January 24th, 2013
A colorful sunrise illuminates footprints in the snow in Whitley County Thursday morning. Though the sunrise looked warm, temperatures were below 10 degrees at 9 a.m. on Thursday. After several days of sub-freezing temperatures this week, relief is in sight, as temperatures are expected to reach 55 degrees Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School Board of School Trustees approved the purchase of five new buses for the district at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Total cost for the five buses was $339,698. There were three Starcraft activity buses purchased for $132,108 and two 78-passenger buses purchased for $207,590. The 78-passenger buses replace two 72-passenger buses that were 13 years old, and the three activity buses that were replaced were either 14 or 12 years old. Buses are not allowed to be traded in until they are at least 12 years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department is one step closer to hiring a new police officer.
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh gave the update at Mondayâ€™s meeting of Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety.
The board assisted the department in interviewing the final three candidates for the police officer position. The new officer will be the 18th member of the force and will fill the position of a departed officer.
Longenbaugh added that the police force would also like to add three reserve officers and is currently reviewing applications for those positions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s treasurer gave the county commissioners an update on finances at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges came before the commissioners as they convened their annual Finance Committee meeting. Hodges gave financial information to the board on the countyâ€™s investments. The commissioners reviewed the countyâ€™s financial records and then unanimously voted to continue the current investment policies but to give Hodges latitude to work with the finances.
Here are the sports headlines in Thursday's issue:
Lickey takes second at district
No. 7 I.U. pulls away from Penn St.
'What would you do' Te'o tells Couric
Aldridge has 27 and Blazers beat Pacers
Latest NCAA scandal comes from headquarters
Here are the headlines you will find in Thursday's issue:
Pence touts region at round table
WCCS to purchase five buses
CCPD hire in final steps
Treasurer updates commissioners on financial status
FORT WAYNE â€” A scoring drought that lasted the final six minutes of the ball game allowed the host Northrop Lady Bruins to go on an 11-0 run and take a come-from-behind, 36-30, win over the visiting Columbia City Lady Eagle basketball team Tuesday night.
The Bruins held a 19-15 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Eagles were able to score from both the field and the free-throw line.
A basket and two free throws by Emily Whiteleather brought the Eagles within four at 25-21.
A 3-pointer by Alyssa Hansen brought the Eagles to within one at 25-24.
CHURUBUSCO â€” â€śThe main goal will be business as usual,â€ť said Paul Sade.
Thatâ€™s the philosophy the Churubusco High School football team seems to be utilizing as it replaces former head coach Lee Etzler, who resigned Dec. 21, 2012.
Monday, it was announced Sade, the Eaglesâ€™ previous offensive line coach, will assume head coaching duties for the 2013 football season.
Sade was formally approved for hire as head football coach at the regular meeting of the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sara Goffâ€™s trial in Whitley County Superior Court has been set for a different date.
Goff was set to appear in court for a jury trial today, Jan. 23 and tomorrow, Jan. 24. The defense council filed the motion to continue, and a new date for the trial has not been filed yet.
Goff was arrested in September 2011 for theft, a Class D felony.
At that time, she had been serving as Whitley County Chamber of Commerce president.
According to case reports, Goff was accused of cashing approximately $2,100 in â€śchamber bucksâ€ť between Dec. 1, 2010 and Sept. 13, 2011.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the big announcement of the acquisition of the old Scottâ€™s building Tuesday, the normally scheduled meeting of the Columbia City Common Council had an economic development flavor to it, as a real estate company was granted a requested tax abatement.