September 26th, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Beginning Oct. 15, Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) will be accepting calls to schedule appointments for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley counties.
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay a portion of a householdâ€™s heating bills during the winter months.
Last year, CANI helped approximately 9,500 families with their utility bills. Households include both renters and homeowners. They are eligible for this benefit one time a heating season.
Russell Lowell Fisher, 86, of Tri Lakes, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 24, 2013, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born Aug. 25, 1927, in Spring Grove, Indiana a son of Preston B. and Elizabeth C. (Miller) Fisher. His formative years were spent in Richmond. He graduated from Richmond High School and attended Earlham College.
From 1945 until 1948 he served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps.
In 1951, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Cail. They made their home in Richmond until 1956 when they moved to New Castle.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) Board of Trustees heard no public comment at its hearing for the 2014 budget, and will look to adopt it in October.
The public comment was the final phase of the budget process before adoption.
Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the advertised budget for this year is lower than what last yearâ€™s approved budget was and lower than 2012â€™s.
Fleetwood said the actual budget often is lower than advertised, because he overestimates based on the chance the district might need more faculty.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tragedy struck again this week, as another young child drowned in Whitley County Saturday.
Lucas Junk, 2, was the second toddler in four months in Whitley County who lost his life in a matter of minutes after falling into a body of water.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A small engine repair and tool rental business in Churubusco was damaged Wednesday in a fire.
At approximately 2:10 p.m., crews were called to Precision Sharpening and Engine.
Flames burned the attic of the one-story building, located at 8435 U.S. 33, fire officials report.
Officials say the fire started after electrical wiring in the attic shorted out and ignited the insulation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s football team is about to run the proverbial gauntlet in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Three consecutive games with ranked opponents loom. The first, this Friday at 7 p.m., will be a road contest at New Haven.
The Bulldogs are currently ranked fifth in the Associated Press poll for Class 4A and are a perfect 5-0 for 2013.
After New Haven, the Eagles will take on East Noble, currently ranked ninth in Class 4A, on Oct. 4. The ranked slate concludes Oct. 11 when Columbia City travels to Carroll, ranked 15th in Class 6A.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After an 0-2 start, Whitkoâ€™s football team has put its struggles in the past with a three-game winning streak.
More importantly for the Wildcats, the three consecutive victories have all come against Three Rivers Conference (TRC) opponents.
Whitko has scored 138 points in the three wins, including a 51-7 road win against Wabash last week.
Now, the Wildcats will welcome Northfield to the confines of South Whitley in an effort to move the streak to four in a row and stay in the hunt for a conference championship.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football team is now ranked fourth in the Associated Press poll for Class 2A, and the 5-0 Eagles will once again welcome a larger school to their home field Friday.
One week after topping Class 4A Angola 14-7, â€™Busco will host West Noble Friday in a game set to kick off at 7 p.m.
The Chargers were shut out last week, 33-0, by Lakeland, which is the only other unbeaten squad in the Northeast Corner Conference besides Churubusco.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An 18-year-old man will stand trial next week for attempted murder.
Dakota R. Kimbler, 18, will have his trial begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Whitley County Circuit Court. The jury will convene at that time.
Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 of last year, when he was 17 years old. In addition to attempted murder, he was also charged with receiving stolen property, battery causing bodily injury and carrying a handgun without a permit.
Outside of the Haunted Jail, in Columbia City, a dying tree was transformed into a ghoulish figure by its owner, Paul Harrington.
The Haunted Jail opens for a â€śfriends and familyâ€ť weekend to serve as the attractionâ€™s dress rehearsal.
The Halloween-themed affair will begin its season in the following weekends.