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April 22nd, 2013

FLOODED FIELDS: Morsches tries to recover from rain

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Flood waters saturated Morsches Park last week, shutting down Columbia City’s recreation hub by postponing games and cancelling practices, and leaving its new playground submersed in water.

While the park is drying out, more rain is expected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, leaving many youth league and high school athletes wondering how much more the park can handle.

As of Monday’s presstime, Columbia City park officials said Saturday’s Opening Day for youth league baseball and softball will be on as scheduled.

CIRCUIT COURT: Raber receives sentence for meth

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man arrested for having a methamphetamine lab in a motel received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last Monday.

Michael Raber, 27, was arrested in January on seven charges related to a meth lab at the Budget Inn, Columbia City. He was sentenced to 12 years, with 10 to serve and two suspended, at the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he gave Raber more than the advisable sentence due to a previous criminal history in Huntington County, which included theft and forgery.

MEDICAL MUSEUM: Luckey Hospital holds a healing history in Wolf Lake

April 22, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a two-part series on the historical Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake.

WOLF LAKE — In Wolf Lake, a town of less than 500 people, stands a piece of history that has restored, but on the brink of being obsolete.

The Luckey Hospital Museum stands on the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 109. It was originally built in 1929 by Dr. James E. Luckey, and began as a fully operational hospital in 1931.

Healing history

Together with two of his three sons, Robert (Bob) and Harold, Luckey ran the hospital until his death in 1938.

Lenora Geiger, 95

April 22, 2013

Lenora Ellen Geiger, 95, a former resident of Noble County and widow of R. Franklin Geiger, passed away at 9:58 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at North Ridge Village in Albion. She had been a resident there since 2007.
Mrs. Geiger was born March 22, 1918, in Allen County, a daughter of James F. and Elva (Bosler) Fulk, and graduated from LaOtto High School in 1936.
She later graduated from Manchester College, and received her master’s in education from Indiana University, Bloomington.

CURTAINS: Play brings murder-mystery to life

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Columbia City High School students will present a whodunit show featuring show-stopping musical numbers and suspenseful entertainment.

“Curtains, The Musical,” is a murder-mystery storyline centering around a cast of characters presenting their stage adaptation of Robin Hood in the Wild West. The show is set to perform April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any cast member or at the door.

LOCAL FINANCES: Solid waste reacts to state audit

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A local governing board examined variances with its finances in light of a recent audit and is hoping to have found the solution.

As is the case with every governing body, the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District (WCSWMD) was audited by the State Board of Accounts.

WCSWMD’s report was released Jan. 31. The board of accounts noted on the audit some faults with the district. However, one of those problems could be the solution.

‘Busco throwers do well with state’s best

April 22, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — Three Churubusco athletes were invited to Warren Central High School to compete with the best the state had to offer, and came away successful.

The Throwers Showcase was held at Warren Central High School, an event featuring the top 20 track athletes, male and female, in the shot put and discus.

Churubusco’s Austin McClure grabbed a Top-5 placing in both events.
He was fourth in the discus and third in the shot put.

His teammate, Gunner Barnhart, was seventh in the shot put.

For the girls, ‘Busco’s Katie Monk was fourth in discus.

LIVING IN BROWN BOX: Hope of the Philippines exposes homelessness

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Andrea White, of Columbia City, has literally been around the world.

She wants to go back to the other side of the planet, but first, she is going to live in a cardboard box.

In a project called “Hope for the Philippines,” White and a few friends will stay in a cardboard box shelter they will set up on the lawn of Columbia City’s City Hall for 24 hours.

The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the conditions some people are living in at a squatter village in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

THE END: Penrod sees NHC from start to finish

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School Athletic Director Geoff Penrod is the only AD who has seen the Northeast Hoosier Conference from start to finish.

Penrod was involved in the formation of the NHC after the Northeastern Indiana Athletic Conference dissolved. The new conference, NHC, was nearly identical to the NIAC, minus Angola, South Adams and Bluffton.

The NHC took Homestead, DeKalb, East Noble, Bellmont, New Haven and Columbia City from the NIAC and added Carroll and Norwell.

April 19th

ISMS track competes against Edgewood

April 19, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School competed against Edgewood Monday.

Pictured, 8th graders Elizabeth Russell and Jayla Wigent compete in the low hurdles.

Both the 8th grade boys and girls won decisively while both the 7th-grade boys and girls fell to to the visiting team from Warsaw. The Eagle Stars compete in the Garrett Invitational tonight, weather permitting.

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