January 20th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs fire department‚Äôs trucks didn‚Äôt leave the station as many times in 2014 as they did in 2013.
In 2014, the department responded to 801 runs, down by 30 from the previous year.
Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said there weren‚Äôt any less fire calls than usual, but less medical runs.
In a balancing act between service to citizens and saving resources, LaRue said the department is no longer responding to less-serious medical calls.
ALMA, Mich. ‚ÄĒ A strong close to the first half and quick second-half start blew open a close game and paced Trine to a 71-57 victory over Alma Saturday afternoon at Art Smith Arena.
The Thunder outscored the Scots 22-4 in a stretch of play spanning from the 4:07 mark of the first half to 15:04 remaining in the contest. That span of just over nine minutes of play turned a four-point Trine lead into a 46-24 advantage with 15:04 to play.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The future of the Whitley County Jail will be up for discussion at today‚Äôs County Commissioner‚Äôs meeting at 2 p.m at the County Government Center.
In 2014, a consulting firm found that the facility, along with Whitley County Corrections on Plaza Drive, is over-crowded and in need of improvements.
HUNTINGTON ‚ÄĒ Playing in a packed Platt Arena, big plays in the final seconds lifted Grace‚Äôs men‚Äôs basketball team to a 71-68 win at Huntington on Saturday.
With the win, the Lancers (15-5) moved into tie for second place in the Crossroads League standings with a 5-3 conference mark, while the Foresters, riding a four-game losing skid, dropped into a tie for eighth in the league standings with a 2-6 conference record while Saturday‚Äôs win moves the Lancers (15-5) into a four-way tie for second as they currently boast a 5-3 CL record.
SYRACUSE ‚ÄĒ She may not be from Kosciusko County, but she took the crown at this year‚Äôs Miss Kosciusko County pageant during the weekend.
Karlee Mawhorter, a 2012 Columbia City High School graduate, was crowned Saturday at Wawasee Middle School.
The event, unrelated to the 4-H pageant, is a feeder event for the Miss Indiana pageant in June in Zionsville.
Miss Indiana will represent the state for Miss America.
Sept. 27, 1927 ‚ÄĒ Jan. 19, 2015
Richard E. Gage, 87, of Kendallville, died on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at his home. Mr. Gage was born in Cosperville, Sept. 27, 1927 to the late Frank and Alice (Caldwell) Gage.
He graduated from Albion High School in 1945 and entered the United States Navy during World War II.
He married Joanna Helen Randol May 24, 1952 and she preceded him in death in January of 1995.
In 1985, Richard founded Metalcraft in Wawaka and was part owner. He enjoyed working, spending time with his family, traveling, and playing golf.
Indian Springs Middle School‚Äôs seventh-grade basketball team won its own invitational Saturday at ISMS. Pictured is the squad with the trophy. Front row, from left: Jasmine Early and Klaire Tonkel. Second row: Gabby Fry, Carly Mabie, Mary Cotter and Grace Schrader. Third row: Brayden Lickey, Olivia Shearer and Delaney Stahl.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Not all the treasures from the Whitley County Historical Museum reside within the four walls of the Thomas R. Marshall home that serves as the museum‚Äôs main building or in the annex building. Some sit on the grounds themselves.
Some might even question listing a little brick outhouse as a treasure, but this well-traveled little building is a direct link back to Columbia City of the 1860s.
For many older Whitley County residents, the little brick building is far fancier than the ones that they may have been exposed to in their youth.
GOSHEN ‚ÄĒ For nine years between 2000 and 2009, the Columbia City wrestling team ruled the Goshen Invitational, not only winning the tournament each year but also producing a record 296 points in 2004.
Saturday, the Eagles broke a three-year string by the host Goshen Redskins, scoring 245.5 points to take the team championship.
The host Redskins were second with 201 points, with the Whitko Wildcats placing third with 164 points. Rounding out the field were Fairfield (151.5), Bronson (136.5), Lakeland (119), Fort Wayne North Side (118), and Eastern (115.5).
Jerry and Barb Lahrman spotted a hawk resting on the backyard fence of their W. Westgate Ave. home. ‚ÄúWe have seen him with a bird he has caught and he left the feathers. He is a beautiful bird,‚ÄĚ said Jerry. ‚ÄúHe comes often when we feed the birds, and he chases off the others birds when he does. Such an awesome sight for sure.‚ÄĚ Regular columnist Neil Case mentions hawks in his article this week, published on Page A4 of today‚Äôs edition.