COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 7-4 record may not show it, but Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team could easily be undefeated this season.
Three of the Lady Eaglesâ€™ losses have been by five points or less, and the fourth loss was in overtime by seven points.
Glass-half-empty critics may view the losses as a weakness of the team, not able to come out on top of close games, but statistics shine a different light on the teamâ€™s effort.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) began finalizing its calendar for next year at a meeting this month.
At the December meeting of the Board of Trustees, the calendar had its first reading.
School will begin Aug. 14, 2014. The winter break will be from Dec. 20 to Jan. 5, 2015.
NEW CASTLE â€” Columbia City Assistant Girls Varsity Head Coach Jenny (Eckert) Zorger was recently selected for top basketball honors.
Zorger, who has been an assistant coach under Head Coach Amy Shearer for the past four years, was a Huntington North stand-out, still holding several records for the school, and continued her career at Ball State University.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors recently announced the selected inductees for 2014, which includes Zorger.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of dealing drugs in Whitley County had her bond revoked Monday.
Braidon M. Hall, 19, was charged in June with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
She was arrested in a traffic stop made by Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Whitley County children were spending Christmas Eve preparing for the visit of Santa Claus, Columbia Cityâ€™s firefighters were preparing to keep a tradition alive. CCFD firemen greeted children with bags of candy and an orange at the courthouse on Christmas Eve â€” a tradition that has been in place for more than a century.
â€śWeâ€™ve traced this (tradition) as far back as the 1880s,â€ť said CCFD Chief Tom LaRue.
Although young residents may not think too much about the orange they were given, the children of the 1800s most likely did.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A white day-after-Christmas created difficult road conditions across Whitley County Thursday.
A light dusting of snow hit the area after midnight. While accumulation was minimal, it was enough to make several of the countyâ€™s roads, particularly U.S. 30, dangerous for drivers.
Julie Smith of the Whitley County Sheriff dispatch center said several calls came in of drivers having slide-offs.
â€śPeople were driving too fast for the road conditions,â€ť she said. â€śU.S. 30 was really bad.â€ť
Many of those phone calls came in early Thursday morning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man arrested on drug-related charges during a spring traffic stop will stand trial early next month in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Vanness D. Oliver, 35, of Mansfield, Ohio, was arrested during a traffic stop in late April, and was charged with dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance and possession of a narcotic drug.
His trial is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2014, with jury selection at 9 a.m. and evidence beginning at noon.
Oliverâ€™s attorney is Nikos Nakos. Oliver is currently out on bond and is not incarcerated.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ M.C. Wheeler & Sons, sales, service and installation of well drilling, heating, plumbing and geo thermal, offers Merry Christmas to all.
"Have a very Merry Christmas," notes the staff of the long-time Whitley County business. "May all your hopes and dreams come true this holiday season. Many thanks for your kind patronage."
Serving Northern Indiana since 1884, M.C. Wheeler & Sons may be reached at 1-800-552-3660. The business is located at 7055 N. 350 W., Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Perseverance and dedication paid off for two Whitley County young men Saturday.
Joe Becker and Kable Coyle were sworn in as Eagle Scouts at Grace Lutheran Church in the presence of friends and family.
To become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of scouting, both boys were required to complete a rigorous list of requirements, including earning more than 21 merit badges, complete a service project and serve in a position of authority.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” No matter how big or how small, how short or how tall, and no matter the color of hair or the shoes they wear â€” children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Saint Nick tonight.
As the hours count down and the night draws near, anticipation builds as children wonder when the big guy will appear.
While Santaâ€™s sack is stuffed with toys, coal awaits for naughty little girls and naughty little boys.
How does one ensure a present will be received? Bend your ear to these children who know exactly what Santaâ€™s list can bring.