E. Vaughn March 31, 1940 who preceded her in death in 1985.
C. Wayne Jenkins, 95, formerly of South Whitley, died at 9:32 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Engelwood Health and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 3, 1915 in South Whitley, a son of Ralph and Hope (Keel) Jenkins. He spent his formative years in the Sidney area. He graduated from Sidney High School.
On Feb. 15, 1936, he was united in marriage to Lucile G. Freed. They made their home in Silver Lake for five years and Wabash County for six years before moving to Cleveland Township in 1947. Mrs. Jenkins died Feb. 6, 2008.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents hoping to get handgun permits or renew expired documents will have to go online from now on.
Gina Kessinger, administrative assistant at the Columbia City Police Department announced this week that the application process for gun permits is now required to be done via the Internet by state licensing officials.
â€śWe were one of the last counties to go,â€ť said Kessinger, who reported that the firearms licensing branch of the Indiana State Police was responsible for requiring the changeover to a paperless process.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Building and Planning Department can go ahead and hire a consultant for the design of its wind energy rules.
The Whitley County Council, with a nod from Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Rethlake, agreed to take $4,400 from the commissionersâ€™ engineering and consulting budget to help pay for Ground Rules, Inc.â€™s fee for developing a wind energy ordinance.
The fee for the study is $9,400, with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation pitching in $5,000 of the fee.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s ever-growing manufacturing facility that continues to enhance its biomedical-related fingerprint is planning even more growth.
Micropulse, Inc., which operates a large manufacturing facility in southeastern Whitley County on state Route 14, announced this week its plans to use a $6 million economic development bond to finance additional infrastructure.
According to county attorney Dan Sigler, the county would not be liable for the debt incurred by Micropulse.