September 5th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For 11 years, the Whitley County Autumn Art Festival has displayed art, crafts and local talent on the Courthouse lawn.
Now in its 12th year, the festival has new leadership, Mark Espich and Katie Sweeney.
The event will now benefit the Whitley County Humane Society and will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wayne R. Pettigrew, 61, of rural Columbia City, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 2, 2013, at his home.
He was born Sept. 1, 1952 in Columbia City, a son of Robert Lavere and Norma Jean (Longsworth) Pettigrew.
His formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
In January 1972, he began his employment at Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne.
In 1974 he moved to his current home. On Feb. 14, 1985, he was united in marriage to Karen A. Nulf.
WATERLOO â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls and boys cross country teams took home eighth and seventh, respectively, at DeKalb Saturday.
Samantha Roush led the girls with a 11th-place finish of 20:00. Brooke Werstler was 48th, Samina Qureshi was 52nd, Shelby Allison 56th and Natalia Johnson 68th. Erin Knepple came in 69th and Karina Rubrake crossed the line at 107th.
Fahl said the team did better than its first performance.
WARSAW â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys cross country team took third place at the Warsaw Cross Country Classic Tuesday.
Evan Harney clocked a 16:31 for the Eagles to take third and pace the squad. He was less than seven seconds off of the winning time from Warsawâ€™s Ellis Coon.
His total was part of 116 overall points for the Eagles. Warsaw won with 31 points.
Gage Emrick was 25th for Columbia City, and Dallas Piotrowski was 27th. Evan Sauers and Seth Kissinger were 32nd and 33rd.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For 36 minutes, the Columbia City boys soccer team went toe-to-toe with Homestead.
Once the Spartans found the net, it would be the beginning of a scoring barrage the Eagles could not match.
Holding a slim 1-0 lead at intermission, Homestead managed to put 10 goals on the board in the second period to shutout the Eagles 11-0 in conference play.
In the first period, the lone goal came with 3:37 showing on the clock when Anthony Jimenez recorded his first of six goals to give the 20th-ranked Spartans a lead it would take to the locker room at the end of 40 minutes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor praised all of the WCCS staff for working hard for a smooth to start the 2013-14 school year.
At Tuesdayâ€™s WCCS work session, Oâ€™Connor told the Board of Trustees that all of the staff, from janitors to bus drivers, was diligent over the summer months to get the school year off to a good start.
â€śThe custodial staff did a great job getting the schools in shape,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said.
Custodians conducted deep cleaning of the schools, as well as painting and landscaping to spruce up the buildings.
Dan Curless (center) was sworn in to the Whitley County Consolidated Board of Trustees Tuesday night.
Curless was voted in by his fellow board members Aug. 19. He replaces Chris Bechtold, who took a math teaching position at Eagle Tech Academy.
From left, WCCS Superintendant Pat Oâ€™Connor, Board President Don Armstrong, Curless, Business Manager Tony Zickgraf and Stan Meyer, board member.
BIG LAKE Ââ€” Several Whitley County fire departments assisted Noble Township with a house fire that stayed ablaze from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were initially called to the home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night, but were called back at midnight when the fire rekindled, as flames and heavy smoke poured from the structure.
The home, located at 5194 S. Union Street, in Big Lake, was severely damaged and portions of the roof collapsed.
CHURUBUSCO â€” In volleyball, scoring first helps, but the team that gets the final point is the winner.
Columbia Cityâ€™s volleyball team put that theory to the test Tuesday in its county-rivalry win over Churubusco. â€™Busco got the first point in all three sets, but it was Columbia City who walked off with the 3-0 victory.
Columbia City won by nearly-symmetrical scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-18.
However, the three sets were not symmetrical. Visiting Columbia City battled back from a 12-6 hole to win the first one.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 24-year-old Columbia City woman was severely injured after she was battered at Jellystone Campground in Pierceton over the weekend.
The victim, whose name hasnâ€™t been released, was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne in critical condition after a confrontation about laundry at the campgrounds.
According to a press release by the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the woman got in a dispute with Patrick Zimny, 54, of Glenwood, Ill., about use of a clothes dryer unit.