February 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The IHSAA has released its enrollment figures that will determine sports classification for the next two years.
2013-14 and 2014-15 are the schools years covered by the new figures.
Official reclassification has not occurred yet. Sectional assignments for the sports affected by the enrollment numbers (football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer) will happen in April and will receive final approval April 29.
While the assignments are not official, a glance at the enrollment numbers could indicate changes for some area schools.
Dennis Wayne Palmer, 56, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 16, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of Neil Burwell and Patty Ann (Hoffman) Palmer.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, he graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1976. On Dec. 12, 2012, he married Christine Lynn Bowman in Larwill.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Parking problems have been an issue for Columbia City for some time, and the Common Council approved an ordinance Tuesday in an effort to provide a solution.
The new ordinance, which unanimously passed by the council, now allows for parking in the North Chauncey Street Municipal Parking Lot near the post office. There will be two handicapped spots, three two-hour spaces and the remainder will have a 24-hour limit on the time a vehicle can remain in any one spot.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eagle Tech Academy students presented community leaders with their suggestions of a sister city for Columbia City.
Having a sister city would allow Columbia City to partner with a foreign city and glean from its cultural differences and economic strengths as well as learn from its unique way of living. At the same time, Columbia City would be able to offer its knowledge, support and insight.
Displaying a multimedia presentation, students shared common characteristics between Columbia City and their Spanish-speaking city of choice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” New vehicles for the city were approved for purchase by the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.
The board approved the purchase of a Ford Escape for the electric department at $23,620.29; a new dump truck for the electric department at $34,069.21; a Ford F550 for the water department, which will be $36,679.46 and a new vehicle for the street department, which will cost $31,542. All costs include trade-in from previous vehicles where applicable.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (center) proclaimed March as Disability Awareness Month in the city of Columbia City. Tuesday, Daniel presented several members of Passages, Inc. with his official proclamation. From left, Katie Kinsey, Jonathan Morris, Jamie Horn, Mayor Daniel, Mike Parker, Nathaniel Boutelle and Connie Brockup.
HUNTERTOWN â€” Carroll High School is playing host to what many northeast Indiana basketball advocates are calling one of the toughest sectionals in northeast Indiana.
Sectional play began last night, as Northrop knocked the host Chargers out of the state tournament by a 58-46 score.
Columbia City plays its opening round tonight, taking on a struggling, 2-20, East Noble squad.
Though the Eagles may have a nearly effortless win tonight, considering their 76-35 domination of the Knights in regular-season play, Columbia City has had two strong wins coming into sectional action.
OSSIAN â€” It was a tale of two halves at Norwellâ€™s opening-round sectional game between Whitko and Bellmont Tuesday night.
The Wildcats opened up the first half scoring a slim four points, but tore the game open in the final two quarters, multiplying their score by more than 10 and topping the Braves, 41-35.
â€śWe came out and played with a sense of urgency,â€ť Whitko head coach Scott Wessel said. â€śAt halftime, I just told them to go out and play hard.â€ť
BERNE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys basketball team took the 100-mile round-trip drive to South Adams High School Tuesday for the opening round of the Starfire-hosted sectional.
The Eagles faced a competitive Adams Central team, falling 54-33.
The Flying Jets jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter, with Churubuscoâ€™s lone bucket coming from Corey Sarrazin.
The second quarter was a different story for the Eagles, as â€™Busco outscored Adams Central 14-12, led by Brent Simmons with eight points.
C. Betty Lawson, 81, of Albion, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Community Hospital, Anderson, after a brief illness.
Born on June 19, 1931, in Jamestown, Tenn., she was the daughter of Henry and Hattie (Bilbrey) Moore .
As a small child she moved from Tennessee and spent her lifetime in Anderson until moving to Big Lake in 1977.
She was married July 16, 1948, to David R. Lawson, Sr. She retired from Wolf Lake Products in 2003 after 25 years of service in production.