February 7th, 2011
WARSAW — The Richter name is back at the state finals but it’s with a new face.
Saturday, Columbia City freshman Andrea Richter picked up where her older four-time state finalist sister Haley Richter left off.
Andrea Richter went into the Warsaw swimming sectional final Saturday seeded as the top swimming in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events.
Snowfall has brought the Whitley County sports schedule to a halt again. The Churubusco and Columbia City boys' basketball games scheduled for Saturday night have been canceled. Columbia City's home game against Norwell will be a made up Monday (Feb. 7) in a tripleheader beginning with the freshmen game at 5:15 p.m. Churubusco's trip to Garrett has not been rescheduled yet. Stay tuned to The Post & Mail for further updates.
DENVER — The Wildcats took the court with heavy hearts Friday night at North Miami.
Minus head coach Rob Irwin, who began treatment for Leukemia this week, Whitko was able to pull off a conference win at North Miami 64-51 for their coach. In the process, the Wildcats clinched at worst a share of the Three Rivers Conference title.
Not only was Whitko’s leading scorer lacking his head coach, Logan Irwin has not played as a Wildcat without his father on the sideline.
“I wanted this really bad. I wanted this more than anything.”
Columbia City senior Sierra Burlage got what she wanted Friday night when the Lady Eagles basketball team held their final home game of the regular season.
LAGRANGE — A North East Corner Conference doubleheader took Churubusco basketball on the road Friday night.
A total of five points made up two wins over Lakeland for the Eagles.
The boys team (9-4, 6-1) held their second-place spot in the NECC one game back of Westview.
While the boys’ held off the Lakers 46-44 for their sixth win in the NECC, the Lady Eagles were busy in the early game extending their winning streak to three.
During a Level 1 snow emergency, most of the population is asked to stay home. The few who keep us informed and safe during the situation, or who work to open the roads again, often work very long hours.
Cathy Broxon-Ball, director of the Emergency Management Administration/Department of Homeland Security was at her post from 7 a.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Thursday, sleeping on a portable military cot in her office, all to help keep residents of Whitley County safe and aware of conditions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Fort Wayne man and former state excise officer accused of staging the break-in of an Indiana State Excise Police evidence room in Columbia City is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Feb. 15, according to the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office.
Aaron M. Bishop, 34, was arrested Nov. 24 and charged with theft and official misconduct in connection with the Aug. 4 break-in.
Bishop has been free on $8,000 bond since shortly after his arrest.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The head of Whitley Countyâ€™s public transportation system will seek money from the Whitley County Council next week.
Jackie Hake, executive director of Whitley County Transit is asking for her organizationâ€™s annual allotment of money from the County Economic Development Income Tax â€” an infusion of $20,000 as part of a local match with the Indiana Department of Transportation.
â€śThese funds have gone a long way to support this growing program as we are starting our fifth year of public transportation,â€ť said Hake in a letter to council president Kim Wheeler.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety approved on Friday a work shutdown by Bowen Engineering Corporation on the cityâ€™s Equal-ization Basin and Interceptor Sewer Project which was originally slated to be completed May 1.
The shutdown is primarily due to frigid temperatures.
But the recent discovery of contaminated soil at one of the locations and the subsequent delays caused by Indiana Department of Environmental Management intervention also plays a factor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2011 budget for Whitley Countyâ€™s chapter of Drug-Free Indiana will find its way in front of the Whitley County Council Tuesday.
The programâ€™s coordinator, Nancy Prickett, presented the proposed budget to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Jan. 18.
â€śThe funds available for distribution in 2011 are $45,000 said Prickett in a letter submitted to the commissioners and made available for the councilâ€™s Tuesday meeting.
Prickett announced the money would be distributed for prevention/education, treatment, justice and administrative costs.