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May 15th, 2013

Col. City garners second at sectional

May 15, 2013

NEW HAVEN — “Elated is an understatement to describe my feelings after the meet.”

Needless to say, Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl was pleased with his team’s performance at the New Haven sectional girls track meet Tuesday.

“Everyone we anticipated to qualify for the regional made it,” Fahl said. “There were no disappointments.”

The Lady Eagles placed second as a team, only topped by Bellmont, 156-106, in a field of 11 teams. Whitko’s girls also competed, placing seventh overall.

SUMMER HELP: Eber rises to ‘power’

May 15, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is a series highlighting unique summer jobs to be held by area students.

COLUMBIA CITY — Although students view the weeks between school ending and school beginning as a vacation, summer jobs can be a temporary way for students to earn cash.

For Foster Eber, a Columbia City High School senior, the weeks between graduation and starting his freshman year at Ball State University will be spent working.

However, he won’t just have any job. He’ll be employed at one of his favorite summer spots — Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

METH CASE: Bocskey pleads guilty to dealing

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A second man who was charged with dealing drugs in the Walmart parking lot in Columbia City pleaded guilty Monday.

Shane Bocskey, 26, Columbia City, admitted to dealing in methamphetamine. Four other counts that Bocskey was charged with at the time of his February arrest were dismissed.

In February, Bocskey was arrested with Derek Kohut after a confidential informant exchanged $120 and two boxes of pseudoephedrine for 2.85 grams of meth.

ANIMAL ORDINANCE: Board grants exceptions to violations

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Ordinance enforcement has created more agenda items for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety.

Those who violate Columbia City ordinances can appeal to the board. Two families who made appeals Tuesday had their requests satisfied.

Christine Broni lives on Old Trail Road near the edge of town. She and her husband were cited for having two horses on the property as well as chickens, a violation of the animal ordinance.

LIGHTS OUT: Sign ordinance changes

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It took no longer than the blink of an eye for the city to change its ordinance on flashing message signs.

Columbia City’s Common Council gave the final stamp of approval to an ordinance change regarding electronic message centers Tuesday. However, those signs, which flash in seconds, have been debated for months at the Columbia City Planning Commission.

Dave Sewell, of the commission, spoke to the common council and informed them of this ordinance change. Some were concerned with potential current violations, but Sewell noted all existing signs will be allowed.

Glenn Martin, 87

May 15, 2013

Glenn “Spike” R. Martin, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:51 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at his home. Born March 25, 1926, in Etna, he was the son of Chester Edward and Nita Gertrude (Keister) Martin.
He lived his entire life in Etna, graduating from North Webster High School with the Class of 1944. On Dec. 30, 1949, he married Boneta “Bonnie” Vesta Coverstone. Together they spent 63 years in Etna. He worked at Weatherhead, Columbia City, as a set-up operator for 30 years, retiring in 1987. Glenn was an avid Cubs baseball fan and IU basketball fan, and farming was his life.

Diane Jordan, 68

May 15, 2013

Diane S. Jordan, 68, of Huntertown, passed away at 3:27 am, Monday, May 13, 2013, at her daughter’s home. Born March 3, 1945, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Kenneth C. and Dorothy L. (Harmeyer) Young.
She lived in Fort Wayne and then moved to Whitley County as a child. She graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1963. She worked as a waitress at various locations in Whitley County, Tri-Lake Tavern most recently.

May 14th

Mushroom hunting

May 14, 2013

Andrue Bechtold, of South Whitley, recently found a rather large Morel mushroom in a “secret location” in Whitley County.

Andrue is the grandson of Dennis Bechtold.

Decorated teen earns high rank among scouts

May 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — John Langmaid, IV was awarded his Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony held at Whitko High School March 21.

Langmaid, a student at WHS, planned, surveyed, organized, and helped build a 65-foot-long, 5-foot-wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk.

The project, which was completed during July 2012, was done for the school as his Eagle Scout project.

He earned the Eagle rank Sept. 13, 2012. The sidewalk gives disabled students access to the school and ease to leave the school during exercise and emergency situations.

A conversation with . . . Alex Husk

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Churubusco High School graduate, Alex Husk, has tapped into her many years of dance to launch a new business, Astound Dance Academy.

At the age of three, Husk started to dance, but it wasn’t until she was in middle school that she began perfecting her craft.

Now 24 years old and with many years of instruction experience, Husk is ready to pass on the love of dance to others in her own studio.

Q: What is it about dance that inspires you?