January 17th, 2013
Marilyn E. Owen, 90, a resident of Churubusco and formerly of Green Township, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.
She had been taken to the hospital from her home on Friday. Mrs. Owen was born in Churubusco on June 21, 1922, a daughter of Chester E. and Bertha (Richards) Tulley.
Surviving relatives include her two daughters, a brother, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Emma Grace Hindbaugh, 6, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born Dec. 13, 2006, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Cory Sean and Brittany Lynn (Waybright) Hindbaugh.
She attended kindergarten at Faith Christian Academy, Columbia City and loved doing crafts, painting and coloring.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Cromwell man who allegedly attempted to escape Whitley County Jail in December was back in court Monday.
Charles Norris, 29, was in Whitley County Circuit Court for probation violation. The charges against Norris for the alleged incident include attempted escape, a Class B felony, and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Work on Columbia Cityâ€™s Blue River Trail is so close to completion that residents may believe it is already finished.
However, Columbia City Park Director Mark Green said asphalt is still needed on parts of the bridge and along the trail.
â€śThey have been working on it for the past six weeks,â€ť Green said. â€śIt looks like itâ€™s done, but they have more to do in the spring.â€ť
Presently, construction is stalled until spring, but Green believes the project will be finished by the end of the school year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After a dog-fighting ring was busted in December 2012, three animals are still being cared for by the Whitley County Humane Shelter.
In December, police found evidence of dog fighting in a Churubusco home. As 18 suspects were arrested, three dogs were found bloody from wounds that appeared to be as a result of fighting.
Whitley County Humane Society put out a plea for funds to help cover the specialized treatment the dogs would need, and monetary donations started coming in.
Medical care is important for the dogs, but treating physical injuries is just the beginning.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Turtle Daysâ€™ president was on hand at the latest Churubusco Town Council meeting. His intention â€” to extend an olive branch.
For those relationships to be mended, one issue of importance that had to be discussed was finances surrounding the annual festival.
In regards to paying for town utilities and resources used during Turtle Days, Barkley emphasized he held a different perspective than previous Turtle Day board members.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the third of a four-part series on Columbia Cityâ€™s football team.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rain was falling that October Friday night. The Max Gandy Athletic Field was soft and slick.
With conditions like those, the game was bound to be a low-scoring affair dominated by defense.
If someone could bust off one big play, that might have been all it would have taken to win the first sectional game.
Columbia CItyâ€™s wrestling team raised $730 for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Head coach Blane Culp presented the check to Linda Bewley of Cancer Services after Wednesday nightâ€™s match against Garrett.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s wrestling team suffered a disappointing loss on senior night to Garrett Wednesday, 37-33.
The Eagles went into the final match with a one-point, 34-33 deficit. Despite 152-pound Riley Harterâ€™s best effort, he lost 10-3 to Garrettâ€™s Sam Lawrence.
Although it was one of the final matches of the season, it was Harterâ€™s first time on the mat as a varsity grappler.
Columbia City head coach Blane Culp commended the efforts of Noah Ray and Michael Wright. Wright won a close match in the 126-pound weight class.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With high school wrestlingâ€™s regular season meets drawing to a close this week, all teams, including the three Whitley County squads (Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko) are all preparing for their â€śsecond seasonâ€ť of conference tournaments and the month-long Indiana High School Athletic Association Individual State Tournament series.
All three Whitley County teams will be traveling this Saturday for their conference tournaments. Each enters the tournament with differing, yet similar, goals.