March 11th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Tuesday evening‚Äôs 4-H Inc. board meeting was the last for Kay Walter, secretary at the Whitley County Purdue Extension Office. She has voluntarily taken minutes for the organization, though the board does elect a secretary, this year being Dave Rupley.
Rupley asked what was to happen at the next board meeting and was told, ‚ÄúBring two pens.‚ÄĚ
Offers to Walter to continue her duties even after her retirement date, March 18, were met with a smile, and a polite but firm refusal.
‚ÄúIt doesn‚Äôt get much better than Kay,‚ÄĚ said Rex Eiler, boardmember.
Jason Warren Tester, 36, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at his home. Born Aug. 13, 1974 in Columbia City, he was a son of Randy Dow and Deborah Sue (Bender) Tester.
He lived in Allen and Whitley Counties, graduating from Homestead High School with the Class of 1994. An avid cook, he worked at several local restaurants. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish.
Patricia Ann ‚ÄúPatty‚ÄĚ Nicodemus, 57, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. Born in Wolf Lake, May 29, 1953 she was a daughter of Roderick C. and Martha Jane (Friskney) Johnson.
Richard V. ‚ÄúRV‚ÄĚ Reed, 86, former principal of Whitko High School, died at his home in South Whitley at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011. He had been in failing health.
He was born Oct. 5, 1924 in South Bend, a son of Vern W. and Mary (Tyndall) Reed. His formative years were spent in Spencerville and he graduated from St. Joe High School. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture/chemistry. He completed his masters of education degree at Ball State University.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Multiple scheduling conflicts have prompted the Whitley County Plan Commission to change the date of its next meeting.
The board will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of the Whitley County Government Center.
The commission normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
In March, however, Cathy Gardner of the county‚Äôs Building and Planning Department said there were multiple conflicts involving board members who would be unavailable.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A local company with a history of philanthropy is helping Whitley County fight drug crime.
Members of the Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department arrived at Steel Dynamics, Inc.‚Äôs Columbia City plant on Thursday to take possession of custom-made trailer for use by the county‚Äôs drug task force.
According to Sgt. Bill Brice with the Whitley County Drug Task Force, Steel Dynamics donated the trailer to the county for use on the scenes of methamphetamine labs.
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 ‚ÄĒ Danny Gater, at 18, is hardly the ‚Äúking‚ÄĚ of his own ‚Äúcastle,‚ÄĚ but he‚Äôs working on becoming the master of his domain and when it comes to his immediate goals, he plans to keep his ego in ‚Äúcheck‚ÄĚ and not ‚Äúpawn‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm studying and trying to improve,‚ÄĚ 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