November 26th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While the fall installment deadline for property taxes sent an influx of people into the Whitley County Auditor‚Äôs office last week, approximately 1,700 Homestead Verification sheets have yet to be turned into the office. The deadline is Dec. 31.
Whitley County Auditor Jennifer McGuire recently sent out the final letter of notification Wednesday to those who still need to return the pink sheet.
According to McGuire, the sheet has been mailed out to citizens every year for the past three years.
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ Columbia City boys basketball stand-out Drew Benedict scored 27 points for the second game in a row, leading the 2-0 Eagles to a 59-49 victory over Warsaw Saturday.
Columbia City had three players with double-digit scoring ‚ÄĒ Derek Hinen and Mason Coverstone assisted Benedict with a combined 27 points as well.
Hinen and Coverstone helped the Eagles jump out to a 5-0 lead ‚ÄĒ scoring on Columbia City‚Äôs first two possessions.
SYRACUSE ‚ÄĒ Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra is often quoted as saying ‚ÄúIt ain‚Äôt over ‚Äėtil it‚Äôs over.‚ÄĚ
But at Saturday‚Äôs Super Duals wrestling tournament at Wawasee High School, even after it was over, it wasn‚Äôt over.
Columbia City‚Äôs match with host Wawasee and the tournament championship had to be decided on the eighth-criteria tiebreaker.
When the dust cleared, the Eagles picked up the win over the Warriors and completed a perfect 5-0 day to take the tournament championship.
Phillip Marin Dingus, 61, of Whitley County, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at 2:20 p.m. in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born Nov. 28, 1950, in Hite, Ky. to Lacy and Pauline (Shepherd) Dingus.
He has lived in Whitley County since 1963. He previously worked for Larwill Products as a wire cutter.
Bonita E. Gamble, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:13 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Jan. 9, 1923, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Homer J. and Hulda E. (Auer) Ummel.
She was a lifetime resident of Columbia City and graduated from Washington Center High School with the Class of 1941.
Marilyn M. Krom, 69, of High Lake, died at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at her home. She had been in failing health.
She was born May 14, 1943, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Herbert and Anna Mae (Maas) Alles.
Her formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
In 1966, she moved to Wilshire, OH until 1989 when she moved to Big Cedar Lake. She was employed 15 years at Noble Wire, retiring in 2005.
On Oct. 27, 2007, she married Rick L. Krom. They have always made their home together at High Lake.
Santa arrived in Columbia City with a parade of lights Friday night. See more photos of the Columbia City Christmas Parade on The Post & Mail's Facebook page.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City was on fire from the tip-off in Whitley County‚Äôs boys basketball season opener against Whitko Wednesday.
The Eagles shot 90 percent in 3-pointers in the opening half en route to a lopsided 69-26 win over their county rivals. Mason Coverstone sparked Columbia City, hitting the first of nine Eagle 3-pointers in the first half.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Smith-Green Community School‚Äôs board meeting was well attended Monday, as Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey presented his solution to the near-half a million dollars‚Äô worth of budget cuts.
‚ÄúNo one loves the person who has to make the budget,‚ÄĚ Bailey said. ‚ÄúI am the one responsible for it and I take that very seriously.‚ÄĚ
Bailey told of the months working with Business Manager Todd Fleetwood.
‚ÄúThis is nothing I‚Äôm happy about, but small schools are losing funding ‚Äď thanks to the government,‚ÄĚ Bailey said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the near future, Whitley County‚Äôs Commissioners will be meeting with Allen County Commissioners to hear what they have to say about a possible road project ‚ÄĒ coinciding with the county line.
The estimated $2.2 million project would move part of East CR 900 S., in Whitley County, to connect with Liberty Mills in Allen County.
‚ÄúThose who want it will tell you the benefit is it‚Äôs a dangerous intersection, and we need to cure that,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber.