March 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A throwback to a different era will be marking its conclusion Saturday.
Hammond Oil, located in Columbia City on North Line Street, will be closing its doors Saturday, March 30. What makes Hammond Oil unique is that it is a full-service gas station. This distinct offering will be missed by many in the community.
‚ÄúPeople are asking me, ‚Äėwhat are we going to do?,‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Randy Wood, assistant manager.
Wood said there are many handicapped individuals who regularly frequent the business. There are some elderly women who come to the station as well.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Board of Works and Public Safety unanimously approved the rain barrel program at Tuesday‚Äôs meeting.
Citizens may purchase rain barrels and have part of the cost refunded by the city as part of the rebate. Participation in the program meets one of the minimum control requirements.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Extension Office welcomed three new board members at its annual meeting Tuesday night.
Four members from the 12-member board were completing their term, including John Hilligoss, Meredith Hoffman, John Saggers and Doug Sheetz.
All but Sheetz declined being nominated for a new term. Joining Sheetz, following an election, were new board members Jeff Geiger, Sharon Hesting and Judy Kreider.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Churubusco man, who was accused of assisting his sons in manufacturing methamphetamine, was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Ed Greer, 59, was arrested in December and charged with aiding in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Greer previously pled guilty to aiding in manufacturing of meth, a Class B felony, and had 11 other counts dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco softball head coach Wayne Gibson didn‚Äôt have any seniors on his team last year.
The 2012 ‚ÄėBusco team still managed to compile a 11-16 record, while finishing 4-6 in the Northeast Corner Conference.
Last year‚Äôs Lady Eagles‚Äô season ended in a close 2-1 loss in the first round of sectionals. The opponent that fell them: eventual 2012 2A state runner-up Adams Central.
‚ÄúWe felt we competed last year, and we feel we can compete in the conference and our sectional this year,‚ÄĚ said the ‚ÄėBusco coach.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The third Columbia City football player this week has named his college choice.
Buddy O‚ÄôDell, senior defensive tackle for the Eagles, has committed to attend Earlham College and plans to major in human development and social relations.
He‚Äôs seeking a minor in business and nonprofit management.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ Despite the weather, Whitko‚Äôs girls tennis team scored a victory over West Noble in its opening match of the year.
The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Chargers by a final of 3-2. Whitko earned a victory at No. 1 singles from senior Laura Hippensteel, who won 6-1, 6-4.
Whitko‚Äôs Aressa Tackwell won the No. 2 singles match, 6-2, 6-2.
The clinching match for the Lady Wildcats was a comeback win at No. 1 doubles. Laura Alfieri and Abby Marshall erased a 3-0 hole in the first set to win 6-4, 6-4.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A proposed ordinance banning strip clubs in Columbia City will have some of its language clarified before being presented to the common council.
Ordinance 2013-11, which prohibits nude and semi-nude acts in commercial establishments in the city, did not take effect. The ordinance unanimously passed during its first reading at the March 12 meeting.
City Attorney Marcia McNagny said there were two parts of the ordinance that needed clarification.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ With seven township residents vying for the Cleveland Township trustee position, James Yeager was declared the winner at Tuesday night‚Äôs caucus.
Although Yeager is the newest trustee, not many changes are on the horizon for the township.
‚ÄúThere isn‚Äôt anything I want to change right now,‚ÄĚ Yeager said. ‚ÄúI need to learn what this position actually does and what I can and can‚Äôt do first. I think for the meantime it is going to be business as usual.‚ÄĚ
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ South Whitley Elementary School will have a new principal effective July 1.
Donna Wiktorowski was approved for the position at Whitko Community School Corporation‚Äôs board meeting Monday night.
Wiktorowski comes from Goshen Community Schools where she currently works as a classroom teacher at Parkside Elementary School.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre excited and the teachers are excited,‚ÄĚ said Superintendent Steve Clason. ‚ÄúShe‚Äôs been an educator for many years and her husband works as the athletic director for Wawasee High School. She‚Äôll be a great leader for us.‚ÄĚ