May 2nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A three-semi pile-up left U.S. 30 shut down for five hours Tuesday afternoon in Columbia City.
According to witnesses, several eastbound vehicles were stopped at the red light at U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, when a tractor-trailer plowed into the back of a semi, causing the trailer to jack-knife and the truck to rear-end the rig in front of it.
Witnesses say the jack-knifed trailer jumped approximately 15 feet into the air, before shaving off the cab of the semi behind it and landing on top of the engine ‚ÄĒwhere the driver would have been sitting.
MIDDLEBURY ‚ÄĒ Jason Ridge is resigning as Northridge High School boys basketball coach and as a teacher at Northridge Middle School to become an assistant principal at Whitko High School.
Northridge athletic director Dave Harms confirmed Tuesday night that Ridge is planning to resign, but added that the move is not effective yet and does not become official until the school board acts.
Multiple sources indicated Ridge has accepted the position at Whitko.
GARRETT ‚ÄĒ The Indian Springs Middle School boys and girls track teams recently competed in the 2012 Garrett Middle School Invitational, with the girls team bringing home the Invitational Title.
Placing for girls team were: Elise Cormany, first in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash and second in the 400; Regan Decker, first in the 400-meter dash and second in the 200 dash; Mason VanHouten placed second in the 800-meter run and third in the 1600 run.
ALBION ‚ÄĒ Some may say the third time is a charm, but for Churubusco‚Äôs boys track team, the fourth time‚Äôs a charm, as the Eagles won the Central Noble Invitational for the fourth year in a row.
‚ÄôBusco had 34 more points than its closest opponent, Westview, with 150 points.
Not far behind Westview (116.5) was West Noble (110.5). Garrett (74.5) in fourth, Central Noble (59.5) placed fifth and Prairie Heights (51) came in sixth.
AUBURN ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs golf team won a Northeast Corner Conference three-way match last Thursday, beating Westview and Eastside at Bridgewater Golf Course in Auburn.
The visiting Eagles shot a 185 led by Ryan Mayer with a 42. Mayer‚Äôs 42 also gave him runner-up medalist honors.
Beau Barkley and Parker Conrad had 47s, followed by Brandon Norris‚Äô 49 and Brad Martin, who carded a 50.
Friday the Eagles hosted conference foes Fairfield and Hamilton.
Fairfield won the match with a score of 152, followed by Churubusco-161 and Ham-ilton-175.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ None of them had ever made a 911 phone call or dropped out of a second-floor window. Now the third-grade students of Whitley County have done so.
That is thanks to Capts. Dave Meadows and Carlos Gomez of the Fort Wayne Fire Department. Capt. Meadows lives in South Whitley.
The students recently completed their visit to the Fort Wayne Fire Department‚Äôs Safety Village and Survive Alive House in Fort Wayne.
‚ÄúWe bring our classes here every year, and I learn something new each time,‚ÄĚ said Susan Fricke, teacher at Northern Heights Elementary School.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ It was a first for the Churubusco Fine Arts Program, a tea party, that is.
Thirty-three young girls, one young boy, and a hand-full of moms and dads attended the Royal Tea Party hosted by Cinderella and Prince Charming Saturday at Churubusco High School.
When each participant arrived, the step-mother, portrayed by Peyton Brandt, welcomed each individually on behalf of King Maximillian (Jacob McClure) and Queen Maisie (Caitie Eakins).
Some party goers dressed in their finest attire, jewels and even some glass slippers as they enjoyed tea and cookies.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man was arrested Sunday after leaving the scene of his girlfriend‚Äôs accident and operating a vehicle during a lifetime suspension, two felonies.
According to a witness, Lyle Orr, 46, of 517 N. Oak St. in Columbia City, allegedly drug his unconscious girlfriend off the road after she crashed her moped in the area of CR 300 E and Old Trail Rd.
‚ÄúHe stated he witnessed a man drag a female by one arm off the roadway and into the ditch,‚ÄĚ Indiana State Police Trooper Joel Lemmon‚Äôs case report said.
ALBION ‚ÄĒ William G. McCoy, 75, of Albion, died at 1:55 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Avalon Village in Ligonier.
He was born Feb. 27, 1937, southwest of Albion, a son of James Ralph and Freida L. (Gaerte) McCoy.
On April 17, 1970, he was married to Daisy M. Clouse. She preceded him in death on June 7, 1998.
Jesse Leroy Gibson, 70, of Columbia City, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw.
He was born Aug. 24, 1941, in Columbia City, the son of Clifford M. and Beulah M. (Zolman) Gibson.
He attended school in Whitley County and he owned and operated Gibson‚Äôs Body Shop, Columbia City.