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March 2nd, 2013

COMING BACK: Mayor hopes to reinstate housing authority

March 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A return when needed. Columbia City may have its housing authority revived, if Mayor Ryan Daniel gets his wish.

“My goal for this year is to get it restarted,” he said.
The committee had gone dormant. Daniel said it could take most of the year to revive it, but said it may also form quickly.

“There are state statutes I have to follow as far as who is on it,” he said. “But it could take shape very quickly. I have taken some first steps but it is still (early in the year).”

SHOOTING: Man shoots his wife, turns gun on self

March 2, 2013

CROMWELL — A Cromwell man apparently shot and injured his wife Thursday night before he fatally shot himself in their mobile home, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

The wife was identified as Delana Forsyth, 40, and her husband was Christian Forsyth, also 40, sheriff’s Detective Shawn Dunafin said.

Using a handgun, the husband shot his wife in the leg and abdomen and then shot himself in the head, the sheriff’s department said.

March 1st

Painful payback: DeKalb ends Eagles’ triumphant season with 1-point defeat in sectional semifinal

March 2, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — All good things must come to an end.

Unfortunately for Columbia City’s boys basketball team, the end was Friday night at Carroll.

The Eagles took on DeKalb in the semifinal game, a squad Columbia City beat by one point in the regular season.

The Barons earned revenge in the state tournament, topping the Eagles 46-45 and ending head coach Chris Benedict’s season with a group of seniors he’s coached since they were tykes.

Margery Friskney, 85

March 1, 2013

Margery L. Friskney, age 85, of Albion, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on Aug. 28, 1927, in Allen County, she was the daughter of Dee M. and Elizabeth (Cook ) Eubank.
She lived in Allen County until age three, moving to Noble County.
On Sept. 14, 1947, she married Willis J. Friskney at the Sherman Street Church of God, Fort Wayne.

LONG, PUGH PERFORM: Columbia City talent appears on stage

March 1, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Two of Columbia City’s own will appear in the Fort Wayne Civic Theater’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Opening this weekend, the musical plays out the imagination of a Broadway theater fanatic. The man in chair, as the lead role is called, allows his fantasies to take over as his dreams come to life and play out in his apartment.

Saturday’s performance is at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 to $26. The show will run through March 17.

SHOWERS REPAIRED: County jail finishes with improvements

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Recent facility improvements at the Whitley County Jail are now complete.

Showers at the jail were recently sealed with an epoxy to prevent leaks. The water had begun to be a problem at the facility.

“It has prevented the leaks from going down under the hallway floors or down to the basement,” said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges. “When water leaks it has to go somewhere. We had water going into the basement from the showers.”

Throughout the years the showers had been routinely painted. Eventually, though, the paint was not sealing the cracks in the floor.

STUDENTS EXCEL: Coesse delivers progress report

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Meeting the potential of every student.

That is the goal of Coesse Elementary School. Coesse Principal Laura McDermott gave a presentation at the last meeting of the Whitley County Consolidated School board on progress toward that goal.

WATER DEPT.: City crews install anodes at Ind. 205

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Water Department has finished some project work and is looking ahead to more as the weather gets warmer.

There have been problems with water mains and low pressure in Eagle Glen and surrounding areas for some time. There is a two-step process for the solution.

The first project is placing anodes into the soil. Since the soil is corrosive, Water Superintendent Mike Dear said the hope is that the soil eats at the anodes and not the pipes.

The second step is looping a water line near County Line 100 South to Eagle Glen to give a second source of water.

Kreiger’s best half: Coach’s wife heads to state finals with Canterbury

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It wouldn’t be a surprise if basketball was a condition in the Kreigers’ wedding vows.

Debbie Kreiger, wife of Wayne Kreiger, a Columbia City basketball coach for more than 30 years and current Canterbury girls head coach, has been to more than 500 of Wayne’s games in their 23 years of marriage.

“The basketball season always brings high energy and much excitement into our home,” Debbie said.

In 23 years, Debbie has only missed two of her husband’s games.

ISMS 8th grade advances in tourney

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It was a close finish at the Indian Springs Middle School 8th grade Lady Stars conference tournament opener — beating Lincoln by only one point, 34-33.

It wasn’t a close finish in Whitko’s tournament opener against Wawasee, as the Lady Wildcats won 69-14.

In the ISMS game, the Lady Stars started out strong, leading 14-8 in the first quarter. As the game progressed, both teams became more aggressive, especially toward the end of the fourth quarter, where the two teams teetered back and forth with the lead.

 

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