January 29th, 2013
Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team is looking to take revenge on Northrop Feb. 16, as the Eagles host the team that beat them, 63-55, in the sectional finals last season. The Bruins are 15-3 and Columbia City is 14-3. Above, Drew Benedict walks off the court after the season-ending loss to Northrop.
Editorâs note: The following is the final installment of a three-part series highlighting the Whitley County Courthouse.
COLUMBIA CITY â Standing as a pinnacle in Whitley County, the current Courthouse has existed for 123 years.
As part of the buildingâs foundation, a cornerstone, anchoring the northeast corner, was sealed Sept. 20, 1888, and inside a varied assortment of items were deposited to be uncovered at a future date.
Copies of invitations, posters, programs from the laying of the cornerstone were included.
COLUMBIA CITY â Last week, Kerr Real Estate announced its plans to develop the former Scottâs grocery store location into a multi-use building.
Occupying almost 60 percent of the building will be Dunhamâs Sports, a sporting good retailer out of Michigan.
With a store already in Warsaw and Auburn and a new location planned for Fort Wayne, many Columbia City residents are anticipating a positive economic impact.
âI love it. A new business and new jobs,â commented Sheryl L. Crawford-Hackett on The Post & Mailâs Facebook page.
Kassie Rife started her new job as a Columbia City dispatcher Monday. Currently Rife is training on the job for a period of four to six months, but eventually her duties will center around city police communications. Rife is from Whitley County and is the daughter of Pam Ruch and Ola Mullins. Rife said she is most looking forward to helping people in her new job. âThis is a very gratifying position. I am really excited for it,â she said.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man arrested last week on drug charges had his first appearance in court Monday.
Michael Raber, 26 arrested Thursday and charged with six counts. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony; one count of possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; one count of possession of precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
COLUMBIA CITY â In the Parkview Whitley Hospital basement, surrounded by purple tablecloths and ribbons, Event Chairperson Cathy Cronin welcomed attendees to the annual Relay for Life Kick-off Party.
âWe were expecting 30 people. We ran out of name tags,â said Melissa Stephens American Cancer Society (ACS) community representative.
âSo this is a really great turn out.â
Relay for Life is a fundraising opportunity lead by the ACS.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Indiana High School Athletic Association held its girls basketball sectional draw Sunday night. Sectionals will be held Feb. 4-9.
Columbia City drew Carroll in the opening round of the Class 4A sectional.
The Lady Eagles are currently 7-14, and Carroll has a 9-10 record.
In their regular season match up, the Lady Chargers topped Columbia City in a close 59-52 Northeast Hoosier Conference game.
FORT WAYNE â Wrestlers from Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko started the IHSAA Individual State Tournament trail at Saturdayâs Carroll Sectional Tournament.
Whitley Countyâs schools fared well, with 20 wrestlers advancing to next Saturdayâs regional competition.
Churubusco led the county schools with a second-place team finish, while advancing eight wrestlers, with three of those capturing three individual weight-class titles.
Columbia City and Whitko both advanced six wrestlers to regionals.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubuscoâs girls basketball team lost to the Central Noble Lady Cougars earlier in January in the Northeast Corner Conference tournament. The Lady Eagles lost that game at home, 39-36.
âBusco had a second chance at the 2-16 Lady Cougars Saturday, on the Lady Eaglesâ senior night.
âBusco trailed by one with 20 seconds in the ball game, but were unable to connect with the basket in the time remaining, and lost 34-30.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City seniors Megan Deutsch and Hannah Schnorr finished their final basketball game at the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium Saturday in prime fashion.
The Lady Eagles seniors combined for 19 points to win the Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up over New Haven, 64-37.
The game didnât start the way it finished. New Haven jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first two minutes of the game.