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December 16th

NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK: Whitko elementary school students take part

December 16, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko School Corporation Transportation Department used the week of October 20-24, National School Bus Safety Week, to instruct the students on bus evacuation drills in case a school bus caught on fire.
The program consisted of a short video on how to complete an organized evacuation. The students also participated in hands-on training in the bus.

WRESTLING: ’Busco ranked third

December 16, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco dropped to third in the latest Class A Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Poll.
The Eagles fell from their first place pre-season ranking to third behind first place Adams Central and second place Fremont High School. Adams Central polled 78 points, Fremont 65 and ’Busco was third with 50 points.
The Eagles led Bremen, which was fourth with 42 points and South Adams rounded out the top five with 41 points.
Churubusco next takes the mats Saturday Dec. 20 when they travel to Carroll for the Carroll Super Duals.

PRO FOOTBALL RECAP: In case you missed it, here are all the games

December 16, 2014

Michael Conochan’s Pro Football Recap- Week 15

Thursday Night Football 12/11/14

Arizona (11-3) 12 @

St. Louis (6-8) 6

DEADLINE: Local small biz EDC applications due Friday

December 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced Monday the EDC’s Small Business and Enrepreneuership Initiative (SBEI) is preparing for the second part of the Growth Ventures business accelerator program, which will begin Jan. 12, 2015.
The EDC will accept applications through Friday, Dec. 19 to this program. To receive an application, or for more information, contact Steve Franks at or call 260 244-5506.

BRIEFS: Indian Springs Middle School

December 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Indian Springs Middle School Eagles 7th grade boys’ basketball team finished a three-game week with two wins. The first win came Wednesday night against cross-county rival Whitko, 69-23, and second on Thursday against New Haven, 52-36.
Against Whitko, the Eagles jumped out to 27-3 lead after the first quarter and a 39-9 lead at the half. Every member of Eagles turned in quality minutes in the win, with all 10 players scoring at least two points. The Eagles were led in scoring by Max Bedwell with 32 and Seth Schaeper with 17 points.


December 16, 2014

Columbia City’s High School’s all-girl show choir, City Lights, performs during the school’s annual Holiday Concert in the Newell Rice Auditorium Monday night. The event featured the school’s various bands and choirs for a festive ensemble.

Annabelle Brower, 86

December 16, 2014

April 28, 1928 — Dec. 14, 2014
Annabelle B. Brower, 86, formerly of Columbia City, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at Bronson Commons, Mattawan, Mich. where she had been a resident since August 2012.
She was born April 28, 1928 in Whitley County, a daughter of the late Evan and Goldie (Walter) Sheets. Her formative years were spent in Marathon, N.Y. She graduated from Marathon High School. She completed her formal education at Ithaca Junior College.

Betty Harrison, 91

December 16, 2014

May 11, 1923 — Dec. 12, 2014
Betty Louise Harrison, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 11:44 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born May 11, 1923 in Goshen, she was the daughter of Theodore and Velma (Daisey) Trimmer.
She grew up in the Wolf Lake area and in 1942 moved to Jefferson Township, Whitley County. She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1940.

ELKS HOOP SHOOT: Local winners crowned

December 16, 2014

The Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 held its annual Hoop Shoot contest at Indian Springs Middle School. Local winners from the three-county school systems were in attendance, with the winners of this contest advancing to the District contest, which will be held Jan. 18, 2015 at ISMS. First place winners: from left, Olivia Shearer (12-13 girls), Jillian Whaley (10-11 girls), Jensyn Longenbaugh (8-9 girls), Brady Hartman (8-9 boys), Brock Uher (10-11 boys) and Mason Baker.

SEEKING FUNDS: Museum wishes to build annex

December 16, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — In an effort to save space and preserve the historical records of the county, the Whitley County historical society is looking to build an additional annex, adjacent to the museum’s main building.
“In the area of the second floor of the Riley home, (the location of the museum) as well as the basement, are beginning to fill up with boxes,” said Whitley County Historical Museum Director Dani Tippmann.


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