February 21st, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the arrival of warmer weather, work has accelerated on a pair of lift stations in Columbia City which are replacing structures more than a half-century old.
â€śThese old lift stations were installed in 1959,â€ť said Mike Cook, Superintendent of Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility.
According to Cook, the old lift stations were located more than 30 feet underground, but new technology will enable the new structures to be barely 11 feet under the surface.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The narrow corridor of Columbia Cityâ€™s CC Deli was standing room only Saturday morning as anxious teachers and educators inundated local state lawmakers with hard questions about the direction education funding is heading in Indianapolis.
â€śIt hurts my heart when our governor says weâ€™re in it for the money,â€ť said an impassioned Cheryl Stalter, Northern Heights kindergarten teacher.
â€śI know that God gave me the talent to teach and I want you guys to know that we do it because we love these children or we wouldnâ€™t walk into that school every day.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO — Despite a 65-59 loss at Churubusco Saturday night, Whitko junior Logan Irwin stood on top of the record books in boys' basketball. Needing 25 points coming into the night to overtake Steve Nicodemus for all-time points leader at Whitko, Irwin dropped 26 points on ’Busco. Irwin clinched the all-time spot with a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to total 1,475 points.
CHURUBUSCO — A busy and wild week of Indiana high school boys’ basketball finished with a upset within the Whitley County lines Saturday night.
Coming off a loss at Fort Wayne Wayne Friday, the class 3A No. 2 Wildcats suffered their first consecutive losses of the season at the hands of the Eagles 65-59.
The Churubusco boys' basketball team traveled to Fairfield Friday night and pulled out an overtime victory over Fairfield 38-35. The win keeps the Eagles one game back of North East Corner Conference leader Westview who suffered a non-conference loss in overtime to Wawasee 61-54. The Warriors are 9-0 while ’Busco's 8-1 record had its only loss come to Westview. Both teams have one conference game remaining. Westview hosts Fremont (11-7, 4-4) Tuesday. Churubusco ends its season at home against Eastside (3-14, 3-5) Friday.
FORT WAYNE — A familiar face rejoined the Wildcat sideline earlier than expected Friday night.
Three weeks to the day since he left the hardwood for chemotherapy treatment, Whitko boys’ basketball head coach Rob Irwin was on the bench for the No. 2 Wildcats’ road game at Fort Wayne Wayne.
In late January, Irwin was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. After a receiving intense treatment over a seven-day period, Irwin set out a goal to be back by the sectional round in the first week of March.
NORTH MANCHESTER — In baseball, it’s not always necessary to swing for the fences when singles will do. In basketball, its not always necessary to hit the long three-point bomb when going inside for the close shot is working.
The Columbia City Eagle boys’ basketball team worked that adage to near perfection Friday night as they used a strong inside game to build a commanding first half lead on their way to a 54-39 win over the hosting Manchester Squires.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees is inching closer to making tough decisions in order to tighten its belt.
At its regular meeting Feb. 7, Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor supplied the board with a large number of potential â€śbudget-savingâ€ť measures in order to combat a steady decline in the school systemâ€™s general fund.
â€śWeâ€™re just trying to keep as many programs as we can and live within our means,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said Thursday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Commissioners heard earlier this month that deciding to put the health of county jail inmates in the hands of an outside company instead of providing inmate health care in-house has been money well spent.
County Attorney Dan Sigler and Sheriff Mark Hodges gave a report to the three-man board Feb. 7 about the current health plan for prisoners of the county jail.
According to Whitley County Auditor Jennifer McGuire, the county hired healthcare firm Health Professionals LTD of Greenwood Village, Colo. in 2009.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Voters in Columbia City will choose between three mayoral candidates in the Republican primary this May.
Banker and current city council member Don Sexton, police officer and restaurant owner Gary Parrett and Ryan Daniel, who previously worked as the Northeast Community Liaison for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), are all seeking the Republican nomination from voters this spring.