March 10th, 2014
OSSIAN â€” Jaws dropped. Fists clenched. Heads buried. Complete silence â€” again. Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball fans were dealt another heart-breaking sectional semi-final loss.
Last year, the Eagles fell by one point to DeKalb with a pair of free throws with less than two seconds to play, leaving fans speechless.
The crowd was yet again shocked and awed as the buzzer sounded Friday night in Norwell, after the Eagles fell 41-40 to Mississinewa.
The Indians didnâ€™t have the lead for the entire game â€” until the last possible moment.
Robert L. â€śBobâ€ť McKinzie Sr., 58, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 11:52 p.m. when he tragically, yet heroically, lost his life in a fire that took over his Coesse home.
The fire also claimed the life of his son-in-law, Rick Niemann.
Bob was born June 19, 1955, in Seymour, to Ervin and Marjorie (Bush) McKinzie.
He attended Huntington North High School, Huntington. Bob served his country while in the U.S. Army.
On Sept. 1, 1973, he and Cherie Shively were married in Huntington. They had lived in Coesse for seven years coming from Warsaw.
(March 10, 2014) -- Spring-like temperatures move into the area today as highs will reach into the 50s this afternoon. This warm up will last through Tuesday before the area sees another round of winter weather with some accumulation of snow.
Temperatures will be much colder by the middle of the week as highs will only be around 30 Wednesday and we will see another winter storm with accumulating snow possible through Wednesday evening.
Highs will again warm up be the end of the week as we reach toward 50Â° again.
Today: Mostly sunny, breezy and warm.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A person who has worked behind the scenes, and often without much fanfare, is hoping her career ends the same way.
Pat Wilkins is retiring this year after 30 years of working for Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS). For the past 15 years, she has been the superintendentâ€™s secretary.
Wilkins has enjoyed her time at SGCS, and said it is a very fulfilling place to work.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Friday afternoon phone call answered by Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber led to an expense of more than $23,000.
Piling snow and heavy rains caused a flood in the basement of the Whitley County Government Center Feb. 21.
Wet carpet was found in a basement meeting room, but the source of water was unable to be located at the time.
By Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, Amber was on the scene only to find the source of the water came from a faulty sump pump.
Office furniture is stacked in the basement hallway of the Whitley County Government Center after a sump-pump failure flooded several rooms Friday, Feb. 21.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitley gardeners are invited to a special presentation in preparation for spring gardening.
Beth Ann Sickafoose will present a short program, Favorite Flowers for Special Areas, at the South Whitley Community Public Library Thursday at 6:30 pm.
After the presentation, their will be a discussion of the possibility of a South Whitley area gardening group that would meet to share knowledge and experiences, help with community service activities, and take some interesting garden outings together throughout the year.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The Whitley County Kiwanis Club had its first official meeting since the election of its officers and board of directors in early January.
The Whitley County Kiwanis Club is part of Kiwanis International, a global organization dedicated to serving children and their communities.
This Club will work with local schools and churches in order to help promote and support multiple programs in Whitley County.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The Whitley County Country Quilters gathered for its February monthly meeting recently.
Thirty-four members were in attendance and enjoyed camaraderie, refreshments, show and tell, and a round-robin of four different quilt-making techniques demonstrated by Dee Duff, Barb Born, Janet Reed and Linda Jones.
Members are looking forward to celebrating National Quilting Day by attending The Gathering of Quilters March 15 at Wayne High School, hosted by the Appleseed Quilters Guild.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s Department is warning residents of another phone scam that has been reported locally.
WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said a concerned citizen reported the scam, which was like many others in that the caller requested money.
However, this time, the caller already knew much of the victimâ€™s personal information.
Sheriffâ€™s deputies and WCSD Detective Jason Spencer obtained the suspectâ€™s phone number, (917)775-8486, which is based out of New York, and began to investigate.