January 12th, 2013
Mickey Allen Zumbrun, 73, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at his home. Born on June 16, 1939 in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Timothy L. and Lulu (Clingerman) Zumbrun. He graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1957 and served in the U.S. Army.
On July 11, 1964, he married Dianne F. Ruckman at Larwill United Methodist Church. He has been a Whitley County lifetime resident and farmer. He worked at Dana Weatherhead for 35 years. He was a member of Weatherhead Pioneer Club and Wolf Lake United Methodist Church.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Fire and Ice Festival has been cancelled, but only for this year. The winter event, sponsored by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, was to be held in January on the Courthouse Square.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Brown said the cancellation was due to scheduling conflicts, not financial reasons.
Chamber leaders and event organizers considered an alternative date, but was not successful in rescheduling the festival. However, Brown said there is already discussion for the festivalâ€™s return in 2014.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City recently had an added presence at the Indiana Statehouse. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was mayor for the day in Indianapolis, and the event gave him the opportunity to meet with lawmakers and discuss important issues.
Daniel met with Rep. Kathy Heuer, Ind. Sen. Jim Banks and Rep. Dan Leonard. He had a chance to speak on issues that were important to local government.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Any writer worth their salt will advise aspiring authors to write about what they know. Wanda Howell, of Churubusco, did just that. She recently self-published a short story for children about farms, a dog and a rabbit.
â€śRose and Rabbit Go to the Fair,â€ť is a tale about a farm with quite a bit of junk on its property. Rose, a curious sort of dog, happens to discover an old truck amid the piles.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the United States was plunging over the Fiscal Cliff, a rope was tossed as a solution. How well would it hold? This question and others were answered by Jim Oâ€™Donnell, Executive-In-Residence at Huntington University, at an economic lecture at Parkview Whitley Hospital Friday morning.
Oâ€™Donnell, who is known for adding humor and wit to his lectures, believes the forecast for the economic future, on the home front and abroad, could be pretty grim. He explained his bearish stance is based on trends and attitudes.
FORT WAYNE â€” Friday nightâ€™s Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up between Columbia City and Homestead was everything it was predicted to be.
Nearly every fan in the stands was shocked as the buzzer rang, and Homestead won the game with a desperation 3-pointer, 59-58.
â€śThe fans definitely got their moneyâ€™s worth,â€ť Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said.
And there was quite a turnout. Announcers asked fans to sit shoulder-to-shoulder at the game that had more people than seats.
â€śThe environment of this game was great,â€ť Benedict said.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Northeast Hoosier Conferenceâ€™s top dogs go head-to-head in Fort Wayne tonight, as Homestead plays host to Columbia City.
Both teams are 2-0 in the NHC, and both teams have won by substantial margins. Columbia City topped East Noble 76-35 and Bellmont 81-41. Homestead beat Carroll by a 70-56 score and East Noble 71-20.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s woes in the Northeast Corner Conference basketball tournament continued Thursday evening as both the boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ teams fell in the consolation round contests to teams from Lakeland.
In an almost exact reversal of Tuesdayâ€™s contests against Central Noble â€” in which the Lady Eagles played close and the boys struggled â€” the girls fell behind early in the 43-29 loss.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball team fell to visiting Norwell on Thursday night. The Lady Knights defeated the Wildcats by a final margin of 56-34.
The defeat drops Whitko to 5-10 overall on the season. Norwell is now 13-2. The Wildcats remain at 1-3 in the Three Rivers Conference.
The Wildcats kept pace with the Knights in the first quarter, getting key buckets from senior Cagney Craig to keep the score at 11-9 at the end of the first in favor of Norwell.
FORT WAYNE â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s 8th-grade Lady Eagle basketball team was handed its first conference loss Thursday at Woodside Middle School.
Though the Lady Eagles held the lead throughout most of the game, Woodside went on a 9-4 run in the final four minutes to win, 36-30.
The Lady Warriors switched to a zone defense, limiting Indian Springsâ€™ offensive options.
Indian Springs head coach Trish Sittler said the game wasnâ€™t lost due to lack of deisre.