September 27th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Flushable wipes. Flushable cat litter. Flushable toilet cleaners.
Officials are finding out the hard way â these items are not so "flushable."
While Columbia City's wastewater system has struggled with these products â it's been a worldwide issue.
"They have 'flushable' everything now," Columbia City Wastewater Superintendent Mike Cook said. "Sure, they'll make it through your toilet, but when they get to our system, it's creating all kinds of problems. They'll flush out of your home, go right into our pumps, and bind them up."
Do you think Columbia City should continue with its Morsches Park September Fall Festival?
Jim Barron, from Christian radio station WBCL (90.3), blended humor, illusion and ministry Wednesday night at Trinity Presbyterianâs Pioneer Club meeting.
He showed children tricks of all kinds.
He had solid metal hoops that appeared to hook together and come back apart at his will, and ropes that came apart to make more ropes, but then seemingly also looped into one rope. He also lit a dollar on fire, destroying it, then made it reappear inside a lemon.
Pictured is Jasmine Petras (left), 9, assisting Barron.
COLUMBIA CITY â With more than a 40 percent increase in funds raised and participating walkers, the Whitley County Walk for Autism held its second annual walk Sunday.
Last year, Whitley County saw the formation of the Autism Support Group, and families joined together to raise awareness and funds for the group through a one-mile walk.
In its first year, the walk raised $5,000, compared to this yearâs total of more than $7,000. Event planners estimated more than 400 people came out for the event with 325 registered walkers, up from 250 last year.
COLUMBIA CITY â Soon the Whitley County Courthouse will be decorated in shades of purple for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
October is the month set aside to spotlight the reality that domestic violence happens â even here in Whitley County.
To launch the initiative, a proclamation will be read at the Courthouse Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. County Commissioners will come together for the proclamation and in support of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Editorâs note: The following is the first in a two-part series on alternative education.
COLUMBIA CITY â A new alternative education program rolled out for middle and high school students within Whitley County Consolidated Schools this fall.
Educating students who need something not offered in a traditional classroom is now handled in-house through a program called Eagle Opportunity to Success, a decision approved by school officials in May.
âBusco scores victory
CHURUBUSCO â Churubuscoâs volleyball team picked up a home win against Fort Wayne Canterbury Thursday.
âBusco beat Canterbury in four games, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20 and 25-22.
For the season, the Lady Eagles now have a 9-10 record.
Danielle Pippenger led Churubusco statistically in several categories. She paced the Lady Eagles in kills with eight, blocks with three and digs with 19.
Alisha Farner led the team in aces with four. Lacey Pulley was the assist leade with 29.
Churubusco will head to the South Side Invite Saturday.
COLUMBIA CITY â Its coach said it wasnât the most effective performance, but the Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball team came away Thursday with a Northeast Hoosier Conference win against New Haven.
The Lady Eagles beat the Lady Bulldogs 25-21, 25-16 and 25-21 for the three-game sweep.
According to Columbia City Head Volleyball Coach Trish Hinen, her team had a marathon week, which contributed to Thursdayâs performance.
âWe have had seven matches in six days,â she said. âSo, it wasnât pretty. We didnât play our best, but itâs a conference win.â
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitko soccer coach Jason Ehrman continues to see progress with his team. After coming off a tough 4-0 loss Wednesday night to Eastbrook, the Wildcatâs were back in action Thursday.
Three Rivers Conference opponent Rochester came calling, and after 80 minutes of play both teams settled for a draw with each team scoring two goals.
âA win would have been nice, but to play them (Rochester) to a draw was special for this team. Rochester and Manchester are probably the two best teams in our conference, and to come out with a tie is a major accomplishment,â said Coach Ehrman.
COLUMBIA CITY â A new educational opportunity officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday night.
Passages, Inc. purchased the former Lehmberg Medical Office Building, located on North Oak Street in Columbia City, and remodeled it to serve as its new Creative Learning Center.
A capital campaign raised more than $700,000 to renovate the building so it could offer more day programming and a richer learning environment.