May 15th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It took no longer than the blink of an eye for the city to change its ordinance on flashing message signs.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council gave the final stamp of approval to an ordinance change regarding electronic message centers Tuesday. However, those signs, which flash in seconds, have been debated for months at the Columbia City Planning Commission.
Dave Sewell, of the commission, spoke to the common council and informed them of this ordinance change. Some were concerned with potential current violations, but Sewell noted all existing signs will be allowed.
Glenn â€śSpikeâ€ť R. Martin, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:51 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at his home. Born March 25, 1926, in Etna, he was the son of Chester Edward and Nita Gertrude (Keister) Martin.
He lived his entire life in Etna, graduating from North Webster High School with the Class of 1944. On Dec. 30, 1949, he married Boneta â€śBonnieâ€ť Vesta Coverstone. Together they spent 63 years in Etna. He worked at Weatherhead, Columbia City, as a set-up operator for 30 years, retiring in 1987. Glenn was an avid Cubs baseball fan and IU basketball fan, and farming was his life.
Diane S. Jordan, 68, of Huntertown, passed away at 3:27 am, Monday, May 13, 2013, at her daughterâ€™s home. Born March 3, 1945, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Kenneth C. and Dorothy L. (Harmeyer) Young.
She lived in Fort Wayne and then moved to Whitley County as a child. She graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1963. She worked as a waitress at various locations in Whitley County, Tri-Lake Tavern most recently.
Andrue Bechtold, of South Whitley, recently found a rather large Morel mushroom in a â€śsecret locationâ€ť in Whitley County.
Andrue is the grandson of Dennis Bechtold.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” John Langmaid, IV was awarded his Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony held at Whitko High School March 21.
Langmaid, a student at WHS, planned, surveyed, organized, and helped build a 65-foot-long, 5-foot-wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk.
The project, which was completed during July 2012, was done for the school as his Eagle Scout project.
He earned the Eagle rank Sept. 13, 2012. The sidewalk gives disabled students access to the school and ease to leave the school during exercise and emergency situations.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Churubusco High School graduate, Alex Husk, has tapped into her many years of dance to launch a new business, Astound Dance Academy.
At the age of three, Husk started to dance, but it wasnâ€™t until she was in middle school that she began perfecting her craft.
Now 24 years old and with many years of instruction experience, Husk is ready to pass on the love of dance to others in her own studio.
Q: What is it about dance that inspires you?
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Trevor Bauer, Whitko High School art student, is the logo contest winner for Whitley On the Move.
Bauer has previously won three state scholastic art awards this year â€” two Gold Keys and one Silver Key. Bauerâ€™s Gold Keys were sent to New York for National judging.
Bauer is not just an artist. In addition to being involved in the art club for three years, he played football at WHS for four years and was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years. Bauer plans to attend Ball State University for architecture.
Sectional pairings for baseball have been released by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Columbia City will play in the seven-team Class 4A Sectional 5 to be held at Carroll. The Eagle's first-round opponent will be DeKalb.
This contest will be a rematch of the April 30 game at DeKalb that Columbia City won 7-4. Columbia City also ended DeKalb's sectional run last year in the second round at DeKalb.
If the Eagles move on, they will play the winner of the Snider-East Noble first round game.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Area sports teams are preparing for conference and sectional play in the upcoming weeks.
While many seasons have felt to have been cut short due to a late start from poor weather conditions in March and April, there have been few cancellations in the last two weeks â€” readying teams for post-season action.
Tracksters are the first to begin sectional action, as the girls squads compete tonight and boys are scheduled to run Thursday, weather permitting.
Columbia Cityâ€™s and Whitkoâ€™s girls go to New Haven, and Churubusco is competing in the Northrop sectional.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s girls golf team won its own invitational May 3.
The Lady Eagles scored a 232, 11 strokes ahead of the second-place team, Wawasee. Indian Springs was led by Sydney VanMeter, who was the medalist out of 59 other linksters.
VanMeter scored a 46, her personal best score. Lincoln placed third with 259 strokes, and Whitko came in fourth with a score of 262.