April 9th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thursday brought warmer temperatures and Whitley Countyâ€™s first true threat of severe weather.
As a trough in the jet stream makes its way through the Upper Midwest, the dry western air, humid southeastern air and a warm front colliding will set the stage for severe thunderstorms.
According to the National Weather Service, todayâ€™s thunderstorms will be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and even tornadoes.
Crews are continuing work to clean up Blue River in Columbia City after it was filled with debris in the area between the YMCA and Whitley Street. The debris has washed out a large portion of the riverbank, which closed the Blue River Trail indefinitely. The trail closed March 16 and crews are working to repair it. Columbia City Park Director Mark Green said he doesnâ€™t know how long it could take to reopen the trail. The debris (as pictured) has been removed. The bank must be repaired before the trail can be fixed.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Mike Barton, Whitley County Highway Department director released a list of repairs that his department hopes to complete this coming season. Barton stressed in a Monday morning meeting that this list is neither all-inclusive, nor etched in stone.
Barton listed possible factors such as inclement weather or the extent of the repairs that some of the roads listed might need as having an effect on how many of the road repairs listed can be completed, and how many other repairs or replacements can be accomplished.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco boysâ€™ basketball Head Coach Michael McBride was named as an Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Coach of the Year for District One.
McBride guided the Eagles to a record-setting 22-4 record this past season. Under McBrideâ€™s guidance the Eagles also gained their first Northeast Corner Conference Tournament title. The Eagles also claimed the NECC regular season title.
This yearâ€™s Churubusco squad made the largest turn-around of any team in the state of Indiana.
Churubusco also advanced to the IHSAA sectional final at Woodlan this past season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With only one contested race in the Columbia City primary election, the Whitley County Election Board decided to limit the May 6 primary to a single district.
In Columbia Cityâ€™s southeast district, incumbent Nicole Penrod is challenged by Billy Reffitt in the Republican Party.
Since there would be no reason for an election in the other districts, only those living in southeast Columbia City will be participating.
Highjumper Tim Hearld and the Columbia City boys track team are back in action Thursday after their season-opening loss to Huntington North Monday to take on the other two Whitley County schools. Columbia City and Whitko will travel Thursday to Churubusco for a 5 p.m. track meet, weather permitting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A recently-released report from a national data-collecting website, countyhealthrankings.com, shows Whitley Countyâ€™s health factors ranking in the top 15 percent in Indiana.
Statistics collected by the National Center for Health Statistics, the Center for Disease Control and other national agencies were organized by the University of Wisconsinâ€™s Population Health Institute to develop the rankings.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys and girls track teams downed the visiting Heritage Patriot teams Tuesday evening. The girlsâ€™ team, won by a score of 76-51, while the boysâ€™ team won by an impressive 124-8 count.
Double event winners for the Eagle girls were: Julia Folland, who won the 1,600-meter run in 6:02.57 and the 3,200-meter run in 13:37.19; Rachel Sloan, who took the shot put with a heave of 27 feet, 8.5 inches and discus at 83 feet, one-half inch and Alyssa Anderson, who won the 100-meter dash in 13.92 seconds and the 100-meter hurdle race in 17.9 seconds.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As of Wednesday morning, the Indiana Storm Prediction Center has much of Indiana under a â€śslight riskâ€ť for severe weather on Thursday.
A slight risk means there is approximately a 15 percent chance that severe weather could impact the designated area.
â€śAs we get closer to Thursday, the probability could increase,â€ť said Charlie Heflin, Whitley County Emergency Management director.
MARION â€” The Whitko Wildcats opened their 2015 baseball season Saturday, traveling to Marion High School for a double-header with the host Giants. The Wildcats earned a split, falling in game one 6-5, after the Giants came from behind in the bottom of the seventh.
The Wildcats came back to take the second game 8-3 to earn the split.
In game one, the Giants jumped out on top, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by Javon Yeakle. The Giants got another run across in the bottom of the second on a fielding error by the Whitko shortstop.