Archive - 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City stand-out harrier Samantha Roush is making her fourth and final trip to the state finals next week.
Roush is headed to Terre Haute as the lone Whitley County runner amongst the top harriers in the state.
She is no stranger to the course, though, as Roush has competed in the state finals every year of her high school career.
âCongratulations to Samantha,â Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County and Columbia City officials agreed to do away with a group that hasnât been used for more than 20 years.
Recently, the Columbia City-Whitley County Building Authority was deemed inactive and Columbia City Common Council members moved to dissolve the group at Tuesdayâs meeting.
âThe building authority was great at the time it was created â it was needed and very good for financing purposes â but now weâve reached the point that itâs better off dissolved,â Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Common Council adopted the 2014 budget at Tuesdayâs regular meeting.
While changes can be made until the end of the year, the council appeared to have no opposition to the budget, which was proposed by Mayor Ryan Daniel at a meeting Sept. 24.
Daniel and Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle worked together to make the budget, which wonât raise taxes for city citizens.
âRosie and I worked very hard to make this a balanced budget,â Daniel said.
PIERCETON â Whitko Middle School teacher Rochelle Leininger was honored at the districtâs school board meeting Monday.
However, the recognition didnât come from school board members or administration, but a parent.
Cathy Juricak works at Raytheon, a company in Fort Wayne. When the corporation offered a grant for teachers, Juricak nominated Leininger for the award.
âShe was a teacher to my kids who are now graduated,â said Juricak. âI know how special she was to them and to me as a parent. I thought this was the best way to honor her.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Music appreciation knows no age limitations. Columbia City High School graduates are working to ensure the love of music knows no generational limitation as well.
Jason Klingaman and Todd Ward, both 1996 CCHS grads, founded Fort Wayne Jazz Orchestra (FWJO) that specializes in jazz and big band music.
The pair started playing while part of the schools band program and as age matured perspective, it also grew a passion for entertaining.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Common Council took the first official steps toward making the entire city an Economic Revitalization Area (ERA).
At Tuesdayâs regular meeting, the board moved to approve a blanket ERA for the city, a topic that had been discussed in previous council meetings.
After discussions, several council members agreed â âit makes sense.â
OSSIAN â Despite a four-touchdown rally in the fourth quarter against Norwell Friday night, Columbia Cityâs football season came to a close in Ossian.
The Eagles faced a 28-0 deficit with less than eight minutes left in the game, but took the momentum to score four touchdowns against their Northeast Hoosier Conference foes.
Despite their efforts, the Eagles fell 45-28 in the sectional opener to a team that beat them just a week before.
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ After a strong year, Whitkoâs football season came to a close Friday night against Bellmont.
The Wildcats had the advantage of hosting the opening round of sectional action, but a competitive Bellmont team swooped in to steal the win and keep its season alive with a final score of 35-13.
Bellmont took a quick 28-0 advantage in the first half.
The Braves opened up the game with a touchdown within the first five minutes from kickoff, on their first possession.
CHURUBUSCO â For Churubuscoâs football team, the season will last at least one more week.
The Eagles defeating visiting Eastside by a final of 28-13 in a sectional quarterfinal Friday. âBusco will go on to play at Bremen next week in a sectional semifinal.
Churubusco had already beaten its Northeast Corner Conference rival once this year.
The Eagles beat the Blazers 31-13 for their homecoming game in âBusco.
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a four-part series highlighting women in businesses throughout Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â If a patron happens to meet Chris Redman while visiting Redman Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in downtown Columbia City, that customer has not only found a business owner, theyâve found a friend.
âYou have to have patience and always be nice to peopleâ Chris said. âPeople donât remember if you were nice to them, but they never forget if you were mean.â