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March 19th, 2015

BIDDING FAREWELL: CCHS says goodbye to hoops seniors

March 19, 2015

Columbia City’s boys basketball team is bidding farewell to its seniors after the Eagles’ loss in the regional semifinal game to NorthWood on Saturday afternoon. Pictured with the CCHS senior cheerleaders in the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium, front row, from left: Maura Garza, Cecelia Rentschler and Lauren Barnes. Second row: Andrew Graves, Jake Pettigrew, Kelsey Barker, Megan Gawthrop, Mason Coverstone and Justin Bachelder. Flyer: Courtney Davis. Spotter in the back (not seen): Abby Gottfried.

SPRING PLAY: ‘Lend me a Tenor’ to be presented at CCHS

March 19, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s Fine Arts Department is finishing its 2014-15 season with a classic farce that should have the audience teary-eyed with laughter.

“Lend Me a Tenor” takes the audience to September 1934 in Cleveland, where famous Italian performer Tito Merelli, played by junior Blake Ousley, the “greatest tenor of his generation,” goes missing and presumed dead before making his debut on the local opera scene.

March 18th


March 18, 2015

... and in with the new — soon, officials hope. Demolition of Kids Dreamland playground on West Van Buren Street in Columbia City began Tuesday afternoon. A large section of the playset has been cleared, leaving a dirt lot behind. Officials are continuing to raise funds for a new playset to replace it; however the current playground had to be demolished for safety reasons, as the wood was beginning to rot and was several years past its lifespan. As of Wednesday morning, the Columbia City Park Department still needed $24,000 for the new playset.

EMA: Severe weather is unpredictable

March 18, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) are reminding the public of the unpredictablility and danger that comes with severe weather.

While severe weather watches are necessary to make the public alert to the threat of severe weather, warnings are issued to inform that dangerous and damaging weather is imminent.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY: Going green

March 18, 2015

Violet Fields, age 3, decked out in green, accompanied her grandmother Vonda Ousley to the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Senior Center Tuesday afternoon.

BODY FOUND: Police identify remains found near Churubusco as 22-year-old Fort Wayne man

March 18, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — A body found near Churubusco on Sunday has been identified as a missing man from Fort Wayne, officials say.

Keith Edward Adam, 22, was found dead in a wooded area east of Churubusco, off Brandon Road west of McDuffee, in Allen County Sunday afternoon.

According to reports, Adam had been missing since Jan. 14, and was under the care of the Bowen Center.

CHEERING ON: Col. City H.S. cheer awards

March 18, 2015

The CCHS 2014-15 basketball season cheerleader banquet was held Sunday. Varsity award winners were (front, from left) Senior captains Courtney Davis and Cecelia Rentschler, both earning Leadership Awards. Back: Cora Saggars, Most Outstanding Cheerleader; Abby Gottfried, Most Valuable Cheerleader; and Dakota Studebaker, Positive Attitude.

TRAIL CLOSED: Blue River bank washes out once again; officials make plans to repair

March 18, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Portions of the Blue Riverbank washed out into the river once again, creating a hazard for those wishing to walk the Blue River Trail.

Officials closed the trail Tuesday afternoon for safety.

Between the Whitley County Family YMCA and Whitley Street, a large portion of the bank was washed away, taking away ground from under the pavement.

March 17th

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Local free clinic reopens after water damage

March 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — During the spring season there is always the possibility of flooding due to melting snow and runoff. A local health clinic that provides free services to the uninsured is dealing with its own flooding from a different source.

In late February, a pipe burst in the Wolf Lake Free Clinic at Columbia City located a 524 Branch Court flooding the offices with 12 inches of water, damaging electrical surge protectors, paper table covers, paper gowns and computer paper.

Whitko sisters heading to D.C.

March 17, 2015

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whiko senior April Bishop and freshman Rozlyn Bishop are destined for Washington D.C. this summer to compete in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a career and technical student organization providing personal growth, leadership development and career opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.


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