May 2nd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Humane Society is gearing up for its Annual Benefit Auction to be held Friday, May 10 at the Eagle‚Äôs Nest Event Center.
This is one of the Humane Society‚Äôs largest fundraisers of the year, and every dollar raised is applied to the care and welfare of the animals in the shelter.
‚ÄúThis will be the 14th year for this event, and one of the most important fund raising events of the year‚ÄĚ said Mark Espich, Board of Directors president.
(May 2, 2013) ‚ÄĒ An official state vehicle driving Indiana Governor Mike Pence was involved in a traffic accident in Indianapolis en route to Fort Wayne today. No one was seriously injured. Once it was determined that no one involved required immediate medical attention, the Governor proceeded to Fort Wayne to continue his schedule for the rest of the day.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs baseball team ran into a meat grinder Wednesday. The Eagles were defeated 17-1 at home by Leo in five innings.
The Lions got to the Columbia City pitchers for 13 hits and seven walks. The Eagles didn‚Äôt help themselves out by committing five errors on defense.
Columbia City didn‚Äôt do much on offense, either. The Eagles managed three hits and three walks.
LEO ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls tennis team got a big win against Leo Wednesday.
It was a 4-1 win for the Lady Eagles over the Lady Lions. Celine Rongos of Columbia City defeated Jen Timbrook of Leo, 6-2, 6-1 in number-one singles.
In number-three singles, Adriana Brown of Columbia City beat Lea Hughbanks 6-4 and 2-1 before Hughbanks retired.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City 18-year-old pleaded guilty to his role in a burglary last year.
Charles Rector admitted his guilt Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Rector‚Äôs plea was ‚Äústraight up,‚ÄĚ without an agreement beforehand.
‚ÄúI hope the state dismisses the theft charge on the guilty plea to burglary,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, who was representing Rector.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler confirmed that was his intent.
Burglary is a Class B felony and theft is a Class D felony.
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the second installment in a three-part series on prom season.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Prom is more than formal dresses and tuxes. The venue, music and decorations are all part of the fanfare centering around high school proms.
For school prom committees, the details surrounding the event are what makes the experience even more memorable.
Melanie Bechtold, a teacher, is the queen of all things prom at Columbia City High School. This is her seventh year overseeing the event and she describes the night as ‚Äúa memory-maker for students.‚ÄĚ
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ No one gave up.
Churubusco‚Äôs softball team found itself behind more than once in Wednesday‚Äôs loss to Adams Central, but several times the Lady Eagles clawed back to make the game close again.
The Lady Flyin‚Äô Jets defeated ‚ÄėBusco by a football-like score of 16-13, and just like the gridiron, there were offensive flurries from both sides and power on display.
Offensively, the game was tight in the early going. A first inning solo shot and home run blast in the fifth helped Adams Central open up a 5-1 lead. But ‚ÄėBusco responded.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Few people would consider 13 as their lucky number.
But for Shawn Lickey, the number has a nice ring to it. He has been working with the Columbia City Electric Department for 13 years, and he will step into the superintendent‚Äôs position at the end of this month to take over for a retiring Larry Whetstone.
The story diverges though, with the use of the word luck. Lickey has worked hard to get where he is at and has taken advantage of many learning opportunities.
BLUFFTON ‚ÄĒ After having to postpone the match twice due to rain, Columbia City‚Äôs golf team was finally able to travel to play conference foe Norwell at Timber Ridge Golf Course.
The Eagles came out victorious winning 178-189.
‚ÄúIn the end, we are happy to get a win in these tough conditions here,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm proud of these guys for getting through.‚ÄĚ
The Eagles were led by freshman Tyler Green who fired a 40 for the night. Green was one stroke behind the match medalist, Ked Milholland, who shot a 39.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Indiana House Bill 1006 would be expected to have an impact on the inmate population at state prisons and local jails.
It could also bring changes to the justice system inside the courtroom.
If the bill is passed, felonies will move from four different classes to a level system. Felony convicts will also be required to serve a greater percentage of time in the system. Provisions will be in place as well for greater sentencing on the local level.
While the exact impact is not known, some inside the courtroom believe reviews of the current code are necessary.