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January 15th, 2015

BIG THANKS: The Lighthouse flourishes from holiday gifts

January 15, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Since the holiday season has come to a close, board members and staff for InterFaith Mission, Inc. are offering a bit of thanks for the variety of donors that supported The Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse is a nonprofit transitional shelter serving the homeless and displaced in Whitley County. While celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas, some community members and organizations found time and resources to help the shelter.

January 14th

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL: ’Busco makes Top 10

January 14, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s boys basketball team made the Associated Press’ Top 10 poll this week.
The No. 7 Eagles are 7-1 and received 153 votes in the poll in Class 2A. Leading the class is Indianapolis Park Tudor with 340 votes.

WARNER VACATES POSITION: Caucus to fill Cleveland Township board seat

January 14, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — As of Jan. 1, a Cleveland Township board member seat has been vacant.
The position, held by Thomas Warner, was vacated after he submitted a resignation letter that took effect immediately.

The Whitley County Republican Committee is looking to fill the spot, and will hold a caucus at the end of the month.

'BUSCO GOES 2-3: Eagle wrestlers compete at Adams Central

January 14, 2015

MONROE — With the dual meet portion of the season rapidly coming to a close, the Churubusco Eagle wrestlers traveled to Monroe for the Adams Central Super Duals. The Eagles went 2-3 on day against five quality teams.

The Eagles picked up wins over Norwell, 60-24, and Blufton, 48-21. Churubusco fell to 10th-ranked Delta, 57-18, and Fort Wayne Snider, 48-25. The Eagles also dropped a close 39-36 match to Bishop Dwenger.

SEWER RATE HIKE: Columbia City approves

January 14, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City residents can expect to see a higher utility bill in March.
Tuesday night, Columbia City’s Common Council approved its highly-discussed sewer rate increase by a 3-2 vote.

The increase will come over a three-year period, with the first phase taking effect in March.
The average user can expect a $7 monthly increase this year, $6 next year and $5 in 2017.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: ’Busco boys and girls sweep tourney openers

January 14, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — The Churubusco Eagles swept both halves of a boy-girl basketball doubleheader to open Northeast Corner Conference Tournament play Tuesday, with the girls downing Prairie Heights 65-33 and the boys eliminating the Panthers 55-31.

Both Churubusco squads advance to the second round where they will face Westview teams at the Warriors’ gym Wednesday night.

After a relatively close first quarter, the Lady Eagles pulled away steadily over the final three periods to put the game away.

FREE SKATING: Ice skating rink coming to Morsches Park

January 14, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Park Department is offering more than a sledding hill for winter enthusiasts this season.

Park Director Mark Green announced Tuesday that the city will have a free, community skating rink, which will be opening soon, weather permitting.

“I’m excited for it,” Green said. “It will be a fun thing for kids and adults to do in this weather.”
The rink will be 80 feet wide and 90 feet long and will be located in Morsches Park, where the T-ball fields are located. Park officials began constructing the rink on Tuesday.

January 13th

NFL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTIONS: Here's some grist for the sports argument mill

January 13, 2015

Pro Football Playoff Preview and Predictions: League Championship Round

Green Bay @ Seattle 3:05pm
Betting: Over/Under: 47 Spread: Seattle -7

What to watch for:

NO-INTEREST LOANS: Housing Authority announces program to help repair city homes

January 13, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Housing Authority announced Monday the beginning of an Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation program that is available to low-to-moderate income households.

“There was a strong need in our community to restart the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation (OOR) program in our community,” said John Lefever, Housing Authority chairman. “We wanted to raise the overall quality of the homes in Columbia City and the surrounding area, while assisting those who may not be able to afford it.”

YOUTH COUNCIL: Supporting The Lighthouse

January 13, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — During its December meeting, the Columbia City Youth Council (CCYC) spent time shopping for the local homeless shelter.

Buying food, toiletries and cleaning supplies, the youth used their own dollars to make Christmas bright for the residents of The Lighthouse.

Gabby Anglin, CCYC president, said, “We wanted to give back to the community and support those in need during the holiday season. This seemed like the best way of using our time and money.”


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