November 27th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the recent decision by the Columbia City Parks Board to ban sledding at DeVol Field, many Whitley County natives have strong opinions on the topic â€” particularly on social media websites.
In light of a new fence on a familiar sledding hill, Columbia City Attorney Marcia McNagny cautioned local officials on the potential liability of leaving the park open for sledding this winter. After much discussion, the Columbia City Park Board determined on a 3-2 vote to forbid sledding at DeVol Field, due to safety concerns.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Before the books close on the month of November, the girls basketball teams of Whitley County will have completed nearly 25 percent of their seasons.
The Lady Eagles are 3-1 and are heading for a Friday game at Fort Wayne North Side.
Columbia City has scored some big wins, avenging losses from last season by beating Marion and Fort Wayne Snider.
It was the first win over Snider in four seasons and the first in two against Marion.
Tuesday, the Lady Eagles lost their first game of the year, falling in overtime to Leo on their home floor in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Post & Mail, Whitley Countyâ€™s daily newspaper, again will be publishing a newspaper on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 28.
And, like last year, the newspaper will expand delivery of the newspaper to most residents in the Greater Columbia City area, whether or not they are a subscriber to the daily newspaper.
The special Thanksgiving morning edition will be a full local newspaper. with expanded delivery to most non-subscribers in the 46725 zip code.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Boys basketball officially began in Whitley County Wednesday.
In the Columbia City-Whitko rivalry game, the Eagles downed the Wildcats in South Whitley, 49-31.
Churubuscoâ€™s squad dropped an overtime game to Adams Central, after a last-second 3-pointer at the buzzer to win, 58-56.
At Whitko, Wildcat Dylan Cumberland was the leading scorer, tallying 16 points for the â€™Cats. His teammate, Nate Walpole, was Whitkoâ€™s second-leading scorer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Slick, icy U.S. 30 and other local roadways caused several motor vehicle accidents in the early evening hours Wednesday.
At least one personal injury accident occurred. One accident on U.S. 30 east of Columbia City caused traffic to back up on the busy thoroughfare. More details will be in Fridayâ€™s Post & Mail.
The National Weather Service is reporting some areas of northern Indiana have received 8 inches of snow, with up to a foot of lake-effect snow possible on one of the year's busiest travel days.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” With one day until Thanksgiving, the boys basketball teams of Whitley County will tip off their 2013-14 seasons tonight.
Columbia City and Whitko will hold their traditional battle, set for the day before Thanksgiving. Churubusco will host Adams Central.
Last season, Columbia City picked up a 69-26 win against Whitko on its way to a 20-4 campaign.
The last time the Wildcats have gotten a win over the Eagles was in November of 2008, when they pulled out a five-point win against Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It may be hard for some to believe, but election season is approaching for several local offices.
The primary election, held May 6, 2014, will narrow down the field for 13 county seats and eight school board positions, as well as federal and state offices.
One of those seats, Whitley County Sheriff, already has a candidate, Marcus Gatton.
Gatton, the current chief deputy at the Sheriffâ€™s Department, has announced that he is running as a Republican candidate.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” An initiative to halt the sale of the South Whitleyâ€™s water utility had Town Council members discussing protocol for the upcoming public hearing.
Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer advised the members that the meeting, which is set for Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m., was necessary before adopting an ordinance to authorize the sale of the water utility to Indiana American Water, a company that currently services 30 states.
This ordinance does not mean the town will sell, it simply allows councilmen to further explore the value of the utility and entertain offers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An entrepreneur is planning to renovate a vacant Columbia City building to create 25 new jobs by 2016.
Bill Smith is launching Blue M Medical, LLC, joining several other Whitley County companies who announced job creation and investment plans in 2013 â€” Micropulse, Inc., Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. and Sound Ideas.
Blue M Medical is a manufacturer of custom medical devices, which will locate its operations in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Santa is cominâ€™ to town Friday.
With lights, floats and music, a parade will usher Santa into downtown Columbia City to his house, which is set up on the northwest corner of the Whitley County Courthouse lawn.
The little red house has been a staple holiday sight for decades, according to Jill Winebrenner, who has been a long-time coordinator of Santaâ€™s House.
Beginning Friday night and on through Christmas Eve, children can visit Saint Nick at his home and have their photos taken with the holiday figure.