COLUMBIA CITY â€” Green scum blankets Phil and Dorothy Stevens pond. A particularly manicured lawn stands as evidence that the Stevens take care of their property, located just off Old Trail Rd. in Columbia City. The green film covering the face of their pond, isnâ€™t due to neglect, but to blooming blue-green algae.
â€śWe donâ€™t know what is causing it,â€ť said Dorothy.
CHURUBUSCO â€” While many teams are settling in to the 2012 season, learning what works for this yearâ€™s team â€” and what doesnâ€™t â€” one thing hasnâ€™t changed for Churubusco. When the Eagles take the field, theyâ€™re going to win.
In fact, out of the last 36 regular season games â€™Busco has played, the Eagles have only lost three â€” just one on their home field.
Friday nightâ€™s contest against Prairie Heights was no different, as Churubuscoâ€™s offense racked up 42 points, and the defense held the Panthers scoreless.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the third of a four-part series that will explain school funding cuts against decisions to maintain, renovate and grow schools in Whitley County.
Tug of war. That is the game school administrations are playing with the state. No area has been affected more than in the category of transportation. In recent years, fuel costs have skyrocketed and left schools with little-to-no way of covering the added expense.
Richard Lowell Smock, 80, of Bonita Springs, Fla. died Aug. 7, 2012.
He was a former resident of Columbia City. A memorial service to celebrate Richardâ€™s life will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahâ€™s Witness, 500 N. Oak St., Columbia City on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Sherry K. Sanders-Davenport, 64, passed away at 12:37 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Jan. 27, 1948, in Wabash to Robert F. and Doris Louise (Wilcox) Thompson. She graduated from Nashville West End High School, Nashville, Tenn. with the class of 1966.
She spent most of her life in Fort Wayne and South Whitley areas. Sherry was employed at 3-M in equipment sales, then earned her Real Estate Broker and Appraiser Certification and was employed as a real estate broker.
Sherry was later self employed as an appraiser.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the second of a four-part series that will explain school funding cuts against decisions to maintain, renovate and grow schools in Whitley County.
Cuts, reduction in force, layoffs â€” no matter how it is said, the results are the same. Schools are minimizing the number of staff on the payroll. Why? In 2010, after the state decided to cover staff salaries, the money stopped coming in.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Today is the deadline for organizations to RSVP for a formal demonstration of the cityâ€™s new web-based load profiling service.
The service is intended to help businesses conserve energy costs with a program that allows them to analyze electric consumption through hard data.
â€śThe Commercial Load Profiler enables businesses and industries to evaluate their energy usage and look for areas of improvement,â€ť said AEI Sales Manager Erick Rheam, in a press release.
Marlene Joyce Green, 73, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Ms. Green was born on Sept. 22, 1938, in Matoon, Ill., a daughter of Joe and Geneva Louise (Thompson) Fulk.
She was a member of the ladies auxiliaries of both the Churubusco Veteranâ€™s of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846 and the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco.
CHURUBUSCO â€” After a struggling start to the season, Churubuscoâ€™s tennis team improved its Northeast Corner Conference record to 2-2 this week, beating Central Noble Tuesday and Prairie Heights Thursday.
The Eagles downed the Panthers 4-1, with wins in all divisions, excluding No. 2 doubles.
No. 1 singles Luke Lillmars pummelled his Prairie Heights opponent, 6-0, 6-0. In No. 2 singles, Cody Luttman won a lopsided 6-2, 6-0 match.
Landon Lillmars won the forfeit in No. 3 singles, as Prairie Heights didnâ€™t have enough players for a full team.
BUTLER â€“ After a long week of matches for Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team, the Lady Eagles defeated Eastside Thursday night for their third match in four days.
â€™Busco won in five games after the long trip to Butler. After winning the first game 25-15, the Lady Eagles lost the second in a close 25-22 competition. Churubusco retaliated with a 25-11 win in the third game, but lost the fourth 25-19.
The Lady Eagles won the fifth and final game by a close 15-12 margin.
Gabby Jones led â€™Busco in aces with three. She also had 10 digs.