January 27th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY — No longer the little league facility of the Northeast Hoosier Conference, Columbia City baseball has the new look of a respectable diamond.
After new dugouts were installed last season, the final steps in a renovation project have parents of the baseball program asking for the community’s help to finish it.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local law enforcement has mixed emotions regarding proposed legislation at the statehouse about texting and driving.
The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban texting while driving for all Hoosiers, sending the bill to the state senate.
â€śGenerally speaking, I think law enforcement would be in favor of some kind of legislation, but weâ€™re going to be held to the usual standard of actually seeing it happening,â€ť said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges today.
Marie A. Diffendarfer, 84, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Homer A. Diffendarfer, passed away at 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She had suffered an apparent brain hemorrhage on Thursday, and had been hospitalized since that time.
Mrs. Diffendarfer was born in Smith Township Aug. 16, 1926, a daughter of Roy and Florence Alice (Raypole) Gordon. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco-area, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1944.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck told the townâ€™s Common Council Tuesday night that state lawmakers have their hands full with legislation during the 2011 legislative session â€” and that much of the items being discussed involve local government.
â€śThereâ€™s an awful lot of legislation being discussed that involves cities and towns and local government,â€ť said Fleck during the councilâ€™s regular bi-monthly meeting.
â€śTheyâ€™re discussing relationships, nepotism, consolidating local government ... there are a whole lot of pieces of legislation that are being introduced,â€ť Fleck said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City hasnâ€™t decided yet what to do about money thatâ€™s available for television equipment.
Columbia City Common Councilman Dan Weigold told the panel Tuesday night he was part of a three-person committee formed to discuss the possibility of a city-run cable television channel.
The council heard a report Jan. 11 from Whitley County resident Erik Mollberg, who serves as the assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne with the Allen County Public Library.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation Districtâ€™s Gene Haskins told the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday night that answers to a recurring erosion problem at Morsches Park are not cut and dried.
â€śBlue River seems to want to reclaim part of its banks, particularly during the rainy season,â€ť said Haskins in a report to the council during its regular bi-monthly meeting.
â€śThere are two spots that are the worst spots,â€ť said Haskins, referring to a portion of the river at Morsches Park.
FORT WAYNE — In most ordinary circumstances a 32-point fourth quarter will get a team the victory.
Tuesday night’s game at Fort Wayne Northrop had no ordinary circumstances.
After being down 26 points at halftime, Columbia City (10-8) outscored the hosting Lady Bruins (8-8) by 14 points in the second half. However, a strong shooting first half by Northrop was too much for the Lady Eagles to overcome in a 74-62 loss.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees was introduced last week to a comprehensive math program being conducted at Indian Springs Middle School.
Hollie Parker and Beth Beckner, seventh-grade math teachers at ISMS, told the board Jan. 17 that students at the middle school were advancing past their grade levels and added that those who were falling behind were being given a boost.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Police have arrested the man wanted on drug charges that were brought earlier this month as a result of a 911 call for an unresponsive infant.
Travis A. Wonderly, 21, was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department Saturday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture and maintaining a common nuisance.
Wonderly was in Whitley County Circuit Court this morning for an initial hearing and requested a public defender.
Joe W. Yoder, 71, retired Whitley County Consolidated School teacher, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 19, 2011 in Cape Coral, Fla. after battling cancer for nine months. He taught many years at the Marshall Middle School.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Dee of Cape Coral; a son, Michael (Lynn Hoffman) Yoder of Green Bay, Wis.; a daughter, Shannon (Richard) Berry of Salt Lake City, Utah; and three grandchildren, Jacob, Abigail and Elliott Berry.
A local celebration of life is being planned in June at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.