March 1st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Recent facility improvements at the Whitley County Jail are now complete.
Showers at the jail were recently sealed with an epoxy to prevent leaks. The water had begun to be a problem at the facility.
â€śIt has prevented the leaks from going down under the hallway floors or down to the basement,â€ť said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges. â€śWhen water leaks it has to go somewhere. We had water going into the basement from the showers.â€ť
Throughout the years the showers had been routinely painted. Eventually, though, the paint was not sealing the cracks in the floor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Meeting the potential of every student.
That is the goal of Coesse Elementary School. Coesse Principal Laura McDermott gave a presentation at the last meeting of the Whitley County Consolidated School board on progress toward that goal.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Department has finished some project work and is looking ahead to more as the weather gets warmer.
There have been problems with water mains and low pressure in Eagle Glen and surrounding areas for some time. There is a two-step process for the solution.
The first project is placing anodes into the soil. Since the soil is corrosive, Water Superintendent Mike Dear said the hope is that the soil eats at the anodes and not the pipes.
The second step is looping a water line near County Line 100 South to Eagle Glen to give a second source of water.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It wouldnâ€™t be a surprise if basketball was a condition in the Kreigersâ€™ wedding vows.
Debbie Kreiger, wife of Wayne Kreiger, a Columbia City basketball coach for more than 30 years and current Canterbury girls head coach, has been to more than 500 of Wayneâ€™s games in their 23 years of marriage.
â€śThe basketball season always brings high energy and much excitement into our home,â€ť Debbie said.
In 23 years, Debbie has only missed two of her husbandâ€™s games.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a close finish at the Indian Springs Middle School 8th grade Lady Stars conference tournament opener â€” beating Lincoln by only one point, 34-33.
It wasnâ€™t a close finish in Whitkoâ€™s tournament opener against Wawasee, as the Lady Wildcats won 69-14.
In the ISMS game, the Lady Stars started out strong, leading 14-8 in the first quarter. As the game progressed, both teams became more aggressive, especially toward the end of the fourth quarter, where the two teams teetered back and forth with the lead.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Registration for youth baseball in Columbia City ends Saturday. Softballâ€™s deadline will be in two weeks, on March 16.
The age groups are 4 to 14. There will be a registration time at the pavilion at Morsches Park Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m.
Players are able to be registered for either sport at those times.
Columbia City Park Director Mark Green said people may still register after those dates, but there is a late fee.
â€śI donâ€™t like charging late fees,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School's wrestling team battled against Woodside Thursday night.
The Eagles came out triumphant with a lopsided score of 76-8.
Winners for Indian Springs were: AJ Chapin, Braden Baker, Joe Willson, Jacob Wigent, Dylan McClure, Drew Rethlake, Hunter Reed, Matthew Wright, Seth Rosen, Jacob Morse, Jacob Whitehead, Jacob Elkins and Weston Ottenger.
The team is currently 19-2.
Also picking up victories for ISMS were Brenden Schaper, Jon Oâ€™Dell, Tyler Hare, Karson Rider, Trevor Fries, Josh Piquignot and Mydrae Brown.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s 7th grade Lady Stars ended their season with a 35-13 loss to Lincoln in the first round of the conference tournament Thursday.
Hannah Behm led Indian Springs against Lincoln with a total of seven points.
Shayla Harris chipped in an additional four points and Emilee Smith had two.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man accused of stealing from a local church had his initial court appearance Monday.
Cody Miller, 21, was accused of burglary and theft after he allegedly stole priceless artifacts from Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City.
A church relic, a gold metal container and a set of brass keys, along with a small amount of money and checks were taken from the church.
The relic, a metal cross containing a small bone fragment of Saint Paul of the Cross, had been broke open to determine its value for scrap, police said.