February 11th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Three Whitley County students recently spent a day in Indianapolis with Indiana Senator Jim Banks as part of the Statehouse Page Program.
Students were able to see what activities go on at the Statehouse, tour the historic building, meet the Senator and watch debates.
‚ÄúI visited the state building for a field trip in fourth grade and I really wanted to go back to learn more,‚ÄĚ said Indian Springs Middle School sixth grader Mykaela Crowell. ‚ÄúI think someday I might run for Congress.‚ÄĚ
Viola G. Baker, 68, of Columbia City, died at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Parkview Oaks.
She was born Oct. 13, 1944, in Livingston County, Mich. to Clyde and Mary (Robinson) Beauchamp. As a teenager, she moved to Jackson, Mich. She graduated from Jackson High School.
Her last employment was with Marlin Manor.
Surviving relatives include three children, Richard (Tina) Baker Jr. of Columbia City, Michael (Vicki) Baker of Jackson and Karen Baker of Jackson; 13 grandchildren; a brother, William Beauchamp of Michigan and a sister, Connie Beauchamp of Michigan.
The Hooper House, formerly owned by Adams Young Hooper, is one of Columbia City‚Äôs historic homes. Located at the corner of Jefferson and Chauncey Streets, the home was built in 1855 and has undergone several renovations. It now features three bedrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen. Although the home‚Äôs exterior has fairly new paint, other modern-day amenities are missing from the building. According to real estate records, the structure has no bathrooms, range hook up or dryer hook up.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Sheriff‚Äôs Department will be acquiring two new vehicles for 2013.
In a normal year, the department will purchase three new vehicles. Dodge Chargers will be the vehicle of choice, and they will be purchased for $23,307.25 each, according to Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton.
O‚ÄôDaniel Chrysler in Fort Wayne will be the dealer for the vehicles, which are expected to arrive before summer. The Chargers came in cheaper than rival vehicles from Ford and Chevy, according to Gatton.
Columbia City High School Show Choirs competed at the DeKalb High School Invitational Saturday. City Heat earned Grand Champion, Best Choreography and Best Vocals awards. City Lights earned Grand Champion and Best Vocals awards. Pictured, from left, are Macie Minier, Jessica Sherbahn, Kirstie Crisp and Corinne Kauffman. Columbia City High School Show Choirs competed at the Dekalb High School Invitational Saturday. City Heat earned Grand Champion, Best Choreography and Best Vocals awards. City Lights earned Grand Champion and Best Vocals awards.
Lt. Col. James (Jim) Obermiller passed away Jan. 30, 2013, in San Antonio, TX. He was born June 30, 1921, in Ft. Wayne.
After high school, he was selected to attend the Army Air Corps Pilot Training program. He became one of the first class of enlisted pilots, followed by his commission as an officer and assignment to the 339th Fighter Squadron, flying P-38s in the South Pacific.
NEW YORK (AP) ‚ÄĒ The worst of the flu season appears to be over.
The number of states reporting intense or widespread flu dropped again last week, U.S. health officials said Friday.
The season started earlier than normal, spiking first in the Southeast and then spreading. But now, by some measures, flu activity has been ebbing for at least four weeks in much of the country. Flu and pneumonia deaths have been dropping for two weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
HUNTERTOWN ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team beat Carroll by two points for the second time this season, winning 51-49.
The Eagles took on the Chargers in the holiday tournament Dec. 29, topping Carroll in a low-scoring, 45-43, game.
In Thursday‚Äôs official Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up, Carroll had a one-point lead with five seconds to go.
Sophomore Mason Coverstone ‚ÄĒ who hadn‚Äôt scored since the first quarter ‚ÄĒ lined up on the baseline.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs boys basketball team took another step of progress in a Northeast Corner Conference win Thursday.
The Eagles were able to build upon a lead and make it larger in their 62-48 defeat of Hamilton at home.
‚ÄėBusco now has a record of 2-17 on the year and is 2-6 in the conference. Hamilton drops to 5-13 and is 1-7 in the NECC.
‚ÄúWe played with the lead,‚ÄĚ Eagle head coach Michael McBride said. ‚ÄúNot only did we have the lead, but we extended the lead, which is something we have not had the opportunity to do a lot with our season the way it‚Äôs gone.‚ÄĚ