September 13th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs council is taking a blanket Economic Revitalization Area (ERA) under consideration.
ERA is a specific designation required for business owners to request a tax abatement for economic development.
Currently, economic development and revitalization areas within the city limits are patchy and numerous ‚ÄĒ there are 25-30 different designated areas.
Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio said putting a blanket ERA designation throughout the city limits would help simplify the tax abatement process.
Oct. 28, 1947 ‚ÄĒ Aug. 29, 2013
A memorial service to remember our dad, brother and friend John Gamble will be held Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Super 8 Hotel, formerly Executive Inn, located at 235 Frontage Rd., Columbia City.
Mr. Gamble, 65, of Fort Wayne, and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at his home Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
He served in U.S. Marine Corps.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs boys tennis team dropped a home contest to Fort Wayne Northrop Wednesday.
The visiting Bruins beat the Eagles 4-0.
In No. 1 singles, ‚ÄôBusco junior Luke Lillmars lost to Northrop‚Äôs Alex Stavretis in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 2 singles, Eagle junior Landon Lillmars dropped a straight-set match to Mike Ankenbruck, 6-2, 6-1.
In No. 3 singles, Churubusco‚Äôs Cody Luttman fell in a straight-set match to Gavin Neyman by a final of 6-2, 7-5.
SYRACUSE ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls soccer team traveled to Wawasee Wednesday and downed the Lady Warriors by a 2-0 score.
Freshman Kaitlin Whitaker knocked in the first goal for the Lady Wildcats, putting Whitko ahead 1-0 going into the second half.
Senior Ellyana Blue, who had six shots on goal, scored the Lady ‚ÄôCats‚Äô second goal to give Whitko the 2-0 win.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ After starting 2013 0-2, Whitko‚Äôs football team found the win column last week by defeating Southwood.
Now, the Wildcats are looking to make it a winning streak against Manchester this week.
With conference play now in full swing, Whitko welcomes Three Rivers Conference-rival Manchester to South Whitley for its home opener.
Through a scheduling quirk, the Wildcats played their first three games of the year on the road.
But Whitko will be home more often than not the rest of the way, as four of the final six contests will be at home.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City earned a win in its football conference opener last week against Bellmont.
Now, the Eagles, who are 2-1, have to face the team that has dominated the Northeast Hoosier Conference for the past few seasons when they travel to Homestead.
The 3-0 Spartans have either tied for first or finished first in the conference every year since 2007.
Last week, Columbia City opened its conference schedule with a 41-28 win over Bellmont. Homestead beat East Noble, 17-14 last week.
The Eagles fell to the Spartans in 2012, 41-6.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ It is homecoming week for Smith-Green Community Schools, and the Churubusco football team hopes to keep its perfect record intact Friday.
Eastside will be visiting the Eagles in a game that kicks off at 7 p.m. The Blazers carry a 1-2 record into the contest.
The Eagles have a perfect 3-0 record and are also unbeaten in the NECC. For the season, ‚ÄôBusco has only allowed six total points in three games.
Last week, the Eagles hit the road and beat Prairie Heights 34-0. Eastside lost last week to Angola, 28-14.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Activities and entertainment are scheduled for the Whitley County Fall Festival at Morsches Park Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m.
‚ÄúThis is event is full of family fun,‚ÄĚ Mark Green, Columbia City Parks Department director. ‚ÄúNo matter what your age, there is something for everyone this year.‚ÄĚ
Launching the festival will be a 5K Pumpkin Run at 1 p.m., hosted by Parkview Whitley Hospital and a cornhole tournament at the Whitley County YMCA.
Green said last year‚Äôs event, in its inaugural year, was a starting point for what is now an annual event.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Six months after Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council approved changes to the downtown area‚Äôs parking, the council reviewed the outcome of the adjustments at Tuesday‚Äôs meeting.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve only heard good responses,‚ÄĚ Councilman Dan Weigold said. ‚ÄúI haven‚Äôt heard anyone complain about parking.‚ÄĚ
The city opened up its lot on North Chauncey Street to the public, allowing for more parking downtown. The lot, which added 30 more parking spaces, is located south of the U.S. Post Office, between Van Buren and Jackson Streets.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Though Columbia City has a vacant seat on the Whitley County Building Authority, the Common Council decided to wait to fill the position, which was formerly held by Ray Whiting who passed away.
‚ÄúThis authority has been inactive. It hasn‚Äôt been used for a long time,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.