April 17th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Whitley County man was killed by a large tractor Friday afternoon.
Emergency personnel were called to the 1800 block of West Keiser Road around noon Friday. Robert Laux, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger, Laux was working on the tractor. When the tractor was turned on, it ran him over.
His unmanned tractor was on the loose, driving in circles in the field for several hours until it ran out of gas.
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ Spectators got their money‚Äôs worth Friday night as the Columbia City baseball team defeated Warsaw on its home field in extra innings, 8-4.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, Warsaw hit well in the second and sent two runners in for scores.
The Eagles struggled to get anything going offensively through four innings before coming to life in the top of the fifth.
On just three hits, Columbia City drove in three runs to take the lead.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One of the main priorities of Columbia City‚Äôs Comprehensive Plan is its people.
There are four areas of the plan that involve people: playing, learning, supporting and acting.
This article will feature the ‚Äúplay‚ÄĚ category.
In the ‚Äúplay‚ÄĚ category, officials discussed topics such as: community facilities, sports, clubs, shopping, eating and entertainment.
Currently, much of the city‚Äôs retail shopping is located along U.S. 30 and a small portion is downtown.
The pond at Morsches Park was stocked with 400 rainbow trout for Saturday‚Äôs fishing derby.
The derby is coordinated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and is intended to encourage fishing for the community‚Äôs youth.
Anglers do not need a fishing license for the free event. Prizes will be awarded to the youth with the biggest fish. A limit of five fish can be taken home.
The event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. DNR Biologist Jed Pearson expects shoulder-to-shoulder fishing at the pond. Bait and fishing supplies will be available for use.
TIME Magazine has revealed the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of what it considers the 100 most influential people in the world.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs Lady Eagle tennis team suffered a 5-0 loss to visiting Fremont on a Thursday match played on the Churubusco park courts.
At No. 1 singles, Camille Cseri fell to Fremont‚Äôs Kaileigh Folland in straight sets, 3-6, 5-7.
One of Columbia City‚Äôs newest police officers recently graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and is now on patrol in the city. Scott Valentik (left) is pictured with CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh on his graduation day in Plainfield. Currently, the city‚Äôs other new hire, Rae Carpenter, is training at the state level. The police academy is 16 weeks long. The city is in the process of hiring more police officers to offset upcoming retirements.
ROCHESTER ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls track team took a lopsided win at Rochester Thursday, 82-50.
The Lady Wildcats were led by several first-place finishes.
Elaine Warner had a stellar performance for Whitko, placing first in two events, second in another and helping a relay team to a win.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ For decades, the Whitley County 4-H Bike Club has been offering free bike repairs.
What many don‚Äôt know, is that those bike repairs are also free to the public.
Bike repair day is a community service project by 4-H Leader Eric Blank and the Bike Club. The event is scheduled for May 2.
OSSIAN ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys golf team traveled to Timber Ridge Golf Course Thursday to take on Norwell.
The Eagles came away with an impressive score and the win, 155-174, to remain undefeated on the season.
‚ÄúThis was a strong win on the road to open conference play,‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson. ‚ÄúI thought our guys handled the wet conditions well.‚ÄĚ