January 10th, 2011
FORT WAYNE — Maybe as simple as his last name, Smith, a first-year Columbia City Eagle swimmer came in, dove into the pool and made a name for himself.
Despite not having competed until his junior year, Cole Smith had the talent Saturday to be among the best in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
The annual meet that brings all seven teams together at Homestead High School. Not known to many in the swimming realm yet, Smith came in under the radar but left with a spot on the first-team all-conference.
ROCHESTER — Despite the treacherous snow, Whitko (7-7) traveled to Rochester (8-6) Saturday night in hopes of picking up a conference win.
After having a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats let their advantage slip away and fell short to the Lady Zebras, 59-47.
The Lady ’Cats jumped out to a quick lead and barely held it through the final seconds of the first quarter, when the Zebras hit a three-pointer to put the score at 16-15.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Good teams find a way to make adjustments when things aren’t going exactly the way they usually do.
In a Friday night match-up of two of the Three Rivers Conference’s best teams, it was the Whitko Wildcats who were able to use a rugged defense and adjust when their leading scorer had a bit of an off shooting night.
The end result was a 56-42 win over the visiting Rochester Zebras that kept the Wildcats perfect in the conference.
CHURUBUSCO — It was a battle of the Eagles Friday night in Churubusco’s gymnasium.
After watching the girls’ team suffer a tough loss, the ’Busco boys took the court seeking revenge on Fremont, 73-50.
Churubusco shot down Fremont from the beginning, with ’Busco’s Tyler Arrowsmith scoring six points in the first three minutes of the game.
“We played really solid in the first six minutes,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said.
Columbia City hit the road in the Northeast Hoosier Conference Friday night keeping its record unblemished with a 62-45 win over Bellmont. The Eagles are off to their second consecutive 7-2 start under head coach Chris Benedict.
CHURUBUSCO — It’s been almost a year to the day since Churubusco girls’ basketball saw its last win in the North East Corner Conference.
Still in search of their first victory this season, the Lady Eagles (2-10) took to the hardwood at home against Fremont (7-5). ’Busco fought back from a nine-point deficit in the first quarter to tie the game three different times in the second.
However, a 14-2 run before the half took Fremont’s momentuem into the second half where they went on to win 55-39.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County planners have been formulating a new document designed to spell out long-range goals for the county.
At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the Whitley County Council, Dave Sewell, Whitley Countyâ€™s Executive Director of Planning and Building presented each member of the board with a copy of Draft B of the Whitley County Comprehensive Plan.
Planners have been developing a new guide for land use and development over the last year, working with Ground Rules, Inc., a consulting firm.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Workers from Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility were working feverishly Friday afternoon to repair a pump in the lift station for Steel Dynamics Corporation.
â€śWeâ€™re putting a Band-Aid on it today,â€ť said Facility Superintendent Mike Cook.
Cook said the lift station has two pumps. The station needs one pump to operate, but has a second pump as a redundancy.
One of the two pumps came loose from its base, according to Cook.
Lucy (Bojrab) Surber, 89, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of the Rev. Herman E. Surber, passed away at 9:52 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Life Care Center in Fort Wayne. She had been in failing health for some time, and had been a patient there for the past year and a half.
Mrs. Surber was born Aug. 9, 1921 in Eel River Township, a daughter of Samuel and Libby (Slyby) Bojrab. She was the widow of the Rev. Herman E. Surber.
Surviving relatives include her daughter, Suzanne K. Surber; a sister, Mary Bojrab; two brothers, Norman Bojrab, Sr. and George Bojrab.
Hargus Howard, 90, formerly of Silver Lake, died at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at the Hendry County Medical Center in Clearwater, Fla.
He was born Oct. 8, 1920 in Salyersville Ky., a son of Kendile and Mary (Allen) Howard. He married Hattie England Sept. 1, 1942.
Howard spent most of his life in the Silver Lake area, moving to Florida in 2000. He was a machinist for Gripco and a farmer.
He was a member of Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God in Silver Lake.