January 28th, 2011
NEW HAVEN — Leading by as much as 16 points in the second half, Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict saw his team grow up in a big way Friday night.
The Eagles had their 10th win of the season all but locked up with a 45-29 lead and 4:35 to go in the fourth quarter.
A little over three minutes later, an 11-0 run by New Haven tested the maturity level of a young Columbia City team, who earlier in the season might have folded.
ALBION — The mark of a quality team is sometimes not measured by how they deal with adversity, but rather with how they maintain their focus and intensity when they are faced with prosperity.
That was the case for a Churubusco boys’ basketball team that was still able to remain focused and execute well, especially defensively in a 62-31 road win over Northeast Corner Conference foe Central Noble Friday night.
WABASH — Offense wins tickets, defense wins games, and rebounds win championships.
Friday night at Wabash, Whitko proved they are ready to win championships by out-rebounding, out-scoring, and attacking defensively to gain a 78-45 advantage over the Apaches on their home court.
Not only did Whitko’s offense come out firing, with 26 points in the first quarter, but the Wildcat defense held Wabash to three points for the first five minutes of the game.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety listened to details of a dispute between two companies at its regular board meeting Friday.
The issue â€” poor drainage on Walker Way and the cost of fixing it.
At stake â€” city takeover of the street.
â€śThe city is not a party to that dispute,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck.
An agreement has been drafted between CLW Investments Inc. and Hooks SuperX, Inc.
Fleck said eventually, once the agreement has been signed by both parties, the town will take over responsibility of the road.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local officials are paying close attention to Indianapolis, where experts on local government and state lawmakers are discussing strategies that could affect how business is conducted at the grassroots level â€” townships, cities, counties.
According to the Gary Post-Tribune, a government reduction committee, led by Rep. Chet Dobis of Merrillville, met for the first time Tuesday and heard ideas for minor changes to state law that could add up to larger time and dollar savings for Indianaâ€™s towns, cities and counties.
Treva Opal Rex, 104, of Ligonier, widow of Roy Rex, died Jan. 25, 2011 at her residence of natural causes. Born March 30, 1906, she was a daughter of Orson O. and Cora Belle (Gibson) Marshall.
Survivors include a son, James L. Rex, and two daughters, Betty Jane Tuvell and Mary Lou Poyser.
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South in Ligonier. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Chaplain Ken Weaver officiating, Burial is in the Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Students doing well academically and showing their progress across the board â€” that is what Whitko School Corporation officials are saying resulted in one of their elementary programs being lauded by the state.
A contingent from South Whitley Elementary School traveled to Indianapolis Tuesday to collect the schoolâ€™s â€śTop Gainerâ€ť Award at the seventh annual Indiana Conference on Learning.
Principal Bruce Hansen, along with kindergarten teacher and literacy coach Diane Williams and fifth-grade teacher Gina Borton traveled to the state capital to receive the award.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County and the local economic development company began a process months ago to take grant money from Greatbatch Medical and funnel it elsewhere in anticipation of Thursdayâ€™s announcement the Columbia City plant will shut down and move jobs to Allen County.
â€śWe asked that the money be transferred to another company,â€ť said Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake. I know Alan Tio (Executive Director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation) was down in Indianapolis twice trying to get that done in the last couple of months.
Churubusco guard Kasey Gibson, left, and the Lady Eagles basketball team won their fourth game of the season Thursday night with a long trip to South Adams 41-18. Gibson scored six points in the â€™Busco win. The Lady Eagles pulled away with a 15-0 scoring advantage in the third quarter. Heather Monk led the team with 10 points while Haleigh Gross and Nicole Wormcastle both added six.