October 9th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After undergoing a major injury, surgery and a long recovery process, not many people would feel blessed ‚ÄĒ but not everyone is Angie Smith.
‚ÄúWhen I first got hurt, I never thought anything good would come of it,‚ÄĚ Smith said. ‚ÄúBut everything I learned and experienced was worth getting hurt. I have no regrets and it was a really good lesson for me.‚ÄĚ
Smith has been an assistant girls track coach at Columbia City High School for several years, and an avid sportswoman ‚ÄĒ running, biking and any recreational sport she can get involved with.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls soccer team improved on its second round with Huntington North this season, but it was not enough to get by the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Eagles lost a Class 2A sectional semifinal to Huntington North Tuesday by a final of 2-0.
It was one goal in each half for the Lady Vikings to bring the game to its final score.
Earlier this season, Huntington North beat the Lady Eagles 4-0.
‚ÄúWe made some adjustments,‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Girls Soccer Head Coach Stephanie Wiley. ‚ÄúI think those helped us a lot, we just couldn‚Äôt get the ball in the net.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council approved the first reading of a slight bump in salaries for city employees at Tuesday‚Äôs meeting.
The proposed raise, which would go into effect in 2014, would give all full-time employees a $1,040 increase for the year.
The city currently has 90 full-time employees, many of whom haven‚Äôt received raises for several years.
Another incentive brought in by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was performance evaluations of each employee.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys soccer season came to an end Monday against Homestead.
The Spartans beat the Eagles 15-0.
Homestead scored eight goals in the first half and seven in the second to bring the game to its final margin.
Columbia City Boys Soccer Coach Derick Rice said the team kept in the game despite the margin.
‚ÄúThe scoreboard doesn‚Äôt always show they‚Äôve competed and that their hearts is still in it,‚ÄĚ he said.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Whitko's girls soccer season came to a close Monday night with a heart-breaking sectional loss.
The Lady Wildcats hung close with a strong Fort Wayne Concordia squad, but fell 1-0 to end their season.
Both teams held each other scoreless in the first half, but Concordia's Kayla Deaton snuck in a second-half goal to pull out the win for the Lady Cadets.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Reelcraft Industries, Inc. in Columbia City hosted approximately 25 students from Columbia City High School for a Manufacturing Day event Oct. 2 as part of an effort to draw greater attention to the opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
The event also promoted the pursuit of skills that will lead to a long-term career that offers security and growth for qualified candidates.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco Public Library has released it‚Äôs schedule of October events.
Library hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed Sundays.
CPL is located at 116 N. Mulberry St., Churubusco. Visit the library‚Äôs website at www.buscolibrary.org for more information.
Fall coloring contest
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ When Shad Hunter first held is son in his arms, he knew something was different.
Little did he and his wife know, their lives would be changed forever ‚ÄĒ their son, Keyan, was born with Down Syndrome.
‚ÄúWe had no clue,‚ÄĚ Shad said. ‚ÄúMy wife (Crystal) was only 31 and had a healthy lifestyle ‚ÄĒ she didn‚Äôt smoke or drink while she was pregnant.‚ÄĚ
Three years later, Keyan is a thriving boy with Down Syndrome, and 42 people walked in support of him in Saturday‚Äôs DSANI Buddy Walk, held by the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ It wasn‚Äôt pretty, but Columbia City‚Äôs girls volleyball team got the job done.
‚ÄúWe just didn‚Äôt play well,‚ÄĚ Lady Eagle Head Coach Trish Hinen said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if it was because we just got off fall break, but it was a roller coaster tonight.‚ÄĚ
Against Canterbury Monday night, the Lady Eagles opened up game one at home with a 25-19 loss, but returned in game two to take a 25-8 win.
Columbia City turned around in game three and gave up a 25-19 loss, but finally got its ducks in a row for the final two sets to win in five games.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man received the maximum sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court for his burglary offense.
Gabriel Auer, 35, was sentenced Monday to eight years, all to serve in the Whitley County Jail.
It was the maximum sentence for a Class C felony.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said Auer was deserving of the maximum sentence.
‚ÄúMr. Auer has a substantial criminal record,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHe has one prior offense of burglary at the same establishment.‚ÄĚ